You probably know better than me that in golf, one talks about a hole in one when a player drives the golf ball directly from the tee into the cup with a single stroke. I believe that to be quite a rare achievement but, most possible on a par 3 hole.
The history of golf in Mallorca goes back to Adán Diehl, the young entrepreneur from Argentina of German descent who built the Hotel Formentor up in the north of the island, in 1929. Adán Diehl built Mallorca’s first golf course near his hotel premises. The course was designed in the early 1930’s with 9 holes, fairways and greens but, due to some severe water shortage, could not be fitted with grass. Before the course was completely built and ready to be inaugurated, however, a missile exploded on the grounds fired from a battleship as part of the Spanish Civil War combat, putting the proprietor off his noble golfing plans for good. Not long after the golf course was abandoned, Señor Diehl had to sell the entire hotel complex and returned to Argentina a destitute and disillusioned man.
The first Mallorcan golf course to be completed and actually played on was located near Can Picafort in 1950. The course is not in existence any longer. The oldest Mallorcan golf course still being played is Son Vida near Palma which was designed by Fred Hawtree and built in 1964. Son Vida Golf was remodelled by Kurt Rossknecht in 2001. In total, 25 golf courses are currently in existence in Mallorca including the Rotana 9 hole course which is only open to hotel guests. Currently, you can try your skills on a total of 405 holes on this island. According to a report published by the research company 11811, the Islas Baleares is the region of Spain with the lowest number of federation member golfers per course but with the highest number of golf courses per habitant. Good then that six further courses are in various stages of planning application or are actually under construction.
The photo (top) was taken at Vall d’Or Golf, Mallorca, Baleares, Spain. The date: January 18th, 2011. The time was 13:43:11. The photo (bottom) shows Golf Alcanada and was borrowed from the Internet, courtesy of mca-hotels.com. Thank you very much
Love this site, and is required daily viewing. but I have to disagree very much that it is ‘good’ that six more golf courses are planned. I have no problems with them being on waste land and that can only enhance the area, but what is happening by the Albufera (Son Bosc) is unacceptable. One less golf site I hope. More protection for the environment and its wildlife, and not allowing commercial interests to have their money grabbing ways.
Rob who loves his golfing more than most, but not at the expense of the environment.
Such a terrible loss of an island biodiversity hotspot.