Tenerife is the largest of the Canary Islands and offers everything that a golfer could want for the perfect golfing holiday. It’s an all-year-round destination with an average temperature of 23 degrees. There are nine golf courses on the Island and plans are advanced to develop more.
Traditionally known as a winter destination for UK golfers it really is suitable to play golf at any time of the year. Most of the courses are based in the south of the Island close to the main airport and most popular resorts, but all the courses are accessible from everywhere. There are a variety of styles with Links, parkland and seaside designs offering the variety that will appeal to all golfers.
What is the best way to get to Tenerife
There are two airports on the island the South and the North but most flights from the UK fly into the main airport Tenerife South. The flight takes just over 4 hours and there are direct flights from most UK airports. Its about twenty minutes from the Airport to the main tourist destinations. Have a look at our flying with golf clubs guide for further information on the cost of taking your clubs and compare that with the increasingly popular idea of hiring clubs in the Resort.
Golf in Tenerife
The courses are of a very similar standard and generally offer high-quality holiday golf which everyone can enjoy. Its challenging but the variety of tee positions mean that whatever your standard of play you can have an enjoyable experience. There are 5 courses around the South of the island Abama Golf, Costa Adeje Golf, Golf Las Americas, Golf del Sur and Amarilla Golf. They are reasonably close together and all are within a short distance from the main areas of accommodation.
You can expect to find fast greens, lush fairways and courses designed by some of the world’s leading golf architects and most of them offer spectacular views on their signature holes. There are many tees where you just have to take your camera out to capture the spectacular views. Whichever courses you choose for your golf holiday, you will not be disappointed.
Slightly further away is the Resort of Buenavista where there is an 18-hole golf course and the Melia Hacienda del Conde on site. There are some spectacular sea views there which the course designer Seve Ballesteros has certainly made the most of. A particularly interesting course to play is Tecina Golf. Situated on the island of La Gomera you need to take the Fred Olsen ferry from Los Cristianos to the Island and then you can experience this Donald Steel designed golf course.
It certainly makes for an interesting day out. There are two other courses, the Real Club de Golf near the capital Santa Cruz and the nine-hole Los Palos Golf Centre.
Accommodation in Tenerife
As a well-established holiday destination, there is accommodation to suit all tastes and pockets. At the top end of the market, there are some stunning and spectacular five-star hotels such as Hotel Las Madrigueras Golf Resort And Spa which is home to Golf Las Americas and The Ritz-Carlton Abama which also has an 18 hole golf course on-site, the provides the luxurious accommodation you would expect from The Ritz-Carlton brand.
Other options, both of which are in the Costa Adeje region, are Hotel Jardin Tropical which has recently had an extensive multi-million refurbishment as well as offering incredible views of the Atlantic Ocean and La Gomera island, and Bahia del Duque which overlooks Duque beach and is surrounded by beautiful sub tropical gardens. Beyond the luxury end of the scale there are numerous three- and four-star hotels that are popular with golfers such as the Vincci Tenerife which is in the Golf Del Sur region and the Gran Oasis Resort which offer an attractive all-inclusive board basis.
For those looking for a cheap self-catering option, there are few better options than Marola Park Apartments in Playa de Las Americas which scores highly on TripAdvisor. Whatever your budget there is sure to something that fits into your price range.
Other things to do in Tenerife
There are so many bars and restaurants that you are spoilt for choice. There are very lively parts of the Island such as the strip in Las Americas and quieter but still busy areas with excellent restaurants. As one of Europe’s finest holiday destinations, you’ll find that there is no shortage of entertainment for the non-golfer or golfer looking for an alternative to playing golf every day.
As an Island, it is no surprise that there is a variety of water-based activities to enjoy. Boat trips around the Island are a popular activity and it’s a great place for whale and dolphin watching as well as diving and snorkelling, whilst those looking to burn off excess energy can be entertained by any one of the numerous water parks including Siam Park in Costa Adeje.
As a volcanic island there are many places of interest to visit and for the more energetic including Teide Volcano which is the world’s third highest volcanic structure behind Mauna Loa and Maua Kea in Hawaii. At the foot of the mountain is Teide National Park, this UNESCO World Heritage Site should definitely be on the ‘to do’ list.
Tenerife It is well known for being an exceptional place for hiking with paths cutting through the Anaga Rural Park, a stunning area of natural beauty that dates back 40 million years which stretches over a whopping 14,500 hectares. All in all, if you want a day off from golf there are a multitude of choices to choose from.