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Golfing Destinations

In this section we will be writing articles about different states, provinces and countries which are popular with golfers or noteworthy destinations for you to consider for a golfing holiday. This being the first issue, where better to start than the winter golf capital of Europe, the Canary Islands, where the staff of Golfing Weekly are based.


The Canary Islands

The Canary Islands are politically and administratively Spanish and yet culturally and geographically they have very much their own personality. The Canaries consist of seven islands, Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, Fuerteventura, La Gomera, La Palma and El Hierro. Within the archipelago there is a variety of scenery so extreme that it is often referred to as a mini-continent. Whilst exploring the Canaries you move from sub-tropical vegetation to volcanic semi-deserts, from cliffs and gorges to miles of golden sand dunes by the sea, particularly in Fuerteventura which is one of the world’s best windsurfing destinations.

The Canary Islands are a shopping paradise. Not even the tax-free shops at the airports can compete with prices in the Canaries. Alcohol, tobacco goods, cameras, electronic goods, watches, almost everything is cheaper than in their countries of origin. English is spoken in the vast majority of retail and food outlets, particularly in the south of Tenerife, the most popular destination for British tourists.

All the islands are easily accessible by numerous sea and air links. The shortest distance between the islands and Africa is 115 Km (72 miles). From the main islands of Gran Canaria and Tenerife to the port of Cadiz on the Spanish mainland is only two days at sea. Madrid takes a little over two hours by air and daily flights to London, only 4 hours away, afford excellent travel connections to anywhere in the world.

The Canary Islands have a climate of their own. The temperature, humidity and wind speed combine to give the islands the best possible conditions for eternal spring. Throughout the year, temperatures rarely vary more than a few degrees above of below 22C/72F.


The larget of the islands, Tenerife, is dominated by Mount Teide, Spain’s highest mountain (approx 3700m/12000ft) which is set in a National Park. In winter, the magnificent snow-covered peak can be seen from the beaches while you are sunbathing. The south of the island is warmer and drier than the north coast where the vegetation is noticably more lush.

The majority of the island’s golf courses are dotted along the south coast within easy reach of the south airport and the popular tourist areas, while the oldest course, Real Club de Golf, is close to the island’s other airport in the north, near the capital, Santa Cruz.

Over the years, many European Tour events have been held on the island, most recently the Canaries Open 2003, which was hosted by Golf Costa Adeje. All of the courses in Tenerife are excellent quality and a visit to the island will guarantee you a great golfing holiday. For more information on each of the courses you can visit their websites which are listed below.

Real Club de Golf de Tenerife 18 holes - Par 72 www.realgolfdetenerife.com
Golf del Sur 27 holes - Par 72 www.golfdelsur.net
Amarilla Golf & Country Club 18 holes - Par 72 www.amarillagolf.es
Golf Las Americas 18 holes - Par 72 www.golf-tenerife.com
Golf Costa Adeje 27 holes - Par 72 www.golfcostaadeje.com
Buenavista Golf 18 holes - Par 72 www.buenavistagolf.es
Golf La Rosaleda 9 holes - Par 27 www.golflarosaleda.net
Golf Los Palos 9 holes - Par 27 www.golflospalos.com
Amarilla Golf Pitch & Putt 9 holes - Par 27 www.amarillagolf.es

Due to the shortage of other locations in Europe where you are virtually guaranteed fine weather in the winter months there is great demand for tee times in the high season (October to April). Consequently, green fees are, on average, 25% lower in the summer months (May to September).

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Next week we continue our feature on the Canary Islands with Gran Canaria, home of Spain’s oldest golf course.



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