Located a few kilometres to the west of Maspalomas on the southwest coast of Gran Canaria, the Anfi Tauro Golf Course is one of Spain’s hidden gems that was destined for a place in the Spanish Top 100 rankings.
Anfi Tauro was a gargantuan design achievement from the firm of von Hagge, Smelek & Baril, who spent years in the planning phase with the late owner and Norwegian industrialist Byorn Lyng. The golf course is at the heart of the Anfi Tauro resort and residential development and it’s set with a contrasting backdrop of dramatic, dark, volcanic mountains and the shimmering aquamarine Atlantic Ocean.
The build project was considered to be one of the most ambitious ever attempted in Europe and it literally required the movement of mountains. More than three million cubic metres of earth were shifted to create today’s emerald fairways that snake across ground that was formerly barren rock.
Nine holes first opened for play in 2006 and twelve months later the second nine came on stream. The result is an 18-hole course that bears more than a passing resemblance to an Arizonan desert course with craggy rock formations and vast sandy waste areas that are punctuated by three lakes.
With five tees in play, Anfi Tauro can be stretched from the gentle 4,448-metre forward tees to a stern 6,325 metres from the tips. Factor in the ever-changing wind and you’ll find the Anfi Tauro golfing test is rather exacting. There is interest aplenty here for even the most demanding golfer but we particularly like the one-shot holes, especially the 6th which plays straight into the prevailing Atlantic wind and also the 13th, which is literally cut into the side of the mountain where an old fashioned stone wall on the left serves as a hard reminder to keep your ball to the right.
The Tauro Valley provides a most remarkable setting for what is a golf course design achievement par excellence, so we doff our hat to von Hagge, Smelek & Baril.
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Diego Araque: Anfitauro, es el mejor campo que he conocido en Gran Canaria. El diseño es alucinante y el mantenimiento y preparación de lo mejor. Un gustazo salir a jugar allí. A todo aquel que le guste el golf debería pasar a jugar por allí.
Es un campo con unas vistas expectaculares, muy bien cuidado. Suele tener los grenes muy rápidos. Algunos hoyos se nos hacen muy largos a las mujeres poco pegadoras.
Es un campo de sube y baja enclavado entre el mar y la montaña, por lo que el uso del bugi es necesario.
Si vienen por Gran Canaria dense un salto, merece la pena.
José Cominges; En mi opinión Anfi Tauro es el mejor campo de Gran Canaria incluso diría que es el mejor de las Islas Canarias y esta a la altura de los mejores de España. Siempre con el clima ideal para jugar, unos paisajes increíbles y un excelente mantenimiento. Los greenes de otro planeta, da gusto lo cuidados que están. Si a esto le añadimos el excelente trato de todo el personal hace que la visita a Anfi Tauro sea obligada. Espero volver pronto.
Ricardo Barroso: Anfitauro es sin duda el mejor campo de Gran Canaria. Su espectacular diseño tipo desert y su magnífico mantenimiento hacen de él un course de obligada visita. Especial mención a sus greenes, amplios, receptivos y de rodada cuasi perfecta...y de endiablada velocidad en los dias de torneo. El enclave es magnífico y la maestria en colocarlo entre barrancos y montañas es digno de mención. El trato amable y cordial de todo el staff es la guinda que colma el vaso para no faltar a la cita...
I had an amazing experience playing in Anfi Tauro, a big contrast in comparison with my club in Madrid (Real Club Puerta de Hierro). I found it challenging and stimulating, spectacular location and landscape -desert style- with beautiful sea sights just a few miles away from Maspalomas. Highly recommended for all levels, very good management and maintenance, friendly staff, in a sentence you will not remain indifferent if you ever decide to play in this outstanding golf course on the southern coast of Gran Canaria.
No doubt that Anfi Tauro Golf being a golf course that is in Gran Canaria is a plus, but it does not end there. Probably the golf course with the best weather in Gran Canaria, but you have to add a great design, where the good players are going to enjoy as much as those that are not as good. A golf course that wil show you a holes with risk/reward situations, but wath out, the bad shots will be expensive in your score. As i said, great weather, great desing that goes with a great mainteinance, thats why, we are talking about the best greens in Canary Island, just a pleasure to watch how the ball roles in these greens.
23 September 2013
Es un campo de golf sencillamente espectacular. Su magnífico diseño, su impresionante entorno y la perfección de su conservación y mantenimiento lo convierten en una visita obligada en Gran Canaria. Si a ello le añades el trato amable y detallista de su personal, a buen seguro disfrutarás de una inolvidable jornada de golf.
Seriously… what a delightful experience!. Have you ever feel like there is a new wonderful surprise after every single hole you’ve played? This is Anfi Tauro, THE GOLF COURSE.
Something special, magic not easy to explain with words.
this golf course is a must if you visit Gran Canaria, is diferent from the rest of the golf courses. I call it intimidador, it's surroudins (clifts, valleys, out off bounds ....), but at the same time if you look to what you have to do , the reward it's great. I love this course. The people working there are friendly and helpfull. It,s worth it a visit.
The best golf course I've ever played. Bunkers have nice forms (like fingers), speedy greens, amazing landscapes... I really enjoyed playing there. Well done to the greenkeeper and members who do a fantastic job in keeping this course in great condition.
What a great experience!!!! Have you ever fly playing golf? Visit this course and you will feel it... Great views (south Gran Canaria island), great staff working, great experience!!! 100% recommended!!
Plenty of fun and plenty of great holes at Anfi Tauro – the whole course has been cut through what can only be described as a mountainous valley and is a super design. There is little rough anywhere and the hazards are the tough bunkers and the scrub-land that surrounds every hole. As this a holiday destination most golfers are visitors rather than members but there is an obvious warm feeling to everyone here. First nice hole is at the 2nd – a par-5 at 550 yards (yellow tee), dog-legging right at 300 yards out. The first photo opportunity may come on the 4th tee as it is elevated well above the fairway and is framed beautifully with a mountain back-drop. My favourite par-3 on the front nine is the 6th – ranging from 168 to 229 yards and with a deep bunker protecting the left-side – having the sea in the back-ground makes this a good looking hole. The 8th green has a unique story, dynamite was used to blow-up some of the mountain to create the location, crazy but true. Water on the last third of any par-5 is a recipe for success in my book and the 9th hole is brilliant; dog-legging left through palm trees with an accurate lay-up essential to attack the massive green (doubles up for the 18th hole too). The course elevation takes on new heights on the back nine with the highest point being the 13th tee; a par-3 that will stick in the memory for a long time – length around 120 to 220 yards with hardly any bail-out at all (especially left as it is a 100 feet drop back to the 12th fairway!) – the green has no bunkers and is perched majestically over-looking the whole resort – a certain photo opportunity. The memorable holes continue at the very next; the 14th tee is at a similar height to the 13th green, so another tee shot with extra hang-time… the fairway below is not that wide and is a par-5; water front left and six bunkers at the green. Every hole on the course has a story to tell and the 18th is worth a mention, very similar to the 9th but with the water on the right of the hole this time and another seven cavernous bunkers at the green. It is pleasing to see Anfi Tauro as a GEM on the Top 100 site but this must be only temporary, surely a ranking next time? Having a look at the Spanish positions this must have a case for being Top 50 already and after playing 50+ Spanish courses, my own view would say Top 30.
Anfi es el mejor campo de Canarias con diferencia. CalRecorrido perfecto y grenes de primer nivel. Muy cuidado y con un servicio bastantante bueno.
24 September 2013
Der Anfi Tauro Golfplatz ist einer der schoensten und Interessantesten Golfplaetze von den Kanaren, wenn nicht von ganz Spanien. Auch das Personal ist sehr Aufmerksam und Freundlich. Deswegen spiele ich sehr gerne in Anfi Tauro Golf, da ist das Golfen nicht langweilig, sondern Abwechslungsreich.