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IMAGES: ARABELLA COMPLEX; INIGO SANTIAGO SARACHO; SON GUAL


Spain: Majorca


SIX OF THE BEST


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Arabella Those who don't fancy travelling around Majorca


should head for the Arabella complex in the residential suburbs, two miles from downtown Palma and within 10 miles of the international airport. The Arabella offers three 18-hole courses, headed by Son Vida, Majorca’s oldest golf course. Designed in 1964 by Fred Hawtree, it was renovated by Kurt Rossknecht in 2000. Rossknecht, a German, is also responsible for neighbouring Son Muntaner, which opened the same year. Son Quint is the newest of the trio. All three have magnificent views of the Bay of Palma. Son Vida tests the errant golfer with narrow fairways among stands of pines, palms and almond trees — particularly appealing when they blossom in February. Son Mutaner’s must- see is Na Capitana, the 1,000-year-old olive tree on the 15th, while hilly Son Quint overlooks Palma Cathedral from the raised tee at the 8th. Five- star accommodation options are the Sheraton Mallorca Arabella, in a traditional Spanish courtyard style, and the Castillo, in a 13th-century castle high above the course. With preferred tee times and discounted green fees for residents and a free shuttle bus circulating every 15 minutes, Arabella is as hassle-free as it gets. Eating out in town is easy. Simply Fosh, owned by Brit Marc Fosh, boasts a prime location — in the refectory of the 17th century Convent de la Missio hotel — and a Michelin star. arabellagolfmallorca.com


176 ABTA Golf 2017


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Alcanada The Alcudia peninsula on Majorca’s more


exclusive northern shore is home to Alcanada, the island’s most sophisticated golf facility. It occupies hilly terrain with fabulous views of the lighthouse, especially from the 7th tee and the clubhouse. The Robert Trent Jones Jr’s layout rewards players with the skills to land the ball accurately on sloping target greens. The fairways look encouragingly wide, but beware of the hostile rough, adverse camber on steep slopes and streams in unexpected places. Ravines, valleys and elevated tees rack up the challenge but not to worry if performance isn't up to scratch. Not only is this a wonderful place to play, but welcoming staff, accustomed to dealing with stressed-out golfers on a daily basis, can quickly soothe feathers ruffled by wind and adversity with their cheery dispositions. Alcanada’s closest beach is natural and uncrowded, mostly because it is pebbly. On the plus side, the seabed is sandy, the water is balmy and crystal clear, and there is a shaded pine forest on the shore. Three miles across the peninsula, the old port of Alcudia marks the start of a very popular six-mile sandy beach, stretching down to Playa de Muro and Ca’n Picafort. Jardin, chef Macarena de Castro’s family-run Michelin-starred restaurant in the port, is both close by and highly recommended for evening escapades. golf-alcanada.com


Clockwise from top, left: Arabella complex; Alcanada course; Clubhouse at Son Gual; hole 13 at Son Gual


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