Buenavista may be a little off the beaten track, but – like many courses situated in outlying areas that take a little time and trouble to get to – it is well worth the effort to play.
The recommended route to the course is via the small town of El Tanque but we recommend that you hang a left at Santiago del Tiede and take the narrow, twisting mountain road through Masca – combining the sensational scenery of this tourist trail with 18 holes at Buenavista is an experience not to be missed!
Designed by Seve Ballesteros and opened in 2003, the course is laid out on cliff tops overlooking the Atlantic Ocean in the north west of Tenerife, just outside the small town of Buenavista del Norte in the Daute Isla Baja region and it comprises six par threes, six par fours and six par five holes.
Fairways are generally wide and forgiving, though don’t stray too far into the lateral waste areas as thick vegetation and rocks will hamper any attempt at retrieving a stray ball. Around the greens, sand-based putting surfaces are very receptive to holding approach shots and bunkers are generally wide and shallow, allowing a fair number of “sand saves” to be made.
Buenavista is unashamedly holiday golf at its very best and should be on every visiting golfers itinerary when holidaying in Tenerife.
One of the real virtues in heading to Buenavista is the winding roads taking you to the location. You are clearly away from the maddening crush of people found closer to where all the main hotels and restaurants are cloistered in and around Costa Adeje.
The golf dimension provides what a resort course should do. Give people a beautiful site -- the layout provides views of the Atlantic Ocean -- while the holes come near but never really intersecting.
The property the course resides upon is rolling and full of different movements. The design unfortunately opted to include an equal balance of par-5, par-3 and par-4 holes and this desire to "equalize" the presentation often doesn't work because the plentitude of such holes makes for wasted opportunities. Buenavista would have been better served with a more robust and comprehensive array of par-4 holes.
The 6th through the 9th holes is well done. The two par-4's at the 6th and 7th go in different directions and feature a good mixture of terrain and shotmaking challenges. The long par-3 8th is a stern hole for its length but could have been better in its presentation. The risk / reward 9th is a good way to end the outward half with a par-5 that provides players to finish the side with a possible birdie.
The inward half starts from an elevated tee near the clubhouse. The short par-4 16th is especially well done as the hole turns left and you can hear the ocean immediately to your left.
Buenavista has a staff clearly engaged and the amenities certainly allow for the mind and body to rejuvenate when on holiday. The layout is in need of a makeover because the potential to be much more is certainly present.
by M. James Ward