LA GOMERA

LA GOMERA

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Experience true escapism! La Gomera, a lozenge of land boasting 146 square miles of sensational scenery and more than a few surprises. Second smallest of the Canary archipelago, the island is a haven of tranquility that conjures up the most extraordinary of golf holiday experiences.

La Gomera has many unique aspects, none more so than their distinctive mode of communication, El Silbo…whistling to you and me! Easier than shouting across the deep gorges and from one mountain to another, the sound can carry distances of over 3 miles. The ancient art began to die with the invention of the telephone etc; but is now enjoying a revival and is now being taught in schools once more.

The islands landscape is too precipitous to accommodate a runway long enough to land a jet airliner, island hopping turboprop planes being the limit. La Gomera’s gateway is via a 40 minute Fred Olsen ferry crossing from Los Christianos, Tenerife into San Sebastian, the capital.

La Gomera’s one and only golf course, Tecina, is located on the southern coast at Playa de Santiago and whilst only five miles as the crow flies, the journey takes nigh on an hour. Once past the port, the narrow road rises rapidly, tortuously twisting back and forth, hairpin bends where you pray nothing is coming in the opposite direction. Thoughts of the famous scene in the movie “The Italian Job” grow larger the further up the mountain you progress, passing through tunnels until you seemingly reach the top of the world! Vegetation down in the Barrancos (ravines) is verdant, packed with palm trees, whilst the multi-layered terraces of the abandoned banana plantations which precariously cling to the cliffs are awe-inspiring. Each tiny terrace is supported by a dry-stone wall containing thousands of rocks painstakingly positioned by hand and begging the questions: How long must they have taken to build and most certainly How backbreaking must it have been?

The topography towards the top is now decidedly barren, towering, rugged rock formations reach for the sky before the equally dramatic decent into Playa de Santiago and the golfing utopia that is Tecina, begins.

If you are looking for the standard tourist trappings of golden beaches and animated nightlife this is not the place for you. The sand is black courtesy of La Gomera’s volcanic origins, the bars and restaurants are largly low-key, family run affairs, whilst clubbing is nonexistent!

La Gomera does golfing holidays, but not as you know them! They are unique and certainly one’s that should not be missed. It is our advice that any visit to La Gomera should be more than a…

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