The East course at Son Antem has mostly wide and forgiving fairways, and whilst it has a higher number of bunkers and water features none are too deep as to be punishing and recovery
is always an possibility.
Wind can play a large part here although it does usually seem to be with you
on the majority of holes which is nice. Where there are trees on the course they tend to be widely spaced
enough for you to be able to find your ball. Water features play a larger part here than on
its sister course and come into play on a number of holes, however, on
quite a few the water is out of range so it is more of a psychological
hazard than a risk of running out of balls.
The Signature hole on the front 9 would have to be the 4th which is a Par 4 with water on the left in the range of a good tee shot. It epitomises Son Antem East as it is not a long hole, the hazard is avoidable with plenty room on the other side whilst the green is well protected by bunkers. A playable and enjoyable hole, made easier by our Shot Saver section on the right.
The Par 4 11th dogleg right sums up the back 9 as again it is not a long hole, and as with all the doglegs on this course if you know on which ones you can afford to stay close to the trees you will end up scoring good points. Here you can carry the trees off the tee and pitch on. You can use our Shot Saver section on the right for more details on this and other holes at Son Antem.
1st – Par 5, 446m, dog leg right.
A typical start to this course. From the tee the fairway is wide open
and the best line is to the right of the trees in the middle and then
cutting inside them to the green. If you go left off the tee they are in
your way on approach. There is a bunker short right of the green so you
have to thread the needle here.
2nd – Par 3, 122m, water left and bunkers right.
A short hole but with a carry over water. There is plenty of green to
play with here so we say club up and swing easy. The bunker is shallow
and kind so if anything go right.
3rd – Par 4, 304m, slight turn left.
There is a long narrow bunker behind the trees on the left and behind it
are innocent people sitting on the terrace of their villa, so the line
here is on the left of the fairway, but not too far left! The wind can
tend to take you left and the fairway opens up to the right, so your
options are open here.
4th – Par 4, 314m, water left and trees right.
The water is well in range of a tee shot so we suggest you go short off
the tee to take it out of play. From the fairway the green looks further
away than it really is, so there is nothing to lose from holding back
off the tee (apart from another ball if you don't).
5th – Par 3, 181m, a long Par 3 with Out of Bounds on the left.
A long Par 3 that needs plenty club off the tee complicated by a right
to left wind that draws you towards the next set of innocents in the
villas. There is room to the right of the bunker if you don't fancy
going over it.
7th – Par 5, 520m, long but straight.
No dog leg here so the line is straight down the middle. The trees on
the right are not too threatening and shouldn't swallow your ball, but
they are however closely spaced so you'll probably have to chip out
sideways if you venture in. Aim to go left of the tree on your second
shot as it will take the bunkers in front of the green out of play.
8th – Par 4, 354m, dogleg right.
Not a long hole, especially if you can stay tight to the trees from the
tee. The fairway opens up to the right past the trees leaving just a
chip onto the green. If you go left from the tee you'll play double the
distance you need to.
10th – Par 5, 467m, dogleg right with a narrow fairway.
Not an overly long hole but with a narrow fairway and a turn to the
right it is a little tricky. No tips here just take it easy, don't over
stretch and play it in regulation.
11th – Par 4, 363m, dogleg right with a narrow fairway.
A signature hole for its length. The line is tight right, those with the
distance can carry the trees to leave a pitch on. There is plenty of
green on the left so no need to really go for the pin and risk the
bunker and tree on the right.
12th – Par 4, 307m, straightforward hole with a hidden water hazard.
A straight hole but there is water short left of the green which can't
always been seen from the fairway. Bear it in mind and approach from the
14th – Par 4, 383m, dogleg right with an unprotected green.
Don't take it too tight off the tee here, a good strike will hit the
bunker and if it doesn't the trees will block the line in. Play this one
wider and longer, there's no bunkers around the green so it is
forgiving from a distance.
15th – Par 4, 376m, water on the right.
Don't fall for the threat of the water! From the tee only a hero could
reach it, so don't club short or overcompensate because of it! If you
stay on the left of the fairway its not in play on approach either. At
Stroke Index 1 it should be points in the bag.
17th – Par 4, 370m, water on the left, thick trees on the right.
The water is in play here and there is another sneaky water hazard
running all the way down the left up to the front of the green. Its not
too long so no need to go for it off the tee, nor on approach.
18th – Par 5, 501m, straight hole all the way to the clubhouse.
It may feel like a long way to the bar from the tee but it isn't really.
The green is highly reachable for the big hitters, but two bunkers
framing the approach means you'll have to be accurate to make it work.
If you play it in regulation it'll leave you with a good feeling and
coming back for more.
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