This is the oldest Golf Club in Spain having been formed in 1891, and relocated to its present site in the 1950s when Philip Mackenzie Ross, who also designed Maspalomas on the Island, set to work. Locally known as ‘Bandama’ because this extinct volcano lies adjacent to the Course, Royal Las Palmas is a totally different golfing experience to the other golf courses in Gran Canaria.
At over 500 metres above sea level, maximum use is made of the small amount of golfing land available in this hilly region in the north of the Island, above the capital city of Las Palmas. Rainfall is more plentiful than in the dry south, the course is lush and more like England in the spring-time and the setting and 360 degree views is simply astonishing.
And as for the course. It’s condition was ragged in places but the greens are good, and the 18 holes offer stacks of variety and are never dull. After a gentle opener from a raised tee, I liked the second which bent into a gentle dogleg towards a green with an infinity sea view, the uphill par5 9th back to the clubhouse, the beautiful par3 at 10, the long downhill par4 on the edge of the property which followed, and the 18th which was very similar to the 9th hole. I will never forget the views out to sea or of the surrounding mountains from our lofty perch up high.
Sophisticated this golf course is not, but Real Las Palmas is typified by its beautiful rambling clubhouse and established feel. It has been played by 8 former ‘Major’ winners and an additional 20 Ryder Cup players according to a board in the reception area. The history, fun and ambience of ‘Bandama’ makes this a not to be missed day-out for the keen golfer.
Date: December 24, 2020