The finest course on well-endowed Majorca sits a few kilometres from the airport – which is both a very convenient location but also does lead to the only negative you ever hear about this high-calibre championship parkland.
It is a fixture in Continental European rankings and will stay there, for the hint of anything close to a black mark about Son Gual is the fact it sits under the flight path into Palma.
German owned and designed – Thomas Himmel was the architect – it is a 7,240-yard beast off the tips but if you leave your ego in the car (which gets its own stylish sun shade!) and select your tees wisely you will thoroughly enjoy it here.
It is Majorca’s answer to The Grove, having matured remarkably quickly into its parkland environment since opening in 2007.
If beautifully-manicured parkland fairways, big bunkers and big water hazards are your thing, Son Gual will appear hugely.
With nearly 70 bunkers, large greens and lots of water, it is a serious examination but there are also a nice variety of holes, from tight par 4s to genuine birdie chances on downhill par 5s.
Topping all of that is its conditioning…it is absolutely immaculate and I always think is one of the few courses where a professional tournament could be happy stage their the following day.
So if beautifully-manicured parkland fairways, big bunkers and big water hazards are your thing, Son Gual will appear hugely.
Afterwards, retire to the opulent clubhouse for a drink on the verandah. Chris Bertram