Capdepera Golf

Capdepera Golf

Designer: Dan Maples

The creation of American architect Dan Maples, Capdepera is mature by Mallorcan standards having been opened in 1991. Close to Canyamel Golf, Capdepera enjoys a similar rustic setting, but is largely flatter than its neighbour.

The par-5 1st is no easy introduction to a round that will prove even more challenging until it reaches the signature 198-yard par-3 15th, one of the true postcard holes in Mallorcan golf.

Before that rare pleasure, and the sting in the tail that is Capdepera's closing three holes, the golfer must navigate a course where water - in the form of six artificial lakes - is an ever present feature.

It may sound difficult, but one of the most appealing features about Capdepera is that it can be enjoyed by low and high handicappers alike. There is a choice of four different teeing grounds at each hole, and Maples has sensibly ensured that there is a safe and simple approach to most holes. The 336-yard 6thg is one such example. While you must carry water from the tee, it's a looming psychological hazard rather than a physical one. And although water again impinges on the approach shot, it's far enough left not to cause too much trouble.

The key to a good round here is to realise that a shot over water is the same as over grass. The mental challenge is one of the course's most appealing features, along with the aforementioned 15th.

A par 3 of rare beauty, this hole plays from an elevated tee to a green set against a rocky outcrop.

The rocks shimmer in the Mallorca sun and are offset by the purple flora and rough grasses that further enhance the hole's visual appeal. The same rough grasses dominate the vast gorge that runs alongside the par-5 18th hole, which features a truly terrifying approach to the green.

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