Menorca Hosts Second Edition of the Under 16 Golf Menorca Junior Open at Son Parc Golf Course

By: Robert Thomson

The second edition of the Under 16 Golf Menorca Junior Open will be hosted again this year on this Balearic Island. The tournament will be played on Son Parc’s Championship course during 21-23 October 2011. For avid golf fans, this makes Menorca a tempting holiday getaway this October.

Last year's event was a huge success and this international event is promising to be even better. The youngster's enthusiasm for the tournament and new friendships that arose from the previous tournament is cited as the main reason for its success.

The 2011 event will be a bit larger than the 2010 tournament. England, Spain, Cheshire and the Balearic Federation are all sending teams to compete this year. The tournament is open to boys and girls; ages 6 to 16. It allows them the opportunity to compete at an international level as well as make new friendships.

The tournament will consist of a match between Spain, England and other European nations for the 1st Menorca Nation Cup. There will also be a mixed team match-up between Balearic Golf Federation (FBG) and Cheshire Union of Golf Clubs (CGU) opponents vying for the Matthew Brown Cup.

The course, located on the north coast of Menorca, is only a few hundred meters from award-winning Son Parc beach. In 2003, the original 9-hole grew to 14-holes. It continued to grow to 18-holes by August 2006. All extensions of the course were designed by Dave Thomas; ex Ryder Cup player and designer of many world class courses.

This has led to a championship quality course, nestled in picturesque wooded hills and protected wetlands with its abundant birdlife. Son Parc Golf Course makes a special effort to remain "green" and be eco-friendly to the environment.

It is an excellent setting for beginners and experienced golfers as well to find a challenging day on the links. Holidaymakers who plan to stay past the tournament can expect the opportunity to play this outstanding course.

But Menorca is neither all about golf nor are holidays. Menorca is large enough to host a large variety of options, yet small enough to easily travel about to see them all. The island boasts many other attractions to capture the interest of all ages and genders.

A wide assortment of food is served up on the island: from traditional island fare to Continental cuisine to pizza. You will find small bistros, sidewalk cafes and both formal and informal dining establishments. If you are a seafood fan, the lobster stew in Fornells is world class and a "must do" experience for travelers.

The island is full of local culture with a rich history behind it. Visit the Fortress of Isabel or Castillo de San Felip, both overlooking Mahon Harbour; the second largest natural deep-water port in the world (behind Pearl Harbour).

There are several museums on the island as well. The windmills at Moli de Dalt de Sant Lluis are quite a sight to see and hold significant historical heritage for the town. Several museums may be found in Mahon; the Funeral Museum and the Museum of Menorca.

Menorca has an active night life with many pubs, night spots and festivals. There is everything from quiet piano bars to discos.

And there is also all the local arts and crafts that permeate the island. In short, there are plenty of things to see and do during a holiday there. Getting to Menorca is simple. Most European countries offer Menorca flights that land directly in Mahon; the largest town on the island.

The temperature is a bit cooler in October and most children are in school at this time of year. This makes it a perfect holiday setting for a more adult oriented crowd. It's sure worth putting on your list of possible holiday destinations.

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