Salobre is the only resort in the Canary Islands that can boast a 36-hole golf facility. The Old course was first unveiled in 1999 and the New course followed nine years later when Ron Kirby somehow managed to route a spectacular 18-hole layout around the very hilly volcanic landscape that dominates the south coast of Gran Canaria.
The New course isn’t long, measuring only 5,239 metres from the back markers, but the use of a buggy is absolutely essential here because the fairways dogleg up and down little valleys, with serious changes in elevation occurring on a hole-by-hole basis across testing terrain – it’s no exaggeration to say this is a course like no other you will ever play!
The front nine is configured with three par threes, three par fours and three par fives and the best of these holes is reckoned to be the short par five 5th, where an intimidating tee shot must carry a rocky lava field to reach the fairway. The hole then veers right to a green that’s flanked by a large waste bunker on the right side of the putting surface.On the back nine, the white-knuckle ride continues as holes rise and fall, weaving one way then the other. Highlights include the wickedly contoured two-tiered green on the uphill 10th, the cross bunkered fairway on the 14th and the right doglegged 16th, where a long, shallow putting surface green is protected by water to the front of the pulpit green.