Carretera de Bandama s/n,
Santa Brigida, Gran Canaria 35380
18 holes. Tree-lined & open parkland. Undulating terrain - several slopes to climb.
Rural countryside and volcanoes
Current course at this location designed by Scottish course architect Philip Mackenzie Ross (1956).
15 km S of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
Coming from the south on highway GC-1, heading towards Las Palmas, exit onto highway GC-3, direction Tamaraceite/Tafina. After approx 3 km exit onto highway GC-4, direction Santa Brigida. After approx 4 km, at roundabout, take the third exit onto the GC-802, direction Bandama. After 3.5 km at T-junction turn right, still the GC-802 direction Bandama. After 200m turn left, direction Golf.
Real (Royal) Club de Golf de Las Palmas: High in the hills behind Gran Canaria's capital city, the Real Club de Golf de Las Palmas, more commonly referred to as Bandama, carries the distinction of being the oldest golf club in Spain.
Although the oldest Club, the current course was established on its present site in 1956, alongside the spectacular Caldera de Bandama (volcano crater). Mackenzie Ross did well to create a playable and verdant parkland layout, in an area that visibly bears the scars of the archipelago's earlier volcanic activity.
Laid out over constantly undulating terrain, this excellently maintained golf course contains a balance of tighter and more technical holes, while others enjoy more generous width fairways, not least the par-5 9th and 18th holes that make their way back up to the clubhouse and the highest part of the course. The layout is not without its various idiosyncrasies, starting with the short downhill par-4 opener, drivable for big hitters. Later, the short par-4 13th demands a testing blind drive over trees, but only after you've explored the area to discover where the fairway is actually located. The very scenic but tight, dog-legging par-4 11th, is skirted by OB on both sides - and the drive is again blind.
Most holes are pleasantly lined with a fine array of palms, Canarian pines and many other tree varieties. From the course you look out onto immensely scenic vistas. You can peer into the Caldera itself from the early holes, while rugged peaks and canyons, the distant Atlantic Ocean and scattered hillside villages provide a continually scenic backdrop, contrasting with the lush greenness of the course.
Visitors welcome on weekdays; more restricted on weekends.
Must book in advance. Maximum handicap: men 26; women 34. Proof of handicap required.
Credit cards accepted. Contact club for full details, discounts, packages, etc. [Last updated: 2018].
Soft spikes only. Players generally walk this course. Golf carts available for hire (if pre-booked).
Spain's oldest golf club owes much to the presence of British mining interests on Gran Canaria in the late Victorian era. The club was inaugurated on 17th December 1891 on a site known as Lomo del Polvo. In 1956 it transferred to the plains of Bandama, next to the Caldera de Bandama, a spectacular volcano crater that is over 1 km wide and 200 metres deep. Inside the crater, volcanic ash of different hues is in great abundance, and there are many interesting botanic species of Canary Islands origin. In the north wall, there are various caves used by the original islanders as silos and homes.
The 18-hole course is laid out next to the volcano, while the heart of the city of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, founded in 1478, is just a few kilometres away. It has become a modern, cosmopolitan metropolis with a wide range of cultural and leisure activities as well as boasting one of the island´s best beaches, namely Las Canteras.
Lugar de Bandama s/n, 35017 Santa Brígida, Gran Canaria
+34 928 35 07 21Visit website
The Vik Hotel Bandama Golf is located 400 metres above sea level within the protected habitat of the Caldera de Bandama, a natural monument (and extinct volcano crater). The hotel, which boasts gardens full of native plant life, is situated just a few metres from the tee-box of the first hole, and approximately 25 minutes by car from both Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and the airport.
Royal Las Palmas
1 Ferreras, 35008 Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
+34 928 468 854Visit website
Located in the north of Gran Canaria's capital city of Las Palmas, and right alongside one of the island's most popular beaches, the Playa de las Canteras. This busy, cosmopolitan, beach front environment boasts many good restaurants, and the ocean at your doorstep. Most rooms in this comfortable 4-star hotel have beach and sea views.
Royal Las Palmas; El Cortijo
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