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Golf Santa Ponsa 1

Designer: Falco Nardi

Golf Santa Ponsa 1, Mallorca. There are some places in the world, such as St. Andrews in Scotland, that are synonymous with golf. Mallorca's equivalent is the stunning resort of Golf Santa Ponsa 1.

Golf Santa Ponsa is Mallorca's principal golf village, containing three courses and a stunning four star hotel.

One of the distinguished elder statesmen of Mallorca golf, Santa Ponsa hosted the Balearic Open on the European Tour on seven occasions between 1988 and 1998.

Less than 30 minutes from Palma, Santa Ponsa is ideally reached via its own turn off on the Palma - Andratx motorway.

Once there head, straight for Santa Ponsa 1, the resort's expansive stadium course, which was designed by the late Italian Folco Nardi and open in 1977. It is open, uncomplicated and the fairways are among the most generous on the island, making this a great place to enjoy ripping into your drives and approach shots.

There's a superb shape to the course with several doglegs and intelligent use of water, particularly at the dramatic par-4 16th. At 437 yards, this sliding left-to-right dogleg is difficult enough, but it skirts an enormous lake on the right for the entire length of the hole. Good course management is required to safely negotiate a water hazard of this size, and for some laying up and playing the hole as a par 5 could be the wisest option.

The par-4 18th is a fine finish to a very enjoyable round of golf, and was the scene of an epic play-off between Seve Ballesteros and Jesper Parnevik for the 1992 Balearic Open. They played the hole 6 times before Seve eventually triumphed. The story goes that Parnevik's caddie was so exhausted, the Swede took up the bag for the final stretch.

The resort is also known for the par-3 18th on the Santa Ponsa II course, containing an island green in the shape of Mallorca. It's a stunning hole and a joy to play. Just beware of the south-east coast, the water awaits the wayward shots!

Santa Ponsa 1 is open to the public, whilst Santa Ponsa II and III are for members only.

For discounted green fee prices, we recommend Simply Mallorca Golf.

Hotel Golf Santa Ponsa

The 4 star Hotel Golf Santa Pona (and Club House) is located in the heart of Santa Ponsa I Golf Course. It takes just over 20 minutes to reach here from the airport, and the hotel is just 3 minutes by taxi from the bay of Santa Ponsa with its beaches, shops, bars and restaurants. This small and unique hotel comprises of just 10 double rooms and 2 suites. Please remember that guests staying at the Hotel Golf Santa Ponsa are entitled to a 50% discount on their green fees at this course