Golf

Golf in the Algarve

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Golf in the Algarve is truly unique and an all round unforgettable experience. The year round sun and warm climate attracts many enthusiasts from all over Europe to play in the peak season of October to May. There are 36 or so golf courses now in the Algarve, the first being designed by the famous Sir Henry Cotton and the rest have kept on coming and turned the Algarve into one of the premier golfing destinations in Europe.
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Local Courses – there are 7 courses within 15 minutes and then another 5 within 25 minutes of the apartment.

The closet courses are the Oceanico Amendeoira courses of Nick Faldo and Christy O’Connor Jnr  which are within 10 mins of the apartment, (clubhouse pictured right).

Both courses were finished only a couple of years ago and as you’d expect they are impressive golf challenges with a superb imposing clubhouse as the picture shows.

 

 

 

 

november2011 058Next closest is Salgados taking between 10 -15 mins, (pictured right).

A flat course with lots of water so challenges your accuracy and your mental game of position play. Great for those who like a easy walk and great views across the wet lands of the Salgados  where migrating birds come to winter and rest.

The wind can also challenge you here as the sea is only 100 meters from the south point of the course.

 

 

Then 15 – 20 minutes away are the Pestana courses of Gramacho, Vale da Pinta,  Silves and also 25 – 30 minutes away are the courses of Alto, the CS groups two courses of Morgado and Alamos.

All are championship standard and Gramacho/Vale da Pinta regularly host ladies and men’s senior European tour qualifying events.

These all make the apartment ideally placed for the independent golfer who likes to have the flexibility of a quiet, central location, great accommodation but within easy reach of these great but slightly quieter courses.

There are an abundance of other courses along the stretch of the Algarve, many designed by international masters. Many of the coastal courses play right up to the beach or around the gorgeous surroundings of the natural countryside, most with stunning views of the coast.

Both of the Vale do Lobo golf courses, the Ocean and the Royal Golf Course offer superb golf mixed with equally beautiful surroundings. The Royal Course being the one with the famous 16th hole where you have to shoot over the red cliffs to reach the green the other side. Views of the Rio Formosa Natural Park, can make up for the most miserable of rounds.