Located in the bay of Alcudia approximately 45 minutes North of Palma it is rather isolated in terms of surrounding courses but not at all in terms of activities for non-golfers. Don't let this be a factor though, this is a golf course that is more than worth the trip wherever you are starting from!
Situated on mostly flat land this is a uniquely walkable course because it manages to deliver both elevated tees and incredible views from them without any serious effort to walk up them. Indeed one of the most striking aspects of Alcanada is the seamless integration of the course within the natural landscape as there are no man-made hazards and instead the designers have incorporated the natural streams running through the valley.
The Signature Hole on the front 9 would have to be the Par 5 7th. With an elevated tee and a view to remember this hole is fantastic before it even starts. At 561m from the yellow tees it is a long hole and whilst there is plenty of fairway to aim for there is a water hazard running the entire length of the hole. Length and water are not the only challenges here either, the fairway and green side bunkers are very well placed to make you need to go around them.
Subtle natural hazards are hiding around corners at this course, and there are always options about which way to go around the fairway bunkers. We give you the options and ideas for strategy on every hole in our Shot Saver section.
1st – Par 5, 450m, blind tee shot and water running in front of the
Alcanada really starts as it means to go on with this hole! The distance
and blind tee shot can be a little intimidating but fear not. The line
off the tee is at the bush in the distance or left of it. Staying left
of centre of the fairway is best and a lot of distance really isn't
necessary as a lay up is required by all but the biggest of hitters.
There is plenty of green to work with so no need to leave the approach
short and in danger of the water.
2nd – Par 4, 368m, dogleg left with devious fairway bunkers.
From the tee the bunkers are in play and how to play this hole depends a
lot on the wind. With a following wind it would be best if you can to
go over the bunkers to leave a shorter second shot. Going around them to
the right is the safest option but leaves a long second. Going to the
left of them is a poor option as the rough there is quite thick. The
bunker short left of the green makes staying right the best option.
3rd – Par 4, 314m, dogleg left with a carry over a hazard from the tee.
This hole is relatively short so you should be able to leave the driver
in the bag here if you like. Off the tee the right edge of the bunkers
is the line we suggest. The lower distance here is offset by the second
shot to a tricky green. The bunker greenside right is quite deep and
there is a steep drop off left of the green, whilst the green itself is
very narrow but long.
4th – Par 3, 160m, regular length with a strongly sloped green.
The green here slopes left to right to a large degree. It is almost
worth staying right from the tee and risking the bunkers in order to
leave an uphill putt here. Any putt from the left is normally hard to
5th – Par 4, 353m, dogleg right with hazard the length of the hole on
The best way to approach this and the rest of the holes at Alcanada is
to not be tempted to cut any corners off the tee, where there is space
it is best to use it. Here is no exception as not only are thick trees
and a water hazard all the way down the right but there are also bunkers
hiding just behind the trees on the corner. What you may not see on
approach is that there is zero room to the right of the green - Out of
Bounds is within 5 metres of the fringe. Left left left works for us
7th – Par 5, 561m, a Signature hole for the view and the fairway
Depending on how you shape the ball you need to go either left or right
of the bunker off the tee. There is more room left of it and we prefer
this route to leave a cleaner line for the second shot to avoid the
bunkers on the right of the fairway. On the approach we like to go right
to avoid the bunker short left which can be ruinous.
9th – Par 4, 374m, carry over a hazard and sloping fairway right to
The line off the tee is the left hand corner of the bunkers on the right
hand side of the fairway. Staying right off the tee then going left on
the second shot is our preferred strategy here, although be aware that
the green is elevated and there is a drop off to the left of it.
10th – Par 4, 348m, slight dogleg right uphill.
The green is in sight here but it makes sense to go to the left around
the tree in the middle of the fairway. Going over it or to the right may
leave you too close to the wall and always leaves a sharp uphill second
over the bunkers. There is plenty of room to the right of the green if
needs be whilst there are bushes on the left.
11th – Par 5, 535m, a long way back down the hill.
The fairway bunker on the right is there to catch anything sliding that
way. The best approach to the green is actually from the left as close
to the cart path as possible so it pays off to stay left here.
12th – Par 4, 324m, uphill and plays longer than it looks.
A wide open tee shot where the right hand side is preferred to the left.
The uphill second shot requires careful club selection, bearing in mind
that the green is unprotected and there is plenty of room both behind
and on both sides.
13th – Par 5, 451m, elevated tee with a spectacular view, dogleg left
usually against the wind.
The prevailing wind can often make this hole play even longer than
advertised. From tee to green it is best to stay right right right. We
like to go to the right of the fairway bunker off the tee, approaching
from the right and on the right hand side of the green to leave an
14th – Par 3, 145m, green has 3 stepped levels in it running from high
left to low right.
The pin placement rules strategy here. If the pin is in the left hand or
middle steps then all we can say is good luck! If it is to the right
then it is best to stay right to leave an uphill putt and avoid the
bunkers (which is actually the safest approach regardless).
15th – Par 4, 297m, relatively short hole with a well protected green.
Again the shorter distance is compensated for by a tricky green and
approach shot. You may consider taking a shorter club than you may have
become used to off the tee here in order to leave a regulation distance
approach shot. Staying left off the tee and again on approach will give
the cleanest line in to a very well protected green.
17th – Par 3, 194m, deep bunkers short left and thick rough out to the
A Signature hole for the distance requiring plenty of club off the tee,
and the brace of bunkers short left. Ideally, either from the tee or for
your second, you want to pitch on the bank to the right of the green
and let it roll on. This will give you a safe line in and reasonable
18th – Par 4, 325m, slight turn left, bunkers lining the left hand side
from tee to green.
The final hole and a slight turn to the left. From the tee it is best to
go wide right of the bunkers and use the space. These bunkers reach all
the way to the green so right all the way home is our suggestion.
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