Top places to golf in the Canary Islands

Written By Arman Zulhajar on Wednesday, April 25, 2012 | 12:35 AM

By Catherine McCulloch

The Canary Islands have lots to offer from beaches, volcanic marvels and great golf courses to gorgeous weather all year round. The two largest of islands, Tenerife and Fuerteventura, are both positioned near the West African coast, making the temperatures extra warm for Spain's islands. Just a short flight from the UK getting there is hassle free and the island offers something for everyone to enjoy. So whether it's the lush landscape, beautiful beaches or wealth of water and land activities, you'll be able to keep everyone easily entertained.

Fuerteventura holidays cater excellently to fans of golf. The second largest of the Canary Islands, Fuerteventura is blessed with 3,000 hours of sunshine a year, in turn making the golf courses first rate. There are four courses in total on Fuerteventura, and many more being planned or in construction. The 18-hole course of Caleta De Fuste, for example, includes three large lakes connected by a stream, each playing their part in making the course particularly tricky. A large clubhouse and restaurant means that there is something for everyone at this course.

Based in a coastal cove, making it that bit more sheltered for holidaying golfers, Fuerteventura's Las Playitas is the perfect place for every type of golfer. Not only is the weather pleasant but the course is well maintained so your 18 holes will go by as smoothly as possible. For keen golfers, Tenerife holidays hold a lot in store, with nine courses across the island to choose from - one for every day of the holiday.

These include Abama Golf, Golf Costa Adeje, and Amarilla Golf & Country Club. The Abama Golf course, for example, is set in the south of the island, around 20 minutes from the main resorts and with a sterling reputation as one of the finest golf courses in all of Spain. Designed by Dave and Mark Thomas, the course is par 72 and is exceptionally well looked after - 25,000 trees make the course alive with greenery, while beautiful shrubs add splashes of colour to the fairways.

For particular good deals and to save some serious cash, remember that the season can make all the difference when it comes to your budget. As the weather is generally warm all year round, the Canaries is an easy and ideal destination to go on the off season. If you are able to wait to the last-minute to book your holiday, prices are likely to plummet with late deal offers that are too good to resist - it really can pay off, quite literally, to book late.

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