My first time back in Tenerife since the early nineties when only 3 golf courses were on the Island, Buenavista was probably only a dream and it’s north western location almost inaccessible. Barney had visited the previous two years and so it was no surprise to find the 5 star Melia Hotel, coupled to one of Seve’s better efforts of course design, is a fine, friendly and well run resort.
The rooms are large and well furnished with walk in wardrobes and views over the golf course and sea beyond. We had a half board package and both breakfast and buffet dinners were high standard as was the attention of the staff throughout the resort.
Unfortunately, and unusually for Tenerife, we did not enjoy the best of weather. Wind and cloud for most of the week was a little disappointing, however, it didn’t interfere with the morning coaching or afternoon golf until the final day when a rather unpleasant hour or so of rain blew in as we started play and some of the group decided to finish after four holes with the green conveniently situated by the first tee. Others continued and fortunately it soon became quite a pleasant final round, if not Tenerife’s usual equitable climate. However, we were well looked after with regard coaching facilities and the course is eminently playable for all standards, fabulous views and some glorious holes playing down to and along the coast, although typical Seve greens needed a little experience!
Several of this group are joining DSG over Christmas and New Year, so with unpredictable weather at home, I hope they will remember one or two pointers on their swings and bring them out to the Algarve along with an improved short game on which the group worked hard. Immediate results are rare at golf, but it was great to hear from Jude that she had returned and won a greensomes at her home club the very next week!