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Son Gual in Mallorca takes top spot in European rankings

Steve Wilson  

Golf Son Gual

Golf Son Gual in Mallorca is celebrating another accolade after it was voted as the top course in Europe by readers of highly-respected German magazine Golf Journal and we can see why.

Designed by Thomas Himmel, the 7,240-yard, par-72 course boasts particularly challenging greens, which were once likened to Augusta by former Masters champion Ian Woosnam. The dramatic layout topped the list in the publication’s 18th edition of the coveted Golf Journal Travel Awards.

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Golf Son Gual

Borne of a desire in its owner, Adam Pamer, for Mallorca to have a golf course worthy of the sunshine island, Son Gual was sculpted expertly out of a large piece of barren agricultural land. The transformation into a world-class golf course has created a venue which features large lakes, 66 bunkers, 800 olive trees – some more than a thousand years old – wild flowers in the rough and vineyards in several areas around the course.

Son Gual includes several outstanding, memorable holes including a closing hole described by one reviewer as a “serious contender for Europe’s best par-five and Spain’s most dramatic 18th”.

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Golf Son Gual

More than 1600 votes were registered by readers and visitors to www.golfjournal.de, where Son Gual was voted ahead of Mallorcan neighbours Club de Golf Alcanada and Real Golf de Bendinat in second and third place respectively. So it was no surprise that the popular Mediterranean island was named as the top golfing destination ahead of fellow golfing heavyweights: Portugal’s southern coast of the Algarve, Belek in Turkey and Spain’s Costa del Sol.

Son Gual’s managing director, Andreas Pamer, said: “To be named as the Most Popular Golf Course in Europe is a source of great pride to us."

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Golf Son Gual

“A lot of work goes on behind the scenes in ensuring the experience is as enjoyable as possible for all of our guests and it’s fantastic to receive this sort of recognition. Course rankings are often down to personal opinions but these mean more when they are voted from people who have actually visited us and rated the experience so highly.”

Built on agricultural land at a cost in excess of €30m in 2008, Son Gual has since established itself as a leading European venue and features large lakes, 66 bunkers, 800 olive trees – some more than a thousand years old – a superb collection of par-threes and one of the most memorable finishing holes to be found anywhere on the continent.

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