Golf Del Sur is one of the biggest and best golf courses in Tenerife. It has 27 holes and a wealth of natural features to test the keenest golfer.
Pepe Gancedo designed the original course in 1987 but in 2005 top Spanish player Manuel Pinero gave it a facelift, converting the Links into par 36 and making it the the full Championship Course it is today.
Each of the three courses offers its own particular set of challenges. In the North Course, the most attractive hole is HOLE 3, that runs along the “San Blas Ravine” and has the peak of Teide as its dramatic backdrop. HOLE 5 of the Links course which is a par 4 has a high position Tee which gives the player a fantastic view of the course and sea. And in the South, HOLE 2, par 3, is a favourite of many being fondly known as the “fried egg”, thanks to the volcanic sand which surrounds it.
Golf Del Sur hosted the Tenerife Open in 1989, 1992, 1993 and 1994 with José Maria Olazábal taking the crown in the first two events and David Gilford and Mark James being the victors in the subsequent years. In 1995, the Shell Wonderful World of Golf Tournament, was hosted at Golf Del Sur where Ernie Els and Phil Mickelson faced off in an exciting match of skill and experience. The Tenerife Ladies Open was hosted at Golf Del Sur in 2002 and 2007, the winners being Raquel Carriedo and Nikki Garret.
The stunning course, with its wide fairways and challenging water hazards makes the most of the dramatic natural features so artfully provided by Mother Nature, weaving round ravines and volcanic sand traps and dipping towards the sea. The edge of the course skirts along protected San Blas Ravine, a popular walk for hikers and bird watchers and the course itself, features a wide range of trees and plants popular with the local wildlife.
This partnership with the natural landscape and the indigenous flora and fauna which is encompassed and protected within the boundaries of the course is an essential part of the Golf Del Sur management ethos. So much so in fact, that Golf Del Sur was awarded the Madera Verde Diplome of Honour for the best environmentally friendly golf business in Spain in November 2007.
Golf del Sur is well equipped for the experienced or budding golfer. There is a Golf Academy and a very spacious practice range and to make sure you have all the latest clothes and equipment, there is a fully stocked golf shop.
The Golf Del Sur course is the centrepiece for Golf Del Sur itself, a residential and holiday village much favoured by golfers and their families. The location is very convenient, being just 10 minutes from the airport and 15 minutes from the tourist resorts of Los Cristianos and Las Americas. There are several hotels and self-catering apartments as well as many private holiday villas in the Golf Del Sur area which make a perfect base from which to launch a golfing holiday in Tenerife and the seaside town offers many diversions from horse-riding to lawn bowls – a bonus factor which allows keen golfers to concentrate on the ‘auld game’ while their families enjoy all the attractions of the neighbourhood.
Amarilla Bay Golf Course, Tenerife
This course will tease you, test you and delight you and it couldn’t enjoy a better location. For the dedicated golfer you will even find a large portfolio of privately owned holiday villas in Amarilla Golf from which to base your Tenerife golfing holiday.
Amarilla Golf and Country Club is a dedicated golf resort, it was built with the golfer in mind and delivers the rare combination of modern luxury and the raw charms of nature. Just to the west of the main airport, Reina Sofia, and 15 minutes from the southern tourism hotspots of Los Cristianos and Las Americas, it feels like it is set in its own relaxed world.
When Donald Steel set about designing the 6,077 metre course in 1989 he had plenty of help from the rugged land and the views out to the Atlantic. Deciding to work with the land rather than against it he came up with some interesting challenges for the golfer.
The first five holes hug the coast then move inland with the mountain ranges providing a stunning backdrop, and as you reach the end of your meander, the final three holes will keep you alert as you face the large dark sand bunkers.
Hole five deserves special mention, the sea cuts into the cliff leaving you with a small ravine to drive over before you reach the green.
In 1990 Amarilla hosted the Tenerife Open, part of the European PGA Tour and the players could hardly fail to be impressed at the array of wild animals and plant life that inhabit the course. A coastal path that skirts by the course is popular with walkers and bird watchers, another example of the way that Amarilla blends into the environment.
Amarilla Golf & Country Club
San Miguel de Abona
Have an historic game at Real Club de Tenerife. It might not be St Andrews but for a taste of golfing tradition, Tenerife style, it’s got to be Real Club de Tenerife the second oldest course in Spain.
The setting is in Tacaronte just along from the north airport, Los Rodeos, and this club oozes charm and history.
It was built in 1932 but has moved with the times in terms of equipment and course preparation. At 600 metres above sea level and with Mount Teide looming large in the background, it’s all set fair for a great 18 holes but in a slightly cooler climate than in the south.
Long drives and lush greens are the order of the day and the course will give you a good workout.
The course covers 5,694 metres and staged the Spanish Open in 1964. Lined with avenues of trees and shrubs it is one the most attractive courses on the island.
With all those years behind it, the club has built a large membership and play for visitors is limited to 8am to 12.30 on weekdays. After sweeping into the large free car park, first stop is often the clubhouse, and you won’t be disappointed. There is a choice of a restaurant or a café or a bar and social area to relive those turning points in your days play.
Full coaching and practice facilities are available and a fully stocked shop will see that you are kitted out. If you are visiting the north, it’s well worth arranging a game on this famous old course.
Real Club de Golf
Golf Las Americas, Tenerife
Golf Las Americas is in a privileged setting, sitting as it does, in a natural ampitheatre, with a dramatic backdrop of mountains to the back and views across the sea to La Gomera at the front.
Once on the course, it is hard to believe that the hustle and bustle of Las Americas and Los Cristianos, Tenerife’s main tourist resorts, is only a stone’s throw away.
The championship course has eighteen holes which range from a par 3 of 166 metres to a par 5 at 456 metres. It was designed by John Jacobs Golf Associates and has a total length of 6,039 meters.
The course is maintained to the highest standard and many holes have attractive water features which are home to breeding families of ducks, geese & swans.
In addition the course is rich with plants and trees including many kinds of palm such as the Washington, Phoenix, Date, Philippians and Kent. Native species take pride of place with fine specimens of dragon tree (Dracaena draco) and a variety of giant cactii and indigenous succulents..
The total surface area of the course and its complementary complex of varied tourist accommodation is 90 hectares.
The club house which is set overlooking the 18th green and the 1st and 10th tee has fantastic facilities for its guests including a good restaurant, shop, TV room and locker and shower facilities.
Also the practice range has a prime position a short distance from the Club House.
The course has hosted many professional and amateur tournaments over the years. Two of the most memorable tournaments were the Seniors Professionals
Golf Costa Adeje takes your game to a different level. It was pretty good when Pepe Gancedo designed it in 1998, but Golf Costa Adeje has grown in size and reputation since then to the world class venue it is today. It’s come a long way since the site was just banana plantations on a remote south west corner of Tenerife, but it hasn’t forgotten it’s roots. The course makes full use of the terraced land, the 5,000 metre long original stone wall, parades of palm trees and undulating contours.
Wide open greens, lakes and craters and clear views across to the island of La Gomera help to make this a real favourite. In 2001, the original 18 holes were expanded with 9 extra holes on the Los Lagos course. A large new clubhouse was also added and it’s spacious terraces soon became a firm favourite. With the 2003 Spanish Open choosing the course, it had really come of age.
At Golf Costa Adeje, they have training facilities that go one step further. A practice green, chipping green and 2 putting greens are impressive enough but the driving range is amazing. Built on 45,000 square metres into the hillside it has a lift to take you and your buggy, to the 3 levels it serves.
Faced with such an awesome course, you might want to brush up on your game and this is the place to do it, with 3 professionals and a golf school that adapts to your ability level. All this can be yours for as little as 85 euros for high season green fees.
Golf Costa Adeje
Finca Los Olivos,
Abama Golf Tenerife
A lavish dream became reality in October 2005 as a 6,232 metre golf course, created by former Ryder Cup player, Mark Thomas, opened with a prestigious tournament that carried PGA European circuit points.
Abama Golf has quickly earned a glowing reputation for it’s golf and the five star facilities. Taken over by the Ritz Carlton group in June 2007, they have the experience and back up of a major chain but from the moment you see the Moorish design, you will realize they have a very individual style.
The setting is a west coast hill side near to the charming fishing village of Playa San Juan with it’s busy quayside and a pebble beach that is currently being converted to fine sand.
The 18 hole, including a trio at par three, course flows down to a point 78 metres above the sea and is blessed with 25,000 trees, 22 lakes and waterfalls, imported to compliment the views across to the island of La Gomera.
The 5 star hotel boasts tennis courts, 8 swimming pools a 2,500 square metre spa and a restaurant that has won many awards for it’s cuisine. No wonder big names like Bill Clinton and Zinedine Zidane are among the famous visitors.
The luxury has become permanent for some lucky people who have bought Abama Luxury Residencies a series of high quality apartments, villas and houses, each designed with an individual flair by Melvin Villarroel, a man with 15 international architecture awards.
Colonial décor and spacious terraces help to complete the special feel and of course every day can be different with so many delights to enjoy. There’s even a secluded beach for the use of Abama residents and guests.
The course is open from 8am until 8pm and players tee off at 12 minute intervals. The fun doesn’t have to end on the main course as they also have putting and chipping greens, a golf academy and a clubhouse and bar.
It’s fair to say that green fees are higher than most other courses on the island, starting from 112 euros and 60 euros for club hire, but none can offer such a complete package and a chance to wallow in luxury. Despite that rarefied air, Abama is also know for it’s popularity as a family resort and it’s attention to detail. If they keep picking up awards at their current rate, they may need to build an extension soon. In their first full year of operation they scooped the Rheingolf Award for best golf resort, but they are still striving for more.
Abama Hotel and Golf Resort
Guía de Isora,