The Canary Islands are a Spanish archipelago off the north-western coastline of Africa. The seven main islands are Tenerife, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, La Palma, La Gomera and El Hierro. These rugged volcanic isles are known for their black- and white-sand beaches. Tenerife, the largest island, is dominated by the sometimes-snowy active volcano Mt. Teide, which has its own astronomical observatory and is part of Teide National Park.
Each of the golfing islands are accessible by international airports but this blog will concentrate on the two bigger islands, Tenerife and Gran Canaria. Clubs to Hire have agents on both islands to meet you and provide you with your chosen rental set. All you have to do is show-up.
Weather on the Islands
July, August, and September tend to be the warmest months of the year on the Canary Islands. With average temperatures rarely breaching 30°C due to the fresh sea breeze, a mostly comfortable climate can be experienced the whole year round. With an average rainfall of only 22 days a year the Islands really are an ideal golfing destination.
Tourism on the Islands
Tenerife and Gran Canaria are very popular holiday destinations and for good reason too. The islands have many national influences with various cuisines available across the islands. From stylish Italian coffee shops and pizza restaurants to the more local Tapas bars, you’re even sure to find an Irish bar or few on some of the islands. People who frequent “the Canaries” often speak fondly of the fresh fish and seafood dishes, wine and tapas.
The aforementioned volcano and its surroundings comprise Teide National Park, which has an area of 18,900 hectares. It was named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO on June 28, 2007. If the Volcano isn’t enough for you – Teide Observatory, a major international astronomical observatory, is located on the slopes of the mountain.
With lots of family activities to do across the islands the Canaries have a great reputation for family holidays. And with some beautiful golf courses the area is gaining a good reputation as a golf holiday, so let’s explore a few of the options available on the island.
Buenavista Golf – Tenerife
The golf course of Buenavista del Norte is located in the extreme northeast of Tenerife, next to the Teno Mountain range. A par of 72 course with a total length of 6,150 meters. The Clubhouse is situated on raised ground at the center of the course with panoramic views of all of the holes. With six par 5s and six par 3s, this Seve designed iconic links course has beautiful surrounds and is well worth the €60 green fee.
Anfi Tauro Golf – Gran Canaria
Anfi Tauro Golf is a stunning oasis for year-round golf. It’s 9-hole and 18-hole golf courses are set among a spectacular landscape of palm trees, lakes and volcanic mountains. Designed by world leading golf course designers, von Hagge, Smelek and Baril, they offer the perfect balance between beauty and challenge.
Architect group von Hagge, Smelek and Baril are recognized as one of the world’s ten most prestigious golf-course architects. They have received worldwide acknowledgement having designed more than a thousand golf-courses. These include the Doral Country Club in Florida, the Costa Resort and Spa in California and the Horai Club in Japan. Their projects stand out for their style, subtle elegance and outstanding beauty of which Anfi Tauro is a distinguished example. This Arizona Style course inaugurated in 2007 is located in the singular Tauro Valley which offers an impressive backdrop within a coastal environment.
Salobre Golf Resort – Gran Canaria
Salobre Golf Resort is a fun outing for all golfers, and the round provides you with a great variety of shots and situations. Home to two golf courses, imaginatively named the Old and New Course. Natural landscape surrounds the resort, which is full of ‘Cardones’ a plant similar to the cactus but uniquely indigenous to the Canary Islands.
Salobre Golf Resort is integrated into the landscape of the south of the island. Its raised location offers spectacular views of the sea and the mountains. Highlighting the contrast between the green of the course and the arid surroundings of the volcanic earth giving the course a unique feel.
Golf del Sur – Tenerife
This golf facility is located in one of the most exotic landscapes in the southern part of Tenerife. The course has indigenous flora and bunkers filled with the black volcanic sand that is typical of the Islands. There are three different rounds: the North, South and Links.
The Links course receives varied reviews. Some think it is a bit artificial and quite difficult. However others find it fun to play and love the fairway undulations and rolling greens. The North and South courses present a fair challenge that will keep you interested throughout. The 2nd hole on the South course, known as the “Fried-Egg” has been named by Golf World Magazine as “one of the 100 classic Golf holes across U.K. and Continental Europe”. The putting green doesn’t look too bad in the late evening either.