Your Ultimate Guide to Golfing on the Canary Islands
Offering spectacular golf all-year round, the Canary Islands, Spain are perfect for golf holidays. Located off the coast of Morocco, the islands enjoy the sun all year round, with an average temperature of 19 degrees Celsius in winter and 23 degrees Celsius in summer. An autonomous archipelago of 7 islands, the best golf courses in the Canary Islands can be found on Gran Canaria and Tenerife.
To help give you some inspiration for your next golf holiday, we’ve chosen our favourite golf clubs in Gran Canaria and Tenerife that you can play at all year round.
Gran Canaria Golf Courses
With an incredible volcanic landscape featuring 60km of beaches and a Biosphere Reserve, Gran Canaria is a spectacular destination for golf holidays. Easily accessed via a transfer from Gran Canaria airport, the majority of golf clubs in Gran Canaria are located on the east side of the island, centred around the popular towns of Telde and Maspalomas.
Just 25km to the north of Gran Canaria Airport, Real Club de Golf de Las Palmas is a must-visit when visiting the island. Known as Spain’s oldest golf club, it has a unique backdrop and is situated next to Caldera de Bandama volcanic crater. Featuring narrow fairways, deep ravines and small greens, the course offers fantastic panoramic views of the northwest coastline. El Cortijo Club de Campo also makes use of the breath-taking landscape and is routed through a series of valleys surrounded by lush tropical vegetation. A challenging and technical course, it has hosted numerous tournaments including the Canarias Open de Espana 2002 which saw Sergio Garcia claim victory.
Located close to Puerto Rico de Gran Canaria towards the south of Gran Canaria, Anfi Tauro is another fantastic golf club. Consistently ranked as one the best golf courses in Europe, the 18-hole championship golf course is arranged in American-style layout and includes various water hazards such as lakes and waterfalls. Further down the coast, close to the popular resort of Playa del Ingles, Maspalomas offers a beautiful, natural course. Parallel to the Maspalomas Dunes Nature Reserve, the course features long broad fairways on a flat terrain with the constant threat of the sea breeze. Additional variety is provided by Salobre Golf which is the only golf club in the Canary Islands to boast a 36-hole layout. Although the ‘New’ course has been developed to an exceptional standard, it is the ‘Old’ course that is the most popular. Previously host to important championships such as the 2006 Spanish PGA, the course has developed an international reputation and is not to be missed during your golf holiday in Gran Canaria.
Tenerife Golf Courses
Featuring some of the most dramatic scenery in Europe, Tenerife is a great location for a golf holiday in the Canary Islands. Home to Mount Teide, the third highest volcano in the world, Tenerife boasts 8 golf courses, with the majority being located in the west and easily accessed via a transfer from Tenerife South Airport.
Situated away from the popular tourist resort in the northwest of the island, Buenavista Golf has a more remote location than the other golf clubs in Tenerife. However, despite the additional transfer time, this Seve Ballesteros-designed course is worth the effort. Nestled on a cliff top overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, Buenavista Golf provides golfers incredible views as they move around the course. Suitable for players of all abilities, the course offers exceptional holiday golf. Another course that boasts amazing ocean views is Abama Golf. One of Spain’s most exclusive golf clubs, it’s palm tree-lined fairways provide a constant challenge. Featuring 22 lakes, waterfalls and white sand bunkers, this course located on the west face of Mount Teide provides a memorable experience. Golf Costa Adeje also boasts exceptional surroundings and has been designed by integrating the natural features of the area into the course.
Offering impressive golf facilities in an extremely convenient location, Golf Las Americas is a natural choice when visiting Tenerife on a Golf Hotel. Located in the main tourist area of Las Americas, the course is laid out in two returning loops of nine holes with the coastal location providing subtle elevation changes. Another fantastic golf club that is easily accessible via transfer is Golf del Sur. Located in the south of Tenerife, the course is arranged in three loops of nine holes, allowing golfers to choose from 3 different 18-hole combinations. Expertly maintained, Golf del Sur’s lush fairways and black volcanic sand bunkers will help great a memorable golf holiday in Tenerife.
We hope our favourite golf courses in the Canary Islands have given you plenty of inspiration for your next golf holiday.
If you’re planning a golf holiday in the Canary Islands, Golf-Drives provide hassle-free transfers for your entire holiday. Transporting you from Gran Canaria Airport and Tenerife South Airport to your hotel, from your hotel to the golf course, and back again, Golf-Drives can deal with all your transport.