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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 week we continue from the first issue, talking about the winter golf capital of Europe, the Canary Islands, where the staff of Golfing Weekly are based.


The Canary Islands (continued)

Gran Canaria

Gran Canaria is the third largest of the islands, behind Tenerife & Fuerteventura. It's surface area is 1,532m2 and its most prominent features are the ravines which come down from the 2,000m high central peaks to the shore.

Las Palmas, the capital of the province which also incorporates Lanzarote and Fuerteventura, is the largest city of the archipelago. It is a prosperous, beautiful city with over 370,000 inhabitants and is home to the busiest port in Spain. Its airport receives regular flights from the most important airlines in Europe and the United States. The capital has all the attractions of a major city, with excellent hotels and restaurants, night clubs, international shows, an intense social life and a large number of local festivals throughout the year.

The island, probably due to its pleasant year-round climate, is home to the oldest golf course in Spain. Real Club de Golf de Las Palmas was founded in 1891 and, as the name suggests, is close to the capital city. Although its website is only in Spanish, the language of golf is international and the photographs tell you all you need to know. All of the courses in Gran Canaria 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 Las Palmas 18 holes - Par 71 realclubdegolfdelaspalmas.com
Campo de Golf de Maspalomas 18 holes - Par 73 www.maspalomasgolf.net
Salobre Golf & Resort 18 holes - Par 71 www.salobregolfresort.com
El Cortijo Club de Campo 18 holes - Par 72 www.elcortijo.es
El Cortijo Golf Centre 18 holes - Par 54
Anfi Tauro Golf (+ 18-hole soon) 9 holes - Par 27 www.anfitauro.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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