Mallorca's Alcanada Named Top Course In Europe For Sixth Time

By: Golfshake Editor | Thu 05 May 2016 | Comments

The multi-award-winning Club de Golf Alcanada in Mallorca is proving to be more popular than ever before, with readers of the leading German magazine Golf Journal voting the course as their favourite for an unprecedented sixth time.

The stunning Robert Trent Jones Jnr-designed layout, situated in the north of the sunshine island overlooking the Bay of Alcudia, regained its coveted place at the top of the rankings of the magazine’s annual Golf Travel Awards after finishing runner-up the last two years.

It is the sixth time in eight years that Alcanada has been named by readers as their favourite European course outside of Germany, and the top Mallorcan venue beat the likes of Montgomerie Maxx Royal, Carya, Thracian Cliffs and 1997 Ryder Cup host Valderrama to claim the prestigious accolade.

Günther Reiter, deputy chief editor of Golf Journal, one of the most widely read newsstand golf publications in Europe, said: “Many congratulations to Alcanada for regaining the number one spot as the most popular golf course in Europe in our readers’ poll.

“Very interestingly, most of our readers and users name especially two reasons for their choice: the dreamlike panoramic view over the Mediterranean Sea and the superb condition of both the golf course and the facility as a whole.”


The awards were launched in 2002 and have since become the most popular opinion poll for golfers in Germany, with participants voting for their favourite golf courses, resorts, hotels, destinations, and airlines in seven categories.

The accolade is the latest honour to be bestowed on the club and is further reward for a long-term programme of investment designed to deliver the best possible golfing experience to its members and visitors.

Among its most recent awards, Alcanada was named best golf course in Europe by visitors to for the five years in a row while it has been shortlisted at the World Golf Awards for the title of Spain’s Best Golf Course’ for the last two years.

Kristoff Both, director of golf at Alcanada, said: “It’s a great privilege for everyone at the club to have received this top honour, and to regain the top spot is particularly satisfying and makes us very proud.

“Winning this award for the sixth time in eight years is an amazing achievement, and what makes the acclaim extra special is that it has come from golfers who recognise all the hard work that has been put in.”

Sitting in a breathtaking location overlooking the Bay of Alcudia and adjacent to the Mediterranean, Alcanada is the only course on the island next to the sea. Opened in October 2003, the 7,108-yard layout blends naturally into the typical Mallorcan terrain and takes its name from an island with a lighthouse, situated just offshore, which can be seen from most of the holes.

Magnificent mountain and sea views and a mixture of pine and olive groves – ideal for the many bird species recorded in a recent ornithological survey – provide the splendid setting for a round at Alcanada and the course is recognised by the golf industry as one of the finest venues in Spain and Europe and is a member of the prestigious World of Leading Golf collection.

In addition, the club boasts a centuries-old Mallorca clubhouse which offers guests the opportunity to sample regional specialties in its first-class dining facilities on a sun-baked terrace, while its comprehensive, newly rebranded Lighthouse Golf Academy, including a spacious short-game area and covered driving range, is also available.

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