Son Gual shortlisted for top honour

Son Gual, Mallorca’s number-one golf destination, has been shortlisted for the top honour at the annual World of Leading Golf (WLG) awards, which will be held in Marbella later this month.

Son Gual, which was one of just two winners at the inaugural awards in 2014, is one of five venues in the running for the ‘best member’ honour – the same title it claimed in the event’s first outing.

It faces competition from four more of Europe’s leading golfing venues: Monte Rei Golf & Country Club – which won the title in 2015 and 2016; Costa Navarino – which has won an award at each of the three previous WLG ceremonies; Finca Cortesin – awarded ‘best newcomer’ last year; and Stoke Park – the ‘best newcomer’ of 2015.

Son Gual’s managing director, Andreas Pamer, said: “To be shortlisted along with these other four outstanding venues is an achievement in itself. We were very proud to win the inaugural award and to repeat the feat, three years on, would be fantastic. Indeed, to even be recognised as maintaining the very highest standards across the three-year period is rewarding – but that is the level of quality we demand here at Son Gual.”

Son Gual’s €30m Thomas Himmel-designed 7,240-yard, par-72 course celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. It features large lakes, 66 bunkers, 800 olive trees – some more than a thousand years old – wild flowers in the rough and vineyards in several areas around the course.

It includes several outstanding, memorable holes, including a closing hole described by one reviewer as a “serious contender for Europe’s best par-five and Spain’s most dramatic 18th”, plus one of the best collections of par-three holes in Spain.

Son Gual is also a regular celebrity haunt – visitors have included German FIFA World Cup-winning captain Lothar Matthäus; German national football manager Joachim Löw; the former mayor of New York City, Michael Bloomberg; tennis’ 15-time grand-slam event winner Rafael Nadal; and any number of instantly recognisable faces from the worlds of TV and entertainment.

  • The World of Leading Golf awards gala takes place on November 25, at Club de Golf Aloha, Marbella.