May 25th, 2016
Big money upgrades for Mallorca courses
As golf tourism is on the rise
Words: John Dean Photography: Azalea
Mallorca's golf clubs are taking the opportunity to capitalise on the island's increasing popularity with the announcement of more than €2m worth of investment in their courses.Marriott Golf Son Antem is set to plough in €700,000 to make course improvements, Club de Golf Son Servera has invested €600,000, while Club de Golf Alcanada is spending a further €250,000 this year alone.
Golf Son Muntaner, one of the three Arabella Golf Mallorca courses near Palma, has recently closed its doors until October as it undergoes a revolutionary summer upgrade to replace all of its existing grass.
Golf Son Muntaner has embarked on an ambitious plan to reseed its entire course with Celebration Bermudagrass to create better playing conditions and improve the maintenance.
On its reopening later this year, golfers will experience smoother fairways and greens, while the course itself will require less water to keep it in perfect condition throughout the year.
During the recovery period, Golf Son Muntaner members and golfers on Mallorca will still be able to enjoy the Arabella Golf experience at neighbouring courses Golf Son Vida and Golf Son Quint.
Club de Golf Son Servera - in the north east of Mallorca - has allocated €600,000 to its own project. The clubhouse, pro shop and club entrance have already been remodelled and updated.
On the course itself, tees and fairways have been reshaped, new GPS buggies will arrive in August and the greenkeeping staff will use state-of-the-art machinery to help keep the course in pristine condition.
At Golf Son Antem's 36-hole resort near Palma, there are some big changes planned as part of their revamp.
A new water-treatment plant is being built to enhance the irrigation at both courses, while four greens - two on each course - are set to be re-laid between June and September. There will also be further landscaping work and three of the lakes will be renovated to improve the general aesthetics.
At Club de Golf Alcanada - in the north of Mallorca - money is being spent on updating greenkeeping machinery to reach even higher standards of maintenance. There will also be improvements to the irrigation and buggy paths, while a new halfway house - the Lighthouse Bar - is also set to be built.
The four courses are among 19 in the association. All of them are within one hour's drive on the island.