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'German businessman Andreas Pamer, had the original dream behind Son Gual, and three-time German Amateur champion and course designer, Thomas Himmel, realised it. Himmel’s remit was pretty much a blank canvas and he has produced quite a work of art. Two loops of nine fit easily into the 175 acres of land and an extensive earthmoving process has shaped a natural-looking, spectacular course. To add to the visual aspect a collection of large lakes, primarily constructed as irrigation reservoirs, 66 bunkers, 800 newly planted olive trees (some over a thousand years old) and a special mix of wild flowers in the rough areas have been put into place. Another special feature, and one that will bear fruit – quite literally – in a couple of years, is the incorporation of vineyards around the course. Visually it looked impressive – though slightly daunting. On an initial tour of the course the sand and water catch the eye a bit too readily but once you get round to playing the holes for real, it is remarkably fair and nowhere near as terrifying as it first appeared.

Son Gual's 1st tee, perched at the highest point of the course, offers spectacular views to make up for any missed fairways and you are quickly into the leisurely pace of things. Fifteen-minute starting intervals are set out to ensure there won’t be any waiting around on the tee, and this is just as well as there might be the occasional reload, with water playing a leading role on four of the first nine.

The two par-5's are both just about reachable, but the 4th will require a very precise fairway-wood approach, while at the 6th it is far too easy to get carried away and try to cut off too much from the tee. Nevertheless, it is good fun attempting it. As is the case from start to finish, most of the greens are cleverly angled to encourage good shot-making and there are generous, and beautifully manicured aprons, to allow the choice of a putt, rather than a forced one-dimensional succession of testing chips. With the 9th, a superb long par-3 over more water dealt with, half an hour is set aside for relaxing and a generous tapas, and maybe even a beer. As halfway huts go, the clubhouse terrace is up there with the very best.

The back nine follows a similarly impressive theme, with intelligent routing offering a variety of choices for both tee shots and approaches. Par-5's and shortish par-4's tease and tempt, and the round gently builds up into a simmering crescendo. The 15th – take a note here of the size of the tee – is played out in front of a ‘palacio’, which dates back to World War One, and is now possibly the grandest building to house manure in the world. More water could easily be the undoing of plenty of medal and strokeplay rounds at 16 and 17 and the last, a par-5 that will only tempt the monsters and the clinically insane, is a fitting finish. A stream will catch anything hooked off the tee, and the same stretch of water will do likewise with anything pushed with the second or third (or even fourth!) shots. And if you think your problems are over once you have reached the green, then think again, as there is a real likelihood that your round will end up with three jabs. From one end to the other, this is a demanding closing hole.

A round at Son Gual will challenge anyone and satisfy everyone. It is easy enough to walk, with the next tee never too far away. And as befits most memorable rounds the clubhouse offers the perfect place to unwind and reminisce about the last few hours.'

Article written by Mark Townsend, and first appeared in Lady Golfer in 2008.

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Customer Survey Results - 2016

The following scores represent the percentage of our clients who marked the course as good or excellent in each of the following categories, and the rating in comparison to other courses. The scores are updated at the end of each year:-

  Ranking %
Overall Rating 2016 2nd  
Speed of Play 12th 73%
Condition of Tee-Boxes 1st 92%
Condition of Fairways 3rd 96%
Condition of Greens 1st 93%
Quality of Design / Layout 2nd 96%
Level of Customer Service 3rd 91%
Overall Enjoyment 2nd 93%
Overall Value for Money 4th 75%

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What Our Clients Say:

Course design and condition is just a different class. Some of the tee boxes could pass as greens at some of the other courses on the island! We were heading straight to the airport after the round, so the proximity of the course to the airport, and the superb club house changing facilities, worked a treat. Jun 15

Expensive and noisy due to planes, but a lovely course to play. Jun 15

Their level of attention and support is outstanding. Starting from our arrival, which was before their cafe opened and we hadn't had breakfast. The Pro made us coffees, and then we left an order for breakfast, which was delivered to us our on the course. Other than the planes landing, everything about the course was perfect. Jun 15

Fantastic condition and a well-designed course that has class written all over it from arriving to leaving. Expensive but the quality shines through. May 15

We have rarely been made to feel more welcome, anywhere. Nothing was too much trouble. A free club ball, a bottle of iced water and a course planner for all on arrival, and a laid up reserved table overlooking the course when we'd finished - first class without the Alcanada views! May 14

From start to finish the whole experience was first class. The club house was outstanding and the free stroke savers, water, and golf balls were a nice touch. Practice facilities were faultless and the layout and condition of the course were right up there with the very best courses we have ever played. Mar 14

Course was in excellent condition and great layout, helped that it was very quiet the day/time we played and felt like we had the course to ourselves. Reception and bar / restaurant staff were all very friendly and helpful. An all round great day that I would recommend to anyone playing in Majorca. Oct 13

The course and practice facilities were high quality. Whilst there are obviously cheaper courses to play, I don't begrudge spending the money! Jul 13

An absolutely magnificent golf course. Only downside are the aeroplanes coming in to land every 5 minutes. Jun 13

Son Gual is the best course we have played in 5 years of visiting Mallorca. EVERYTHING is absolute perfect! Apr 13

Son Gual could not be faulted in (hardly) any way. The most manicured course on the island and beautifully set out as well as presented. The green speed was fast but we could all cope. The greeting and complimentary goodies were well received. A little disappointment was no GPS In the buggy(!). Teeing off at 15 mins interval shows they take golf seriously! Lovely food service in the bar too. A shame about the planes but you soon get used to them. May 14

This course has an outstanding quality. It is a true PGA golf course with beautiful design and excellent practice facilities, including the club house. When the wind comes into play, the course becomes an extremely tough place. Nov 12

Son Gual is special. The whole of the set up is superb. Course is challenging but fair - thought needed for every shot - really interesting. Simply one of the best courses I have ever played. Oct 12

Great course in every way - layout, greens, fairways, bunkers, friendly staff etc. Some complain about the aircraft passing over every second minute, but after the first hole I didn't notice them. As good as Alcanada, but with rough you can actually play from (and find your ball) and greens that aren't hard as concrete. May 12

Nice view from 1st tee; excellent overall quality of golf course, driving range, club house. Demanding, a real championship course. You can play it for days in a row and you will not get tired of it. Apr 12

Magnificent condition. Every hole was slightly varied, and the design meant that you were unaware of holes running parallel. The course was under played if anything, although the games in front which were two balls were relatively slow in comparison to our 4 balls. Oct 11

From our arrival to our departure from the course, everything was classy without being too pretentious. The welcome gifts were a really nice touch. Staff were very friendly and welcoming. The course itself was as good as any we have played in 11 years of golf holidays, and that includes Valderrama! The price as well was very good when compared to some in Costa del Sol and Portugal for such a top quality course. May 11

Everything about the club is excellent, but the design of the course is even better. Great risk / reward. Apr 11

The whole experience was 1st Class from the welcome to the tapas post golf. I will go back time and again. Nov 10

Course condition excellent, and very friendly and efficient staff. Made to feel very welcome. Oct 10

Wonderful layout, good greens, and very well looked after in the clubhouse by Carmen. Sep 10

Very well kept course, not too hilly, quote interesting throughout - But, it's not that easy, so as a 20 handicapper I used quite a few balls to get around. Jun 10

By far the best quality course in all respects, and lovely staff. Obviously a lot of money spent in an intelligent way. May 10

Course design, attention to service (particularly the "little things" such as gift bags and great staff) and practice facilities were all first class. When the fairways mature it will be fantastic.  Nov 09

I have played a lot of quality courses in Europe and the USA and this is up there in terms of quality and focus on the customer experience.  Nov 09

Very few people on course; fantastic condition, super vistas and attended to like royalty. May 08.

It is a truly world class facility and cannot be faulted. Although it may seem expensive it is worth every euro! Fantastic course design, magnificent greens, a great test of golf and what a club house! Will definitely be back to play it again. May 08.