Santa Ponsa is a fantastically spacious course
spread out in a valley as part of the large complex of Habitat Golf
Santa Ponsa. It plays as
quite a long course but the feeling that you get is the freedom to play
your shots rather than the need to force distance out of every shot.
The course has many fairly long doglegs with wide open fairways which are both testing and beautiful, classic Mallorcan golf. There are very few holes that are intimidating and narrow fairways, dense tree areas and Out of Bounds are not features of this course. Water does play a large part over the 18 holes and the numerous water features literally running their way through the course keep the interest levels up and provide a challenge with numerous approaches over water.
At 20 minutes West of Palma it can be played in the same day as Camp de Mar in Andratx further to the west and Poniente and Bendinat on the way back into Palma.
Representative of the front 9 is the Par 4 4th hole. A long dogleg left it provides the challenge of distance whilst the elevated tee, wide open fairway and freedom to cut the corner reduces the feeling of pressure from the tee. The green is quite small and the surrounding bunkers are shallow and highly playable.
The Par 4 16th on the back 9 employs two water features typical of Santa Ponsa. It is a dog leg right and the first body of water can be carried from the tee, whilst there is another hazard in front of the green directly in play. With our Shot Saver section on the right you can see our advice on the best way to play this and other holes at Santa Ponsa.
1st – Par 4, 410m, dog leg left.
A nice way to ease into the course. The fairway bunker on the right is
in the range of a good drive so staying to the right of this is
advisable, however it is very shallow and presents no issue for recovery
if you hit it.
2nd – Par 5, 500m, dogleg right with approach over water.
A complete change from the 1st hole as the fairway is
uncharacteristically narrow and there are trees all the way down the
right. Staying to the left of the fairway will give you a safer lay up.
Having said that the trees on the right are forgiving but will create a
risky blind approach. Staying left at the expense of distance will
always pay off.
4th – Par 4, 400m, dog leg left, small green.
It is highly possible to cut the corner on this hole and given its
length this could be advised if you’re confident. The uphill approach to
a small green with bunkers left and right is tricky. Favouring the left
from the tee and staying left will reduce some distance and take out of
play the deeper bunker on the right of the green.
6th – Par 5, 440m, dogleg left with an undulating fairway and water
short of the green.
An almost links style undulating fairway gives the chance to get some
good roll from a drive, the line being over the outer tree on the left
of the fairway. On your second shot there is a danger of finding a
downslope and rolling into the water at the foot of the approach. A
conservative second shot/lay up is the safest bet for everyone but the
7th – Par 3, 160m, water on the left.
Not a long Par 3 but with water on the left and plenty of landing room
on the right the choice is clear. The sloping fringe from right to left
means you don’t have to over-club to make the green.
9th – Par 4, 380m, left to right slope from tee to green.
The hole is set up to draw you right with a sloping fairway and trees
lining the right side. These are the densest trees on the course. We
suggest to tee up far on the right hand side of the tee so you can set
yourself up to go left and stay left.
10th – Par 5, 560m, very long dogleg right but with no hazards.
A very long hole! We suggest you settle in for the long haul and be
ready with your fairway wood/short irons. The left hand side of the
fairway off the tee is safest. There is a downslope towards the green
and no hazards on the lay up so a nice strike should take the sting out
of the rest of this hole.
12th – Par 3, 200m, uphill all the way.
A long Par 3 that plays even longer for being uphill all the way. Don’t
be shy of a wood off the tee as it is further than it looks. There is
Out of Bounds over the back of the green although it shouldn’t be in
play for too many people.
13th – Par 5, 440m, dog leg right with another undulating fairway.
Not all that long compared to the 10th but long enough. The trees on the
right are forgiving but the second shot will be blind from there and
will bring into play the thick reeds to the right of the green. Left
left left is the safe option.
16th – Par 4, 364m, dogleg right with two water features.
The first water feature is not immediately a concern from a clean strike
off the tee. The ideal line is over the edge of the water without
staying too tight to the trees on the right to give a better line in
over the second water feature. For the approach we recommend you take an
extra club and swing easy to clear the second lake. The landing is
fairly tight but there is plenty of bail out room on the right.
17th – Par 4, 300m, dogleg left with elevated tee and plenty of space.
An eminently driveable green for the big hitters and the ambitious. Left
directly over the trees in front of the green is the Tiger line, with
plenty of recovery space both left, right and in the trees if it goes
awry. Go on, you know you want to!
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