Picture perfect golf at Capdepera
The North of Mallorca is blessed with some of the island’s best courses and Capdepera Golf is no exception – especially as it boasts a true postcard golf hole in the par three 15th.
The creation of North American architect Dan Maples, it’s mature by Mallorcan standards having been designed in 1989 and opened two-years later.
Close to Canyamel Golf, Capdepera enjoys a similar rustic and natural setting but is largely flatter than its neighbour.
The difficult par-five first is no easy introduction to a round that will prove ever more challenging until it reaches its climax of playing one of the true postcard holes in Mallorcan golf, the 181-metre par-three 15th.
Before that rare pleasure, and the sting in the tail that is Capdepera’s closing three holes, the golfer must navigate a course where water features nine times, playing back, over and across six artificial lakes.
It may sound difficult, but one of the most appealing features about Capdepera is that it can be enjoyed by low and high handicappers alike.
There is a choice of four different teeing grounds, and Maples has sensibly ensured that there is also a safe and simple approach to playing most of his holes.
The 307-metre sixth is one such hole. While you must carry water from the tee, it’s a looming psychological hazard rather than a physical challenge.
While, water again impinges on the approach shot, it’s far enough left not to come into play.
The key to a good round is to realise that a shot over water is the same as over grass, and they ultimately play the same length. This mental challenge is one of the courses most appealing features, along with the 15th.
A par-three of rare beauty, this hole plays from an elevated tee to a green set against a wild, rocky, barren outcrop.
The rocks shimmer and appear silver in the Mallorcan sun, offset by the purple fauna and rough grasses that enhance its visual majesty.
The same rough grasses dominate the vast gorge that runs alongside the par-five 18th hole, which has a truly terrifying approach to the green.