Buenavista Golf
...a Golf Course Around the Mountains

We arrived at Buenavista Golf at 12 noon on Friday 27th February and it was a day when there was an orange wind warning which showed no sign of disappearing, so our first contact with the golf course was in high winds.

The golf course is in one of the privileged areas of Tenerife (Buenavista del Norte). It has spectacular views out to the Atlantic Ocean and the Macizo de Teno, and while there you can breathe in tranquillity in a way which few other civilised places can offer.

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Buenavista Golf was opened by the golf legend Severiano ‘Seve’ Ballesteros in 2003, as well as being designed by him.

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Like at all the golf courses on the island, the prices vary according to the time of year. From May to mid October (low season), playing 18 holes costs €57 (€38 for children). From mid October 2015 to March 2016 (high season), playing 18 holes cots €95 for adults and €55 for children.

May/15 – 18 Oct/1519 Oct/15 – 31 Mar/16
18 hole-green- Fee 57€95€
09 hole-green-Fee 34€52€
Junior (under 16 years old)  
18 hole-green-fee38€55€
09 hole-green-fee20€29€
Golf Lessons  
1 hour35€35€
1h (on the course)40€40€

The prices indicated above include IGIC tax and are subject to possible changes. Canary Island residents have special tariffs (annual passes, half-yearly passes and passes for 3, 5 or 10 rounds).

If you know that you are going to play on more than one day, you should definitely buy a pass (prices of which also vary according to the time of year). You can also play 18 holes or just 9, with a buggy, a trolley or an electric trolley and with your own clubs or rented ones (as well as practice balls). There are special prices for groups and you can book the practice course (for between 6 and 12 players) for up to two hours.

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Climate in Buenavista del Norte Area

The climate in the Buenavista del Norte area is very much affected by trade winds and its average temperate each year is at least 20ºC. Precipitation is limited and irregular.

Due to the trade winds, we recommend that you always have a jacket with you to keep out the cold and any occasional rain. On the other hand, the advantage of this course and its particular climate is that the game can change from one day to the next, meaning it will feel like you are playing on a different course every day.

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Opening Hours

The Club House is open for the winter season from 7:30am to 7pm and for summer from 8am to 8pm, 365 days a year.

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General Information

The Club House has terraces and large windows from where you can appreciate beautiful panoramic postcard images of the Atlantic, the Parque Rural del Teno area and the course. Its design is modern and avant-garde, and is located at the highest point on the course.

In the reception area in the Club House you will find a small shop with the best brands of golf products and souvenirs from Buenavista Golf.

On the first floor there is a Café-Restaurant where you can enjoy traditional tapas.

There are various practice areas; the Driving Range is located to the south and slopes lightly, there are two Putting Greens near the Club House and there is a Chipping Area for practising your short game.

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Courses at Buenavista Golf

As we already mentioned, the course was designed by Severiano Ballesteros and has 18 holes (par 72) and is 6,019m long. It is made up of 6 holes at par 3, 4 and 5 and the ones which are near the coast are the most beautiful, because the feeling is of one hitting the ball towards the ocean and the lakes from holes 9 and 18 which are connected by stairs.

The general scenery of the course and its surroundings is simply impressive.

There are areas where the wind which comes in from the coast goes against the golfer, but sometimes the vegetation helps to protect you from the gusts. For that reason you have to study each hole to find its advantages and adapt them to your game.

This sport can be played by one person on their own (you should ask at the course whether it is possible, but in general they will do the impossible to adapt to your personal needs) and at times it serves as relaxing therapy, and like in life the course forces you to plot your strategy.

Hole 5 is a high green protected by bunkers (close to the banana-growing cliff).

At hole 6 the wind will blow in your favour, so you should take advantage of that and come in under par, although the green is quite elevated and narrow so it can be difficult to achieve.

Hole 7 is considered the most complicated on the course because the wind blows against you and it has a light incline.

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Another advantage which this sport offers (which you won’t find in any other sport) is that if you play with someone who has a handicap of 0 or 5, that player has to give you some bonus shots. Where does that exist in other sports? Which other sports give you an advantage if you are of a lower standard than your opponent? None … That advantage can be decisive because you have a way to beat someone who is much better than you.

Hole 10 is one on the prettiest, and as it is long and has the sea at the end, there is a moment when you hit the ball when you don’t know whether it will land in the sea or not … Generally it ends up on dry land J

This is definitely a course where you won’t have time to get bored or to think that you know the game very well.

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Tenerife Travel Secrets Practice Class

We met up with Vicente Ruiz, the official teacher at Buenavista Golf, who has many years of experience on different courses across the island. He showed us how to use the clubs, as they have different degrees of loft and different names. The type of clubs which are used nowadays are hollow inside to maximise the power of the shot.

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According to Vicente, 65% of golf is the short game, and the other 35% is long. For that reason the short game is what determines the outcome. The club is what gives a shot distance, because the movement is always the same, so to achieve a long shot you have to know how to use the clubs to control how many metres you want to cover. In golf, all the control comes from your left hand, so left-handed people have a certain advantage; the right hand just accompanies it.

The right posture can be achieved ‘easily’ by putting your arms in front of you and bending your legs forward a bit. The idea is to achieve a straight line from your ankles to your knees and another from your knees to your hips, so that your back is as straight as possible. The power is in the wrist. There is a little mark to show you where to correctly place your hands on the club.

Fábio got the right posture straight away and Vicente didn’t have much to correct. He firstly made him hit three practice shots against the tee and then he gave him a ball, which flew a long way … You have to remember that we are by no means experts on golf J Vicente then told him that correcting the direction in which the ball flies is easy to do if you know how to hit the ball properly.

We started by practicing a 20% swing. We hit the tee a number of times before finally practising with a ball (with varying levels of success) … Fábio was more successful than I was J. Later we tried 40% and lastly 60%.

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Without doubt Vicente Ruiz is one of the biggest secrets of Buenavista Golf. We were lucky enough to receive a masterful class from him. I also have to say that he was very patient with us given it was our very first attempt at golf. After a number of attempts, corrections to our posture and shots we managed close to 30 metres and 80 metres. And it goes without saying that it left us with a good feeling and wanting to return soon J

Sometimes friends will compare their scores after finishing the course and, of course, the person who has completed it in the fewest puts can be very proud. In our case, Fábio was obviously a natural and he undoubtedly won that day.

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Extras at Buenavista Golf

In the part of the course by the coast there is an archaeological site which is awaiting protection by the Buenavista del Norte council. On top of that, the course is home to small reserves of native Canary Island flora. In 2006 it was awarded the ‘Premio Madera Verde 2006’ and it gained the ISO 14001 and 9001 certifications bestowed by TUV.

Buenavista Golf is ranked 9th in the list of best courses in Spain. In 2010 it hosted the 9th Tenerife Ladies Open.

Staying at the Hotel Vincci Buenavista Golf & Spa, hotel located just next to the golf course, is very convenient for players, as well as total luxury, as you can relax after an intense day of golf or just enjoy the good food which is on offer there. It is without doubt the finishing touch for sporty days.

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Reserving your stay at Vincci Selección Buenavista Golf & Spa

Getting There

From Santa Cruz or Puerto de la Cruz you should head for Buenavista del Norte. As soon as you arrive at the entrance to the village, turn to the right and then follow the signs for Hotel Vincci Buenavista Golf & Spa. At the roundabout take the second exit (towards the coast) and after two hundred metres you will come to the golf car park on the right.

From Tenerife South Airport – Reina Sofia, you can take TF-1 towards Santiago del Teide, through Adeje (passing by Costa Adeje, Fanabe, Tejina, Guia de Isora and Chio). Once in Santiago del Teide, head to Buenavista del Norte via TF-373 and later TF-42. Then just follow the directions above to the Hotel. Journey by car from the south airport takes about 1,5 hours.

Buenavista Golf - Calle Vista La Monja, s/n. Buenavista del Norte - 38480, Tenerife

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Final Comments from the Authors

What we learned from the class at Buenavista Golf is that to play golf you don’t just have to know how to hit the ball. There are rules, behaviours and etiquette which the golfer must know. Definitely learn on the course with a professional!

These masterful classes were very entertaining … all the experience of a living golf legend in Tenerife. With good reason he said that what is important when playing golf is enjoying yourself and having fun, because without that no-one will motivate you to return, and nor will you won’t see everything which golf has to interest you.

We will return to Buenavista Golf soon to have another practice class, but this time I will beat Fábio … or at least I want to J J J

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