I am not a golfer, in fact, I know nothing at all about it except many years ago I tried playing and was rubbish, even the dog thought so as I smacked her in the face while practicing my shots – fortunately it was a soft ball I was whacking around the garden rather than a golf ball. Having said, that living where we do, I’m asked by visitors what the island is like for golfers. Naturally I can´t say how hard or difficult the courses are but I do know the island boasts some superb golf courses. All different and as a non-golfer I am impressed if not by the golf then by the breathtaking mountain and coastal views.
There are several courses in the south close to where I live where visitors can perfect their swing to the sound of the Atlantic Ocean or keep an eye on their balls with stunning views of La Gomera as a backdrop. Below I have provided a brief overview of the most popular courses but if one day my friend Helen gets around to writing a blog she could give the technical details as both her and her OH are keen golfers.
Abama Golf & Spa Resort
This spectacular course in Guia de Isora, was designed by golfing legend Dave Thomas, responsible for designing over 60 golf courses around the world including Seve Club in Tokyo and Stanley Hall in the UK. It is windy, but beautiful with lakes, bunkers and huge greens. The lowest point is 75m above sea level and its highest point, the fifth hole, is 315m. Abama Prices 2011 Affiliated to the course is a high-class five star hotel, spa and wellness centre, with luxury villas, beach club and gourmet restaurants.
Adjacent to Golf del Sur this course is literally next to the ocean and provides a challenge for all golfers as it sweeps down to the coast, back through a residential area then into open country before heading back to the clubhouse. The most impressive hole is the fifth where you must hit over the sea to reach the green. The construction work together with air traffic noise from the nearby airport can diminish the pleasure in a few places. www.amarillagolf.es
Los Palos Golf Centre
On the road out of Guaza heading towards Las Galletas www.golflospalos.com
Golf Costa Adeje
The greens are large and the Clubhouse luxurious, the changing rooms provide towels, essential when playing in perfect weather. This was the venue for the 2003 Spanish Open and is in a lovely location. www.golfcostaadeje.com/en.htm Located on a cliff overlooking Costa Adeje Golf is the 5* Hotel Royal Garden Villas & Spa. This exclusive hotel offers 28 luxury villas, each with a vast private terrace and swimming pool. www.royalgardenvillas.com
Golf del Sur
Is an absolute must for the discerning golfer. It consists of three loops of 9 holes running close to the sea, which can be played in any combination. The course has hosted several PGA European Tour events and played host to the first Tenerife Ladies Open in 2002 www.golfdelsur.net
Golf Las Americas
Next to Playa de las Americas and Los Cristianos, two popular tourist areas noted for their excellent beaches. This course is laid out with views towards the sea, an ideal situation made even more attractive as it is protected from the wind by the mountain range close by. The magnificent Clubhouse offers a whole host of services and facilities of the highest quality. www.golf-tenerife.com
In the far north east of Tenerife where the waves break onto the cliffs, you can find this golfers’ delight. Designed and inaugurated by Seve Ballesteros in 2003. The art deco Clubhouse is quite impressive too. www.buenavistagolf.es This year Buenavista Golf has been recognized by the prestigious German magazine “Golf Journal” as the second best course in Europe. For those who want to be close to their game, the 5* Vincci Seleccion Buenavista Golf hotel opened in 2010 the luxury accommodation is surrounded by the golf course.
Real Club de Golf de Tenerife
The second oldest club in Spain, six hundred metres above sea level, which means strong legs are needed. The spectacular views have a backdrop of Mount Teide.
Since 1989 the high standard of the island’s courses has enabled Tenerife to host major international tournaments including the PGA European Tour and the Ladies European Tour.
Prices can be found on the websites provided but it should be noted that these are cheaper during summer, as the busiest time of the year is October – March with people escaping to find some sun!