Canary Islands

The Canary Islands lie to the west of Morocco in the Atlantic Ocean and their geographical position is such that each of the seven main islands enjoys a wonderfully warm climate with moist Gulf Stream winds ensuring the volcanic landscape always remains lush. Tourism plays a major part in the economy of the islands and millions of tourists arrive every year in search of sunny weather for their vacation.

The Real Federación Española de Golf is divided into nineteen geographical areas and one of these, Federación Canaria de Golf, is the governing body for the game in the Canaries. The islands of Tenerife and Gran Canaria each boast seven layouts of 18 holes or more whilst there are four courses on Fuerteventura, two on Lanzarote and one course on La Gomera.

The best golfing layouts are found on the two main islands of Tenerife and Gran Canaria, though some believe Martin Ebert’s Tecina course on La Gomera is too easily overlooked. El Cortijo and Maspalomas are excellent tracks on Gran Canaria, as are Las Americas and the 27-hole hole Del Sur complex on Tenerife but all four of these nationally ranked courses have now been eclipsed somewhat since the wonderful Dave Thomas-designed Abama layout was unveiled to the north of Las Americas in 2005.

Top 100 Golf Courses - Canary Islands

Abama

1st Canary Islands - Best in Area

With Atlantic Ocean views across to the island of La Gomera and a thrilling collection of holes, Abama is a new European golf course destined for success.

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Description: With Atlantic Ocean views across to the island of La Gomera and a thrilling collection of holes, Abama is a new European golf course destined for success. Rating: 4.4 out of 6

Golf del Sur

2nd Canary Islands - Best in Area

Golf del Sur consists of three loops of nine holes – the North, South and Links. Black volcanic sand bunkers provide an interesting and unforgettable contrast against the lush green playing surfaces.

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Description: Golf del Sur consists of three loops of nine holes – the North, South and Links. Black volcanic sand bunkers provide an interesting and unforgettable contrast against the lush green playing surfaces. Rating: 3.875 out of 6

Anfi Tauro

3rd Canary Islands - Best in Area

Located a few kilometres to the west of Maspalomas on the southwest coast of Gran Canaria, the Anfi Tauro Golf Course is one of Spain’s hidden gems that is destined for a place in the Continental European Top 100 rankings.

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Description: Located a few kilometres to the west of Maspalomas on the southwest coast of Gran Canaria, the Anfi Tauro Golf Course is one of Spain’s hidden gems that is destined for a place in the Continental European Top 100 rankings. Rating: 5.1538461538462 out of 6

Tecina

4th Canary Islands - Best in Area

Tecina is one of the most spectacular courses in the Canary Islands, occupying a sensational cliff top setting within a former banana plantation on the south side of the small island of La Gomera.

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Description: Tecina is one of the most spectacular courses in the Canary Islands, occupying a sensational cliff top setting within a former banana plantation on the south side of the small island of La Gomera. Rating: 5.25 out of 6

El Cortijo

5th Canary Islands - Best in Area

El Cortijo was the first of the numerous Canarian courses to be featured on the Top 100 website, but it certainly wasn't the last.

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Description: El Cortijo was the first of the numerous Canarian courses to be featured on the Top 100 website, but it certainly wasn't the last. Rating: 3.6666666666667 out of 6

Maspalomas

6th Canary Islands - Best in Area

Philip Mackenzie Ross is well known for his course design work in his native Scotland, but he also laid out the Maspalomas course on the island of Gran Canaria, six years before his death in 1974.

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Las Americas

7th Canary Islands - Best in Area

The landscape gently slopes towards the coast, offering some pleasant elevation changes, particularly on the outward half of Las Americas.

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Description: The landscape gently slopes towards the coast, offering some pleasant elevation changes, particularly on the outward half of Las Americas. Rating: 4 out of 6

Salobre (New)

8th Canary Islands - Best in Area

The New (North) course at the Salobre Golf Resort & Spa is a 2008 Ron Kirby design that was extensively renovated in 2012. This unique layout is laid out over the volcanic rocky terrain that is synonymous with Gran Canaria.

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Buenavista

9th Canary Islands - Best in Area

Buenavista is unashamedly holiday golf at its very best and should be on every visiting golfers itinerary when holidaying in Tenerife.

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Description: Buenavista is unashamedly holiday golf at its very best and should be on every visiting golfers itinerary when holidaying in Tenerife. Rating: 4.8 out of 6

Costa Adeje

10th Canary Islands - Best in Area

A decade after José "Pepe" Gancedo fashioned Golf del Sur on the island of Tenerife in the late 1980s, he created another 18-hole layout along the coast at Costa Adeje.

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Description: A decade after José "Pepe" Gancedo fashioned Golf del Sur on the island of Tenerife in the late 1980s, he created another 18-hole layout along the coast at Costa Adeje. Rating: 4.2 out of 6