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Golf Santa Ponsa 1

The Golf Santa Ponsa resort consists of three courses and a stunning four star hotel. Of the 3 courses, Golf Santa Ponsa 1 is the only one open to the general public, as Santa Ponsa II and III are for members only.

One of the distinguished elder statesmen of golf in Mallorca, Santa Ponsa hosted the Balearic Open on the European Tour on seven occasions between 1988 and 1998.

Golf Santa Ponsa 1 was designed by the late Italian Folco Nardi and opened in 1977. It is open, uncomplicated with fairways amongst the most generous on the island, making it an ideal place to enjoy ripping into your drives and approach shots.

There's a superb shape to the course with several doglegs and 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. Good course management is required to safely negotiate a water hazard of this size, and for some laying up and playing the hole as a par-5 could be the wisest option.

The par-4 18th is a fine finish to a very enjoyable round of golf, and was the scene of an epic play-off between Seve Ballesteros and Jesper Parnevik for the 1992 Balearic Open. They played the hole 6 times before Seve eventually triumphed. The story goes that Parnevik's caddie was so exhausted, the Swede took up the bag for the final stretch.

The resort is also known for the par-3 18th on the Santa Ponsa II course, containing an island green in the shape of Mallorca. It's a stunning hole and a joy to play. Just beware of the south-east coast, the water awaits the wayward shots!

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Customer Survey Results - 2016

The following scores represent the percentage of our clients who marked the course as good or excellent in each of the following categories, and the rating in comparison to other courses. The scores are updated at the end of each year:-

  Ranking %
Overall Rating 2016 15th  
Speed of Play 17th 67%
Condition of Tee-Boxes 12th 68%
Condition of Fairways 13th 75%
Condition of Greens 10th 83%
Quality of Design / Layout 15th 84%
Level of Customer Service 13th 78%
Overall Enjoyment 14th 81%
Overall Value for Money 14th 57%

What Our Clients Say:

Excellent design, and good greens, but a shame about the extremely slow pace of play (not Marshalled). Oct 15

Great course; wide fairways and, the Caddy-Master took our clubs out of the taxi and put them straight onto a buggy. Excellent service! Jun 15

We have played this course for 19 years, and it's getting better and better. Apr 15

The course was in excellent condition this year from tee to green. So good that we have decided to play the course twice next year. May 14

Truly exceptional greens, credit to the green keeping staff. Effective marshalling kept the pace of play as it should be, comfortably within 4hrs, with a common sense approach taken too - get the two balls out first if they're ready to play. May 14

A very nice course with a good layout. Good condition on the tees, fairways and greens. Apr 14

An excellent course and excellent test of golf. Not a "holiday layout". Staff and clubhouse facilities are very good. I have played here before and will probably do so again. Aug 13

The condition and layout of the course was excellent. Easy walking course, and suitable for golfers of all levels and ages. Very good clubhouse. Oct 12

Interesting course with great holes and great greens. A fair test for holiday golf. May 12

It is a good test of golf with some excellent holes. Quality of some fairways was suspect so we agreed to "place". Would play this again. Mar 12

Course in good condition; greens well maintained. Marshalls were very helpful - as a two ball they made arrangements for us to play through a couple of slow four balls. Oct 11

We were made to feel welcome on our arrival. The course was in great nick; the greens fantastic - despite some concerns, play was not slow. We were teamed up with a German who appeared to really enjoy our company. Overall a great experience. Oct 10

Proper course; long and tough. Sep 10

Good quality golf course. Fair but testing. Buggies allowed on fairways helped speed up play. Jul 10

A fair course, playable for all handicaps. Some long fairways allowing full use of all clubs. Jul 09

The course is in good condition and whilst presenting a tough challenge it is also forgiving enough for the average club golfer to enjoy playing it. Not much between it and Poniente to be honest. Jun 09

We all played good golf, although with the extra width in the fairways and no heavy rough it did help a lot. Best gross score 78, all finished 75 or under net score. May 08

It was the only one we played, but the course got better on the back nine with the introduction of water. May 08

People were very nice; course was in very good condition. Marshals drove around the course and pushed people so we could play real fast. Oct 07

The course suits my game; I am a long hitter and sometimes not so accurate! You have to think your way around however. Oct 07

Whilst the course reception and buggy / start were unfortunately a long walk, the greeting and help provided was first class and appreciated. The use of buggies on the fairways was also much appreciated, in the very hot weather. Sep 07