Golf holidays in the Canary Islands

Gran Canaria

The third largest of the seven Canary Islands; Gran Canaria’s climate is warm in winter, daytime temperatures average between 16C and 22C, with constant sun the year round. Generally, temperatures do not rise above 28C in the summer. This island is called a “miniature continent” due to the different climates and variety of landscapes found, with long beaches and dunes of white sand, contrasting with green ravines and picturesque villages. A third of the island is under protection as a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO. Gran Canaria has eight magnificent golf courses that are spread around its territory. These courses were designed by professionals, and are some of the best in Spain. Like Tenerife, winter sun and a flying time of approximately 4.5 hours from the United Kingdom make Gran Canaria a wonderful location for a winter golf holiday.

Tenerife

The largest of the seven Canary Islands; Tenerife’s climate is mild and reasonably warm in winter with year-round sunshine. Generally, temperatures do not rise above 28C in the summer. At every turn you have lovely views of the surrounding deep blue Atlantic Ocean that is always close by. Due to the winter sun and a flying time of only 4.5 hours from the United Kingdom Tenerife makes an ideal destination for a winter golf holiday as the island has many diverse and stunning championship golf courses. Tenerife has a lively local culture, world-class accommodation and wonderful traditional foods such as wrinkly potatoes, mojo sauce and local cheeses. There are 19,700 acres of vineyards producing some wonderful wines rarely seen in the United Kingdom.

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Accommodation and Golf Courses
Salobre Hotel Resort & Serenity 5

Set within the 36-hole Salobre Golf Course, Salobre Hotel Resort & Serenity features outdoor swimming pools and a spa. This hotel is 15 minutes’ drive from Maspalomas. Guest rooms at the resort are equipped with a terrace with mountain views. 3 restaurants offer a wide range of international and local dishes. Guests can also have a drink in one of the 3 bars available. The wellness centre offers a variety of facial and body treatments. Guests can also join the on-site gym or sports activities such as yoga, basketball or cycling. The property offers a free shuttle to Meloneras Beach where guests will find a Beach Point with an extra swimming pool.

Nearby golf courses:  Salobre Old Course and Salobre New Course.

Lopesan Villa del Conde Resort & Thalasso 5★

Lopesan Villa del Conde Resort offers picturesque ocean views from its setting on Meloneras Beach. It features a spa and large outdoor swimming pool. Rooms feature stylish décor with bright colours, and a balcony or terrace. The Lopesan is 900 yards from Maspalomas Nature Reserve. There are 5 restaurants including a buffet option, Mediterranean and an Italian restaurant. The Alpendre Salt Grill serves a large salad buffet, while the Patio Café offers cakes and crêpes. There are 6 bars, one offering live music. It has Turkish baths, an African sauna, flotation pool and hydrothermal circuit.

Nearby golf courses: Anfi Tauro Golf,  Meloneras Golf Course and Maspalomas Golf.

Seaside Grand Hotel Residencia 5★

A member of the Leading Hotels of the World, this luxury complex, is set in tropical gardens. Spanish colonial-style villas have private balconies or terraces. There are two heated outdoor swimming pools to choose from. Both are saltwater and one of the pools is for spa guests. Hotel guests have free access to the spa’s gym, hydro-massage saltwater pool, sauna and Turkish bath. Free Tai chi and agua-gym classes are also available at the neighbouring Seaside Palm Beach. The restaurant serves Canarian and international cuisine. There is an outdoor terrace with views of the lush gardens and mountains. There is also a poolside snack bar and a piano bar.

Nearby golf courses: Anfi Tauro Golf, Meloneras Golf Course and Maspalomas Golf.

Salobre Old Course 

Par 71, designed by Roland Favre & Dave Thomas.

Offering wonderful views of both the sea and the mountains, Salobre Old Course is a traditional course with small greens playing to the strength of good iron play. With its elevated position the course is surrounded by indigenous trees and plants, making it a feature of the golf course and the resort as a whole. Opened in 2000.

Salobre New Course

Par 71, designed by Ron Kirby.

Complementing the neighbouring Old Course, this not an overly long course. It is laid-out over the hilly terrain providing spectacular views of the surrounding countryside and Atlantic Sea. Interestingly, the front nine is configured of four par threes, three par fives and two par fours. Opened in 2008.

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Maspalomas Golf

Par 73, designed by Mackenzie Ross.

In a popular location, this mature course offers a variety of interesting challenges to all levels of golfer. Positioned next to the protected Maspalomas Dunes Natural Reserve, with spectacular views of the famous Gran Canaria sand dunes. Opened in 1968.

Meloneras Golf

Par 71, designed by Ron Kirby.

Canarian mountains, the stunning Atlantic Ocean and the rocky coastline are the backdrop to this championship course. In a good locatation close to the main hotels, the fairways are lined with palm trees with some holes boarding the ocean. The course hosted the 2007 Spanish PGA Championship. Opened in 2006.

Anfi Tauro Golf

Par 71, designed by von Hagge, Smelek and Baril.

This dramatic golf course is carved out of the unforgiving volcanic terrain, providing numerous challenges throughout the round. This visual course has plenty to offer all levels of golfer, with lakes, waterfalls, rich vegetation and lush gardens prominent throughout. This unique golf course has played host to the Spanish PGA Championship. Opened in 2006.

The Ritz-Carlton, Abama 5★

Set in Tenerife’s southwest coast, the hotel overlooks the Atlantic Ocean and Gomera Island. It has 7 outdoor pools, an award-winning spa and is in close distance to a golf course, a tennis academy and golden-sand beach. The Ritz-Carlton, Abama is made up of Moorish-inspired buildings housing guestrooms and villas. The resort is set in lush tropical gardens on a cliff top, with a Resort Train down to the exclusive beach. Each room and villa has an ethnic style, and most enjoy views over the gardens, and Atlantic Ocean. The Ritz-Carlton, Abama offers 8 restaurants, including 2 with Michelin stars (open according to season).

Nearby golf course: Abama.

Las Madrigueras Golf Resort & Spa 5★

This Adults Only resort has a beautiful setting within the Las Américas golf course, South Tenerife. It has a full spa centre and a lovely outdoor pool. The hotel features panoramic views of the golf course, Atlantic Ocean and La Gomera Island. There is a large outdoor swimming pool. The spa centre includes a sauna, hot tub and Turkish bath. There are massage treatments and a beauty salon. Each elegant room comes with satellite TV, a bathrobe and a private balcony. Las Américas beach is within walking distance.

Nearby golf course: Las Americas

Hotel Jardin Tropical 4★

Hotel Jardin Tropical is located in Adeje’s coast, offering spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean and La Gomera. It features a saltwater pool carved out of the cliff. The luxurious facilities include 12,000 m2 of gardens. Each elegant room has a balcony or terrace with outdoor furniture, flat-screen TV with satellite channels, minibar, and safe. Free WiFi is available throughout. Some rooms feature exclusive services, including concierge service, access to the Club Lounge, open bar and access to a private area at Las Rocas Beach Club. There is a a-la-carte and a buffet restaurant on site, as well as a snack bar and several lounges. The nearest beach is 450 yards away and Siam Park is a 3-minute drive.

Nearby golf course: Golf Del Sur and Amarilla Golf & Country Club

Abama Golf

Par 72, designed by Dave Thomas.

Offering stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean and the island of La Gomera, this spectacular course uses the natural contours of the landscape providing a true golfing challenge to all levels of golfer. There are 22 lakes strategically located around the golf course along with many types of subtropical plant life. Opened in 2005.

Golf Costa Adeje

Par 72, designed by Jose Pepe Gancedo.

Originally banana plantations, the well-established Golf Costa Adeje is set up of 27 holes and has played host to the PGA European Tour event, Tenerife Open and Canary Island Championship. The course features a number of doglegs and large greens. The mountain range of Adeje and region of Playa de las Americas can be viewed from the golf course. Opened in 1998.

Golf Las Americas

Par 72, designed by John Jacobs.

Located in the popular south part of the island, Golf Las Americas has a modern clubhouse overlooking the course. Water features on 8 of the holes and places an importance on positional play off the tee. The undulating manicured greens also offer a challenge on this picturesque course. Opened in 1998.

Golf del Sur

Par 72, designed by Jose Gancedo.

Played host to the PGA European Tour Tenerife Open, Golf Del Sur is made up of three loops of 9 holes; North Course, South Course & Links Course. The special feature on this stunning course is the use of the local volcanic landscape, with the bunkers filled with black volcanic sand. The North and South are the original loops offering the stronger test of golf. Opened in 1987.

Amarilla Golf & Country Club

Par 71, designed by Donal Steel.

Located close to Golf Del Sur, Amarilla Golf & Country Club has a variety of scenic holes stretching from the sea to the foothills of the dramatic Teide volcano. It is not the longest course on the island, and provides different challenges with its small greens and undulating fairways. Its signature hole is the 5th, a spectacular par 3 located on the cliff top. Opened in 1989.