With 20 golf courses only a 20-minute drive away, the Calvia region of Majorca is an appealing destination for golfing enthusiasts. World class golf courses with an abundance of restaurants and entertainment.
Calvia, located in the South West region of Majorca, is one of the main golfing centres in Europe.
Visitors cannot only play one of the three established courses in the region, but another seventeen are just a short drive away in other areas of Majorca, making it an ideal base for golfers who are looking to take advantage of the two-hour flight to Palma de Mallorca airport, and year-round warm weather.
Real Golf de Bendinat – Favourite of the Celebrities
A favourite course of Hollywood actor Michael Douglas and Formula One legend Nigel Mansell, the 18 hole Real Golf de Bendinat golf course is located in the heart of the Bendinat complex and is the perfect fusion of beauty and nature – combining sea views of the bay of Palma with lush green mountains.
Designed by Martin Hawtree, the route of the 5660m Royal Bendinat captivates its players by offering holes that require an optimal strategy to obtain a good result.
Following a refurbishment in December 2013, the Club House now boasts a luxurious terrace and relaxation areas offering stunning views of the 18th hole and Bendinat Castle.
Hotel Bonsol - offers a seven night stay in a classic double room on a B&B basis including three rounds of golf and buggy hire from £738 (three different rounds on an 18 hole course) or £649 (three different rounds on a nine hole course), price per person. These rates are valid until 4 April 2014. For more information visit www.hotelbonsol.es
For more information visit www.realgolfbendinat.com
Golf de Poniente – The Terrifying 10th
Universally considered to be one of Mallorca’s best designed golf courses, Golf de Poniente opened in 1978 and is the product of Mallorca architect, Pepe Gancedo. The 18-hole, 6430m, par 72 course, combines woodland, Mediterranean flora, seven lakes, sweeping terrain, wide fairways and quick greens.
The challenging par four 10th hole terrifies golfers at the tee. The hole is a favourite for competitive golfers, as it does not initially appear that difficult. However, an out of bounds challenge on the right, as well as a lot of water to navigate, makes it a great hole for visitors to achieve their par.
As well as being a challenging course, the views from the course, particularly the 8th and 16th holes, are breathtaking, and the club boasts an excellent reputation. Facilities include a terrace restaurant which has been restored to a rustic Mallorcan style according to the design of Ignacio de Gregorio.
The four star Son Caliu Hotel Spa Oasis offers a seven night package including a buffet breakfast, free spa entrance and five green fees at either Real Golf Bendinat, Poniente Golf or Santa Ponsa, from €685 per person based on two people sharing a standard room. For more information visit www.soncaliu.com
For more information visit www.ponientegolf.com
Golf Santa Ponsa 1 – Follow in Seve’s Footsteps
Host of the European Tour six times, Golf Santa Ponsa 1 was the Calvia region’s first golf course and the second in Majorca. Located in the stunning four star Golf Santa Ponsa Resort which has three exclusive golf courses, Santa Ponsa 1 is the only one open to the general public to enjoy.
Designed by the late Italian architect Folco Nardi and opened in 1977, the course is open and uncomplicated, with fairways amongst the most generous on the island. Situated on one of the best estates in the municipality, with beautiful views of Puig Galatzó, it is a long course of 6543 metres with 18 holes (Par 72); the 10th hole (Par 5) is one of the longest in Europe with 590 meters.
The course has been host to the European Tour six times with players such as Severiano Ballesteros, Bernard Langer, José Mª Olazábal, Miguel A. Jiménez, Jesper Partnevick, Lee Westwood, Colin Montgomerie, Ian Woosnam, and Vijay Singh all playing the course.
Golf Santa Ponsa 1 has a superb shape with several doglegs and an 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.
Hotel Santa Ponsa Golf offers seven nights in a double room for two people with breakfast, five green fees (three in Golf Santa Ponsa, and one in Bendinat Golf), hire car (category B) for four days with insurance from €888 per person, including VAT. These rates are valid from 23/02/14 to 22/11/14. For more information visit http://www.hotelgolfsantaponsa.com
The 19th Hole
Calvia boasts six well-established resorts (Magaluf, Palmanova, Portal Nous, Illetes, Santa Ponca and Peguera) which are all situated approximately 20 minutes from Palma de Mallorca airport, which is only a two-hour flight from London Gatwick and other regional airports. Each of the golf courses is centrally located in the region, making it easy for visitors to dine out and experience the region’s famous nightlife.
Visitors can also enjoy the plethora of cycling and hiking in the region, as well as the rich culture and history. Golfing widows can relax in one of the luxury spas or soak up the sun on one of the many sand-filled beaches, and much more.
Calvia has an assortment of hotels offering a variety of golfing packages including: Barcelo Hotel Illetas Albatros, Flamboyan Caribe, RIU Palace Bonanaza Playa, Sol Antillas Barbados, Sol Beach House-Cala Blanca, Sol Trinidad and Ponent Mar