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The 5 Best Golf Courses on Tenerife

April 19, 2010 by  
Filed under Travel Guide

The Canary Island’s top destination, Tenerife has almost year-round perfect weather for golf. There are nine courses on the island, each with its own challenges and varied topography, bearing the hallmarks of top designers such as Seve Ballesteros, Donald Steel, and Pepe Gancedo. Major PGA tournaments are held on Tenerife and first-class hotels offer excellent accommodation and fine dining to complement a high-quality golfing experience.

Abama
Set in the southwest of the island, this very new and challenging course, running to 6,232 metres, with Atlantic Ocean views, was designed by Dave Thomas. All levels of golfer will be satisfied with this Par 72 course, and wide tee areas allow plenty of room to hit off without feeling rushed. The course is 315 metres above sea levAbama Golf Course, Tenerifeel at its highest point, and includes 22 lakes, waterfalls, and white-sand bunkers. There are hundreds of palms lining the greens and over 300 species of sub-tropical plants. The five-star Abama Gran Hotel, Golf Resort and Spa includes tennis courts, a pro shop and golf academy, a three-hole practice course, practice putting greens, and a driving range.

Amarilla
This Par 72, 6,648-metre course, attached to the Amarilla Golf and Country Club, is on the southern coast adjoining the sea, and has a spectacular mountainous backdrop. A floristic feature of the course is the profusion of barrancos, an endemic island plant. Thirteen of the holes follow the coast, and the signature 5th hole involves a chip over the incoming tide to reach the green. A 9-hole pitch and putt area is good for practice, and there is also a putting green and driving range. The clubhouse, with its restaurant and bar, has a pool and tennis courts, plus an equestrian centre.

Costa Adeje

With fine views of the island of La Gomera, Costa Adeje is designed around the terraced fields of an old agricultural area and is surrounded by banana plantations. There are 27 holes to play, and the Par 72, 6,783-metre championship section features wide greens and hazards such as gorges and lakes. Host to the 2003 Spanish Open, Costa Adeje extends from the mountains down to the sea. Its three-level, 15,000 metre-square driving range, with three starting levels, includes a buggy elevator. The large clubhouse has outdoor terraces, and is perfect for relaxing and dining after a game.

Isla Baja Buenavista
This Seve Ballesteros designed course, set in Tenerife’s volcanic northwest Teno mountain range, is a Par 72, 6,150-metre challenge that tests even the low handicappers. Now ten years old, the course vegetation has matured and its scenic beauty, combined with holes that run adjacent to the Atlantic coastline, make this a favourite with those looking for a dramatic golfing location. Besides a golf school, there are two practice putting greens, and a chipping area. The clubhouse has a bar and restaurant.

Las Americas
In the south of Tenerife, between Playa de Las Americas and Los Cristianos, this 18-hole, Par 72 course overlooks the sea, and is close to popular beaches. Lakes and ravines are a course feature as well as obstacles, but the course is protected from the wind by a gently sloping amphitheatre. There is a golf school, driving range, practice putting green, and a pro shop. The clubhouse has a bar/cafeteria.

Playing golf on Tenerife is a pleasure whichever course you decide to play, but a visit to one of our top 5 courses above will ensure a golfing experience of the highest order.

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