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What really sets Tenerife apart as a golf destination is its climate. Tenerife has a dry and warm sub-tropical climate with great summers, very mild winters and year-round sunshine. Situated 1,500 miles south of the UK and lying at the same latitude as the Sahara Desert, the weather is however cooler than North Africa due to the northeasterly trade winds which keep Tenerife from getting too hot, which can make playing golf uncomfortable.
For the highest temperatures, the best time to visit Tenerife is between June and September, with August being the hottest month with an average daily maximum of 31°C and an average low of 22°C. And during winter, while most golfers in Europe are wrapped up in waterproofs and jackets, the coolest month is February with an average daily maximum of 22°C and an average low of 15°C – and it’s usually sunny!
This fantastic climate is just 3-4 hours flight distance from central Europe. Tenerife is also on the same latitude as central Florida, but instead of a 7-10 hour flight to that destination, golfers can enjoy a similar climate, but with warmer winters and less rain, much closer to home. And this will help your bank balance too!
The island is also just 80km in length, so all the golf courses are easily reachable. The Tenerife South (Reina Sofia) Airport is close to most of the golfing hotspots, which themselves are usually part of or close to major hotels and resorts.
Golf courses in Tenerife offer golfers some of the most beautiful and dramatic coastal golf experiences in Europe, and due to its island setting golfers can find a multitude of different styles, from beautiful inland courses to contemporary parklands by the sea, and even some traditional links designs. The island has 6 golf courses with 18 holes, 1 course with 27 holes and 3 with 9 holes.
But what makes golf here stand out is not just the fun and playability of its golf courses for all levels of golfer, but the fact that they are so varied, each having its own unique characteristics. One such course is Golf del Sur, a 18-hole championship layout with volcanic black sand bunkers which will certainly catch the eye. It’s a picturesque and palm tree-lined treat, and a great introduction to the island’s golf.
One course like no other is the wonderful mountain-side Tecina Golf on the nearby island of La Gomera, declared a World Heritage Site in 2012 and reachable via a short ferry ride and a spectacular mountain drive. Tecina has the USP of spectacular sights on every single hole. It’s part of the 4-star resort of Hotel Jardin Tecina, which sits high on a clifftop, with incredible views of the Atlantic and Mount Tiede, Tenerife’s volcanic peak and the highest point in Spain. It descends on different terraces giving it a unique stepped design and the 10th hole, which appears to be floating next to a cliff with the fairway divided by a ravine, is truly spectacular.
Another Tenerife highlight is Abama Golf Club. A unique game of golf awaits you at this exceptional 18-hole course with its fabulous ocean views at every hole, 22 lakes and over 90,000 palm trees. The course is part of the luxurious Ritz Carlton Abama Resort, a 5-star experience with 459 rooms to choose from, 10 restaurants and a world-class spa. This immaculate course, carved from the southern slopes of Mount Tiede volcano, is challenging and beautiful in equal measure with waterfalls and lakes.
Any trip to Tenerife wouldn’t be complete without visiting Buenavista Golf Club, perhaps the most visually stunning course on the island and one of Spain‘s most dramatic. Located in the northwest of the island, it’s a stunning cliff-top course that provides incredible views over the Atlantic that are worth the trip alone. And you get to say you played on a golf course designed by the great Seve Ballesteros.