Golf in Tenerife - The island of eternal spring
22nd Sept, 2015
Tenerife is the largest and most interesting geologically of the seven Canary Islands. It is known as the ‘island of eternal spring' and for good reason. With its pleasant climate and excellent weather conditions with constantly warm temperatures somewhere between 18 and 23 degrees Celsius, it is possibly the perfect place for playing golf all year round.
There are some fantastic golf courses to be found on Tenerife, the island has nine in total split between the North and South of the island. Each course has its own unique style and differing terrain, Golf del Sur for instance has black volcanic sand bunkers, a wonderful characteristic of some of the courses on Tenerife.
On this visit I was concerned at looking how golf in the south of Tenerife had improved over the last 20 years or so. Golfers are now spoilt for choice in an area which has always been a hot tourist destination.
One course on Tenerife that is a must play is Golf Las Americas. Situated in the heart of Playa de Las Americas the important tourist centre on the South of the island, this delightful layout is both testing and highly enjoyable.
It is not a long course at 6,607 yards but what it lacks in length it makes up for in design, water comes into play on eight of the holes and there are some subtle changes in elevation more so on the front nine. The greens were some of the best I found in Tenerife and really enjoyable to putt on.
The facilities at Las Americas are fantastic, an extremely good clubhouse with great food, a beautifully manicured and large practice range, and a pro shop that any course would be proud of. The course hosted a ladies European Tour event in 2011 which shows the calibre of the setup and the golf course.
Golf Las Americas is connected to and part of Las Madrigueras Golf Resort and Spa which is a five star hotel and one of the best in Tenerife. Staying at the hotel gives you direct and preferential access to Las Americas. Golf guests have complimentary use of their own buggy with GPS and locker and direct access from the hotel to the first tee, now this is not something you find often.
There are only 44 superior rooms and 13 suites at the Hotel Las Madrigueras, they are all very large and overlook the golf Las Americas course, Atlantic Ocean and the island of La Gomera. As you can imagine there is also an award winning restaurant. It would be a fantastic place to base your golf holiday in Tenerife from.
Another course that you have to play on Tenerife is Abama Golf. Abama is the highest ranked course on Tenerife and I would agree with this. It is also definitely the highest in general, the course rises to a peak elevation of 315m above sea level and makes for some incomparable views of the ocean and the surrounding Canary Islands from most of its 18 holes.
This 6,271-metre meticulously sculpted course features more than 25,000 palm trees, white-sand bunkers, and dozens of lakes connected by waterfalls, the course is as stunning as it sounds. There are some fantastic holes most notably the signature par 5 10 th which drops down in elevation from tee to green with water on the left and palm trees on the right, the views are incredible.
The large greens make for some very interesting and difficult pin positions to challenge any golfer, but like any good resort course it is fit for players of all abilities, everyone will enjoy playing here and if you are on Tenerife you have to come and play it.
Abama's Golf Academy offers facilities for beginners and experts alike, including a driving range and chipping and putting greens. The 5-hectare practice area encompasses three par-3 holes for less experienced golfers, their highly qualified golf professionals are available to aid players of every level. There is also a stunning clubhouse for meals and drinks after your round.
The whole Abama resort is a luxury destination that should not be missed when you are on the island, the five star Ritz-Carlton provides another fantastic place you could stay.
Not everything on Tenerife has to do with golf. If you want a break from the fairways there is plenty in the area to do, families can have a great holiday here. You could visit Teide National Park, the park has an area of 18,990 hectares and has been named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, it has also been named one of the 12 Treasures of Spain. Teide is the second largest volcano in the Canary Islands.
You could go Whale and Dolphin watching from Puerto Colon, or catch a musical in the evening at the Pirámide de Arona, and I don't have to mention the islands amazing beaches and the vibrant and extensive nightlife. There is much more to do here than just play golf and it can suit any trip.
There is another course on Tenerife that I enjoyed a great deal, Golf del Sur. It is the only course on Tenerife to have three nines, the North, the South, and the Links. It has a very English style clubhouse and a quaint relaxed feel about the place.
The course although not as testing as Abama and Las Americas is extremely enjoyable and has some really good holes. The main standout at Golf del Sur is the black volcanic sand bunkers, a real characteristic of the island of Tenerife. These bunkers look amazing in contrast to the lush surroundings of the golf course.
If you like Golf del Sur then you must also go and play Costa Adeje just along the coast. It was designed by the same golf course architect Jose Gancedo. He designed this beautiful course incorporating original low stone wall farm terraces across some of the fairways that slope down towards the sea.
This is not a feature you see on golf courses in general and I think it really works and makes some truly wonderful golf holes. The third is a great example of this playing down towards the Atlantic. Another interesting feature of the golf course is the fact it has six par threes, six par fours, and six par fives. The two hardest holes on the course are par 3s which always makes a course more difficult, but they are great holes, the par 3 seventh is an all or nothing 187 yard carry over a barranca.
Some of the views from Costa Adeje are also some of the best from any course on Tenerife so you should not miss this course out.
Tenerife is slowly becoming one of the must visit golf destinations in Europe. Add the great golf courses to the spring like temperatures all year round and you have a perfect golfing paradise. Think very hard about Tenerife when you are planning your next golf trip.
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