Son Gual – Founding member of the “Leading Golf Courses of Spain”

Latest addition: on 31 October 2015, starting at noon, there will be an open tournament on the golf course of Son Gual, the “Medical Health Golf Tournament”. Format: 18 hole Stableford or 9 hole Texas Scramble. Our famous TV real estate agent Barbara de Matos will be there as sponsor. Anyone with a golf licence can play, the entry fee is 145€ p.p. incl. greenfee, rangeballs, halfway, welcome present, lunch buffet, several prizes, etc. Register directly here.

Popular tournament course

Of all golf courses on Mallorca the golf course “Son Gual” can claim that it hosts some of the most important golf tournaments on the island. For example, the Rolex Golf Trophy, the Bogner Golf Trophy, the Porsche and Pinmar Tournaments are held here. “Son Gual” has acquired a name as one of the leading golf courses in Spain and organizer of notable golf events in a relatively short time.

Sunset at golf course Son Gual on Mallorca. View from hole 18 on the Palacio and club house. (Photo: Son Gual)

Sunset at golf course Son Gual on Mallorca. View from hole 18 on the Palacio and club house. (Photo: Son Gual)

1000 Olive trees in the valley of 1000 wind mills

The golf course is situated in the “Valley of 1000 wind mills”. The purchase of 160 acres of land made it possible to create the scenic and technically challenging golf course of “Son Gual”.

Olive trees, palms and vines surround the course. (Photo: Son Gual)

Olive trees, palms and vines surround the course. (Photo: Son Gual)

Three time winner of the German amateur championship Thomas Himmel was commissioned to design the course. After finishing the planning preparations and acquiring the legal permits in November 2003, the work on bringing the golf dreams to life could start.

1 Million cubic meters of soil were moved, artificial water ways, ponds and small lakes were created, and strategically places bunkers were embedded in the fairways. To give the golf course a real Mallorcan touch, one thousand mature olive trees were planted.

The old “Palacio” was built in four years to a jewel of a club palace. This is where the club cards, trolleys or club carts are issued efficiently and smoothly. Who wants to be clothed, get some necessary golf equipment, or simply enjoy good food and drinks, will find a welcoming place in the comfortable and tastefully furnished club house.

Facts about the golf course:

Son Gual is well known for its technical refinement and enchanting landscaping - here hole 17. (Photo: Son Gual)

Son Gual is well known for its technical refinement and enchanting landscaping – here hole 17. (Photo: Son Gual)

Tee white, 6257 m, course rating 75.7, slope 138
Tee yellow, 5983 m, course rating 72.2, slope 130
Tee red, 4961 m, course rating 72, slope 127

After going the short distance from the club house to Tee 1, we can look from the slight elevation over a large part of the hilly golf course with dark water areas, light sandbunkers and beautiful trees. With 373 m from the yellow tee the distance is long, but since the ball is hit from some height, it can still be done in 4 strokes, if you can avoid the extensive bunker areas on the right side of the fairway.

The following Par 4 are shorter and with handicaps of 15, 13 and 11 considerably easier. The par 3 at hole 5 seems easy enough at a distance of just 112 m (yellow) or 96 m (red), but the tee shot area is very limited with a artificial lake on the left and a bunker on the right. With handicap 1 hole 7 (par 4) stands out. This is due to the distance of 381 m, but also to the great amount of bunkers and a small stream that flows along the fairway.

The artificial lake at hole 5 limits the tee range. (Photo: Son Gual)

The artificial lake at hole 5 limits the tee range. (Photo: Son Gual)

Where the first part was mostly downhill, in the second part you have to fight your way back up. The easiest hole with handicap 18 at par 4 is hole 15 with yellow 147 m and red 100 m. The last hole is again quite challenging at handicap 2 with 482 m (yellow) and 415 m (red) fairly steep uphill on narrow fairways, bordered by cascading water streams, bunkers and ponds.

Personal impression

Son Gual is a spectacular golf course, which is very well kept and should absolutely be played at least once. The course has one small drawback. The greenfee is relatively expensive and during the tourist season every 10 minutes a plane will fly over the brave players to the close by airport.

Further information on golf course Son Gual can be found on www.son-gual.com.

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