Review for Anfi Tauro

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Rated the top course in the Canary Islands, Anfi Tauro provided a bewildering mixture of the very good and the indifferent, but ultimately failed to live up to expectations.

It’s construction was clearly a massive undertaking with a sizeable budget, with small mountains and huge amounts of earth moved to create a series of elevation changes and spectacular holes in a desert style setting. No attention to detail was spared in the design with many features carved from the rocks including three man-made lakes and a small pyramid ‘mound’ behind the 6th green.

But despite this the golf course doesn’t work, it is more like a collection of golf holes, a number of which particularly on the back nine are quite brilliant. There was however a feeling of emptiness, the course was unloved and poor maintenance was exemplified by lots of weeds and bunkers that hadn’t been raked for a good while.

Single storey holiday homes were an eyesore and too close for comfort on the first hole and to the back of the 5th green and the huge empty and ugly course hotel dominated the skyline on the start of the back nine. On arrival we were directed to the hotel’s soulless underground car park, and we soon discovered that there was to be no on or off-course refreshment facility. Zero ambience indeed! It felt that massive development was needed to fund the initial capital outlay, but the money has now run out possibly because of Covid and a big drop in footfall.

I can see that despite my misgivings, Anfi Tauro could very good indeed. The front nine is a solid test and the back nine is as exciting as you are ever likely to play, with at least six sensational holes. My favourites were the short 13th, as photo, and the par 5 at 14, both from raised tees seemingly up in the sky and with breath-taking views.

If the course had been adequately maintained and more welcoming in style and presentation, its exhilarating layout demands a mark at least one ball higher than I have given. Hopefully things will get better!

Date: December 22, 2020

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