Built in 2005 by Dave Thomas, this young golf course on Tenerife is certainly a masterpiece. Beautifully set, with a creek and several lakes that turn into obstacles, it offers 18 holes of interesting play with a total elevation of nearly 300 metres. Undulating and elevated greens challenge the player. The course also organises an annual pro am event in the spring.
Amarilla Golf & Country Club
The Amarilla course is particularly impressive, set as it is against the volcanic and fairly barren landscape of southern Tenerife. British architect Donald Steel was tasked with creating the world’s best golf course and it’s truly a joy to play, thanks to the freedom of choice in shot that each hole offers. Top tip: The signature hole is the short but spectacular Par 3 hole number 5: teeing off from one cliff, the ocean itself becomes the fairway and must be crossed to the green on the next cliff, converting the short distance into a major obstacle.
Buenavista Golf is an 18 hole course that was designed by Severiano Ballesteros and opened in October 2003. A location in the north-west of Tenerife creates spectacular views thanks to its proximity to the Teno mountains on one side and the Atlantic Ocean on the other. The outstanding holes are closer to the coast and players are challenged by hitting the ball along the coastline, though hopefully not into the wide blue yonder. Top tips: Pay particular attention to the 5 holes on the coastline on windy days, as sea breezes can knock you a little off balance. Particular highlights are holes 9 and 18, which are connected by a waterfall that feeds an ornamental lake.
Golf Las Américas
This outstanding course is situated in the heart of Playa de Las Américas, one of the most important tourist centres in the South of Tenerife, and was designed by John Jacobs. The course is noted for its excellent standards of maintenance and is widely regarded as a pure joy to play, except in windy conditions, when the water obstacles present a far more serious challenge. Golf Las Américas is a championship 18 hole par 72 course with an overall length of 6.051 meters (6.617 yards) with lakes, rivers and ravines meandering throughout the course. Top tip: The ninth hole runs downhill with a right angle dogleg to a large elevated green, offering a good chance for a birdie even for relative newbies to the sport.
Golf Costa Adeje
Designed by the internationally recognised Spanish architect José Gancedo, this 27 hole course opened in 1998. Thanks to a design that takes advantage of the naturally-ocurring characteristics of the land and landmarks from its former use as a banana plantation, the course is challenging but fair. Players enjoy amazing views over to La Gomera island and large, fast greens that are challenging to read. Top tip: This is a very popular course with fast rounds, and advanced booking is essential in the main season from September to March. Holes are quite long, making this a great choice for long hitters.
Golf del Sur
This 27 hole project with three 9-hole courses was designed by José Gancedo and Manuel Piñero and sits on the south east coast of the island. In all playable combinations, the courses add up to Par 72. Since its opening in 1987, it has been venue for international PGA tournaments and also long-hitter Karl Woodward’s world record shot of 408 yards in 1999. The undulating course has wide fairways and elevated greens, with striking black volcanic sand bunkers and some tricky water hazards. All the courses require precise shots but the imaginative concept offers a lot of fun, beautiful views and the feeling of being in a naturally-occurring oasis thanks to preservation of natural flora and fauna around the course.
Real Club de Golf de Tenerife
Tenerife’s oldest golf course is also known as El Peñon and opened in 1932. It is situated in the northwestern part of the island, on an elevation with scenic views down to the Atlantic. Its 18 holes offer a challenging 5750 yards of play with a 300m elevation, and are known for their natural obstacles and challenging complications. The highlights are probably the rather long Par 5s of the course. Top tip: Hole 4 "El Radiador" is regarded as the most difficult, due to being out of bounds on the left and having a ravine with a lateral water hazard on the right. The best option is to play slightly to the left in order to hit a straight path to the green.