At 5,601m off the yellow tees this is not a long course overall
although it is very well balanced with a good mix of both short and long
holes to contend with which keeps the interest levels high on each and
Set up in the Tramuntana mountain range Son Vida is the highest of
the three Arabella Golf Courses and as such provides some spectacular
views across the bay of Palma as well as the city itself.
There are a fair amount of water features on the course which are
both man made and natural and integrate beautifully into the design of
Son Vida is kept in superb condition all year round and we cannot
recommend Son Vida highly enough to all golfers visiting Mallorca.
Simply a must-do golf experience and we would love to hear your thoughts on
the course when you get back.
Given its proximity to Palma, Son Vida can be played in the same day as Bendinat and Puntiro and as well as its nearby sister courses Son Quint and Son Muntaner.
Rolling mountainside terrain beautifully crafted into intricate golf challenges with superb views of Palma.
Typical of the front 9 is the
Par 4 5th hole. This is a relatively short Par 4 at 361m off the yellow
tees and is a dogleg left with an uphill approach to the green. The view
from the tee is memorable to say the least and like many of the holes
here at Son Vida it can be tricky from the tee to devise a strategy on
how to play the hole given the different options on offer. More often than not things are as they appear, and it may be worthwhile looking at our Shot Saver section on the right for more details on how to
play this hole and others at Son Vida.
The Par 5 18th on the back 9 is another classic example of the golf at
Son Vida. Three water features in play on every shot make you have to
think about how to play this hole as do the fairway bunkers and Out of
Bounds lining the fairway. Typical of Son Vida though is that with all these hazards
in play it still manages to be feel good golf at the same time as
challenging which is a balancing act that has been perfectly executed here at
1st – Par 4, 264m, dogleg right with Out of Bounds along the right hand side.
A very short Par 4 to start the course which plays shorter
than the card indicates as there is no corner to cut. The green is
imminently driveable (as is the greenside bunker short right!) although
anything that strays far right or far left may end up Out of Bounds. An easy start if played in regulation, staying right of centre of the
fairway and not overclubbing on approach as there is a road behind the
2nd – Par 3, 193m, long and narrow Par 3 with trees on the right hand side.
We favour the right side of this hole as the only bunker is
short left of the green and the bank of trees on the right are very
forgiving, often kicking a stray ball back towards the green.
3rd – Par 4, 364m, elevated tee to an even more elevated green.
A hole that plays longer than the card shows due to the
upslope all the way to the green. Trees lining the left again indicate
that it is better to stay right off the tee and approaching to the right
side of the green will bring the bank into play on the back right of
5th – Par 4, 361m, dogleg left with a slight uphill approach to the green.
This is one of the doglegs where it pays to stay wide right
of the corner from the tee to avoid an awkward line into the green
which would have to be over the house on the corner of the fairway.
Steep banks behind and on both sides of the green will feed the ball
back onto the green from a long approach if slightly overhit.
6th – Par 5, 450m, long straight and narrow Par 5 with Out of Bounds on both sides.
Danger on both sides means that slow, steady and straight
will win this hole every day of the week. There is a road and the
clubhouse behind the green so short on approach is best.
7th – Par 4, 300m, short dogleg right.
Another driveable green and a similar hole to the 1st,
however this time there is room out right above the wall (which is not
Out of Bounds) so we say this is your best chance of feeling like a pro
and getting close enough for a chip onto the green. Be careful not to go
left though as this is a very short line into the Out of Bounds. Go
large and go right is our advice for the brave, and two mid-size clubs
for the conservative.
9th – Par 4, 317m, another dogleg right with a carry over a ditch from the tee.
Another short dogleg right although this time we do not
recommend you try and cut the corner as there is a water hazard running
down the right hand side and the trees are quite thick. A tee shot to
the right off the tee also leaves a pitch into the green which will have
to go either over or under a set of awkwardly spaced trees. We
recommend a small club off the tee to hit the visible fairway to leave a
clean and straight line into the relatively well protected green.
10th – Par 4, 265m, dogleg left this time.
A deceptive hole that feels longer from the tee than it is.
With Out of Bounds tight left to the fairway we recommend a mid-iron
off the tee to leave a smaller club for the approach.
11th – Par 5, 482m, dogleg left with 2 kinks in it with an elevated green - a tricky hole.
A long hole which goes uphill at the end means distance of
the tee will help here. You will have to be a relatively big hitter if
you want to stay tight the trees on the left off the tee otherwise they
will be in the way on the second shot. There are to deep bunkers short
right and left of the green so we recommend you club up for the final
approach to avoid them.
14th – Par 4, 331m, the fairway takes a sharp turn left with the green tucked in behind the water hazard.
There is water on the left behind the trees to be wary of
so staying right of the tee is safest and leaves a better line into the
green. Also be aware that there is a water hazard to the back right of
the green as well as the obvious one back left.
15th – Par 4, 368m, dogleg right across the fall line of a hill.
This is a very interesting hole going across the natural fall
line of the hill. The regulation way to play this hole requires lots of
distance off the tee to get up to the top of the hill and allow an
unrestricted approach. However, it is possible to play below the wall
all the way to the green, bearing in mind that to the right of the water
hazard is designated Out of Bounds.
17th - Par 4, 400m, Straight hole with a left to right sloping fairway the whole way.
This is a straight hole although the sloping fairway does mean it is wise to play down the left as much as possible.
18th– Par 5, 470m, a fantastic finish with 3 water features in play on each hole.
Water on the left and fairway bunker in play means that
staying right of centre is safer off the tee. The best way into this
green is a zig-zag in so staying right off the tee will allow you to hit
your second shot to the left of the next water hazard. A well protected
green gives the final challenge to the final hole.
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