To be in an oasis of calm like Son Gual, less than 30 minutes after collecting your luggage at Palma
airport amounts to pure golfing bliss.
Whats more, your appetite will have been whetted during your landing approach, as Son Gual, Mallorcas number one golf destination, is clearly visible out of the left-side windows of the aircraft.
You will have seen one of Europes top courses. Youll have glimpsed large lakes, 66 bunkers, 800 olive trees some more than a thousand years old wild flowers in the rough and vineyards in several areas around the course.
But youll need to stand on the clubhouse terrace, at least, to fully appreciate the beauty and sheer playability of this Thomas Himmel-designed masterpiece.
In ranking it as number 42 in Europe, Golf World also established the track as Spains eighth best and the top course in Mallorca, stating: Mallorcas No1 is the epitome of a high-calibre modern championship course.
Son Gual which celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2017 possesses several outstanding holes which will linger long in the memory, including a closing hole described by one reviewer as a serious contender for Europes best par-five and Spains most dramatic 18th. High praise indeed.
And even some of the worlds best golfers have been known to eulogise. Former Ryder Cup captain Ian Woosnam said: Its a bit like Augusta. There are a lot of slopes on the greens. Youve got to get the ball on the right side of the hole if you dont youll be struggling. Miss it on the wrong side and youre dead.
Just dont be surprised if you bump into a famous face enjoying the clubhouse hospitality Rafael Nadal is among many regular celebrity visitors.
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