Readers of the leading German magazine Golf Journal have voted Club de Golf Alcanada, in the north of Mallorca, their favourite course in Europe for an unprecedented fifth successive year.
The magazine, one of the most widely read newsstand golf publications in Europe, celebrated its 30th anniversary last year and its annual travel awards are regarded as the German ‘golf Oscars’.
The stunning Robert Trent Jones Jnr-designed layout, located in the north of the island, came top of the poll to find the favourite European course outside of Germany, and beat another Mallorcan course, Son Gual, into second place.
Mallorca itself came second in the poll to find the most popular golfing destination, just behind the Turkish resort of Belek.
Kristoff Both, director of golf at Club de Golf Alcanada, said: “To win any award is an honour, but for the readers of such a major publication to bestow this accolade on us for the fifth successive year is beyond our expectations.
“I said last year that a good golf course is characterised not only by the condition of its greens and fairways and the service given by its staff, but also by the praise given by the golfers who play the course. That view stands – and everybody connected Club de Golf Alcanada is proud to be recognised in this fashion and is committed to maintaining our high standards in future years.”
Alcanada’s latest accolade is further evidence of the venue’s growing reputation in the game. A founder member of the Leading Golf Courses of Spain group – along with Son Gual – it was, last year, also voted the best golf course in Europe for the second year running by visitors to the top German website www.1golf.eu.
Golfers from 40 countries took part in that poll, illustrating the venue’s global appeal, as the stunning layout beat a host of top courses including the most famous venue in golf, St Andrews Old Course, which claimed third place, and Spain’s renowned Ryder Cup venue Valderamma, which took fifth.
Situated in the north region of Mallorca in a breathtaking location overlooking the Bay of Alcudia, Alcanada’s 18-hole championship course was designed by award-winning golf architect Robert Trent Jones Jnr and opened in 2003.
Adjacent to the Mediterranean, the 6,499-metre course blends naturally into the typical Mallorcan terrain and takes its name from an island with a lighthouse which is situated just off the shore, which can be seen from most of the holes.
Magnificent mountain and sea views and a mixture of pine and olive groves provide the splendid setting for a round at Alcanada and, despite its tender years, the course is repeatedly recognised by the golf industry as one of the finest venues in Europe.
In addition, the club boasts a centuries-old Mallorca clubhouse which offers guests the opportunity to sample regional specialities in its first-class dining facilities on its sun-baked terrace. A comprehensive golf academy including a spacious short game area and covered driving range are also available.
Club de Golf Alcanada www.golf-alcanada.com