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Best Golf Courses in the Canary Islands

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If you could draw what your perfect golf holiday would look like I have a funny feeling it may look a bit like the Canary Islands. Located off the North coast of Africa, the group of four islands are famous for the year round sunshine and picturesque white and black sand beaches.

Despite the fact it may not have the plethora of world famous courses that mainland Spain is home to, it is certainly not sure of quality as all of the courses provide players with a truly unforgettable golfing experience. The combination of sun, sea and fairways is the perfect recipe to create one of the best golfing destinations in Europe.

Anfi Tauro Golf Club

Robert Von Hagge is a designer who has left his mark all over Europe, creating a number of fantastic golf courses in some truly magnificent settings and Anfi Tauro is no exception to this. The 'Arizona-style' golf course boasts a number of stunning on course features including lakes and waterfalls, whilst the mountains and volcanoes tower over the golf holes and add to the incredible drama.

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Quick facts about Anfi Tauro Golf Club

Location: Tenerife
Length: 6,937 yards
Par: 72
Designed by: Robert Von Hagge
Established: 2006
Where to stay: H10 Playa Meloneras Palace | Lopesan Costa Meloneras

Tecina Golf Club

Just a short ferry trip away from Tenerife is the beautiful island of La Gomera. On an island that locals believe to be magical, Donald Steel was put in charge of designing a golf course that not only blended in with but matched its natural beauty. To say he delivered in doing this is an understatement. The 18 holes skirt the dramatic Atlantic Coastline and gift players with picturesque views of Tenerife and the active Mount Teide Volcano.

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Quick facts about Tecina Golf Club

Location: La Gomera
Length: 6,936 yards
Par: 71
Designed by: Donald Steel
Established: 2003
Where to stay: Jardin Tecina | Jardin Tropical

Maspalomas Golf Club

Surrounded by beautiful coastline and dramatic sand dunes is one of the Canary Island’s most established courses. Opened in 1968, the Mackenzie Ross designed course is by no means the longest course in Europe but still provides a tricky test for even the most skilled golfers. The year round sun makes Maspalomas Golf Club a fantastic option for a golfing getaway and escape the dark winter months of the UK.

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Quick facts about Maspalomas Golf Club

Location: Gran Canaria
Length: 6,189 yards
Par: 73
Designed by: Philip Mackenzie Ross
Established: 1968
Where to stay: H10 Playa Meloneras Palace | Lopesan Costa Meloneras

Golf Las Americas

In the heart of Tenerife’s tourist hotspot is the beautiful Golf Las Americas. The course is beautifully situated amongst majestic woodland and stunning mountains which creates a truly remarkable setting in which to play golf. With undulating fairways and a variety of lakes and streams around the course, players are treated to a fantastic test of golf where emphasis is placed on accuracy over power. The golf clubs proximity to the island’s biggest town makes it a great place to play during the day and party in the evening.

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Quick facts about Golf Las Americas

Location: Tenerife
Length: 6,607 yards
Par: 72
Designed by: John Jacobs
Established: 1998
Where to stay: Jardin Tecina | Jardin Tropical

Golf Costa Adeje

Home to 27 glorious golf holes, Costa Adeje is regarded as one of the regions best golfing venues. Its reputation as one of the top golf courses was recognised in 2003 when it played host to the Canaries Spanish Open which saw some of the game’s greatest names flock to island for this prestigious European Tour event. Golfers a treated to jaw dropping views of the beautiful coastline all throughout a round at Costa Adeje making it an unforgettable golfing experience.

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Quick facts about Golf Costa Adeje

Location: Tenerife
Length: 6,827 yards
Par: 72
Designed by: Jose Gancedo
Established: 1998
Where to stay: H10 Costa Adeje Palace | H10 Las Palmeras

Abama

For those looking to experience one of Europe’s leading resort style courses then the Ritz Carlton Abama is a must stop for you. As with most courses in the region, golfers a treated to stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean but what makes this course so special is its incredible layout. Architect Dave Thomas as created a masterpiece through sympathetically merging the natural landscape with superb golfing design. Voted as the best resort in Spain in 2011 it is a must play on any golf tour of the Canary Islands.

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Quick facts about Abama

Location: Tenerife
Length: 6,815 yards
Par: 72
Designed by: Dave Thomas
Established: 2005
Where to stay: Ritz-Carlton Abama

Golf Del Sur

Located just minutes away from the airport, there aren’t many better places to play than Golf Del Sur after hopping off the plane. The club boast 3 sets of 9 holes all of which are to unique which makes for a terrific round of golf. Together with the sea views, superb sunshine and brilliant golf it is hard to overlook this brilliant golfing venue. SO… why not just get off the plane and play?

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Quick facts about Golf Del Sur

Location: Tenerife
Length: 6,449 yards
Par: 72
Designed by: Jose Gancedo
Established: 1987
Where to stay: Sol Tenerife Hotel | Vincci Tenerife Hotel

Real Club de Golf de Las Palmas

Mackenzie Ross is one of the game’s most famous course designers having been responsible for the magnificent refurb of Turnberry’s Ailsa Course. However, the Scott has also produced some great golf courses around the rest of Europe and his course in Gran Canaria is no exception. The course itself is completely unique to anything most people have played before as it lies in the crater of an extinct volcano. The course is the perfect place for all golfers to play as the variety of tee boxes make it accessible for all abilities.

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Quick facts about Real Club de Golf de Las Palmas

Location: Gran Canaria
Length: 6,468 yards
Par: 72
Designed by: Philip Mackenzie Ross
Established: 1956
Where to stay: H10 Playa Meloneras Palace | Lopesan Costa Meloneras

Salobre (Old Course)

The course at the Salobre Hotel and Resort Serenity uses Gran Canaria’s dramatic natural landscape to its advantage and the designers have created a brilliant place to play. Golfers are transported to the famous courses of Scottsdale Arizona as the desert style layout is reminiscent of one of the PGA Tours most famous stops. The vast expanses of sand and collections of local cactus create a great challenge for players of all abilities.

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Quick facts about Salobre (Old Course)

Location: Gran Canaria
Length: 6,370 yards
Par: 71
Designed by: Dave Thomas and Roland Favre
Established: 1999
Where to stay: Salobre Resort

Buenavista

The great Seve Ballesteros has left his mark all over the golfing world whether that was in his playing days or with some of the unbelievable golf courses he has designed. His creation in the northwest of Tenerife is going from strength to strength and is slowly becoming one of the regions most desirable golfing destinations. The strong coastal winds makes controlling your ball fight incredibly difficult and is a true test of ability for even the best players out there. However, do not be deterred by the prospect of a challenge as the stunning ocean views and year round sun make this place a fantastic destination.

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Quick facts about Buenavista

Location: Tenerife
Length: 6,582 yards
Par: 72
Designed by: Seve Ballesteros
Established: 2003
Where to stay: Melia Hacienda del Conde