The Mediterranean island of Tenerife is not just a magnet for sun worshippers – it has become a shrine for golf lovers too. Along its magnificent coastline are a number of fantastic courses, several of which have been designed by greats of the game and are attached to luxury hotels. In such salubrious surroundings, there will be nothing to distract you from the simple pleasures of a round of golf as you feel any lingering stress gently seep away. Take your pick from the following courses – every one’s a winner!
Costa Adeje Golf Clubhouse
This 18-hole course is high up the leader board when it comes to my favourite golf clubs. Costa Adeje is a testing course that has hosted the European LPGA Tour in recent years but remains a wonderful place for keen amateurs to hone their game. Designed by the Spanish architect Pepe Gancedo, it beautifully hugs the natural contours of the landscape and a stunning vista of sea, mountains and lakes will be your arena as you try to stroke your way to par (a challenging 72) or below. The hilly terrain means there is an elevator on hand to take you down to the course in the buggy. As to be expected for such a classy institution, the clubhouse has an excellent restaurant and bar with spacious terrace seating.
Where To Stay
The Royal Garden Villas provide superlative accommodation for all seeking a true retreat. Each villa has its own pool and bar, while the onsite spa will help you to limber up for a day out on the fairway, which is within tantalising view of the hotel. There may well be a kitchen in each villa, but self-catering is not really our idea of a getaway. So find yourself a table at the gourmet restaurant and let others do the hard work!
Dave Thomas Golf Course
Its nickname of the “Augusta of Europe” is testament to the affection and respect in which the Dave Thomas Golf Course at the Ritz-Carlton, Abama is held. Designed by legendary Welsh golfer Dave Thomas, this 18-hole course is a tour de force, with difficult terrain and multiple water hazards to navigate as you attempt to reach the par of 72. Hundreds of palm trees and sub-tropical plants dot this beautiful venue, which commands exquisite views of the Atlantic and the Canary Islands.
Where to Stay
Sitting on a hillside that gently slopes down to the sea, The Ritz-Carlton, Abama has a number of adult-only private villas. Upon entry they reveal a pool and beautiful tropical garden of your own to enjoy in peace and solitude – I find it only takes a day at the Abama for my equinamity to be fully restored. As if this weren’t enough, throughout your stay you can count on the services of a personal villa attendant and the use of a complimentary golf buggy for driving around the resort. Aside from Kabuki, the the other nine restaurants at the hotel cover many of the world’s cuisines, including Japanese, Italian and Argentinian.
The Buenavista Golf Course
Upon its opening in 2003, Seve Ballesteros said of Buenavista that: ‘I have designed a unique golf course’. It is hard to argue with the Spanish master, whose abundant talent on the green clearly extended to the drawing board too. The 18-hole and par-72 course – part of the facilities at the Melia Haceinda del Conde Hotel – has striking views of precipitous cliffs and the gorgeous sweep of the Atlantic. Whenever I’ve played here I know that if you hit the sweet spot on a drive it almost seems as if the ball is going to curve into the sea. The modern clubhouse, situated at the highest point of the course and open all year round, also makes full use of the glorious surroundings. Open terraces and broad windows give views of the whole course and beyond to the end of the horizon.
Where to Stay
The Melia Hacienda del Conde, in the sleepy north-west of the island, is an adults-only haven sure to get you in the getaway mood as soon as you check in. Its main restaurant has al fresco dining, with a buffet breakfast and dinner. From personal experience, I know the Gourmet Canario certainly lives up to its name, with its clear focus on creating innovative and sumptuous Canarian cuisine. Like all good hotels, the Melia Hacienda del Conde knows its guests well: it provides a free shuttle to the Buenavista golf course. Each room at this five-star hotel has a terrace or balcony, providing views of the gardens and sea.