The popularity of Tenerife as a golf destination continues to go from strength to strength after one of its leading courses claimed a top accolade in a highly-respected new poll of Europe’s best golf holes.
Golf del Sur’s spectacular 211-yard par-three second hole won widespread praise after being named in Golf World magazine’s latest list of its ‘100 Classic Golf Holes in the UK and Continental Europe.’
The collection was compiled by a panel of industry experts including golf legend Peter Alliss, top designers Martin Hawtree and David McLay Kidd and former Great Walker Cup captain Peter McEvoy, with holes being assessed on a number of categories including strategy and design, aesthetics and setting, memorability, conditioning, history and heritage and buzz factor.
Commenting on its inclusion in the list, the magazine states: “There are some great holes (at Golf del Sur) but the second is undoubtedly the best, where you play from an elevated tee to a large green with subtle borrows.
“There’s a large bunker at the back of the green which, like all the traps here, is full of black, volcanic sand; to be avoided at all costs.”
Designed by Pepe Gancedo, Golf del Sur opened in 1987 and is a memorable experience for golfers, with the layout full of palm trees and giant cactus plans and players offered amazing views of Mount Teide – Spain’s highest peak and the third tallest volcanic cone in the world.
Golf del Sur general manager, Asael Galindo, said: “To be included in such a prestigious list, and be named alongside some of the best courses in Europe, is a fantastic honour for us.
“The second hole is one that will live long in the memory of everyone who plays it and helps contribute to a wonderful golfing experience. It is wonderful news that a panel of some of the top figures in golf have recognised what we have to offer here, and the award can only help to raise the profile of playing golf in Tenerife.”
The accolade is the second significant boost that golf in Tenerife has received in as many months after the sunshine destination – the largest of Spain’s Canary Islands – was unveiled as the host venue for the 2015 International Golf Travel Market (IGTM) for the first time in its history.
Blessed with average summer temperatures of 23⁰, more than 70km of beaches and a wide range of cultural highlights and activities both on and off the water, Tenerife offers the ideal location for a golf break.
The island features nine different and varied layouts: Buenavista in the west; Real Club de Golf de Tenerife in the north; and Golf Costa Adeje, Abama, Las Americas, Golf del Sur, Amarilla, and Los Palos in the south. Tecina Golf is a 40-minute ferry ride from the mainland on the beautiful island of La Gomera.
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Golf in Tenerife www.webtenerife.com/golf