Son Vida is the island’s oldest golf course, and has become legendary. Host of the European Tour on two occasions, this course is a highlight for golfers from across Europe. The old tree population and breathtaking scenery over the Bay of Palma are spectacular.
The Grande Dame of golf courses turns 50. In 1964, just over half a century ago, Prince Rainier of Monaco teed off for the first time at the opening festivities for the Son Vida golf course, then composed of nine holes.
Since the first “regal swing”, the course’s renown has continued to grow. Son Vida is something of a living legend for golfers all over the world, many of whom visit the island simply to play a round on this course.
The British golf architect F.W. Hawtree, inspired by the picturesque Mediterranean landscape, designed a varied golf course that fits perfectly into the landscape. Players must master a range of narrow and wide holes, as the course poses a demanding challenge while providing pleasing gameplay. In 1990 and 1994, Son Vida hosted the Open de Baleares and stood in the spotlight of European golf. The two tournaments were won by Seve Ballesteros and Barry Lane respectively. In 2001, under the leadership of the German golf architect Kurt Rossknecht, the course was afforded a comprehensive redesign, which markedly raised its quality. Yet Son Vida retains its unique character. Even 50 years after its inauguration, the course retains its appeal thanks to the numerous alterations and improvements, including the Environmental Certificate ISO 14001, the course’s tiered pricing structure, the new logo, and the culinary specialities in Restaurant El Pato and the clubhouse. As a further trump card, the luxury Castillo Hotel Son Vida and Sheraton Mallorca Arabella Golf Hotel are both situated directly by the golf course.