Bendinat is not a long course but it is very challenging as the fairways are mostly narrow and precision is very much favoured over distance off the tees. There are a number of uphill fairways as well as elevated tees and this is a course where man made hazards are not required to provide a challenge.
The course is kept in good condition year round and can get quite busy in the summer months. At 10 minutes West of Palma it can be played in the same day as Poniente
near Magaluf and Camp de Mar in Andratx further to the west. The trio
of courses at Son Vida, Son Muntaner and Son Quint are also nearby.
Typical of the front 9 is the 8th hole which is a Par 4 dogleg left with an uphill approach to the green. At 340m from the elevated tees this hole does not play long, whilst the almost 90 degree turn left in the fairway and the heavily protected green make exact club selection on every shot important here. See our Shot Saver section to see the best way to play this and many other of the holes at Bendinat.
The Par 4 14th on the back 9 has Bendinat written all over it. A tee shot with a carry over a valley filled with prickly bush is the first obstacle (albeit a mostly psychological one). The tee shot is blind and into what appears to be a downslope towards the green but is actually a fairway that slopes right to left the whole way and funnels balls towards the greenside bunker. A tricky hole with many natural hazards on the way, be sure to see our Shot Saver section to see how best to survive this hole.
1st – Par 4, 344m, blind tee shot with a slight dogleg left. Believe
it or not this is Stroke Index 15!
You start as you mean to go on at Bendinat with a blind tee shot off the
first tee. There is plenty of room on the right of the fairway and this
is by far the best line into the green so the strategic player takes it
easy and stays right here.
2nd – Par 3, 158m, carry over water and greenside bunkers.
A delicate Par 3 that allows for bail out room to the right
but not behind the green. The carry required over the water and then
the bunker without meeting the wall behind the green make club selection
3rd – Par 4, 330m, dog leg left, Out of Bounds surrounds the green.
This is the first of many doglegs on this course, and like
many more to come (but not all) there is little benefit in cutting the
corner and precise placement will win out over distance every time. A
shorter club than you may think to play up to in front of the bunkers
will give a straight line into a green that has three deep bunkers
framing it on approach and a steep drop off on the left and at the back.
4th – Par 4, 353m, dogleg right with water cutting across the fairway.
A narrow tee area which opens out into a rare wide fairway
here means that a large club could be taken if you like, bearing in mind
that there is water running across the fairway that may be in range of a
large strike. This is one of the more challenging greens with many
bumps in it.
5th – Par 4, 396m, Stroke Index 1 with a narrow fairway. The narrow fairway and blind uphill tee shot earns this
Stroke Index 1 rating. If anything then right is better than left off
the tee although we suggest a shorter but more accurate club for safety.
A relatively straightforward second shot running downhill to an
unprotected green means that staying in the fairway from the tee at all
costs could make this a good hole to score points on.
6th – Par 4, 380m, long Par 4 which again is narrow.
This hole comes straight back along the same line as the
5th although there is no downslope to help it play shorter. This is one
hole where distance off the tee is required and is not threatened by too
narrow a fairway.
8th – Par 4, 340m, dogleg left, elevated tee with a carry over water. Not
a long hole at all given the elevated tee although there a water hazard
to carry. The dogleg turns at 90 degrees and the bigger hitters can
carry the corner here to leave a chip on. Either way staying close to
the trees will take distance out of the uphill approach to a well
9th – Par 4, 334m, another dogleg left with elevated tee.
No carry over water here but a very similar hole to the 8th
with a similar strategy. Beware the bunker just behind the trees ready
to catch the ambitious.
10th – Par 4, 349m, uphill all the way with narrow fairway.
A tricky hole given the distance, narrow fairway and steep
uphill nature all the way. No secrets here apart from that it will all
be worth it when you turn around and see the view from the top.
11th – Par 4, 329m, dogleg left with rare wide fairway.
Again not an overly long hole so big hitting off the tee is
not required. There is no room either side of the green or at the back
where it slopes off into trees so a controlled approach is the main
12th – Par 3, 135m, downhill with small landing area.
Water on the left and Out of Bounds on the right means club
selection from this elevated tee is crucial and will be influenced by
the wind coming in off the bay.
13th – Par 4, 294m, narrow fairway again which slopes uphill to a tiny green.
Nothing hidden or surprising here apart from the fact that
the green is one of the smallest on the course and is tucked away behind
a tree. There is no room at the back of the green or the sides again so
it offers a small landing area.
14th – Par 5, 452m, one of only 2 Par 5's, long straight and narrow.
The challenge from the tee is mostly psychological here so
taking less club may take some pressure away. The fairway is narrow on
this hole as well so less club may be twice as good an idea. A downslope
to the relatively unprotected green means that you can make the
distance up on your second and third shots.
15th – Par 4, 345m, dog leg left with spectacular elevated tee.
Definitely a dogleg where it does not pay off at all to
stay close to the corner. Staying right off the tee adds very little
distance whilst reducing complexity on approach and will leave a clean
line into the green.
17th – Par 3, 159m, small landing area requiring precision.
A straightforward Par 3 with a small green perched on top
of bunkers and a drop off left, right and at the back. We suggest that
if in doubt short is better than long here!
18th – Par 5, 454m, the second Par 5, dogleg right uphill with hazard running down the right hand side.
A fantastic way to finish a great round of golf. A fairway
that narrows in the range of a drive and then turn right makes this an
interesting hole. Staying left off the tee to make sure you can get
round the corner is a good idea. It is then uphill on the second and
third shots keeping in mind that there is a water hazard running the
length of the hole on the right.
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