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The Canary Islands lie to the west of Morocco in the Atlantic Ocean and their geographical position is such that each of the seven main islands enjoys a wonderfully warm climate with moist Gulf Stream winds ensuring the volcanic landscape always remains lush. Tourism plays a major part in the economy of the islands and millions of tourists arrive every year in search of sunny weather for their vacation.

The Real Federación Española de Golf is divided into nineteen geographical areas and one of these, Federación Canaria de Golf, is the governing body for the game in the Canaries. The islands of Tenerife and Gran Canaria each boast seven layouts of 18 holes or more whilst there are four courses on Fuerteventura, two on Lanzarote and one course on La Gomera.

The best golfing layouts are found on the two main islands of Tenerife and Gran Canaria, though some believe Martin Ebert’s Tecina course on La Gomera is too easily overlooked. Real Las Palmas and Lopesan Meloneras are good tracks on Gran Canaria, as is Las Americas and the 27-hole hole Del Sur complex on Tenerife but all four of these well-regarded courses have now been eclipsed somewhat since the dramatic Robert von Hagge and Rick Baril-designed Anfi Tauro layout was unveiled in the southwest of Gran Canaria in 2006.

We’ve assessed all the contenders for the regional Canary Islands listings. Having previously visited Tenerife and La Gomera, we were in Gran Canaria in the spring of 2019, where we played all seven golf facilities on the island. A few months later, we returned to the Canaries during the winter season to cast an eye over the six golfing layouts in Fuerteventura and Lanzarote.

Top 100 Golf Courses - Canary Islands

Anfi Tauro

1st Canary Islands - Best in Area

Located a few kilometres to the west of Maspalomas on the southwest coast of Gran Canaria, the Anfi Tauro Golf Course is one of Spain’s gems that was destined for a place in the Continental European Top 100 rankings.

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Tecina

2nd Canary Islands - Best in Area

Tecina is one of the most spectacular courses in the Canary Islands, occupying a sensational cliff top setting within a former banana plantation on the south side of the small island of La Gomera.

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Abama

3rd Canary Islands - Best in Area

With Atlantic Ocean views across from Tenerife to the island of La Gomera and a thrilling collection of holes, Abama Golf is a Dave Thomas-designed course that opened for play in 2005.

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Golf del Sur

4th Canary Islands - Best in Area

Golf del Sur consists of three loops of nine holes – the North, South and Links. Black volcanic sand bunkers provide an interesting and unforgettable contrast against the lush green playing surfaces.

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Costa Teguise

5th Canary Islands - Best in Area

Situated on the volcanic south eastern slopes of Lanzarote, the course at Costa Teguise Golf Club is a John Harris design that dates back to the late 1970s, making it one of noted architect’s final projects before he passed away in 1977.

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Real Las Palmas

6th Canary Islands - Best in Area

Real Club de Golf de Las Palmas is Spain’s oldest golf club, having been established by English traders back in 1891.

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Lopesan Meloneras

7th Canary Islands - Best in Area

Owned and operated by the Lopesan Hotel Group, Lopesan Meloneras Golf occupies two distinct tracts; the more compact front nine lies further inland, with the back nine routed in a large loop around a future development site.

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Buenavista

8th Canary Islands - Best in Area

Buenavista is unashamedly holiday golf at its very best and should be on every visiting golfers itinerary when holidaying in Tenerife.

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Las Americas

9th Canary Islands - Best in Area

The landscape gently slopes towards the coast, offering some pleasant elevation changes, particularly on the outward half of Las Americas.

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Maspalomas

10th Canary Islands - Best in Area

Philip Mackenzie Ross is well known for his course design work in his native Scotland, but he also laid out the Maspalomas course on the island of Gran Canaria, six years before his death in 1974.

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