My wife and I fancied some winter sun and having been to Tenerife last year decided to visit Gran Canaria for a week. Salobre seemed the natural place to stay with its 5 star badge and 36 holes on site. Sadly, the hotel was not up to 5 star standard and the golf was equally poor.
I'm not sure what to say about the New course at Salobre, it is almost as if the hotel owner demanded an extra course even though the terrain made it impossible to add one!
The New course must have cost a fortune to construct, as some of the elevation changes are incredible. A buggy is mandatory (even though they still charge you Eur40 for it, with no GPS!) and anyone with vertigo would be advised not to play this course as some of the drops from the buggy paths are sheer.
Sadly, as with the Old course the condition of the New was poor. It also looks as though they have decided to cut back on their maintenance of the course by removing several bunkers - the hole descriptions by each tee box showed bunkers which were no longer present.
Also, the terrain has demanded some pretty Mickey Mouse holes. The first par 5 from the yellow tees was reachable with two 4 irons, or iron, half wedge, wedge for the less adventurous. Some of the fairways are so steep that drives would roll back 40/50 yards until stopped by some extra long grass.
This course is also populated by some dreadful golfers, which made it both dangerous and slow.
If you fancy a fun, slow round with bets on every hole then the New course could provide that, but if you enjoy good design and an element of fairness in your golf then give the New course a miss...
Date: February 02, 2020