This is an impressive track which I understand has undergone a major upgrade in the last 12 months. It is also the only golf course on the island with fairways right next to the sea, a feature used to good effect in creating a memorable back nine. Excellent conditioning applies to the tees, fairways and greens, although I found putts difficult to read on the undulating surfaces.
The front nine consists of challenging but workmanlike holes over hilly inland terrain, but did not set the pulse racing. I liked the two par5s and dogleg 2nd hole, but felt the three par3s are a bit uninspiring.
It is on the back nine that Meloneras comes to life, and after starting with a short par 4, the remaining 8 holes are sensational. The cliff top section starts with a beautiful dogleg at 11 and is followed by the best par 3 on the course at 12, a gorgeous up-and-over par 5 at 13 that ends with a downhill pitch to a holding green, a breathtaking 14th with a long carry across a ravine see photo, a lovely little par 3 at 15 with danger to the front and left and majestic view over the harbour below, and then another ravine to carry at 16. And all this with constant spray from the Atlantic Ocean which adds to the ambience of this magnificent stretch of golfing country. After this, 17 and 18 head back to the clubhouse, the latter being severely uphill. Both holes have a ravine to carry from the tee and are tough challenges and provide a splendid climax to the round.
Just enjoy the course and stunning scenery which gets better and better, hope for a windless day and take in arguably the best golfing experience Gran Canaria has to offer.
Date: December 20, 2020