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.