It has taken me five years to play Son Termens. In 2012 I flew out and Iberian Airways managed to leave all my clothes and golf clubs in Madrid for three days and I was only reunited with them on the day I was to fly home.
So it was good to be back, not looking like a tramp, and having clubs and golf shoes to get me round. This is a charming setting, with wooded hillsides, panoramic views down to Palma, Mallorca's capital, and a lovely terrace on the clubhouse from which to take it all in.
There are a few downsides, chiefly the price of a green fee which my playing partner and I got for €85 through an agency plus an additional €40 for a buggy, which is essential here unless you are as agile as the feral goats that graze the course. The goats get into the bunkers but there is very little sand in them anyway so not too much harm is done but for the price you expect better quality.
And the same can be said for the tee boxes which, because of the lack of water on the island are almost bald in places. And lastly, watch out for slow moving fourballs, because they will not let you through. We got stuck behind one group of Germans who were routinely carving shots into the woods, but even though we were just two and superior players they were having none of it. Whack! Off a shot would go into the trees so then they had another go before disappearing off to look for both balls. Maddening!
But that is the downside, and there are far more positives despite the unremarkable opening two holes. The further into the round you get the more dramatic the holes become with some sensational drives to enjoy from raised tee boxes.
We climb steadily upwards from 10 and there are some stupendous risk and reward holes, none more so than the par four 13th where big hitters can attempt to clear a deep gorge to leave only a wedge shot in. It's far smarter for higher handicappers to lay up.
From 14 home it is a roller-coaster, switchback ride of playing up and down tree lined fairways with a few man-made lakes to avoid too. It is almost hard to concentrate on the golf with so many glorious views. Driving off down the hill on 18 to the clubhouse and a 374 yard hole off the back tees is a real thrill, especially if you have knocked one out of the screws and can see the ball bouncing onwards towards the green.
Afterwards the terrace provides excellent food and a chance to gaze back at the scene of our adventures. I do recommend playing here, if just for the back nine alone. But do shop around for the best deal you can find.
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