What were you up to before you founded Par 72?
Following a finance career in London, I decided to pursue my love for the game and leave the city for Cornwall to become PGA qualified. Before moving to Mallorca, I set up two golf academies in the UK, teaching keen golfers of all ages and abilities. My love for the game has seen me travel the world in search of the some of the most challenging and inspiring courses, such as Ile Aux Cerfs in Mauritius, a private island course set in the middle of the indian ocean and Mallorca is a close contender, providing some of the best golf courses in Europe.
I am now attached to Pollensa Golf Club if you would like to receive some golf coaching.
Why do you enjoy playing golf in Majorca?
Over 300 days of sunshine always helps, with over 20 courses to choose from, all of which welcome tourists and other non-members.
The courses are placed in some of Mallorca’s most beautiful locations, generally with sea views. Most of the courses are 18 hole, and range from the gently welcoming to fiendishly difficult. Pula is a Championship golf course, which has been used on the European Tour. It was re-designed by Jose Maria Olazabal and is situated in the north east of Mallorca.
Andratx Golf Club was designed by Gleneagles Scotland is extremely tricky with some lengthy and tight holes. Son Servera Golf Club at the other end of Majorca is also rather challenging, with narrow fairways and plenty of bunkers. Closer to Palma is Son Termens Golf Club, which features small greens and hilly fairways.
Alcanada Golf Club in the north of Majorca close to Port D’Alcudia, is a challenging course and has wonderful views over the Bay and the Tramuntana mountains. Pollensa Golf is situated close by and is a wonderful 9 hole golf course which is being redesigned and upgraded. Fantastic views from the clubhouse and a perfect place to learn golf. On the east coast is Canyamel Golf Club whoses course was specifically designed to blend into the natural surroundings. Vall d’Or Golf Club, near Cala d’Or has fantastic views out to sea and a real mix of holes to keep you entertained.
Another Championship course is Puntiro Golf Park which was designed by Jack Nicklaus’ company. It benefits from being close to Palma.
A good course for a mixed group is Capdepera Golf Course, which features relatively flat fairways and spacious greens. Another fun course is also one of Majorca’s oldest – Poniente Golf Club, near Santa Ponsa. It has a relaxed atmosphere and is ideal for those staying in Santa Ponsa, Palmanova and Magaluf.
Also in Santa Ponsa is a large, three course golf complex – Santa Ponsa Golf Club. Only Santa Ponsa I is open to the public but it is Mallorca’s most popular golf course. The courses form part of a large complex of villas, apartments and hotels, and there is a well respected Country Club too.
Another complex of three golf courses is at Son Vida Arabella Golf, to the north of Palma. If you stay at the hotel, you can access Son Muntaner, Son Quint and Son Vida, with green fees included in your stay.
To the east of Palma are the two golf courses of Son Antem. Designed by Francisco Lopez Segales, the east course is good for the intermediate golfer, whilst the west course provides a more challenging experience.
Maioris Golf Club is in the remote southern part of Majorca which means it can be quieter than the other golf courses. It has a number of unusual features such as island greens which make for an interesting round of golf.
Son Gual Golf Club is arguably the most beautiful looking and challenging Championship course with an elegant clubhouse amid beautiful surroundings. Some say it resembles Augusta! Together with Alcanada is the most expensive course on the island.
What advice would you give to those looking to perfect their swing?
Find a PGA Professional you get on with and stick to the basics. Work with what you have rather than being too technical and trying to remodel your swing. Golf is not about being perfect and you have to except that. If you try too hard to be perfect you are most likely to fail. Enjoy the good shots and forget about the bad ones. You will improve if the coaching you receive focuses on making your bad shots better.