Pepe Gancedo was the architect behind the Golf del Sur complex when it first opened in 1987, around the same time that the Amarilla golf course was built and both golf facilities now sit close to each other, near the busy Reina Sofia airport on the south coast of Teneife.
Golf del Sur consists of three loops of nine holes – the North, South and Links. Each nine consists of two par threes, two par fives and five par fours, measuring between 3,100 and 3,300 yards, so any of the three 18-hole combinations are never too demanding in terms of yardage – ideal for holiday golf.
Surrounded by holiday apartments and located close to the coast, the del Sur golf complex has moved with the times to retain its share of golfing trade in a very competitive market – Manuel Pinero was involved in some recent remodeling work, updating holes 3, 4 and 5 on the Links in 2005 and landscaping the 3rd on the North the following year.
The book 500 world’s greatest golf holes by author George Peper and the editors of GOLF magazine features the 457-yard par four 3rd on the North nine at Golf del Sur: “The barren ravine and lava wasteland to the right contrast starkly with this lush and long hole, which is a golf ball graveyard for slicers. It’s a very thin line between safety and danger, especially when the wind blows across the open hillside. Palm trees dot the left boundary of the hole, but it’s the surface beneath them that offers the true intimidation. Mean-looking, black sand bunkers surround the bases of the trees and extend up the entire left side of the deep, narrow green.”
Black volcanic sand bunkers provide an interesting and unforgettable contrast against the lush green playing surfaces. Palm trees and prickly cacti are dotted here and there, but it’s the testing greens and the fickle Atlantic winds that make Golf del Sur so thoroughly engaging.
Las Americas and Adeje courses opened in 1998, doubling the number of courses in the southern tourist trap of Tenerife in one fell swoop. Together with the up-market Abama resort which opened in 2005, the five courses in this part of the island offer resident and visiting golfers a fantastic choice of playing facility.
The course is nice but quite uninspiring. Worth playing however just to see the black bunkers, created by the volcano at the islands centre
A few months ago, when it was still permitted by the government to play a round of golf, I hit the links at Golf del Sur. After paying 35 euros for 11 rental Titleist clubs without wedges (cause who needs wedges on a soft soil golf course that is not overly long right?) I got out before a group of pensionados as one will encounter when on the Canary Islands.
The opener is a gentle par 4 with a wide, slightly mounded fairway and ends with a steep downhill approach that can play blind depending on the yardage. The green is well guarded by two sidebunkers and the prevailing wind. You immediately see a buena vista over the dry plains and ravines all the way to the lone rock near the airport accompanied by the scorching sun. The start is quite good actually, leading the player to the very edges of the property and exploring all the nice corners of it. This is also the most undulated part of it and it is quite interesting. The second is a par 3 with a shallow green guarded by bunkers and the 3rd a par 5 with a ravine along the entire right side of the hole. There is more than enough room on the left but also a chance to get home in two for those who want to play the hero. I also liked the par 4 4th, which with the right wind is reachable. There is a fairway left for the conservative, and the more agressive the line of the tee, the deeper the drop for the balls that won’t make it. Those will be treated a blind second from deep rough or a bunker. The green has a semi-punchbowl on the left side and drops down on ts front right, giving a great sight over the island. After the fourth, we proceed to the inner part of the property. There are some nice parkland holes but nothing too spectacular. Just solid. The back nine starts off with a nice awkward short par 4 with a dogleg right to a higher green running off tot he left. The wind will try to blow it there. The 2nd is the most famous hole on the course and maybe the island, a par 3 with many tee options played to an island green surrounded by the volcanic black sand that the bunkers at Golf del Sur consist of. The green appears to be lying on the side of a subtle hill and it makes for a beautiful natural green site with a deceiving perspective as seen from the teebox. The remaining holes are all quite nice, without any obvious standout holes. I liked the par 5 14th and the short par 4 16th which has a cross ravine which makes you think from the tee that you can easily carry it while it actually isnt. Because it runs cross the fairway diagonally, much depends on the line you take from the tee. And you’ll have guessed that this goes hand in hand with the risk you are willing to take. Writing this, it occurs to me that you shouldn’t probably go for it at all as a lay up leaves a pretty straight forward pitch to a flat green. This hole certainly got me, that’s for sure… holes like these make Golf del Sur a nice place to play with some really good strategic golf holes. I’m still mad I did not get any wedges but I might consider returning anyway, when I’d travel to Tenerife again.
Better than expected. Golf del Sur is located next to the airport on the southern tip of Tenerife... this means it is windy and you have plans coming into land above your head.
Course was in really good condition... lush fairways, receptive greens and relatively quick. Lots of interesting holes... fairways are pretty generous, big greens with a good variety of risk and reward holes.
The two 9's we played (north and south) are located on the side of a hill which means you are usually walking uphill or downhill. Course was very walkable, even in warm conditions.
I played Golf Del Sur a couple of times recently on a Tenerife golf trip, managed to play all 3 loops during a couple of rounds. It is an attractive looking course with the lush green frequently framed by black sand (although often more like gravel!) and the conditioning of both fairways and greens was good. Personally I feel the North and South are the best of the 27 holes, the links feels compromised by the land they had to squeeze the holes into and with hazards rather clumsily added giving it an unnatural feel. It is generous from the tee and a solid challenge even from the yellows, the key defence the course has is the wind which seems to always blow hard from the airport and it sure makes the course a great deal tougher. On one of the days we played it was blowing 15 mph+, will little natural cover it made the round something of a grind. One really disappointing element was the pace of play, 5 hour+ rounds seem the norm and the club doesn't seem to do much to control the standard of golfers or have marshals out to speed up play, given it was low season I can't imagine how long a round takes during the peak months. Personally I rate Adeje and Las Americas higher than Gold Del Sur.
Having played all 3 nines of this course recently I have to say I am surprised at its ranking. For me having played over 50 courses in spain I am surprised that this is ranked as highly as it is. We enjoyed the course and found it good fun, but we were slightly underwhelmed. If I compare this to Montecastillo that we played a few years ago, and at the time of writing this is ranked one place below Golf Del Sur I would say they are poles apart in quality in favour of Montecastillo.
I would say that this was okay to play the greens were good and true and there are nice holes. I would also thank the course for keeping us as a two ball not always the case in Spain. For me this is an average course and a 3 ranking for average.
I have been playing Golf del Sur on average twice a year for the last 5 years and I find the course and the staff to be excellent. Its not a Major venue by any stretch of the imagination but its great holiday golf.
That's not to say its not a test, as its usually breezy and therefore a challenge.
Split in to 3 nines, Links, North and South, the main view is that the South is the sterner test with the Links being the easier of the 3 courses. There are some great holes and some real risk and reward holes, with the 4th on the North a hit the fairway or reload kind of hole!
I have always found the courses to be in great condition, especially the greens but again if you are seeking tour standard conditioning you will need to look elsewhere, but that is by no means a criticism of the course as this is an extremely busy venue over the winter months. The black sand in the bunkering is a pleasant change and enhances the signature hole, the 2nd on the South a lovely par 3 with large green surrounded by black sand
After playing the bar and restaurant provide good food and drink and is an ideal spot to end the round. Paco in the pro shop is excellent and regripped my full set of clubs for a really competitive price too!