Golf Tenerife

Wed, June 1st, 2011 - By Linda

Before I came to live in Tenerife, some 20 plus years ago, I vacationed in the south of Spain and in Mallorca. When we waited for our luggage to come off the carousels in Málaga or in Palma de Mallorca we were always surprised as bag after bag of golf clubs tumbled onto the conveyor. Now, long-time resident of this island though I am, golfer I am not. But it seems to me that possibly Tenerife is one of the better-kept secrets in the golfing world because I don’t see that same volume of golf paraphernalia arriving at  Tenerife South airport.

This surprises me because it seems to me that the island has much to offer golfers. Tenerife now boasts a goodly number of golf courses, and all offer stunning views of both ocean and volcanic peaks with villages nestled in the valleys for your added enjoyment. Add to that the almost constant pleasant Atlantic breeze, and it sounds pretty perfect.

My first few months living here were spent on a golf complex, Golf del Sur in the municipality of San Miguel de Abona, which is a mere ten minutes from the southern airport (could it be more convenient?). At the time we arrived there were only nine holes open, but another nine soon opened up, meaning that the traditional golf club in the island’s north had competition at last. Within months of that, adjacent Amarilla Golf opened for business. Both courses had teething troubles as recessions loomed and ebbed and both, even in those early days, hosted the PGA World Tour. Today both are thriving and offer many facilities along with golf.

Over the years more courses have been constructed, the most famous probably being Buenavista del Norte, because it was designed by the late and great Severiano Ballesteros. For anyone desiring tranquillity and some glimpses of traditional Canarian life to mix in with the golfing, Buenavista is probably the perfect destination, close to the historic town of Garachico.

On the other hand, if you want to factor something more lively into your holiday mix, the popular tourist areas of Arona and Adeje each have golf courses now, Golf las Americas and Golf Costa Adeje respectively, adding to the variety of experience possible, and making the sport very accessible to those staying in Playa de las Americas, Los Cristianos or Callao Salvaje. This means that if one half of a partnership prefers to toast on the beach they can do so whilst their other half is chasing that little, white ball.

Guia de Isora acquired its first course a while back, the luxurious and prestigious Abama, where no lesser person than Bill Clinton has lunched (but sadly didn’t have time for a game). If you add to those the pleasant nine holes at Los Palos not far from Costa del Silencio then you can play a different course each day during a week’s vacation– not bad for an island which has yet to find its niche in the golfing hall of fame.

Posted : Wednesday, June 1st, 2011 at 9:59 am
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3 Responses to “Golf Tenerife”

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  2. […] la Cruz and Garachico, the lovely coastal path at Buenavista del Norte runs alongside the beautiful golf course and over dramatic headlands to quiet, pebble beaches with not another soul in […]

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