A bit of a break this week, just as I had one in Mallorca last month. I got in a couple of games, which was very nice, and what’s more they were both at courses I had never played before, which was even nicer.

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The 11th at Alcanada is a tumbling par-five measuring 554 metres from the back tees…beware of vertigo!

Both courses were in the north of the island, in the case of Club de Golf Alcanada right on the Mediterranean. The sea is never in play but it is in view a fair amount, especially on the back nine and from the higher points of the course. Three holes in particular  – the 7th, the 11th and the 13th – show off the latter aspect of the layout to spectacular effect, all of them featuring swooping downhill tee shots which make you feel, if incorrectly, that you cannot possibly make a hash of your drive.  The club logo is a lighthouse, seen in the final photo here and displayed on the scorecard. This, too, is never in play but you get to see it quite a bit. The course plays to just over 7,000 yards from the back markers and in the opinion of many people and golf websites it may be the best course on Mallorca. I have not played enough courses on the island to have a valid opinion on the subject but based on those I have visited that judgement may well be accurate.

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No-one would claim Pollença is one of Spain’s best courses but the 278-metre 6th is a terrific short four

Inland a little is Golf Pollença, just outside the very attractive small town of that name. (It’s a confusing place; depending on whether it’s written in Spanish or Mallorqui, the name is spelt with the cedilla or as Pollensa.) The golf course only has nine holes. It begins with a downhill par-three played from beside the clubhouse pool with a view out across vineyards and farmhouses to the sea and mountains in the distance. The 2nd is a frankly rather messy par-five but the par-three 4th features attractive rocks and a pond in front of the green while the 6th, pictured here, is a beautifully constructed short par-four. Although it measures under 3,000 yards, the undulating terrain and the fact that there are two par-fives and three par-threes mean that Golf Pollença possesses more variety than most 9-hole courses. Not necessarily worth a big detour to play but definitely worth it if you’re in the vicinity. Which I was…

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At the end of the day at Alcanada…there really could not be a nicer location to enjoy a post-round drink!

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