Many golfers forgo the wet and windy British weather and head for warmer climates once the clocks have gone back. Spain and Portugal are the most popular destinations with newer venues such as Morocco and Dubai fighting for the British pound and an ever increasing number of long haul destinations tempting British visitors.
For those wishing to stay reasonably close to Britain you can have some great weather even in December and January in mainland Spain and Portugal and its not uncommon to be able to play in shirt sleeves and shorts even if the locals are wrapped up in scarves and coats. It’s all what you get used to I suppose.
To be more sure of getting some winter sunshine on your back many golfers are heading to the Canary Islands with Tenerife becoming increasingly popular. There are 9 golf courses on the Island with Buenavista, La rosalida and the Real Club de Golf situated in the north of the Island. The more popular courses are situated in the South of the Island and of course there is the unique Tecina course on the Island of Gomera which you access by ferry. Costa Adeje, Amarilla, Golf del Sur, Las Americas and Abama are within easy travelling distance of the popular resorts of Los Cristianos and Las Americas. The black volcanic sand in the bunkers takes some getting used to and several of the courses provide spectacular views of the ocean and the mountain ranges.
A slightly more expensive option but rapidly increasing in popularity as a winter sun destination is Gran Canaria. The Island is to the west of Morocco and the moist warm gulf stream winds ensure that the volcanic Island remains lush. There are seven 18 hole courses on the Island plus the par 3 Las Palmeras Club. The Old and the New Course at the Salobre Resort are two of the best but the Meloneras Course runs them close. Along with the excellent Anfi Tauro Course they are situated in the South of the Island.
Beyind the golf. there are many excellent 4 and 5 star hotels to make this an ideal golfing destination.