Golf has become a global pastime. Keen golfers can jet of to any number of destinations for a golf holiday. One of the locations that is becoming more and more popular is the Algarve, perched in the southern tip of Portugal.
This historically rich peninsula, blessed with balmy weather year-round, is quickly becoming a must-do destination on any discerning golfer’s European itinerary. Visitors can explore ancient Roman ruins, stroll on long sandy beaches, taste exquisite seafood and discover the cobbled alleyways of old Moorish towns.
Golf holidays Algarve wouldn’t, of course, be worth considering if the courses were not up to scratch. Fortunately, the Algarve offers a number of high quality courses, from links and parkland to championship level.
One of the most renowned is the Oceanio Faldo. Designed by Nick Faldo, it sits in the undulating countryside of Amendoeira. The back nine especially offers some challenging terrain, as befitting a par 72 championship course. Rather than seeking to replicate the layout of courses in other European destinations, Oceanio Faldo really feels a part of this distinctive area of Portugal. Besides using the hills as part of the course, indigenous plants and cacti provide the foliage, while local limestone has been crushed to make the bunkers.
Golfers may like to combine a trip to Oceanio Faldo with a second round at the nearby Penina Golf course. Set in 360 acres, it is less than 20 km from the Faldo. Alongside two 9-hole courses and leisure distractions for the non-golfers in your party, the Penina boasts the 18-hole Sir Henry Cotton Championship Course, not only one of the best courses in the Algarve, but one of the best in Europe.
With these courses, and many more besides, the Algarve offers a great golfing experience.