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Golf Course Reviews

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Lagos

Boa Vista

This relatively new development on high ground to the west of Lagos has an 18 hole course with a par of 71 and measuring 6053 metres designed by Howard Swan.

The course is already in very good condition and has some spectacular views over the ocean and the town of Lagos. There are water features on several of the holes and the course has a wide variety of holes. We feel that Boa Vista will soon become one of the favourites.

There is a Clubhouse with a bar and restaurant as well as changing rooms and Golf Shop. A driving range, Putting and Chipping greens are amongst the facilities. The resort also has Tennis courts.

Palmares

Close to Lagos it is one of the original courses of the Algarve and universally regarded as one of the best. It enjoys some amazing coastal views over the bay of Lagos and Alvor estuary. The course measurers 5961 metres and has a par of 71. The early holes are in links type country close to the sea and the par 5 fifth must be one of the great holes of the Algarve. After the 8th hole one climbs into the fig and almond orchards amongst the rolling hills above Meia Praia.

The view from the 17th tee is spectacular and the hole itself is an interesting dog leg par 5.

The superbly sited Clubhouse has a bar with snacks and light meals available. The reception, Pro-Shop and Changing Rooms are in a separate building. There is a Driving Range, Putting and chipping green. Clubs, trollies and buggies are available for hire.

Parque da Floresta

Some 18 miles west of Lagos and only 20 minutes from cape St. Vincent this course is built in the wild hills and valleys above the beach and fishing village of Salema. Spanish maestro Pepe Gancedo designed the original 18holes and although some changes have been made to make the course easier to play, it still retains much of its original character.

It measures 5.670 metres with a par of 72. There are so many interesting holes but perhaps the 5 short holes are its main feature. The stroke index 1 par five 9th hole is probably the most feared hole on the Algarve.

The superb Clubhouse overlooks 10th tee and the 18th green and has a good bar, splendid restaurant and locker rooms. There is also a Pro-Shop, as well as excellent practice facilities. Clubs, trollies and buggies are available for hire.

The resort also has a Bowls Club, Tennis Club, Archery, Horse Riding and a Health & Beauty Spa.

Portimão

Penina

The world famous Le Meridien Penina Golf & Resort is in Alvor just a few kilometres from Portimão.

Sir Henry Cotton not only designed the famous 18 hole Penina Championship course but was also its resident Professional/Public Relations Maestro for many years. The course was built from reclaimed rice fields and now has an abundance of eucalyptus and other trees and shrubs which shelter an enormous amount of bird life.

“The Penina” has a par of 73 and measures. From its back tees it is a real test with lots of discreet water courses making careful play a necessity. In addition there is the 9th hole resort course of 2987 metres (Par 35) and the tricky Academy course of 1851 metres (Par 30).

For the Clubhouse the Penina Courses use the 5 star Le Meridien Penina Hotel where there is a golfers bar, snack bar, pro-Shop and Changing Rooms. The practice facilities include Driving Range, putting Green and Chipping green. Clubs, buggies and trollies are available for hire.

Morgado de Reguengo

A few kilometres inland from Portimão in the foothills of the Monchique mountains this new course has already captured the imagination of golf aficionados in the Algarve.

The first nine holes are relatively flat with plenty of water to add interest, the second nine in gently rolling hills. Good holes include the par 5 third hole which with water on left and out of bounds on the right needs careful play. On the back nine the short 11th is pleasing to play well. The downhill 14th a dog leg par 4 with lake on left is a testing hole. The longish par 4 finishing hole is a satisfying way to end ones round.

The architecturally stunning Clubhouse fits very well into its natural surrounds, there is a good bar and restaurant, small golf shop and changing facilities. Practice facilities include Driving Range, Putting and Chipping Greens. Trollies, buggies and clubs are available for hire.

Alto Golf

Near Alvor and Portimão in the west of the Algarve this 18 hole course was designed by Sir Henry Cotton. It is famous for the longest par 5 in Europe. Wild hitters might find the narrow fairways and tight greens rather tricky but Alto is a course, which you will want to play again and again. Starting unusually with a par 3 the course soon begins to challenge. It measures 6125 metres and has a Par of 72. It is definitely a thinking golfers course.

There is a very attractive modern Clubhouse with a terrace overlooking the 18th green, it has bar and restaurant, changing rooms and a Pro-shop. In addition there is a driving Range, Putting and Chipping green. Clubs, buggies and trollies are available for hire.

Faro

Vale do Lobo

Close to Quinta do Lago and Almancil and within easy reach of Faro and one of the earliest golf developments in the Algarve the original course was designed by Sir Henry Cotton. The more recent golf construction has resulted in two most excellent 18 hole courses.

The Ocean Course is a mixture of parkland and links type holes with some stunning views over the sea and the sands. The course measures 5815 metres and has a par of 72.

The more recent Royal Course made up of part of the old original course with some addition holes added by “Rocky” Roquemore. It includes the famous (7th hole of the old course) now the 16th hole,which is an incredible par 3 of 205 metres over the ravines in the sand stone cliffs. Altogether a great course measuring 6059metres and having a par of 72. The elegant Clubhouse has a bar, snack and restaurant.

There is a Pro-Shop, Golf Academy, Putting Green and Chipping Green, Clubs, Buggies and trollies are available for hire.

Tavira

Benamor

Situated about 10 minutes from the centre of Tavira. Although only a few years old Benamor was the first golf course to be built east of Faro, gently undulating and with undemanding early holes the course develops and there are plenty of challenges for golfers of all standards.

The 5th hole an uphill par 5 needs careful management to secure a par, the 8th hole a long par 3 can also be difficult. One of the most attractive holes is the 10th also a par 3 over a lake with trouble on the left. The final three holes a long par 4; a tricky par 3 and the par 5 eighteenth hole provide a good finishing test.

The course measures 5.500 metres has a par of 69 with a SSS of 71. In addition to a very attractive clubhouse with terrace overlooking 1st tee and 9th green which provides good food and a friendly bar, there is an excellent, pro-shop and locker room. The practice facilities include driving range, putting green and chipping and bunker areas. Clubs, buggies and trollies may be hired.

Quinta da Ria

Less than 15 minutes drive from Tavira the Quinta da Ria development comprises two magnificent 18 hole courses designed by “Rocky” Roquemore in an American style with spacious fairways and liberal bunkers some of them quite enormous. The courses have many beautiful olive, almond and carob trees and there are some good sea views particularly from Quinta da Ria course.

There are no real estate or hotel developments to diminish the peace and tranquillity of these delightful courses.

The Quinta da Ria course measures 6110 metres and has a par of 72. The course starts with a gently downhill par 5 with a wide fairway and continues quite sedately until the Par 3 fifth hole with its choice of teeing grounds. The tee shot over lake requires care. The 10th hole is perhaps the most exciting hole it measures 425 metres and is a par 4!! So length, trees and water combine to make this a real test. There is a great variety of holes on the back nine and some splendid views.

Quinta de Cima

This course measures 6256 metres with a par of 72. The original “Quinta” farmhouse has been converted to a Clubhouse, which has a good bar, and restaurant and other facilities include Pro-Shop, driving range and Academy. Clubs, buggies and trollies available for hire. This was design as the championship and it is unremitting in its challenging right from 1st tee. Lots of water plenty of bunkers and strategically placed trees. However it is immensely enjoyable event to the high handicapper and grows in charm each time one plays it.

Guadiana

Castro Marim

In the far east of the Algarve in the rolling hills above the Ria Guadiana with some spectacular views over the ocean and the estuary. Architect Terry Murray has created an interesting course of 18 holes with a length of 5,265 metres and a par of 71. The narrow fairway of the downhill first hole a par 4 of 375 metres immediately sets the scene. The par 3s are all different and very challenging and there are a number of holes where water plays a part and definitely this is a finesse course where thoughtful golfers may prevail over the big hitters. The charming provisional clubhouse with excellent bar and food also has a small pro-Shop.

There is a driving range, putting green, chipping area as well as a club professional to give lessons. Clubs, buggies and trollies can be hired.

Isla Canela

An 18-hole course measuring 6324 metres from the back tees and with a par of 72. It is mainly flat with several watercourses to avoid and whilst very playable from the forward tees it can be a good test of golf from the back tees.

It has a very pleasant Clubhouse with Bar, Restaurant for snacks or full meals and a pro-Shop. There are good Practice Facilities. Lawn bowling is also available.

Vilamoura

Within 20 minutes of Faro Airport this large resort now boasts 4 eighteen hole golf courses as well as all the facilities one could expect of a mature resort including a Marina, Casino and several Hotels of all standards.

Old Course

Frank Pennink designed the famous Old Course which was originally constructed in 1969 but which has in recent years been refurbished and updated. The course measures 6254 metres and has a par of 72. For many golfing purists the Old Course is regarded as the Algarve’s finest course.

The Clubhouse has a terrace at golf course level overlooking the first tee and fifteenth green. It has a bar which serves snacks, as well as a restaurant. There is a Pro-Shop and other facilities include Driving Range, Putting green, Club hire, buggies and trollies.

Millenium

The most recent of the 18 hole course at Vilamoura designed in part by Martin Hawtree and the course which incorporates the third loop of nine holes of the earlier Laguna layout. It is part in an open parkland type setting and part in the pines. A delightful course for all golfers. It has a length of 6157 metres and a par of 72. The Millenium course shares a Clubhouse with the Laguna course and has all the same facilities.

Pinhal

The second of the Vilamoura courses to be constructed Pinhal measures 6300 metres and has a par of 72. A very good course with many pine tree lined fairways but also some peeps of the sea. Some of the holes have water hazards.

The Clubhouse has bar and restaurant and there is a Pro-Shop, Driving Range and Putting Green. Clubs, buggies and trollies may be hired.

Laguna

This 18 hole, 6111 metres course with a par of 72 features water as its main attraction otherwise the landscape here is fairly open. Some testing holes even for the low handicappers.

There is an attractive modern Clubhouse with terraces overlooking the course. It has a bar and restaurant, Pro-Shop and Locker Rooms. Other amenities include Driving Range, putting Green, and Chipping Green. Clubs, buggies and trollies available for hire.

Vila Sol

On the fringe of the Vilamoura estate close to Quarteira and Almancil, Vila Sol has 3 loops of 9 holes each with a par of 36 and measuring between 3079 and 3241 metres. Designed by Donald Steel and opened in 1991 it was soon to be the scene of the Portuguese Open. Not an easy course but a fair challenge for all golfers, the fairways are tree lined and several holes have water hazards to contend with.

The elegant clubhouse has good bar and restaurant facilities and an attractive terrace overlooking the 18th green; there is a Pro-shop, driving range, Putting Greens, chipping green and Golf Academy. Clubs, buggies and trollies available for hire.

Carvoeiro

The Carvoeiro Golf Club is the highland above the resort of Carvoeiro, close to Lagoa and about 45 minutes from Faro. It has two 18 hole courses.

Both courses share the same Clubhouse where you will find a bar and restaurant as well as a Pro-Shop and Locker Rooms. Other amenities include Golf Academy, Driving Range, Putting & Chipping Greens. Clubs, Trollies and Buggy hire. Other sports include Bowls, tennis and Basketball. It also has a swimming pool.

Gramacho

Originally a course of 9 holes with double tees and double green, more recently Gramacho has been extended to 18 holes and is a now genuine championship course, it is 6.107 metres in length and has a par of 72.

Pinta

This is a real challenge, a true championship layout. The length is 6152 metres with a par of 71. There is a premium on straight accurate driving but also a few water hazards to complicate things.