Every year nearly 400,000 golfers fly to the largest of the Canary Islands and spend a combined €30million on their favourite sport.
Tenerife relies heavily on golf to boost its economy and repays its visitors - a third of who are British - with top-quality courses in great condition and green fees ranging from around £20 to £50.
Tenerife and golf fit like a glove with year-round warm weather, lengthy hours of sunshine and a gentle breeze to provide the ideal environment to both play and practice.
The beautiful but rugged volcanic landscape in the shadow of Mount Teide provides a stunning back drop to the courses designed by world famous golf architects including Jose-Maria Olazabal, Donald Steel, Dave Thomas, Seve Ballesteros and John Jacobs.
Here’s a selection of five Golfmagic recommends…
Golf del Sur
Built its reputation as host of the Tenerife Open for both the men’s and women’s European Tours with winners including Mark James and Rebecca Hudson, while Phil Mickelson and Ernie Els memorably filmed a Shell’s Wonderful World of Golf and were almost blown off the course.
In recent years it has been developed into three loops of nine re-designed by Manuel Pinero. The clubhouse is built in traditional Canarian style and includes two restaurants, a bar terrace and two equipment shops.
Look out for: Black sand bunkers, ravines and palm trees.
Where to stay: If you are planning a golfing holiday or just fitting in a round of golf to your family holiday, it is recommended to hire a car as there is not much else to do around Golf del Sur, which sits under the flightpath of the Tenerife South airport. Stay in the nearby resorts of Playa de Las Americas and Los Christianos for easy access to the course.
Green Fees: Adults €56; Juniors €24 (for 18 holes)
Centro de Golf los Palos
Surrounded by banana trees, this 9-hole course is perfect for beginners or those who don’t have time to fit in a round on a full-length course. Relaxed individual or group lessons are available in various languages and there is also a children’s play area to entertain the little ones while you practice.
Look out for: Lakes and streams on extending short game course.
Where to stay: The Agua Apartment in Los Cristianos are only a short drive or bus ride away.
Green Fees: Adults €25; Juniors €18 (9 holes)
Seve Ballesteros designed this stunning course set on the shore with rollers crashing in from the Atlantic below. A little off the beaten track but worth the effort to reach it.
Has a modern clubhouse with terrace views over the course, the ocean and Teno Park.
Look out for: Waterfalls and lakes and tricky undulating greens only Seve could design.
Where to stay: The Hotel Blue Sea Puerto Resort is a short drive along the coast in Puerto de la Cruz and within easy reach of the beach and town centre. The drive from here to the golf course is a stunning coastal route.
Green Fees: Adult €60; Juniors €39 (18 holes)
Golf Costa Adeje
Camouflaged perfectly into the natural surroundings, the course is built on an old banana plantation with rugged stone walls built into the unique terracing on different levels. The last nine holes make up the Los Lagos course, a shorter, more technical course with wonderful sea views.
Look out for: Volcanic soil bunkers and the specialist lift that transports golfer and buggy to the driving range.
Where to stay: The Costa Adeje Gran Hotel close to the golf course and offers a wide range of other facilities including pools, a gym and children’s club - perfect for family holidays.
Green Fees: Adults €57; Juniors €18 (18 holes)
Bordering the sea, this course in the south of Tenerife sweeps down to the Ocean. Features a state of the art driving range, putting green and short course where many Tenerife-based pros practice, as well as an equestrian centre, tennis courts and a swimming pool.
The perfect golf course for a family day out, with a clubhouse restaurant and bar
Look out for: The 5th hole – where the ball must be driven over an Ocean inlet to the green.
Where to stay: The Hotel Dream Noelia Sur is a short distance away in Playa de las Americas and offers 4-star relaxation after a hard day on the green.
Green Fees: Adults €55; Juniors €18 (18 holes)
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