Word on the greens is that the 2018 edition of the European Amateur Golf Tour is going to be the best yet. The beautiful Canary island of Tenerife will be the setting for a host of events throughout the tournament and, as a keen golfer myself, the prospect of a few days in one of my favourite places in the world has me polishing up my putter in anticipation.
Tenerife has long been a favourite destination for a golf getaway, with its excellent courses, fabulous weather and luxury resorts. The decision to choose the island as the host of Europe’s biggest and longest established amateur tournament slips a well-deserved feather in its cap, and is yet another nod to its status as a world class golfing destination.
Top Tip: If you’re considering coming along to the EAGT as more than simply a spectator, get in touch with one of our advisors to help you with the sign up and select your luxury accommodation.
As one of the most anticipated tours on the amateur golfing calendar, the courses in Tenerife join a prestigious list of names as host for the 2018 schedule, which includes others such as:
- Thracian Cliffs, Bulgaria
- Trump Turnberry & Gleneagles, Scotland
- Vale do Lobo, Portugal
- Sunningdale & The Grove, England
Running from 21 April through to 27 April on Tenerife, any amateur golfer is welcome to play, regardless of their handicap. The only stipulation is you must have an official CONGU handicap (or foreign equivalent). Our clients have attended various events in past years all over Europe and it’s not just the level of the courses that’s impressive, the organisation of this tournament is absolutely first class.
There’s a busy diary of events scheduled at multiple courses around the island over the five rounds of the competition. There are prizes at every round and the overall winner of each round goes into the grand final. While it’s hard to play favourites, for sheer quality of the course and accommodation nearby, I can particularly recommend the events to be played at Abama, Golf Costa Adeje and Golf del Sur.
The Dave Thomas-designed Abama course in Santa Cruz is one of the highest rated courses on the island – and not only by me.
This 6,271m² course has an absolutely spectacular vantage overlooking the Atlantic. While the scenery is outstanding at 315m above sea level, it’s the quality of the course that wins it kudos so regularly. With 18 holes set across the striking volcanic terrain, the layout is challenging but highly rewarding. It offers superb practice facilities and, the EAGT tournament notwithstanding, the higher prices to tee off do keep the numbers down. Having said that, whatever your expertise you’ll be able to enjoy a memorable game here. Even if you have a bad day the views will more than bring your experience up to par.
We’re proud to offer the beautiful Ritz-Carlton Abama as part of our collection. Set right on the edge of the ocean, just like the adjacent 18-hole golf course, the star of the show is those jaw-dropping views. (Whether you choose sea view or green view is entirely up to you!) The luxury villas and suites are beautifully appointed and there are numerous accommodation options, from Double Deluxe rooms right up to the Adult Only Tagor Villa Deluxe Suites. Along with an exceptional array of onsite restaurants offering all manner of international cuisine, there are seven swimming pools, a fitness centre and a tranquil spa and wellness centre.
Golf Costa Adeje
Also in lovely Santa Cruz, Golf Costa Adeje is a popular 18-hole course designed by the renowned Pepe Gancedo.
It’s a real treat to play a few holes on this beautiful course, as the architect has designed the holes in harmony with the flow of the natural terrain. It means that at various points on the green you’ll take in views out to neighbouring La Gomera, the Adeje mountains and Playa de la Americas. But it’s not just for the views it’s been chosen as a site for some of tournament’s top events; it’s a very clever course, starting with multiple bunkers on the long par 5, as well as plenty of ravines and dog-legs to keep things interesting. Its sister course, Los Lagos, is smaller, with nine holes – but it’s a little more demanding if you’re looking to improve your game.
If you’re playing at Golf Costa Adeje, there’s no better choice for your base for the duration of the EAGT than the charming Royal Garden Villas. There are just 28 luxury villas in the complex and the tranquil ambience is complemented by calming Asian-inspired décor and a fabulous hydro-massage bath – the perfect way to relax after a day at the tournament. Each villa has its own private pool (which for me is the ultimate indulgence) and the onsite restaurant and spa mean that if you need a lazy day you don’t have to stray far from home.
Golf del Sur
This 27-hole, par-72 course in Santa Cruz is a triumph of golfing architecture by Jose Gancedo, updated in 2005 by top professional golfer Manuel Pinero.
If you like a game with a bit of elbow room, the 5,839m² parkland (one of the biggest and best on the island) offers not just room to move, but also room to improve. On this full and extensive Championship Course, the 27 holes range over a layout that makes the most of the natural features of the landscape. Being someone who loves courses with wide open spaces, I really appreciate the sweeping fairways and the challenges presented by volcanic sand traps and natural water hazards. It’s also got an excellent driving range where you can limber up for a game.
Top tip: Even if you’re not up for a game every day, the area around the perimeter of the course takes in the San Blas Ravine, which is fantastic for hiking and bird watching.
We’re delighted to have recently added the outstanding Sandos San Blas Nature Resort & Golf to our exclusive collection. Its location, right on the ocean at San Agustin, is just one of the aspects that make it so special. This beautiful 5-star resort is set within the San Blas Nature Reserve, so nature lovers are in for a treat – we highly recommend one of the guided tours to explore the fascinating volcanic landscape. The facilities of the resort are second to none, with eight swimming pools, multiple restaurants and spacious, ambient rooms and suites. There are some great incentives for golfers, with discounted rates offered at Golf del Sur and also the Amarilla courses.