Gran Canaria is a fantastic family destination with almost 230 kilometers of coastline, 128 beaches and a UNESCO protected Biosphere Reserve.
It is often described as being a miniature continent with its own mini microclimate and a variety of landscapes, breath-taking beaches, dunes of white sand, green valleys and picturesque Spanish villages.
You will find things to do that will make every day special on your holiday – be it a family vacation, golf getaway or eco escape. Sail out to watch whales, walk in the Canary pine forests, have fun at a water park, wander its shopping streets, go golfing, visit museums, or… just relax one of the islands beautiful beaches. An Island with over 60km of beaches, warm waters, gentle breezes and spring-like temperatures that make it ideal for nautical enthusiasts throughout the year.
Gran Canaria is the ideal setting for golfers with fine weather throughout the year and seven superb golf courses, each with their own characteristics and all within a 50 km radius of one another!!
Real Club de Golf de Las Palmas
There are three separate courses in and around Las Palmas city, the most famous of which is Spain’s oldest golf club, the club was founded in 1891, last year celebrated 130 years. The eighteen hole par 71 course, designed by Mackenzie Ross in 1956, is in Bandama. Alongside it is an extinct volcanic crater 800 metres in diameter and 200 metres deep, testimony to the volcanic origins of the Canary Islands, some 14 millions years ago. The course enjoys spectacular views of the top of the crater and of the sea, as well as striking ravines. It’s a relatively short course with narrow fairways, small greens and hazards throughout the course.
Salobre (The Old Course)
Just a few minutes from Maspalomas, is an area of outstanding natural beauty characteristic of the island of Gran Canaria, with ravines, volcanic rock and spectacular mountain and ocean views.
This is where the Salobre Golf & Resort can be found. September 2022, sees the course re-opening with 9 holes and 2023 will see the full 18 holes open to all. The manicured green gardens contrast with the rugged desert landscape, creating an tranquil oasis in which to enjoy a round of golf. This resort is unique in that it has two eighteen hole courses. The Old Course was designed by Roland Fauvré, in close collaboration with Robert Trend Jones, and it blends in with the topography of the area and local vegetation, where some 600 different species of plants and trees have been planted. The course, with a wide variety of holes, is very enjoyable for all levels of golfer.
Salobre (The New Course)
The Salobre Golf & Resort (New Course) is a welcome addition to the Gran Canaria golf scene. This eighteen hole par 72 course has a style which also reflects the influence of North American courses. Winding through the hills and valleys of the resort, this course offers an authentic challenge to players who enjoy top quality golf whilst admiring impressive views and scenery. The resort also houses a five star Salobre Hotel Resort and Serenity.
The majority of Gran Canaria’s golf courses are in the south of the island, which is one of the sunniest areas in the world. Here we can find the breathtaking Maspalomas Golf, surrounded by a nature park of sand dunes, a protected area of more than 400 hectares, with views of the Atlantic Ocean, palm trees and fine golden sandy beaches on the horizon. The dunes which surround the course are a feature incorporated into the design by Mackenzie Ross. Long and flat, with wide fairways, the proximity of the sea and its gentle breezes make this course a pleasant experience, thanks to the alizé winds. Maspalomas Golf celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2008, a memorable event attended by Green Jacket winner José María Olazábal.
Meloneras Golf by Lopesan
Near to Maspalomas Golf Course is Meloneras Golf by Lopesan hosted the Gran Canaria Lopesan Open in 202, an eighteen hole par 71 course which opened in June 2006 in one of the most important resorts of Gran Canaria, next to the Maspalomas Congress Centre, and near to a number of four and five star hotels. Meloneras Golf by Lopesan hosted the Gran Canaria Lopesan Open in 2021 The difficulty of the course, which begins with a gentle par 4, is gradual, so that the player can build confidence progressively to face the remaining holes. Meloneras Golf Course boasts two fantastic sets of 9-holes – one with magnificent mountain views and the other 9-holes of amazing ocean views, three of which run directly along the coastline. The course has four tee-off points per hole which makes it interesting for amateurs as well as professionals.
Anfi Tauro Golf
Designed by Von Hagge, Smelek and Baril who have created over 400 courses across five continents. Their world renowned work is apparent in Anfi Tauro Golf as the golfer can enjoy incredible views of the Ocean and the spectacular mountains of Valle de Tauro, creating an unforgettable round of golf. The
18-hole Arizona style course is located in an area of lush green vegetation, with lakes and waterfalls, set against a dramatic volcanic mountain backdrop. This extraordinary setting makes the Anfi Tauro golf experience unique. Feature holes at Anfi Tauro is the 8th hole, surrounded by a bed of red rock or any one of the amazing holes from the 14th to the 17th, which provide sensational view of the Tauro Valley.
Exploring Gran Canaria is easy
Exploring Gran Canaria is easy, with accessible easy to follow roads and with so much on offer, it is worth it – with towns and villages with over 500 years of history, colonial architecture, along with centuries old traditions with their uniquely Atlantic identity. The local markets are a must see-must do with so many farm to fork produce available, such as: olives, tropical fruits, oranges, sweet bananas, cheeses and a huge array of. And with so many restaurants on the island with the freshest of produce from the surrounding farms and sea, it’s hard not to find something to suit everyone’s tastes.
It is easy to see why Gran Canaria is an island that people return to year on year – easy access with daily flights from most European cities, value for money , array of accommodation for all budgets, fantastic golf courses, such as; **Real Club de Golf Las Palmas, Meloneras Golf, Anfi Tauro Golf, Maspalomas Golf, Salobre Golf Resort (new and old) and Lopesan Golf course** to name a few.
Experts rate the golf courses in Gran Canaria among the best in Spain, as they are designed by specialists, each offering an oasis of tranquillity where to enjoy the peace and serenity needed to improve your game or to partake in your favourite sport.
To find out more about each of the golf courses visit: https://www.grancanariagolf.com
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