There’s more to Tenerife than high-rise hotels and sun-loungers, there are unforgettable golf courses and a year round spring-like climate…
- Year round spring climate and winter sun
- Play against the backdrop of the Teide Volcano
- Island golf at its best at La Gomera
- Vibrant nightlife in the Island’s South
- Green fees that fall in Summer and rise in Autumn and Winter
When the European golf season winds to a close and colder weather sets in, golfers turn their attention to the warming prospect of winter sun.
It’s less than three hours flying time from mainland Europe to the year-round spring climate of Tenerife in the Spanish Canary Islands.
The tourism authorities in Tenerife know this volcanic island will always attract the sun-worshipping party crowds who love the hotels and resorts at southerly Playa de las Americas.
Golf is big business for Tenerife
They also know that golf tourism is big business for the island’s economy.
British golfers alone make up almost half of the 50,000 who visit the island every year to play golf in its spring like climate under bright blue skies.
The island’s nine golf courses offer a quality product, including cliff top settings and unforgettable ocean views.
Tenerife has attracted tournaments on both the PGA European Tour and Ladies European Tour since 1989.
There is no shortage of quality accommodation on the island which caters for the golfing market.
The Mare Nostrum Resort in Playa de las Americas and close to Los Cristianos has three hotels to choose from.
The Mediterranean Palace Hotel and Sir Anthony are five star, while the Cleopatra Palace is four star. All are close to vibrant bars and restaurants and the sophisticated shopping of the Los Cristianos district.
The Mare Nostrum hotels are excellent, do exactly what they say on the tin, but are large and busy.
If you’d like to pay a little extra for a more peaceful secluded stay look to the Abama Gran Hotel Golf Resort and Spa, the jewel in Tenerife’s crown.
It is the clearest indication yet of Tenerife’s ambitions to attract wealthy well travelled golfers.
Devilish greens and splendid Dave Thomas design
This 27-hole Dave Thomas designed resort opened in April 2005, and has over 25,000 palm trees as well as plants, flora and volcanic rock beds.
Hillier than Tenerife’s other courses Abama’s principal 18-hole layout winds up, down and round the landscape.
None of its holes are average, and most border on the spectacular, with views across the Ocean to nearby island La Gomera.
For high-mid handicappers Abama’s greens are difficult and the slopes may seem too severe for fun holiday golf.
There is only 20 feet of flat surface on the four-tiered green at the par-three seventh.
If you hit the putt too hard to a front pin, it’s easy to putt off the green and down the steep run-offs.
The shaved run-offs and aprons were a feature of most of the greens when Global Golfer reviewed the course.
Spectacular Island golf at La Gomera
An easier and arguably prettier test of golf can be found off Tenerife’s coast, at Tecina Golf on the island of La Gomera.
A 45-minute ferry ride from Los Cristianos on the Fred Olsen express – followed by transfer by road through volcanic hillsides – sees you arrive at La Tecina Golf.
Easier than Abama but more beautiful in setting, Tecina enjoys views of Mount Teide – Tenerife’s volcano – and the island’s southern coast.
Many holes are set against stunning ocean backdrops, like the 363-metre tenth, which teeters on the clifftops.
There is no shortage of good golf courses on Tenerife.
Seve’s imagination shaped Buenavista Golf
Two other must-play venues are the Seve Ballesteros designed Buenavista golf club in the north-west and Golf Costa Adeje, the venue of the 2005 Ladies Tenerife Open, just 5kms from Playa de las Americas.
Summer green fees bargains
Tenerife is unusual in that green fees are cheaper during the summer months, when the island is in low season, and higher during winter when Tenerife’s tourism reaches its peak.
Playing golf in the summer heat can be physically demanding.
Staying hydrated and making use of buggies and carts is recommended.
If you do want to walk and carry, bring a lighter bag with space to carry plenty of fluid and energy rich snacks.
Whatever the season you’re guaranteed the ball flies against clear blue skies in Tenerife.
WHERE TO PLAY
Abama Gran Hotel Golf Resort and Spa
Golf Costa Adeje
WHERE TO STAY
Mare Nostrum Resort
A luxurious resort with five hotels in the South of Tenerife located near Los Cristianos and Playa de las Americas.
Minimum and maximum average temperatures are 15 degrees celsius in Winter and 24 degrees celsius in Summer