Club de Golf Alcanada, located on the Spanish vacation island of Mallorca, lies at the end of a road winding languidly down toward the harbor entrance. Golfers will know that they have nearly arrived when they can spot the Puerto Alcudia Lighthouse, which the club has incorporated into its logo. The property on which the course is built slopes gently oceanward, while the Sierra Lavante Mountains provide a dramatic backdrop.
One of our greatest challenges in creating a world-class golfing experience at Alcanada was in figuring out how to design and build an attractive, well-grassed course using the poor-quality municipal waste- water that was available for irrigation. Because parts of local sewer lines lie below sea level—resulting in salt-water infiltration that would kill most grasses—we needed to find a grass that could tolerate high salt content but still thrive in brackish water. To solve this dilemma, Robert Trent Jones II called for the use of two different strains of paspalum, a salt-tolerant grass that also tolerates cold better than Bermuda grass and holds its color longer. We used a variety of paspalum called SalamTM for fairways and mowed roughs, and a variety called Sea DwarfTM on the tees and greens.
With water now such a precious resource worldwide, the golf industry must continue to use water efficiently. At RTJ II, we have been building environmentally responsible golf courses around the world for more than 30 years. It's part of our belief that the best golf courses incorporate creative design techniques that work with the land.
The resulting Club de Golf Alcanada course-a parkland layout that plays through pine, olive, and oak trees and offers views of the ocean and the Island of Alcanada-stretches to 7,125 yards of challenging but fair golf. It stands as a beacon of well-crafted golf design that is sensitive to its surroundings.
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