Constructed in the late 1980s, just after the neighbouring Golf del Sur complex was opened, Amarilla offers fine, no frills holiday golf in the south of Tenerife – and for those unable or unwilling to play a full 18-hole round, there is a very pleasant 9-hole pitch and putt course beside the main layout.
The round begins in freewheeling fashion with the first four holes played downhill from the clubhouse to the Atlantic coast. The signature hole on the card is then played at the par three 5th, where the tee shot is fired across a rocky inlet to a pulpit green precariously perched some 145 yards away from the teebox.The next five holes play inland again before the 11th returns you to the sea again at San Miguel Marina and the par three 12th, set against the rocky shore. Holes 13 to 15 are routed back up to the clubhouse then a final loop of three is played, beginning with the (stroke index 1) 16th where the severely undulating fairway seems unable to offer an even stance along its 550-yard length.
Despite having played most of the courses in Tenerife I finally played Amarilla. I remain undecided if it’s a good course or not, the condition isn’t great and it looks rather unloved and tired. Maybe the course surrounds of untidy wasteland and rather grotty looking villas clouded my judgement, there are some great holes here and plenty of elevation change to enjoy but it doesn’t seem to flow as a course, the routing seems to have been decided by the properties which line quite a few holes rather than the terrain. The greens were fun with some of severest slopes I’d even seen on greens, get in the wrong place and 3 putt is a good result. It is however decent value given the cost is lower than other Tenerife courses. I’d suggest playing it if you have a spare day but not at the expense of playing Adeje or Golf De Sur.
Amarilla has a nice member club feel to it and, although it has been surpassed in recent times by more modern, big budget, golf facilities in the south of the island, it is still worth a place on theTop100 site as a Spanish gem because that is precisely what it is, a gem.
Holes 5 and 12 by the sea are obvious stand outs but the other two par threes at 14 and 18 are very good short holes too.
Bear in mind Fridays are busy “changeover” days on Tenerife so be prepared for a fair number of flights flying over the course if you play on that day as it lies directly on the flightpath (just a mile short) of the Reina Sofia airport.