Posted on October 3, 2023 in Travel & Golf.
Alcanada, the flagship golf course of the Balearic Islands
Sculpted on the edge of the Mediterranean in the north-east of Mallorca, Alcanada is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful courses on the island. Proof of its standing, the golf course will host the Challenge Tour final at the beginning of November.
It is strangely the only golf course located by the sea in Mallorca. Inaugurated in October 2003, this 18-hole course from the imagination of Robert Trent Jones Jr cannot leave any accomplished golfer indifferent. First of all, visually. Alcanada is designed like a slide that you climb and slide down several times. A spectacular par 5 with a narrow peninsula as a green serves as an hors d'oeuvre to this par 72 of 6 meters which initially winds its way up the hills, between a forest of pine and olive trees. The big jump takes place for the first time at the start of the 559 (the 7 is to match) and offers an incredible panorama of the largest bay of Majorca and its whitish lighthouse, built in 13 and nestled on its small island a few fathoms from the coast. What a view !
Alcanada a journey full of challenges
The pleasure of the eyes here in no way obscures the pleasure of the game. Two short par 5s for potential birdies, two long par 3s of more than 180 meters in the shape of impregnable citadels and par fours of very different sizes also offer a golfing challenge. varied as well as fun, the wide fairways compensating for some slightly duplicitous, but perfectly manicured, greens. In short, Alcanada is a success on all levels. “There are no houses or roads around the course, you really play in the middle of nature,” emphasizes its director, Kristoff Both. The club house is also an old farm. » Golf has taken on another dimension by hosting the Challenge Tour final since 2019 at the end of the season. The course record (64) was also held for ten years by the French Romain Langasque, before being beaten last year by a point by the South African JC Ritchie.
An eco-responsible golf course
For several years, three donkeys have taken up residence near hole no. 13, which has the advantage
to clear the surrounding area without using herbicides and even to prevent forest fires. Equipped with GPS screens, the carts are equipped with solar panels to extend the life of the batteries by up to 36 holes. Finally, plastic bottles are now being replaced by cardboard packaging.
WHERE TO SLEEP ?
Within driving distance of the golf course, the hotel Inmood Australia is a 4-star hotel completely renovated in 2023. In addition to a breathtaking panorama of the Mediterranean, the establishment stands out for its authenticity, like the restaurant's cuisine. Major Tower (named after the defense tower built in the XNUMXth century in the city), which offers local cuisine from sunrise. At the Inmood Aucanada, charm, relaxation and sport are not empty words, as evidenced by its four cascading swimming pools, a Spa with sea view, yoga classes and even a space dedicated to cycling for take beautiful walks in the region. Chic, bright and modern atmosphere in the rooms. And above all, once again, what a view!
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