Golfing

Few would argue that there is a better setting for golf than a sunny day at 22 degrees (72 degrees Fahrenheit). Yet that is exactly what you encounter when you hit links at one of Lanzarote’s world-class golf resorts. There are three courses on the island, and each offers its own challenges to all skill levels. It is recommended that you schedule a tee time in advance, since bookings can fill quickly during the peak travel season on Lanzarote.

Hesperia Playa Dorada features the only par three (pitch and putt) course on Lanzarote. Its nine holes can provide a perfect preview of what playing on the main golf courses on the island is like. Practice hitting your approach shots while mastering the windy conditions that are a common trait of playing here. You will need to hone your skills, as the breezes can test even the most seasoned golfer. This short course provides you with a quick practice round before hitting the big links.

Costa Teguise Golf is a resort that features the art of local hero César Manrique along with a spectacular clubhouse. The course itself is found at the foot of a volcano, which you may be reminded of when hitting out of one of the famous black sand traps found on the course. Britain’s John Harris designed this course, which maximizes the impressive views of the volcano and the Atlantic Ocean. The oldest course on the island, is sure to be a challenge and a practicing ground for many European Tour golfers.

Lanzarote Golf was created by American golf course designer Ron Kirby in 2008. You may remember Kirby as Jack Nicklaus’ former chief project designer. It is located at Puerto del Carmen. Like the other courses on the island, you will have to master playing with the wind here as well. The 16th and 17th tees in particular can really test you as you are hitting directly into the wind. Kirby himself wanted to challenge the best players while still providing a fun experience for players at any level. When asked, Kirby stated, “I want the course to be fun and enjoyable for all players but never regarded as easy.” Keep it near par on this course and you can reward yourself with a cocktail at the 19th watering hole.

If you are on holiday and feel the itch to play, take a swing at one of these fantastic courses. They truly provide a unique golfing experience unlike any that you have experienced anywhere in the world.

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