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Golf Holidays Portugal Style: A Golfers Guide To The Algarve Region

Posted on May 24, 2010
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In terms of Mediterranean golf holidays Portugal has a variety of championship courses and a mild climate that make it an ideal destination. This article focuses on the Algarve region which has grown in popularity over the past 2 decades as golf club numbers have increased.

For those looking to play a different championship course each day, with little if any driving, on their golf holiday Algarve is the perfect location. From Vilamoura town alone there are dozens of courses all within 15 kilometers of town.

The Oceanico group has over a dozen resorts in this area with the best being the Victoria and Old Course. The maturity of the Old Course sets it apart from many of the resort courses thanks to its incrementally crafted design and consistent playing greens. The landscaping around both courses is of very high standards.

Of the independent clubs, the Quinta Do Lago has two excellent courses. The southern course is the one to play (if time only permits playing just the one) while both sport Bermuda grass fairways and challenging trap/bunker placement on nearly all holes.

If you asked the local golfers for advise on clubs to play then the two popular spots for enjoyable, low-stress golfing is the Pinheiros Altos and the Vila Sol courses. Each has enjoyable course designs with great vistas from the higher tee boxes. The Vila Sol also sports some wonderful rolling fast greens.

Fans of links golf invariably head toward the western Algarve districts. Along the coast the full force of the Atlantic Ocean breezes can be felt on most courses. Parque Da Floresta is located on a west-facing hillside which adds a real challenge to this tricky course. The nearby Boavista is set on an equally high elevation overlooking Lagos with cross-slope fairways adding to the challenge on second shots into the greens.

Even out in the western districts Oceanico have some resorts with the Faldo (desert-style) and O’Connor (parkland) courses being thoroughly enjoyable courses to play.

For faultless golf holidays Portugal has enough courses in the Algarve to make it a truly viable destination year round on a par with neighboring Spain. And with the increasing number of resorts and courses being built each year it may well over-take its rivals in the coming decade.

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