Just to let you know that our trip to Portugal went very well. The CS Sao Rafael is a good hotel and they upgraded us to a suite. The hotel appears fairly new and is well appointed. The staff are high calibre and helpful. The room was spacious and comfortable. Sesmarias proved to be a quiet option (probably partly due to the time of year) sufficiently removed from the ultra-commercial Albufeira. This suited us well. Like many places in the region, much new building work is going on. So, whether Sesmarias will grow into a mini-Albufeira remains to be seen.
The three CS golf courses were good and in fine nick too. Salgados is flat but very tight with lots of water, lush fairways and good greens. Morgado proved a bit easier on the front nine which is relatively flat and more open. The back nine goes up into the hills (and wind) with some scenic holes which are a good test. Again, good greens. Alamos was the best in our view. A superb ‘ramble’ around the hill at the back of the clubhouse, with great views and many scenic holes. Good greens awaiting your arrival after some testing tee and fairway shots (or, more realistically, shots from the rough!). Cheers for now,