Having picked up a string of awards last year, including World’s Best Golf Destination at the 2017 World Golf Awards, there’s no question Portugal’s Algarve is still up there as one of the world’s best places for a golf.
Whether you’re a regular on these Mediterranean fairways, haven’t visited for a long time or are new to the region, Rob Knox, from Sun-hat Villas & Resorts, tells us how to make the most of a golfing holiday in 2018.
Laranjal, Quinta do Lago
Chances are you’ll be keen to hit the course as early as possible, so grab a pastry and espresso from one of the local bakeries (we love Pastelaria Beira Mar in Quarteira) and you’ll be ready to go.
Nothing beats the challenging greens of Laranjal to start your holiday, so head to this multi-award winning course set among lakes and beautiful orange trees. Test your skill, accuracy and concentration on the 6,480m course – which includes the notable par-5 9th, and the par-3 11th plus water hazards that complement the landscape. One of our regular guests loves the impressive combination of challenging nature, greenery and water-edged holes.
Another option in this area is The North Course, a stone’s throw from the luxurious Four Seasons Fairway resort. Perfect for novices and experts alike, the course was completely redesigned in 2014 by world-renowned architect Beau Welling, together with former Ryder Cup winning captain Paul McGinley. Each hole benefits from four sets of tees, suiting all handicaps, along with plenty of recovery options if your shot doesn’t quite go to plan.
Time for lunch
With your round of golf complete, it’s time for a trip to the 19th – and, as you’d expect, the Algarve is home to some stunning clubhouses. But if you are looking for somewhere a little different, you’ll find plenty of pubs and restaurants in Quinta do Lago.
Already a popular destination for golfers is the new The Cheeky Pup thanks to its shaded terrace, wide choice of beers and friendly staff. Serving up British and Mediterranean-inspired delights like fresh market fish and rack of lamb, it’s the perfect place to escape the midday heat. You can also enjoy live televised sports here, which is handy if you’re visiting during the World Cup.
Stock up on the latest equipment
Suitably refreshed, it’s time to check out this season’s clothing and equipment, or pick up any essentials you might have forgotten to bring with you. Nevada Bob’s Golf’s reputation as a quality golfing retailer is well-deserved, and the brand now has a strong presence around the region. The main store is just outside Almancil, however you’ll also find outlets in Vale do Lobo and just opposite the Vila Sol Golf Club House at Vilamoura.
Round off your day with drinks and dinner
After a snooze by the pool and quick change, you’ll be ready for dinner and perhaps a refreshing cocktail as the sun goes down. For al fresco dining, nothing beats the chilled-out Shack, a casual waterside bar overlooking the Quinta do Lago Lake. Choose from a wide range of grilled meat and fish, salads and more, and then watch this fisherman-style hut come alive with music and glistening lights that illuminate the lake.
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