Golf is certainly one of the most popular past-times for many of the residents in Tenerife -along with being one of the main attractions for many thousands of tourists who visit this paradise island on a regular basis. With average daytime temperatures hovering-around the seventy-degree mark -all-year-round, and well-over 300 ‘dry’ days (especially in the south of the island) to look-forward to on an annual basis, it would be extremely difficult finding anywhere else in the world that could equal these amazing -and somewhat unique climatic conditions. Add to this a selection of ‘9’ golf courses to choose from -‘6’ in the south and ‘3’ in the northern half of the island -and it is easy to understand why this sub-tropical island of Tenerife is renowned worldwide as a ‘Golfer’s Paradise’. Below is a brief insight into the golf courses both on the south and the north of the island.
The ‘Centro de Golf Los Palos’ is a 914 metre 9-hole course, with a slight inclination -and it is surrounded by banana trees. It is located in the Guaza / Las Galletas area, and encompasses a PGA professional driving range, chipping area and putting green. Individual and group tuition is also offered in several languages.
The ‘Golf Las Americas’, is an18-hole, par 72 course, which covers 90 hectares -is 6,209 metres in length -and overlooks the sea. It is located in the heart of Las Americas, and has hosted numerous Spanish championships. The course, which is noted for its maintenance and professionalism, features a number of lakes and water-filled ravines, which come into play on the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 5th, 12th, 13th, 17th and 18th holes.
The Golf Del Sur Golf Club, which is one of the most-important golf courses on Tenerife, lies within a stones-throw of Reina Sofia (south) Airport, having been built on a zone declared to be “of National Touristic Interest’. There are actually ‘3’ courses in total, consisting of the South course, the North course and the Links course -and for those golfers who choose to do all ’27’ holes -well, apart from having to negotiate the fist hole on the North course -which is a ‘Blind’ hole, they can also look-forward to overcoming a mixture of undulating greens, difficult pin positions, ravines full of cacti -and a huge canyon!
The 18-hole, par 72, Amarilla Golf Course, which is located almost adjacent to the Golf Del Sur course, is 5,891 metres long, and goes all the way down to the seafront, overlooking the Marina San Miguel, before undulating its way through a residential area to the final home run. (Be aware that one of the par 3 holes has no fairway, but one has to cross an ‘ocean’ before reaching the small green! Apart from the main course, there is also a 9-hole ‘pitch-and-putt’ practicing course.
The Golf Costa Adeje, which is situated overlooking the beautiful fishing village of La-Caleta, on the south coast of Tenerife, boasts an 18-hole, par 72 course, which is actually made-up of six ‘par 5’, six ‘par 4’ and six ‘par 3’ holes and is 6,203 metres in length. In addition to the main course there is the Los Lagos, 9-hole, par 33 course, along with 45,000 square metres practice drive with bunkers.
Last -but certainly NOT least, is the 18-hole, par 72 Abama Golf Course, which sits at 315 metres above sea-level, near Playa San Juan on the west coast of Tenerife. The course is 6,271 metres in length, and boasts a host of large greens and wide tee areas. The course, which was designed by Dave Thomas, is quickly gaining recognition as one of the finest courses in Europe -an accolade which must include the amazing panoramic views one gets
from the greens and the fairways, which are simply to die for.
The 18-hole, par 71 Real Club de Golf, which lies on the northern coast of Tenerife in Tacoronte, near Puerto De La Cruz, boasts no-less than four ‘par 5’ holes –and it is the oldest -and undoubtedly the most prestigious, golf club in the whole of Tenerife. The total length of the course is 5,740 metres, with the highest points on the course varying between 600 and 750 metres, and a level difference of 300 metres.
The 9 hole, par 27, golf course of Golf La Rosaleda is situated just outside the centre of Puerto de la Cruz on Tenerife’s northern coast. The golf course overlooks the Valley of Orotava, and boasts stunning views of the Vulcano El Teide -along with offering panoramic views over the Atlantic Ocean. The course is ideal for beginners, along with players wishing to improve their game.
The 18-hole, par 72, golf course at Buenavista is 6,019 metres in length, and consists of six ‘par 3’ holes, six ‘par 4’ holes and six ‘par 5’ holes, the par 4 holes being situated on the ‘outward part of the course, whereas the ‘par 3’s’ can be found on the inward route. The first nine holes, which are to the right of the Club House, provide very long freeways, and it is where most of the ‘par 5’s’ can be found, whereas the nine holes on the left of the clubhouse (which lead along the coastline) are not so straight-forward, and therefore they require more accurate drives, both in length and direction.