Following the G&C week in the northwest of the Island we moved down to the Iberostar Bourganville Playa Hotel, Costa Adeje. Situated on the sea front within the town, this is a completely different venue from the previous week and ideal to walk out into the town for dinner.
The hotel Bourganville Playa is modern, light and airy throughout, from the very comfortable bedrooms to the dining area where a good buffet breakfast is served and the staff efficient and friendly. Walking out to eat is easy and I have to mention the wonderful tapas restaurant with a difference Liz and Ali found for a spot of lunch the Saturday afternoon of our arrival. Not a place one would consider for dinner until tried, but unquestionably, in my opinion, the best food I have eaten for some time on my travels.
At the other end of the scale an evening at Restaurant Molino Blanco with entertainment from the “singing chef” was a most enjoyable way of finishing the week.
Two of the three courses we played this week were not built the last time I was on the Island in the early nineties, but they have matured well and are good holiday golf. For our first days golf at Las Americas GC which I found to be an ideal first day holiday course. We played our first mixed 4bbb there where good scores of 39 and 40 returned, but topped by Freda & Patrick’s 41pts.
The second day took us to Adeje GC with a layout that cleverly takes one down to the sea and back again up the hill by stepping the fairways and one or two short par 3’s playing uphill, while other holes play across the incline thus eliminating the feeling of climbing up hills and playing from steep sloping lies. A thoroughly enjoyable course where Alan, Patrick and myself prevailed in a team event.
Day 3 took us to Amarilla GC, the second course to be built on the Island. A good layout, certainly not as narrow as I remember it from 25 years ago, still a little rough around the edges, although the putting surfaces were as good, arguably the best of the courses we played over the fortnight. Another mixed 4bbb again produced scores in the high 30’s but were no match for Liz and Alan’s 43pts.
A mid week day away from the links and some took a car and explored the Island, others had a lazy day or walk around the town and a massage or two eased aching muscles before we congregated to enjoy an early dinner at our favourite Tapas restaurant.
Thursday and Friday we returned to Las America’s GC and Adeje GC where along side team events we ran an individual stableford. Alan and Steve leading men and Freda and Ali leading ladies on respective days. The weather throughout was perfect for golf as is the norm in Tenerife and why we return to the Canaries each year where it would be extremely unlucky to experience a week of inclement weather.