The Old (South) course at Salobre Golf Resort comprises 18 holes of a 36-hole golf complex within a residential estate near Maspalomas on the south coast of Gran Canaria. Ron Kirby added an additional nine holes to the property in 2008, creating an 18-hole North course which complements the original South layout.
Designed by Roland Favret and opened for play in 2000, the South course measures just over 6,700 yards from the back tees with a par of 71. Palm-lined fairways weave in and out of old lava outcrops, leading to tiered greens that demand accurate approach play – though thankfully, only two holes, the 3rd and the 15th, have water hazards protecting the putting surfaces.
There are five par threes on the scorecard and they vary enormously in length, from 125 to 225 yards. The best short hole of the three on the front nine is the 6th, played to a long green with out of bounds on the right hand side. The most spectacular hole on the course is the 205-yard 14th where the tee shot is played across a gaping barranco to a small green on the other side – if ever a hero shot was required then it’s at this hole!
Some nice holiday golf to be found at Salobre. When I played a couple of years ago this course was called the South course and was the more established of the two 18's.
The resort style course is set on hilly terrain about a kilometre inland from the sea, giving some glimpses from the higher holes, but mostly it's view of the surrounding hills and mostly unobtrusive houses.
This course wasn't as spectacular as Anfi Tauro, but was in the better half of courses on Gran Cranaria and with warm, dry weather, was a nice enough to play whilst on holidays.
A couple of gripes though. It is expensive particularly if you're not staying at the adjacent Sheraton hotel,. The tees were pushed forward when we were there with no chance to play off the back pegs, and finally there is an internal out of bounds beteween 2 holes which is a personal pet hate. All the more so as this OB does nothing to prevent either hole from becoming easier. Also a brief word about the New (North) course- unless you particularly enjoy crazy golf give it a miss. All it needs is a windmill in the middle of the fairway and you're there! A couple of quirky holes is fine, but 18 of them? No thanks.