Covering an area of around two thousand square miles, the Balearic Islands lie to the east of mainland Spain in the Mediterranean Sea. This small archipelago consists of four main islands – Mallorca, Minorca, Ibiza and Formentera – along with a number of smaller isles, and their sun-kissed beaches attract millions of visitors to the region every year.
The Real Federación Española de Golf is split into nineteen geographical areas and one of these, Federación Balear de Golf, acts as the golfing authority for the amateur game in the Balearic Isles. Twenty clubs are affiliated to this federation with a local membership of 7,000 golfers and all but two of the clubs – Golf de Ibiza and Golf Son Parc in Minorca – are located on the island of Mallorca.
Three top tracks can be played close to the capital, Palma. The first of these is Son Vida, one of the older Balearic tracks, fashioned by Fred Hawtree in 1964. The second is Son Antem (West), a fine recent addition to the local golfing scene by Francisco Lopez Segales. Third, and best of all, Thomas Himmel’s Son Gual is a stunning new millennium course that’s already been ranked as one of the Top 100 courses in Continental Europe.