Discover tough rounds and relaxation in the golfer's paradise of Majorca

It is somewhere many people under the age of 25 never get to see.

The Carrossa Resort sits atop one of the gentle Levante hills, yet is still in a central location to ensure a ­varied golf holiday.

Within a short drive, Alcanada and Son Gual are rated as two of the best courses on the island.

So after a relaxing night in a five-star rated cabin-style room at ­Carrossa with my own separate lounge area, I set off for a day of chasing a little white ball around a very big field.

Son Gual is actually a bit more than that.

It is pristine and as good a course as you will find ­anywhere in the world.

The fairways and greens are perfect and present a good challenge to all standards of golfer.

There are, however, bunkers everywhere and sometimes it actually feels like you are on an island within the island.

The course is directly underneath the flight path of Palma airport, but you soon get used to the planes buzzing ­overhead.

They can even provide a welcome distraction if your game is no good.

After four hours thrashing around in the sun, the clubhouse offers a cool sanctuary with refreshing beer on tap and a menu that includes many local delicacies.

On my return to Carrossa, I opted for a massage in the spa for my weary back, having hit the golf ball so many times it ached.

Some of my travel colleagues went to the sauna, where they had a surprise when they opened the door to be met by a group of nude ladies.

The resort is owned by Germans and has a lot of German guests for whom this is the norm.

So be warned. Other facilities include an indoor pool, outdoor heated infinity pool and, due to the exclusivity of the complex, sunbeds (with no towels on them).

Dinner, as expected, was beautiful and served in an airy, atmospheric dining room with great views over the hills.

Day two involved a trip to ­Alcanada golf course on the north- eastern coast of the island.

The elevated view from the clubhouse is stunning, with a picture-book lighthouse in the foreground and the sparkling Med beyond.

GO: Majorca

GETTING THERE: Flights to Palma from 11 British airports are from £23.99 per person one-way, including full-sized carry-on.


STAYING THERE: Seven nights’ half-board in a suite at Carrossa is from £994 per person including 18-hole green fees at Capdepera, Canyamel, Alcanada and Son Gual.



The course is owned by one of the bigwigs at Porsche and it is the only place on earth you will find buggies made by the car company. The owner has two but, unfortunately, they are for his use only.

The course, when we played it, had suffered from drought the previous summer and there were patches of bare earth with a lot of reconstruction work being done.

But the holes were varied, the views wonderful and I actually played quite well. It must have been the massage.

Afterwards, lunch was again a collection of local ­specialities washed down with some excellent Spanish wine.

The group returned to Carrossa where, after a few hours of R&R, we met for dinner in a private ­dining room overlooking the infinity pool and enchanting hills.

Afterwards, stories of the day’s golf were shared in the bar and as the night wore on and the alcohol flowed, those five-foot putts got longer and longer.

Majorca is not the place that first comes to mind when thinking about golf trips abroad, with the Algarve in Portugal the main European ­destination.

Because of this, the courses on the Spanish isle are not crowded and you can enjoy a relaxing, unhurried round in the sunshine.

Prices in peak season are around £120pp for a round on Alcanada and Son Gual.

But it is a worthwhile investment as both courses ooze class and serenity — something not often seen down the road at Magaluf.

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