This is true gem of a golf course and like most gems it is somewhat hidden away. An hour from Palma visiting this course requires a bit of commitment but is more than rewarded very shortly.
At a comparatively short 5,335m off the yellow tees this is one of the shortest courses on the island but we felt far from being short-changed here. The naturally rolling hills give the course a depth and intensity that you cannot find elsewhere, and requires a subtlety around the greens certain to be a challenge to most players.
There is only one hole with a man made hazard on it and that is the 9th which has two lakes framing the green. Apart form this all of the challenge comes from the contours of the natural terrain both the hills and the trees and bushes.
There are no nearby courses but the fishing village of Portocolom is worth visting if you are in the area and the beach of Es Trenc at Campos is another nearby attraction.
The most stunning Hole on the front 9 and therefore our choice of 'Signature Hole' is the Par 5 3rd. It is quite a walk to reach the tee from the 2nd green but it is well worth it. This hole has the best view we have seen on any golf course in Mallorca. The hole itself is typical of Vall d'Or as at 439m it is not a very long Par 5, although the lie of the land is right to left on the first part of the fairway and left to right on the second providing some fairly intriguing challenges on how to play it. This coupled with a green surrounded by drop zones (which give an indication of how tricky this hole is to play) makes it the stand out hole of the whole course as well as the front 9. We've got some inside knowledge for you on how to play this hole in our Shot Saver section that lets you make the most of this hole.
The back 9 plays differently from the front 9 and as such we have chosen the Par 4 16th as the Signature Hole here. Another elevated tee but that is where the similarity ends. The fairway is a valley in itself with a pleasurable tee shot downhill but this is more than offset by a tricky uphill second to a sloping and fast moving green. Furthermore the lie of the land is against where you feel you want to be going.
1st – Par 3, 147m, uphill shot to an unprotected but small green.
Vall d'Or is fairly unique in that is starts and finishes with Par 3's.
Don't be deceived though as it is no pushover. This particular hole
(like so many more to come) has a green higher than the tee which can
have subtle but definite effects on club selection. Our advice here is
to take an extra club and swing nice and easily. It’s a gentle start so
take it that way.
2nd – Par 4, 309m, uphill dogleg left with narrow fairway.
From a gentle start to Stroke Index 1! This is uphill all the way and
has a mild dogleg left. From the tee any line should be ok but we favour
the left to shorten the hole slightly, and because the greenside bunker
on the left is very shallow and not a threat at all. An uphill approach
again impacts club selection.
3rd – Par 5, 439m, dogleg left with a long carry over thick bushes
and a sloping fairway.
A spectacular hole from start to finish. The imposing carry from the tee
is deceptive as the fairway is actually wide open and not too far away,
so you can relax. The wide fairway allows for any line to be taken from
the tee line but note that there is no space at all behind the green,
but rather a 15 metre drop off so short on approach is always better.
There is a lateral hazard on the right side of the green so stay left
4th – Par 3, 121m, valley in between tee and elevated green.
This is classic Vall d'Or where it advertises 121m (from the yellow
tees) and offers a green elevated relative to the tee with bunkers short
of the green. You could do worse than take enough club to make sure you
hit the bank back left of the green to roll back on.
5th – Par 4, 301m, blind tee shot with carry over bushes.
From the tee it looks like there is a downslope in the fairway although
actually there isn't. Less club is required off the tee here than it may
seem because there is a deep depression running in front of the green
that can be hit from the tee and would cause an issue pitching on.
Favouring the left hand side of the green is the safest given the steep
bunkers short right and lack of room behind the green.
6th – Par 4, 333m, a rare narrow hole and relatively long.
The Stroke Index 3 is earnt here by the narrowness of the fairway and
the length of the hole. You may consider taking less club off the tee to
ensure an approach from the fairway. Accuracy on approach is key given
the collection of bunkers to the right of the green and almond farm to
the left of the green (Out of Bounds).
7th – Par 4, 334m, dogleg right at more than 90 degrees.
There is plenty of room to the left of the trees on the corner whilst
the trees themselves are quite spacious. Given the tight angle of the
dogleg it is best here to either go wide left or make sure you can clear
the corner of the trees. Anything in between will be obstructed. There
is a narrow ditch running the length of the left and side of the green
which is best left alone.
8th – Par 4, 282m, dogleg left with two lakes framing the green.
Similar to the 7th but the dogleg is going the other way this time. We
feel it best to stay wide right of the trees here to allow for a
straighter line into the green without having to carry the water. There
are two pot bunkers framing the entrance to the green just inside of the
water features so clubbing up could be advisable.
9th – Par 5, 462m, dogleg right then left.
This hole zig zags its way back the clubhouse and the line from the tee
is to the right of the tall house in the distance. There is another more
than 90 degree turn left to reach the green over (or through) some
spacious trees. If you are in a position to carry the bunker over the
trees then we say go for it bearing in mind that the bunker back left of
the green is quite deep.
11th – Par 5, 410m, uphill all the way with bunkers behind the green.
This hole feels long because of the upslope all the way to the hole. If
you're anything like us if you aim for the tree in the middle of the
fairway you'll probably end up nicely placed on one side of it. This is a
long way uphill and the best advice we can give is to bear in mind that
for your third (or fourth) shot there is room to the left of the green
whilst a deep pot bunker awaits back right.
12th – Par 3, 134m, bunkers short of the green and bank at the back of
There is a valley in between the tee and green although they are level.
Given the bunkers short and the availability of a bank at the back of he
green to aim at we say take enough club to be swinging freely.
13th – Par 5, 479m, dogleg left, uphill again on the second shot.
Staying to the right of the bunker on the left hand edge of the fairway
will be rewarded in being able to aim accurately on the second shot. All
second shots will be blind so bear in mind the slight turn left of this
16th – Par 4, 333m, elevated tee with a long way to go up to the green.
The land slopes significantly left to right as well as uphill here.
There is a palm tree and a bunker in the fairway for reference. We
suggest you go to the right of them both if you can as the trees are
widely spaced and this makes the hole play shorter. Alternatively you
can keep to the high ground all the way and slide towards the green. Its
your choice depending on how you shape the ball.
17th – Par 4, 313m, a reverse replica of the previous hole.
Here we definitely suggest you stay left to the high ground as much as
you can. Sliding right leads to trees and trouble. On approach there is a
bank to the back left of the green to aim at and assume it will roll
back onto the green, and even if it doesn't there is a drop off and
steep bunkers on the right.
18th – Par 3, 156m, tree directly in front of a stepped green.
There's not many courses that finish with a Par 3. Here the tree is
directly in front of the green so you will have to go around it or over
it and stop the ball. Bear in mind the pin placement as the green has a
large step in it from back to front and this will affect the club
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