71487The 5 Best Algarve Golf Courses
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Article Title: The 5 Best Algarve Golf Courses
Author: Mark Scriven
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The Algarve coast, with its 150 km of white-sand beaches, is
one of Europe's great golfing destinations. The abundance of
world-class courses, along with southern Portugal's superb
climate and stunning scenery, guarantee that a golfing holiday
in the Algarve is always sure to please. Add to this the
prospect of visiting charming towns and villages, enjoying the
vibrant restaurant scene, based on Portuguese cuisine, and
plenty of nightlife, and you have a holiday to remember.
While many will disagree about which courses make the top five,
here is a selection for your consideration.
With stunning views southward across the Atlantic, and to hills
of the Serra do Caldeirão in the north, the 18-hole, Par 71
Benamor has holes to suit all playing levels. It includes a
driving range, putting and chipping greens, a restaurant and
bar, and a well stocked pro-shop.
From the challenging first hole, with its Par 4 dogleg
terminating in an elevated green guarded by bunkers, to the
final hole, a 512-metre, Par 5 with it lovely Algarvean church
as its backdrop, Benamor tests your golf skills and pleases your
eye. But the holes have varying degrees of challenge, and the
main obstacle is not a plethora of bunkers, but the need to
negotiate the many mature tress that were retained when the
course was founded in 2000.
Opened 2002, this 18-hole, Par 71 championship course, in the
Western Algarve, just 200 yards from the Atlantic, has
marvellous views of the Atlantic and a layout well incorporated
into its natural surroundings. There are water obstacles on five
holes, and the course offers a wide variety of challenges.
The spectacular 7th, a Par 4, with the ocean as a backdrop, is
typical of the scenic distractions that make this course both
exciting to play and a pleasure to be on.
The 18-hole, Par 71 course, overlooking the coastline, with
views of the old town and bay of Lagos, is one of Algarve's most
picturesque courses. Flowering shrubs, stately acacias, and
almonds, and five holes set beside Meia Praia sand dunes,
provide plenty of distractions, apart from the inevitable
To mitigate the latter and prepare yourself for the 5,961-yard
course, start at the practice driving range and putting areas.
The most challenging hole is the 550-metre fifth, with its
narrow fairway. You can hire clubs, trolleys, and buggies and
there is a restaurant and bar.
QUINTA DA RIA
This spectacular Par 72 course, with its mountain and sea
aspect, counts five lakes, and over 300 olive and carob trees
among its hazards. The back nine holes run around the perimeter,
and include a tough 14th hole, with a 90-degree dogleg and an
extensive lake. The clubhouse has a bar and there is a golf
academy, a putting green, and a driving range.
VALE DO LOBO
Designed by the famed Sir Henry Cotton, Vale do Lobo consists
of two 18-hole courses, The Royal and The Ocean. Near the sea,
and set among umbrella pines, orange, olive, and eucalyptus
trees, the Par 3, 16th hole of the Royal course is one of the
most photographed golfing holes in Europe.
The 18-hole, Par 71 Ocean course was named in Golf Digest as
one of Portugal's top 3. Facilities include a driving range,
putting and chipping greens, a practice net, a pro shop, and a
About The Author: Rod Ritchie, a travel writer and editor,
writes for many publishers including AA Publishing and Fodors.
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