The Royal is one of the best I've played
Vale do Lobo Golf Review.
In May 2011 and four ladies full of anticipation set off from Bristol Airport to the beautiful Vale do Lobo Resort. Like all holidays the run up to travelling is an important part, and with the excellent service and support from Your Golf Travel, we set off full of excitement and enthusiasm.
With transfers from the airport to hotel waiting as we landed, we arrived at Vale do Lobo in a little over 20mins from leaving the airport arrivals. What bliss! The sun was shining in the blue sky and shimmering on the sea.
The Dona Filipa Hotel has classic Portuguese style rooms, and is set in the most fabulous setting, close to the beach and Praca with views to die for. The staff as always were excellent and nothing is ever too much trouble. After a quick change we were on the sun-beds by the pool, followed by a stroll to a beach bar for lunch and our first drinks!
The rest of the week was split between golf on the San Lorenzo golf course, one of the top courses in Europe, and the Royal Course at Vale do Lobo, host to 2 Portuguese Opens, and including the iconic 16th hole along the cliff tops.
The quality of the courses and friendliness of the staff really takes some beating. These are two of the best courses I have ever played and we will certainly play them again if we return to Portugal on future golf holidays. We even managed to play in a Charity Day on the Royal Course but failed to hole in one at the 16th for an Audi Car so will have to retain our amateur status for next year!
In the evenings you are spoilt for choice in the number and variety of local restaurants. Our favourites are Casa do Campo, Casa dos Pinheiros and O Malveiros - all in the Almancil area.
All too quickly it was time to come home. I would recommend Vale do Lobo to anyone wanting good value hotel accommodation with excellent golf courses and beaches. We all thoroughly enjoyed our Algarve golf break and will definitely be using Your Golf Travel for future golf tours as the service and value for money were simply unbeatable.