Thursday, 3 February 2011

The Top 5 Golf Courses in the Algarve

Do you want to take a break, but not from the Green? For the golf enthusiast in you, the Algarve is a lovely choice for a holiday. The Algarve refers to the southernmost region of Portugal. With at least 37 golf courses available for visitors, you would not have to sacrifice your game to have a much needed escape. In this guest post, Nadine Hallak provides a list of the top 10 golf courses not to be missed when visiting the Algarve.
The first is the Benamor course, an eighteen-hole, par 71 course. Surrounded on one side by the Atlantic Ocean and on the other by the rolling hills of Serra do Caldeirão, this golfer’s paradise offers its players beautiful vistas to enjoy during their game. Benamor also serves up a driving range, a restaurant, and chipping and putting greens.
Benamor Golf Course
Next up to the putt is Boavista, where golfers can gaze at the ocean while playing through the eighteen-hole championship, par 71 course. Boavista features five water obstacles as well as other challenges. Views of the Atlantic are particularly mesmerising from the 7th hole.
Boavista Golf Course
Palmares is the third recommended golf course in the Algarve. It is also an eighteen-hole, par 71 course, with the picturesque town of Lagos serving as its backdrop, complete with views of the bay. With its five sand dunes and a 550 metre fairway to the fifth hole, this six thousand yard course can pose a challenge to even the most experienced of golfers.
Palmares Golf Course
Number four on the list is the Quinta da Ria gold course. This par 72 course is surrounded by the mountains and the sea, but don’t let the beauty fool you as this golf course is not to be taken lightly. Its five lakes and hundreds of trees will put your skills to the test. Golfers who make it past that first set of obstacles can then look to further testing as the remaining nine holes feature a 90-degree dogleg.
Quinta da Ria Golf Course
Next is Vale do Lobo, designed by Sir Henry Cotton. This is actually a two full golf course, the Royal and the Ocean, which serves to double playing opportunities. Designated one of the top three courses in Portugal by Golf Digest, it features a driving range, swimming pool, and pro shop.
Vale do Lobo Golf Course
The other five courses that are well worth visiting are Alamos, Monte Rei, the Penina Resort, Gramacho, and Quinta da Ria. No matter which course you choose, be sure to schedule your ‘tee time’ in advance; golfing is such a popular pastime in the Algarve that failing to do so may keep you from playing.To begin planning your trip, search for cheap flights to the algarve early to get the best prices.
If you’re holidaying with friends or family who have less affection for golf, there’s no need to worry as the Algarve has plenty to offer everyone. From calm beaches and luxury resorts to authentic Portuguese restaurants, all visitors can find something fun to fill their time with. This post was written by Nadine Hallak, who is travel expert at leading flights deals website
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