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Divine Majorca Golf Resort where fine dining fills the hole-in-one

PALS told me I had no desire to be a top golfer – well, today I have.

I am at the magnificent Pula Golf Resort in the northeast of Mallorca – which has its own chapel.


Stay and play at the charming Pula Golf Resort in Mallorca
A room at the Pula Golf Resort hotel in Son Servera


A room at the Pula Golf Resort hotel in Son Servera

Built in 1803 for the owners and workers of what was then a sprawling agricultural complex, it’s a cool, scenic spot from which to beg the higher authorities for a birdie or two.

In fact, even a few parts would be nice for a shameless hacker like me.

But bogeys and double bogeys don’t matter when you’re lucky enough to spend a day in such an idyllic location.

The sprawling grounds were transformed into a golf course in 1995, then completely redesigned ten years later by Spanish Ryder Cup legend José María Olazábal into a championship-level venue that has hosted eight European Tour events.

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But there is much more to Pula than its acclaimed 18 holes.

The original farmhouse mansion, built in 1581, is now a charming hotel.

Each of its ten rooms has its own distinctive style that reflects the antiquity of its exterior walls while offering modern comfort and a touch of luxury.

Its success prompted the owners of Pula to invest in an annex, a stone’s throw away, which now offers 21 additional rooms. Although they are new, they retain the same rustic look of stone and wood.

My room was a spacious suite with a comfortable sofa next to a dining area, a giant bed and a shower room next to it.

Outside is an old disused windmill and a small terrace with table and chairs where I received a morning visit from an adorable baby hedgehog.

Before I start, I visit the spa, with sauna, Turkish bath, massage room, well-equipped gym, hot tub and a small heated pool – although there is a larger one outside.

The sun slices through the clear blue sky above Pula’s immaculately manicured fairways and greens – a great excuse to give my legs their first outdoor breather of the year.

Despite my previous prayers, I heed the old adage that God helps those who help themselves. So I try to prepare well.

I head to the huge two-level driving range, where a Trackman device lets me check how far — and how far — from the target I run my practice balls.

Then it takes me ten minutes to try and get my eye on the super-fast greens before jumping into a buggy and my playing partner, from Germany, drives us to the first tee.

Unfortunately, my golf feels a lot like his riding – inconsistent, with moments of sheer dread.

But nothing can stop me from smiling, even when I’m playing shots behind trees, among bushes, in bunkers and in streams and ponds.

Then there is the 10th tee. No waiting in Pula for the 19th hole for a drink and a snack. Halfway there’s a shack run by a friendly girl who smiles as she hands me crisps, a bocadillo and two cans of lager straight out of the freezer.

This magnificent idea is not unique to Pula. There is also a bar on the 10th tee up the coast at Alcanada, where I played the night before.
Located just outside Alcudia, in the north of the island, it offers breathtaking views.

Standing on tees at its highest point, you gaze in awe over its fairways to a lighthouse and the sparkling waters of the Mediterranean.

Designed by renowned American golf course architect Robert Trent Jones Jnr in 2003, Alcanada often appears in lists of the best courses in the world.

Everything exudes class, from the brick-built starter cabin and halfway house to the immaculate locker rooms and huge pro shop.

The famous club restaurant offers a range of local and international dishes, including fixed price menus and grills.

There is also a lot more to do in this part of the world than just playing golf.

Alcudia has a historic old town at its center, while the nearby bay has 10 kilometers of fantastic beaches.


GETTING THERE: Several airlines offer flights from Glasgow to Palma de Mallorca. Fares start from £75 return. See
STAY THERE: Pula Resort rooms start from around £164 a night for a B&B suite. A three-night Stay and Play Golf package including B&B and unlimited golf is from around £193 pp. See or call +34 661 761 214.
MORE INFORMATION: Alcanada green fee packages range from £90 to £142 pp. See Current UK entry requirements to Mallorca require fully vaccinated travelers to show proof of vaccination on entry. If you are not fully vaccinated you can enter with a negative PCR test within 72 hours of entry or with proof of recovery from Covid-19 within the last six months

As for Pula, it is next to Son Servera, a few minutes drive from the seaside resorts of Cala Millor and Cala Bona.

Also a short drive away are Capdepera Castle and the Caves of Drach, home to one of the largest underground lakes in the world.

Walkers and cyclists can take advantage of the Voie Verte, a 30 km path that follows the route of an old railway line.

Speaking of greens, my round is finally over, my last three putts and my can of lager have been sunk, so here we go for the 19th for more relief from the heat and my athletic embarrassment.

The bar adjoins S’era de Pula, an upscale restaurant that opened in 1969.

As I sit on a terrace overlooking the course, sipping a cool drink as the sun dips towards the distant hills, I think, “Aaaah. . . it’s just perfect.

Then I head inside to enjoy an unforgettable meal.
As many ingredients as possible are supplied fresh from their adjacent fields and orchards, including fruits, vegetables, herbs and eggs.

Sustainability is a key element of Pula’s operations.

Recycled water is used on the course, plastic packaging has been removed and energy is provided by solar panels as well as geothermal and aerothermal sources.

And waste is fed to the chickens and ducks on the farm – not that there’s likely to be much left on my plate tonight.

After getting really hungry, I swallow a giant scallop shell with glasswort pesto, seaweed and eggs, followed by a steak tartare served on a bone.

The turbot à la Bilbaina with fries, potatoes and salad almost cracks me up.

But I’m nothing if not a gourmand gourmand, which means I find room for the Choco Passion candy.

It is a magnificent and memorable feast which is a big part of why S’era de Pula has become a gastronomic landmark on the island.

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With the help of a glass or two of local vino, I slip into bed for the deepest of deep, contented sleeps.

Sure, my prayers may not have been answered on the golf course, but I found a little piece of paradise in Mallorca.

John plays golf in Pula


John plays golf in Pula
Scallops were on John's menu at the Pula Golf Resort in Mallorca


Scallops were on John’s menu at the Pula Golf Resort in Mallorca
The breathtaking Pula Golf course in Mallorca


The breathtaking Pula Golf course in Mallorca

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