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.
A fair course with challenging greens for beginners and some good views of the coast. Very disappointed in that I booked a round of golf for my 23 year old son and myself (16/14 handicaps) hoping for a special experience on our own only to be paired up with beginners with no warning and no means of opting out.The club handled it very badly. Also hired clubs and for 40e with only 11 clubs,and no teas, ball markers and pitch repairers which having hired clubs before is mean. It feels to me they are a money making organisation not interested in service. The course itself was fine but not special having played many links courses around the world.
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
Having visited Tenerife recently and being delayed due to a volcano erupting, I could not refuse the chance to play a round of golf to while away some time – any excuse will do! Your choice of course is spoiled here on the island as there quite a few courses to play and most within easy reach of the main resorts.
I chose Buenavista on the recommendation of my friend Jim. Although some may be put off by the journey to get to Buenavista ( we went the scenic route through the hidden village of Masca) once you get there, it is well worth the effort.
Buenavista is a Seve Ballesteros designed course and his design is imprinted on the course with an S-shaped bunker on one of the holes! The backdrop scenery is fantastic and there are not many courses in the world where your line from the tee is an archway cut into the mountain.
The 18 holes are split in the 6’s of par3s, par4s and par5s in equal measure and the course designed in a natural way, as if it had always been there, by combining the contours of the hillside and natural habitat to suit the golfer and the wildlife – watch out for the family of ducks between the green at the 1st hole and tee of 2nd hole!
Given the course, surrounding scenery, wildlife, great weather and scenic journey through Masca, this is one golfing trip to be recommended and remembered.
I've played here half a dozen times now and never tire of returning as it's a real day out away from the crowded south west of the island and it's such fun to get to and from via the "hidden village" of Masca. I played with a mate last week and if you don't walk off with a beaming smile on your face then there's something far wrong with you, believe me.
Greens on the front nine had been cored but we were warned about this before starting out (declining the offer to play the back nine twice) so the putting lottery on the outward half was avoidable if we had so chosen.
The scenery on the back nine never fails to impress with several fairways plunging down towards greens sited close to the edge of the cliffs with enormous sprays of water drenching the rocks – I've never played Pebble Beach and probably never will but I'll bet Buenavista would stand up well against it in terms of the respective seaside beauty of both courses.
Golfers ino Tenerife should have this one on their playlist, simple as that.
Most golfers who have played in Tenerife have been on one or more of the courses in the south of the island (Del Sur, Amarilla, Las Americas, Adeje or Abama) but few venture north to Buenavista.
That’s a real shame as I think it’s easily as good as the others. I played here for the third time last week and my enjoyment increases with every visit.
It’s such a great driving experience (with only four non-elevated tees) and the greens are an absolute delight to putt on.
The natural water run off at holes 1 and 5 is beautifully incorporated into the design and the greens at holes 10 and 13 sit yards above the waves crashing onto the rocks below.
Located between mountains immediately to the south and the Atlantic Ocean to the north, Buenavista is one of Seve’s favourite golfing venues (I know, as it featured in a ½ hour golf program on CNN last year) and it’s a firm favourite of mine.
The real pity is that so few golfers make the effort to get to Buenavista as they’re missing a great day out. The journey to and from here is simply breathtaking and the course is always beautifully presented (all year round!) so there really is no excuse not to play here if you're a golfer on the island.