The main difference at Golf Son Parc lies in the pricing structure, with new tariffs for High, Low and now Mid Season, introduced specifically for British ‘holiday golfers’ who visit during April, May, June, September and October, see details below. The other change concerns the bar and restaurant facilities which were previously managed by the complex. From March 2013, both the bar and restaurant with its lovely outdoor terrace area, are now called Es Bruc Golf Bar-Restaurant, run independently by experienced restaurant group Es Bruc. This will be a familiar name to many as also within the organisation are the Es Bruc beach bar and restaurants at Santo Tomas and Son Parc as well as the Biigaus Rural Hotel in Es Migjorn Gran.
Great location and facilities
For anyone who is thinking about playing golf in Menorca for the first time, Golf Son Parc Menorca is a championship quality course, suitable for both experienced golfers and beginners, located just behind Son Parc beach (Arenal de Son Saura del Nord) on Menorca’s north coast with inland views of Monte Toro, the island’s highest point, in the distance. The course is surrounded by wooded hills, native flora and a protected wet zone with a rich variety of bird life, not to mention a flock of peacocks who live just behind the third green..! The construction and landscaping for the full 18 holes was completed in summer 2006. Dave Thomas, the ex Ryder Cup player and architect of many top courses worldwide, including The Belfry and San Roque on the Costa del Sol, designed this marvelous and technical course.
New flexible tariffs
With the year now split into three seasons, Low, High and Mid, there really is an option to suit everyone’s timetable and budget, whether you wish to play 9 or 18 holes. As before, ‘one-off’ holiday golfers are welcome and although it is advisable to book in advance, especially in the High Season, you can simply turn up on the day and see when there is a space.
New for 2013 are the non- transferable packages available for Mid and High Season and ranging from 3 to 15 green fees. These enable regular visitors and holidaymakers to play at a time to suit them, whether they are all used during one visit or spread out throughout the year. In the High Season, it is also possible to purchase 10 non-transferrable as well as 15 transferrable green fees to give families and groups the flexibility to decide who wants to play on a particular day. Juniors have not been forgotten, and indeed are encouraged, with a cost effective flat rate for 9 and 18 holes from April to October and November through to March, according to their age. Of course, for residents and those spending long periods of time in Menorca, there is still the option of being an annual member of Golf Son Parc Menorca with different subscription fees to satisfy different requirements. Check out the website or contact the golf club reception direct for more information.
In addition, Golf Son Parc Menorca offers the facility to hire standard and branded golf clubs, buggies and trollies. There is also a Practice Area which can be used on an ad hoc basis with a small entrance fee, with or without clubs, and token for 25 balls.
What’s more, there is the new annual Menorca Golf Card. This is given free to members and for owners of villas and apartments on the island, the Golf Car can be purchased for €49. Ideal for second homes as well as anyone planning to spend time both on and off the green, the Golf Card offers a 25% discount on green fees, a 10% discount on equipment rental and a 10% discount in participating restaurants and shops around the island, representing significant savings in total.
Special Monthly Offers & Opening Event: Each month, Golf Son Parc will have special offers on green fees with equipment hire out of peak times, check the website for details, prices and timings. Also, on Saturday 1 June the new managers of Es Bruc Golf and Golf Son Parc Menorca will be hosting an official opening event at 12.00 midday, with a welcoming aperitif for visitors on the magnificent terrace overlooking for golf course.
From novice to pro
The friendly Son Parc Golf Academy ensures first timers as well as more experienced golfers are guaranteed to enjoy their introduction to golf at Son Parc with tuition and courses to suit all levels. You can choose from individual coaching or join in with one of the group courses of 5 or 10 lessons, including going out on the golf course. Golfers can also improve their game with a one-off 30 or 60 minute session or a series of lessons or visit the Practice Area.
With the Argentinian Pro, Gustavo Flammia (Tato) help is readily at hand as you get to grips with your swings, either on the driving range or putting green, and video swing analysis is available to help fine-tune your strokes. Once you’ve mastered the basics, Golf Son Parc even organises competitions played from ‘orange tees’ for newcomers to the game. This is also great fun for regular golfers as they will have to adjust their game to accommodate the shorter distances.
While beginners and occasional golfers are well catered for, it doesn’t mean the course lacks a sense of challenge for experienced players fancying a round while on holiday. As a championship quality course, it hosts several competitions and cups throughout the course of the year, and anyone can participate as long as they have a valid handicap. Apart from the Golf Son Parc Menorca Open Golf Week in May, there are several other competitions held throughout the year, and the club is also proud to have home-grown players who competed in the International Island Games 2007, 2009 and 2011, held biannually on one of the participating islands. What’s more, Menorca’s island climate gives the course its own peculiarities, if the tramuntana north wind is blowing, it can completely change your game!
Golf Son Parc Menorca is a family friendly club too. In addition to the children’s golf school that runs on Saturdays and Sundays from September through to June, in July and August budding golfers can book individual golf lessson on the putting or driving range from Wednesday to Sunday, while Mum and Dad leave them to it knowing they are in safe hands while they enjoy a few holes or a little time on their own.
Non-golfers have plenty to do and see as well. Apart from a leisurely stroll around the course, there are hard tennis courts on the complex, with racquets and tennis balls available for hire. The spacious Es Bruc Golf Bar-Restaurant with views over the green, offers a relaxed and informal atmosphere to enjoy drinks, snacks and tapas throughout the day as well as a full menu at lunchtime and in the evening.
The entire complex is a worth a visit just for its beautiful surroundings, and visitors are welcome to walk around the course, providing that they ask at reception first. Golf Son Parc takes its commitment to the environment very seriously – Menorca was awarded UNESCO Biosphere Reserve status in 1993. The expansive greens stay that colour thanks to rainwater and a sprinkler system powered by recycled water from the nearby water treatment facility. The trees, shrubs and water features make an ideal habitat for island fauna, so don’t be surprised if you spot wading birds in the nearby wetlands or even a cheeky peacock striding across the green!
So if you have never visited Golf Son Parc Menorca, or it has been a while since your last visit, then why not pop in to find out what’s new? There are so many reasons to spend a relaxing and stress-free day there.
For further information and details about opening hours, which are subject to change with the seasons, visit: www.golfsonparcmenorca.com. Alternatively, you can contact the Pro Shop Reception. Tel: + 34 971 188 875 or email: email@example.com.