Though most of our members play regularly at their respective clubs in England, and our June Cup is contested annually on a different course here in the UK, the majority of our competitions are staged on the island of Majorca at the following courses;
Tel (0034) 971 236 280
Fax (0034) 971 236 331
Opened in 2000, Andratx is a course not to be attempted on foot. Though this eco-friendly par 72 has been well designed, it was wedged in where it would fit, and as a consequence there are many long distances between greens and next tees.
The 18th is a wonderful finale with a lake guarding almost the whole of the left side of the fairway and front of the hole (However certain Thugs members have had more problems avoiding the hotel roof!).
Andratx is 6200 yards of golf course spread across 10 miles of town. It is also the most difficult course by far in the opinion of Thugs members.
Last played in 2016 when found to be less difficult, but in less than ideal condition with a few poor Tee boxes and greens.
Tel. +34 971 69 90 64
Fax. +34 971 69 75 89
A regular Balearic Open host, this is a long, broad course with more than a few obstacles to add interest. Only a 10 minute drive from Magaluf, this 6700 yard par 72 track is popular with many golfers, and is usually perfectly manicured.In the past, Santa Ponsa has suffered from poor management and customer service. However, on all our visits since 2008, we have been pleased to see a well managed and attentive set up, with the course remaining in very good order even in high season.The 10th hole is the longest in Spain, but they’re all long after a night in Magaluf!
Phone: +34 971 130148
FAX: +34 971 130176
About 4 minutes drive from Magaluf, this is a popular course for visiting societies, and as such can suffer occasionally from over use in high season. However, the course offers a good varied selection of holes with a mixture of tight fairways and forgiving expanses.
Situated amongst seven lakes and numerous pine glades, this 7000 yard par 72 course is home to the feared hole 10 - one of the original ‘Hollywood’ holes from which our name derives. Poniente also offers a fabulous selection of post-round cakes at its beautifully authentic Majorcan club house.
We were extremely disappointed with the condition of the course in 2015, and also the attitude of the management, resulting in us downgrading the course on our favourites list and now not returning for another 4 years.
The course record here is held by the legendary Severiano Ballesteros (71), though he would have found it more difficult if like us, he was distracted by Ashey snoring at the side of the 18th.
Tel: +34 971 405200
Fax: +34 971 700786
A beautiful course, with fabulous scenery around 15 minutes drive East of Magaluf. This par 70 course is a wildlife conservation area, and as such is abundant with flora and fauna.
The many elevations of the course make for a very interesting round (As do Jimmy Elliott’s duck-rounding displays here), and the tightness of some of the fairways ensures varying amounts of difficulty throughout its 6200 yards.
A firm favourite with some Thugs, whilst considered far too tough by others, one thing all of us agree on, is that it always retains its quality despite being a busy course.
Tel: (+34) 971791210
Fax: (+34) 971791127
A top class course which has hosted the Balearic Open on many occasions. This was the first course in the Balearics, and remains one of the best.
At 6100 yards, the par 71 course seems much longer due to the length of some of the par fours. Situated 3km North West of Palma, with views over Sierra Tramuntana and Palma Bay, this course has much to offer every level of golfer.
After a long round, the clubhouse lounge is a fabulously luxurious place to relax, though its roof tile may need a little attention after a run-in with Graham Wilson’s Pinnacle 2.
Son Vida remains popular with most Thugs due to the variety of holes, and is generally in great condition though occasionally a little too wet in the closing holes, and prone to disorganisation due to cramming too many players into short tee-off slots.
SON ANTEM EAST
Tel: (+34) 971129200
Fax: (+34) 971129201
A course which hasn't figured in our plans much, due to the terrible condition we usually encounter. Given another chance in 2017, we found the course to be in worse condition that it has ever been, and will no doubt be dropped from our list for quite some time.
This 6600 yard course is, by all accounts the poor relation to its sister course (Though we weren’t particularly impressed with the West course either), and though some holes have cleverly placed hazards, the whole Son Antem complex feels featureless.
The East course will however always be fondly remembered by us for the ‘Blazing Saddles’ moment in 1999 described in the ‘Magic Moments’ section of this site.
SON ANTEM WEST
Tel: (+34) 971129200
Fax: (+34) 971129201
As with its sister course, Son Antem West has not proved particularly popular with Thugs members due to many holes appearing flat, featureless and identical to each other. The course was not in prime condition when we last played it, and other than the odd water feature, didn’t stir up any excitement amongst us.
Another course we shall probably return to every five years, more out of competition variation than popularity.
Tel: (+34) 971617862 Fax:
A 25 minute drive inland from Magaluf, this stunning 5800 yard par 70 course is one of the toughest we play in our calendar.
Set high in the mountains with breathtaking views, and eagles circling above the fairways, this is another course that should not be attempted on foot unless you’re super-fit or a mountain goat.
The outgoing nine holes are a little tightly packed in, however the course then opens up into a very impressive back nine.
The 13th is a typical ‘Hollywood’ hole, and offers big hitters the chance of a birdie, but the sensible approach is usually to lay up short of the vast gully in front of you.
Beautiful, testing, and one of our favourites.
Tel (0034) 971 74 83 15
Fax (0034) 971 74 83 16
Opened in 2010, and added to our itinerary the following year, Maioris is a superbly designed par 72 course, which is always in fantastic condition.
15 minutes drive west of Palma, on the outskirts of Arenal, this course has much to offer those who can keep the ball on the fairway, but some well protected greens, and difficult scrubland capturing wayward drives make it a very difficult test.
A number of interesting water features come into play. Most notably the pretty island green at hole four.
Originally one of the cheapest courses to play, it is now becoming very popular, and with its popularity come the inevitable price rises.
Tel: (+34) 971797330
Fax: (+34) 971603216
First played during our 2007 tour, this course proved an instant hit with all our members. Customer service here is second to none, and the food is very good too.
The course is generally in fantastic condition, with 18 superbly designed holes, all with their own unique feature designed to punish anything but an accurate shot. The 8th is a particular thugs favourite, allowing various degrees of bravery as the green can be reached across the lake with a safe third shot, good second shot or even an extremely well struck drive.
Around 25 minutes drive from magaluf, this course will be a regular Thugs choice for years to come.
Tel: (+34) 971791210
Fax: (+34) 971791127
Another course first included in our 2009 itinerary, and the latest addition to the Arabella group of courses, Son Quint is a very fair and open course with some cleverly designed holes, and fabulous facilities.
Twenty four hours after a huge storm had closed Majorca’s courses we found Son Quint to be in great condition with no sign of the previous downpour, and within 20 minutes of one of the heaviest storms we have ever witnessed, the course was perfectly playable, such is the quality of the drainage here.
The course offers some great risk/reward holes, most notably the 6th, which can be reached in one by cutting the dog-leg over out of bounds, and also the par three 12th which allows the option of a safe mid iron left of the green, or a 200 yard carry over water to make the green.
Another Thugs favourite, however a 2018 change to the design of two of the more interesting holes has taken some of the attraction away.
Tel: (+34) 971 78 30 30
Fax: (+34) 971 78 30 31
Son Muntaner was included in our 2009 plans for the first time and became an instant hit. A friendly and superbly maintained course, it is the flagship of the Arabella group, who also own Son Vida and Son Quint.
The cost of playing here had previously proved too restrictive for us until we were offered the chance to play it within a package, and it became immediately clear why the course had previously remained off limits to the average hacker.
Son Muntaner is 6500 yards of careful design with perhaps a few too many strategically placed bunkers to add to the menacing ponds guarding greens.
Majorca’s oldest olive tree is situated in the middle of the 16th fairway, adding another hazard to the list.
Tel: (+34) 971 78 58 88
Fax: (+34) 971 78 58 99
As part of our 20th anniversary celebrations, THUGS made our first visit here. The venue for many major European competitions, Son Gual was once compared to Augusta by Ian Woosnam, and has a reputation for being not only one of the finest courses in Spain, but also makes the list in Europe's top 100 courses.
Green fee costs have always been a restriction, though it is a course we have always wanted to play, and the offer of heavily reduced rates during our 2018 tour proved too good to turn down.
Plenty of water awaited our first trip, and a number of tricky, well-designed holes tested us on this very pretty course. Unfortunately our visit coincided with unusually strong winds which made the golf even more difficult, resulting in somewhat low scores throughout.