Calling all Golfers
With nine original golf courses sprinkled across the island, there’s something for every taste and skill level in Tenerife. From Buenavista Golf situated atop cliffs overlooking the azure Atlantic with the dramatic Teno mountain range as a backdrop, to the stately and exclusive Real Club de Golf, the second oldest golf club in Spain with breathtaking views of Mt. Teide, you’ll find it all on Tenerife.
The Ritz-Carlton Abama
Set in gardens on a cliff-top in Guia de Isora and with the Atlantic Ocean as a backdrop, the Ritz-Carlton Abama is an impressive course in Tenerife. In fact, it’s also considered one of the toughest courses in all of Spain. Built in 2005 by Dave Thomas, it offers 18 holes with a total elevation of nearly 300 metres. This course also organizes an annual pro am event in the spring. With various guest activities, a beach, seven swimming pools, a tennis academy, spa and fitness center, the hotel also doesn’t disappoint.
Golf del Sur
Nestled on the southern coast of Tenerife is the holiday resort and golf course of Golf del Sur. Between the Las Canadas national park and the Atlantic, this 27-hole course is divided into three parts: the North, South and Links. Surrounded by palm trees and local black sand, it actually feels like you are playing in Tenerife, rather than on a generic resort course. Golf del Sur also has hosted various international tournaments and has been the setting for two golf driving distance records.
Located on the north coast is “Buena vista”, which literally means beautiful view. And the golf course certainly holds true to its name. With its large, fast greens and unique 1st hole, it looks out to the Teno cliffs and the ocean. And even though the outer greens are close to the rocky coastline, no one seems to hit the ball right into the Ocean. In fact, holes 9 and 18 are even connected by waterfall. The 18 hole course designed by Severiano Ballesteros opened in 2003.
Real Club de Golf
This British-style course in the northwestern part of the island is the best- kept golfing spot in Tenerife. Founded in 1932, it boosts the recognition of being the second oldest golf course in Spain. Lying 600 metres above sea level, the course has breathtaking panoramic views over Mount Teide. It’s 18 holes offer a challenging 5750 years of play with a 300m elevation. And if you’re not a member, don’t worry. The Real Club de Golf Tenerife allows non-members to play Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.