Salinas de Antigua Golf Club, Caleta de Fuste.
Salinas de Antigua Golf Course was designed by twice world champion and Ryder Cup player Manuel Pinero. The course is semi links type with superb views of the Atlantic Ocean and surrounding mountains. The course has 18 very different holes comprising of five par 3’s, three par 5’s and twelve par 4’s.
Although a relatively short course with 5,395 metres for men and 4,690 for ladies, the natural defence of the course, the prevailing north north-easterly wind and the off piste volcanic gravel desert areas with strategically placed boulders make it a challenge for golfers of all abilities. There are also four lakes coming into play on six holes and about fifty shallow bunkers of varying sizes. On the plus side the fairways are quite firm therefore giving lots of run out and the greens are generous in size and receptive. Generally on the flat, there are no big hills to contend with but dune like hills line the side of most fairways.
Golf clubs, buggy and trolley hire are available on request, but always best to give as much notice as possible, especially in the high season, November to May.
May – November – Green fee, Comp and Guest fee €40
November – May – Green fee, Comp and Guest fee €50
Club Hire from €10, Trolleys & Buggies available (Please book early)
Membership is now available.
A bucket of 40 balls on the driving range costs €3, the putting chipping areas are free.
These are current prices and may be subject to change
Whilst not being over strict on dress code due to the fact that a certain percentage of people playing the course are on holiday, it is imperative to wear a collared shirt or polo, tailored shorts or trousers and reasonable footwear. The no no’s of the course are blue jeans, beach wear, t-shirts or no shirt at all! As regards footwear, spiked golf shoes are not allowed, they must have soft, plastic spikes. Alternatively, though not ideal, smart trainers or plimsoles are permitted.
There are two types of clubs for hire, a set of Frazer’s will cost 15 Euros and a set of Calloway’s cost 30 Euros. If you decide to take the Calloway’s, a deposit is required, normally held on a credit card. Trolley hire costs just 3 Euros and a 2-seater buggy costs 30 Euros for 18 holes.
THE 1ST HOLE – Aggressive Player
Tee off with the driver with a light hook to save the hill of the desert on the left of the fairway; be also careful with the off limits on the same side. Your objective will be to place the ball a 150m from the green. You have a good view to the flag, but also to the 2 bunkers which protect the green.
A good stroke with the iron 6 and 2 putts allow me to begin with a birdie. Try it, and if you fail…?
Hit a good stroke with the driver towards the fairway, leaning slightly to the left. Be careful with the desert and the bunker. To be sure use an iron 9, so the next stroke will be with the pitching wedge. A good swing allows you to pass over the bunkers and the green receives your ball. Two putts and it is pair, up to the next hole. Not too bad for the beginning.
THE 2ND HOLE – Aggressive Player
At the first appearance the hole seems easy, but it only seems so. Hit a strong and straight stroke with the driver, result of a lot of hours on the practice range.
If it was successful the ball will be ready for an easy approach, but be careful with the off limits at the right. It seems like a magnet and the wind blows nearly always from the left to the right and makes that your slice sounds with force. The rest is easy, a good approach and perhaps a Birdie. Otherwise even a pair is a good result.
Sometimes the practical is also the correct way. Use an easy iron to reach the center of the fairway, another iron to reach the green, two putts: well done.
THE 3RD HOLE – Aggressive Player
This fairway is pending light up and you have a good view to the green. But you cannot see the desert in the middle of the fairway and not even the big bunker which protects the green.
Hit with a 3 wood towards the hill on the left, which you can see behind the machine gun nest and from there make a good approach lifting the ball over the big bunker. Sure that you will be observed by someone from the villas around. Two putts and it is a pair. It’s rather difficult to obtain a birdie.
Tee off with a wood trying to reach the machine gun nest, for the next stroke use an iron to overfly the desert and the huge and deep bunker and land in the fantastic green. Two putts and you have your third pair.
THE 4TH HOLE – Aggressive Player
Only a crazy player hits directly to the green. Are you crazy enough to try it? If you reach it, without question you will never forget this stroke. However, even if you don’t dare you cannot relax. This is the most complicated hole of the round. Hit the ball to the center of the fairway and to the end, for example with a 3 wood. Beware the wind, which is blowing again from de left to right and could put the ball into the big lake. If this is not the case, you cannot relax because even with a good stroke the light descent to the water could embitter the great tee off. With a good swing you leave the ball on the fairway and with the pitching wedge hit the ball over the lake to the green, two putts and it’s a pair. What would have happened hitting directly to the green? Probably you’ll try to do it tomorrow.
Try to place the ball to the center of the fairway with an iron 6. It’s possible that you don’t reach the lake but danger comes from the bunker at the entrance of the lake. So hit the ball lightly to the left because you won’t like this bunker. The stroke was good and your ball is rolling along the fairway, but still you have not seen the worst. Now you have the challenge to hit over the water with an iron 7 or 6 and reach the green. It seems that you can do another pair, but if you mean that this second stroke is to complicated (and it is…), you can hit the ball to the end of the fairway with an iron 8 and then hit the ball over the water with a pitching wedge, two putts and it’s bogey. Not every hole can be pair…
THE 5TH HOLE – Aggressive Player
The only way to do a pair is to hit the ball over the lake, so take out from your bag your talisman club, concentrate you, do a good swing and enjoy. Try to reach the end of the fairway if possible with a bit of back spin. If you play to the front of the green the light descent could make that the ball rolls down to the rough and in the worst case ends up in the water. Two putts and it is pair.
If it’s not your day, hit the ball with an iron towards the hill on the right and then with a pitching wedge to the green, two putts and it’s bogey.
THE 6TH HOLE – Aggressive Player
It’s a complicated hole with villas in the front and on the right and a big desert on the left. Further you have off limits in the area of the houses and on the left of the desert. You have only one option: a straight stroke, but the narrow fairway, the deserts and the bunkers don’t let you feel comfortable. You cannot relax…
Tee off with a short strike to leave the ball a 160 m from the bunker on the right. From this distance you have to attack the green if you want to do a pair. It’s not easy because to big bunkers protect the green, but try it and go for the pair.
THE 7TH HOLE – Aggressive Player
You have a good view over the broad fairway but not to the green. A light dogleg to the right impedes you to see this hole. Before the tee you have a desert area which you have to pass over and reach the farthest possible, than a good approach, two putts and it is a pair.
If you are good with the wood, go for it. Perhaps you can do a pair. Otherwise to be sure, hit leaning to the right, iron, approach 2 putts and it is a bogey.
THE 8TH HOLE – Aggressive Player
Observe the hole and when you have to choose the club you will have the sensation that any of them is the wrong one. Why? Finally you will go for an iron. The wind makes that this Pair 3 is a very treacherous hole. Strike hard and low to counter the wind and when you reach the green, 2 putts and it is pair.
Tee off with the wood but be careful with the bunkers. If you enter the green, 2 putts and it is pair. Otherwise keep trying; it’s not an easy hole.
THE 9TH HOLE – Aggressive Player
Tee off with the driver and with a light hook try to place the ball in the center of the fairway passing over the bunkers on the left. Be careful on the right you have some more bunkers and an off limit. Use an iron for the second stroke, 2 putts and it is pair
Try an easy stroke to the center of the fairway to the height of the two bunkers on the left. From here you need a good second strike with an iron 6. You can do a pair if you have a good day.
THE 10TH HOLE – Aggressive & Conservative Player
Your objective is a pair. There is not a big difference between a conservative and an aggressive player. Easy and straight, beware of the hills on the left. If you place the ball there, you lose the view to the green and you have to pass over the bunker which protects the green. It’s an easy hole, but one mistake will mean a bogey.
THE 11TH HOLE – Aggressive Player
To do a pair is not easy, but a birdie is possible. You have to strike directly to the green, passing over the lake and avoiding the off limits on the right. Faith and a good swing will make it possible, 2 putts and it will be a hole to remember. If you choose to strike to the fairway, it will be difficult to make a pair. Be careful with the lake and the bunkers which attract the ball.
Strike to the fairway and lean to the left, otherwise the slope will take your ball to the water. You need a strong stroke to reach the green without crossing the lake. A good second stroke and 2 putts and you got a pair.
THE 12TH HOLE – Aggressive Player
Your only doubt will be: which iron do I use to put the ball into the green? The only option you have is to cross the lake. Be careful with the off limits on the right and the bunker at the end.
Dear conservative friend, the strategy of the more temperamental player is valid also for you.
THE 13TH HOLE – Aggressive Player
This is our longest and most difficult hole, a pair 5. Tee off with the driver striking as far as possible and leaning to the left, otherwise the light descent could lead the ball into the bunkers on the right. The second stroke is complicated. If you lean to the left, the descent could lead the ball into the lake, if you lean to the right the wind blowing nearly always from left to right could put the ball out off limits and if you strike straight, it’s possible that you hit the ball into the bunker in the center of the fairway, which you haven’t seen. If you were lucky and passed over the bunker, with a good approach and 2 putts you can make a pair.
To go for a birdie is very complicated, to go for a pair is still complicated. If everything goes perfect you could do it, but a dropping for water obstacle is very possible and if you are intelligent you will go for a bogey in this hole. If you are able to put the ball near the flag with the 4th strike, who knows… perhaps you can go for a pair. Tee off without risk, with the second stroke place the ball in the center of the fairway before the bunker and with the third stroke try to place it near the green. If you did a good approach you could go for a pair, if not it will be a bogey.
THE 14TH HOLE – Aggressive Player
This is a short pair 3 with a lake and a bunker on the entrance of the green, precision and faith.
You can tee off towards the hill, but even this is not easy because you have a bunker on this hill. So the best option is probably to play to the green and go for a pair.
THE 15TH HOLE – Aggressive Player
This straight pair 4 accepts a good tee off with the driver to the center of the fairway, trying to avoid the bunkers located on the right and on the left about 200 m from the tee. With the second stroke you have to pass over the 2 big and deep bunkers on the entrance of the green. But beware, if you go for the pair don’t hit too strong, otherwise the ball ends in the rough behind the green, then 2 putts and ready.
Tee off with the driver centered and without force. If the ball advanced, you can try to attack the green. If not: one stroke to place the ball before the bunkers which protect the green and another one with a short iron, trying to place it near the flag, 1 put and pair. If not, even a bogey is not a bad result.
THE 16TH HOLE – Aggressive & Conservative Player
This hole does not hide big secrets. This is a long pair 3 and only the desert on the left could make it a bit complicated. Tee off hard to enter the green.
THE 17TH HOLE – Aggressive Player
This is a beautiful pair 5. Tee off with the driver and beware of the bunker on the right. If you reached the center of the fairway, you could go for the birdie with 2 putts. If not it is pair.
Tee off with the driver to the center of the fairway. With the second strike try to advance keeping centered, so you can do the third strike with an iron 9 or with the pitching wedge. Two putts and it is pair.
THE 18TH HOLE – Aggressive Player
Lovely pair 4 with the club house at the end and a broad fairway with a light downward slope and the wind at your back. If you tee off well with the driver, the ball will nearly reach the green and if the flag is positioned at the entrance with a good approach and a putt you can make a birdie. It’s possible and would be spectacular.
Try to hit to the center of the fairway and reach the 150 m distance mark. With a good second strike using an iron 6 and then 2 putts you could go for the pair.