The Las Americas golf course is strategically positioned in the heart of the main tourist area adjacent to Playa de Las Americas and Los Christianos, right beside the main road to the airport. Though apartments and villas surround the 18-hole property, the housing never interferes with sight lines enough to cause offence.
Arranged in two returning loops of nine holes, the course measures a relatively modest 6,607 yards with a standard configuration of two par threes, two par fives and five par fours on each nine. The landscape gently slopes towards the coast, offering some pleasant elevation changes, particularly on the outward half. Water hazards are in play at several holes, but never to the extent that they dominate proceedings.
A favourite stretch for many visiting golfers on the front nine starts at the right doglegged 2nd on the lower end of the course, continues at the 3rd, which has a creek running in front of the green, then the short par four, uphill 4th, leading to the intimidating par three 5th, with its small lake to the front left of the green. On the inward half, the 153-yard, par three, 13th is a potential disaster waiting to happen as its putting surface is surrounded on three sides by water.
When the Las Americas and nearby Adeje courses opened in 1998, they doubled the number of courses in the southern tourist trap of Tenerife virtually overnight. Now, with the up-market Abama Resort having opened in 2005, golfers are absolutely spoiled for golfing choice in this part of the island as each of the five golf clubs in the area are geared up for holiday golf of a very high standard.
The Las Americas Course is an oasis in the concrete Jungle of the Las Americas resort and certainly an enjoyable 18 holes. The design is highly stylised with lots of artificial water features running through the course, especially on the back nine. In my opinion Las Americas delivers on exactly what you would expect it to: a forgiving resort course in good condition with decent greens that's easy on the eye and with lots of space to miss. It's got several fun holes which should cater for a wide range of golfing abilities: For the low handicap golfer, there's an excellent opportunity to beat your handicap with several birdie opportunities, for the mid range player there's the challenge of navigating the several water hazards and for the high handicap player the forward tees can really shorten the course and save for the water, you shouldn't lose too many balls.
What I particularly enjoyed was the number of times a decision between the aggressive / conservative play needed to be made, and the number of holes begging for a draw or a fade - definitely requires some thinking plotting your way around the risk/rewards on probably half of the holes. For example, right off the bat the 1st is a par 5 easily reachable in 2, but with a large water carry for the second shot, bringing both eagle or double in to play. The 2nd is an almost driveable par 4, but involves a big carry over a waste area and a wayward shot left would find a pond - so do you go for it, take off less of the corner with your 3W or take the safe route with an iron? The fourth is a short par 4 up-hill that begs for a fade (left hander) to avoid the trees and hit the green. Meanwhile the 14th is a reachable par 4 that ask for a draw (leftie), do you go for it or short-side yourself with a lay-up 4 iron (like I did)? With this in mind, I'd love to play a few rounds here as a 4-ball in match play where with a partner you can really mix up your strategies.
I'd agree with other reviews that there are several forgettable holes as well, and no real stand-out holes that will linger in the memory, but overall this course with worth playing one or two rounds if you're planning a golf trip here.
Very good and clean facilities, everything is well maintained. Nice restaurant terrace overlooking the short Par 5 18th hole (you can play it like a Par 4 even if you are not that long). The course is in between several roads so sometimes you have a bit of noise but overall it is not too disturbing. The greens are fast and well maintained. Fairways are a bit more narrow but overall not too hard to find your ball. The front nine are more hilly than the back nine. If you are in the area it is a course worth playing.
Good condition and some nice holes, but most of the holes are boring and forgetful.
Course is worthy of a game. Great location and very good facilities. Conditioning was ok... fairways fine and the greens relatively quick but very well used with lots of old pitchmarks which hadn't been properly repaired.
Course is very fair and playable. Some nice holes with good mix of lengths and variety.
Property is squeezed into a tight piece of property and borders on numerous hotels which makes it feel a bit claustrophobic. Also means many of the holes run very close to each other.
Nice course and was good fun to play without being memorable. An easy walk even in the warm weather.
I played Las Americas in mid May, having played it plenty of times over the years it doesn't disappointment. It isn't cheap (but they do deals including lunch outside of peak seasons) but the condition is always great, on this visit the greens did have a few too many blemishes from unrepaired pitch marks, sadly not much the green keepers can do if players don't repair them properly. Of the nines the front is the strongest with some nice elevation changes and a good mix of long and short par 4's, the holes at the top of the course being my favourites. The course is pretty good at managing players, we as a three ball got around in just over 4 hours which is good for a resort course. If you're visiting Tenerife certainly worth playing.
I’ve played at this pay-and-play golf course several times now and really enjoy it for what it is – holiday golf of the very highest order (with a very impressive clubhouse thrown in for good measure). The front nine has a great run of holes from the 2nd to the 5th and it ends with a tricky downhill, doglegged short par four.
The back nine holes are a little less demanding (except for the par three 13th where a good round can easily come unstuck) though they will still retain your interest all the way to the 18th green.
Conditioning is always top class and with year round playability on the island of Tenerife, it’s no wonder Las Americas is always busy whenever I’ve been here – just be prepared to join another 2 or 3-ball if you’re a single as tee times can be limited.