Gran Canaria Golf
Golf in the Canary Islands © Yellow Cat
There are a number of world-class golf courses on Gran Canaria and golf is a popular activity in the Canary Islands. El Cortijo was home to the Spanish Open in 2002 and is just outside Las Palmas. The Real Club de Golf is nearby in Bandama and is Spain's oldest golf club, founded in 1891; it is closed to non-members at weekends. The Maspalomas Club de Golf is located close to the sand dunes within a nature reserve, while the newest club, Salobre, is just 10 minutes drive east of Puerto Rico. Other notable golf courses on Gran Canaria include Las Palmeras Golf, Oasis Golf, Anfi Tuaro Golf and Meloneras Golf.
Las Palmeras Golf Course is located in the city centre and boasts views over the Atlantic Ocean and the picturesque Canteras beach. The Oasis Golf Course in Autopista del Sur is a quirky miniature copy of famous American courses and many consider it to be one of the best replicas in the world. It also has floodlights which allow visitors the opportunity to play a round of golf at night when the daytime heat has dissipated. The Anfi Tuaro Course in Mogan features both a pitch-and-putt course of 9 holes and a par-72 18-hole course complete with lakes, flowers and spectacular mountain views. Golfers travelling to the Canary Islands also have the option of playing on the Meloneras Golf Course which is split so that nine holes focus on gorgeous mountain scenery and the other nine feature stunning ocean vistas.