Golf Las Americas

Opened in March 1998, Golf Las Americas hosted the European LPGA Tour’s Tenerife Ladies Open of 2003. It’s a respectable 6,039 metres long, par-72 course designed by John Jacobs Golf Associates Ltd.

How to successfully play this magnificent golf course in Tenerife, from a pro and amateur point of view.

1st hole – A slight, double dogleg, right then left – par 5

449m from the whites; 440m from the yellows

  • Pro; hit 285m, aiming centre of the fairway and working the ball left-to-right for a clear, second, medium-iron shot of 164m to a large green sloping from back to front.
  • Am; hit a 200m drive to the centre of the fairway. Then a 150m shot to the right side for a leave of 90m to the centre of the green.

2nd – A hard dogleg right – par 4

381m from the whites; 373m from the yellows

  • Pro; hit 281m to the centre-right of the fairway, working the ball left-to-right This will leave a 100m second shot to another fairly large green which also slopes from back to front.
  • Am; hit a 225m-drive, centre left of the fairway keeping away from the right-side rough. A 148m second shot to the green will be required for an easy two-putt par.

3rd – A straightforward par 4

390m from the whites; 381m from the yellows

  • Pro; drive the ball 285m to the centre of the fairway. A wedge second shot, 105m over water to a two-tier green would ensure a birdie or par.
  • Am; a driver to the centre-left side of the fairway, 230m. A second shot of 151m over the water would be required to the centre of the green.

4th – A short, uphill dogleg left – par 4

255m from the whites; 248m from the yellows

  • Pro; go for it off the tee, aiming at the trees on the left and hitting over 255m. If you miss the green a short pitch or chip shot will be required to get close to the flag.
  • Am; a 193m shot to the right centre of the fairway leaving a short 55m pitch to the elevated green. Take your time on club selection as it plays longer than the yardage says due to the elevation of the hole. Play the second as though it was 10m longer than stated on the card.

5th – A long par 3

194m from the whites; 178m from the yellows
This par 3 is no pushover; watch out for water on the left. Once again take your time with club selection as the wind will play a factor. If you miss your shot off the tee, miss right of the green. The water on the left will give you double-bogey. A par is as good as a birdie.

6th – A straight and very long par 4

431m from the whites; 414m from the yellows

  • Pro; a long downhill drive down the middle stopping 131m from the green. Then a short iron second shot to the right side of the green, keeping away from the left bunker.
  • Am; hit a driver to the centre of the fairway and let the slope take the ball all the way down the hill for a long second shot to the green. Play this hole as a par 5. Bogey is better than double or triple bogey.

7th – A straight par 5

456m from the whites; 444m from the yellows

  • Pro; a 285m drive leaving a relatively easy second shot 171m to the green for a possible eagle or birdie.
  • Am; hit a 235m-drive centre of the fairway and a second lay-up shot 110m. This will set the amateur up for a short wedge onto a large green. Birdie is possible, par is inevitable.

8th – A medium-to-long downhill – par 3

168m from the whites; 161m from the yellows
Club selection is key. The wind can play a factor, so take your time. Hit the green in regulation and make the par. No real problems here, just hit it straight.

9th – A dogleg right – par 4

355m from the whites; 353m from the yellows

  • Pro; use either a 3-wood or driver and aim towards the centre of the fairway, fading the ball left to right for 245m. This will leave a 110m short iron to a sloping right-to-left green.
  • Am; a chance to get a par maybe even a birdie on this hole. Hitting a 235m drive left to right, depending on the wind, would leave a short 118m second shot to a fairly large right-to-left sloping green. Hope the flag is on the right so you can hit to the left of the green and putt uphill.

10th – A long dogleg right – par 4

434m from the whites; 418m from the yellows
Pick-up a couple of bottles of water on your way to the tee box from the starters shed. You’ll need them.

  • Pro; hit a driver 290m, aiming slightly centre-left of the fairway and working the ball left-to-right. This would leave a short 144m iron shot to a well-protected green.
  • Am; a driver to the centre of the fairway 245m leaving a long second shot to the green. A par is as good as a birdie and a bogey is as good as a par. At this hole, accept and limit the damage.

11th – A long, slight downhill – par 3

166m from the whites; 150m from the yellows
This is a tricky hole. If you’re going to miss the green make sure it’s to the left as the right side is well protected. Par is great, bogey is good so don’t be dismayed; there are some fairly easy holes coming up.

12th – A short and straight par 4

320m from the whites; 307m from the yellows

  • Pro; aim to the left side of the fairway and work the ball right, to 260m, giving a 60m second shot to a slightly elevated green.
  • Am; it would be wise to stay centre-left of the fairway, or miss, and hit a 210m drive down the middle. A short 97m shot uphill is then required to the centre of the green.

13th – A short par 3

140m from the whites; 132m from the yellows
Hit the ball crisp of the tee or you could end up in the drink. Just focus on your target and swing. Easy par here.

14th – A short dogleg – par 4

258m from the whites; 251m from the yellows

  • Pro; go for the green. Aim centre-right of the fairway and work the ball left-to-right.
  • Am; hit a 3-wood 195m, centre-left of the fairway leaving a short 56m second shot to the green. Birdie is your objective, but remember, par is your friend

15th – A long straight – par 4

410m from the whites; 400m from the yellows

  • Pro; a 295m drive centre-left of the fairway leaving a short 115m wedge to the centre of the green.
  • Am; hit a 225m drive to the middle of the fairway taking the right waste out of play, followed by a long 175m shot to the centre of the green. The amateur should consider playing this hole as a par 5. Bogey is again better than a double or triple bogey.

16th – A no-nonsense par 5

449m from the whites; 442m from the yellows

  • Pro; a long 295m drive to the centre-left of the fairway leaving a medium to long iron shot to a sloping back-to-front green.
  • Am; a 235m drive to the centre-left of the fairway 207m from the green. Laying up is the wise choice for a short controlled third shot to a fairly easy green.

17th – A short dogleg right – par 4

314m from the whites; 308m from the yellows

  • Pro; a long iron to the 100m stake or, if you’re feeling optimistic, go for it all the way.
  • Am; a drive to the centre left of the fairway 225m. A short 83m second shot would be required to a large green. Stay left of the tee box. Danger awaits on the right.

18th – A straightforward par 5

469m from the whites; 460m from the yellows

  • Pro; hit a driver 295m to the middle left side of the fairway. With 174m from the green the pro should go for it even though this is a well-protected green.
  • Am; a 240m drive to the middle, or just left, of the fairway. The second shot would require a precise and long 220m shot to the same well-protected green.
    If successful, this is the shot that will make you come back for more. If not, it could cost you. Water is on the right, OB is to the left.

The greens

There are many sloping back-to-front greens. Use the slope to your advantage and as a means to stop the ball. Always try to place your shots so that putting uphill is required.