The Algarve is awash with golf courses and hotels which have contributed greatly to it becoming the most popular golf holiday destination over the past few decades. With such a wealth of options for golf holiday makers it can be hard to separate the wheat from the chaff form time to time but one thing is for sure, there’s a relatively new golf course on the Algarve golfing scene and, not only is it a real cracker, it is close to a fantastic hotel and Lagos, one of the most popular towns in the Algarve.
Following a redesign of Frank Pennick’s original design, Onyria Palmares was relaunched in June 2011 and was welcomed with rapturous applause by leading golf publications and golfers throughout Europe. Today’s Golfer Magazine ranked it as the best course in Portugal while Golf World ranked it as the 26th best in the whole of Europe. It was also the 3rd highest new entrant in this list. Considerable praise then, for a course that is essentially only 18 months old.
Three loops of nine holes await golfers travelling to the Algarve for some fun in the sun and while each offers a different challenge to the last, they are all equally enjoyable. The Alvor, Lagos and Praia courses, all designed by Robert Trent Jones Jnr, also boast amazing panoramic views of the shimmering Alvor Lagoon, the “Meia-Praia” beach and the Bay of Lagos meaning that, even of you forget to pack your A game, you can’t fail to enjoy the walk!
There are few courses in Portugal that can rival the eclectic mix of golf offered by Palmares, not to mention the stunnig vistas.
Trent Jones has designed a golf course with the highest level of international tournament golf in mind and thanks to his considerable expertise a pleasurable golf experience also awaits for us weekend warriors!
With a collection of links style holes that border the sand dunes near the coastline, and other picturesque tree lined holes with a distinct parkland flavour, Palmares offers golfers a heady blend of styles that will keep you on your toes throughout your round, without ever becoming samey.
The elevation changes and undulations of the estate’s higher ground juxtaposed alongside the flatter links land near the coast provides great variety and throughout the course the conditioning is first class with slick, smooth greens and well manicured fairways and tees all year round.
Elevation changes and picturesque, tree lined holes provide an interesting contrast to the flatter, links style holes that run along the coastline.
Word has continued to spread about what’s on offer at Onyria Palmares and in 2012 alone, some 14,000 rounds have already been played! Sales Director Joao Pinto Coelho believes the resort’s reputation will continue to grow and so do we.
There is little doubt over the quality of the golf on offer at Palmares and with excellent accommodation on offer at the nearby Tivoli Lagos Hotel, the Algarve may well have to be the next stop on your golfing odyssey.
Set in the heart of Lagos, one of the most beautiful towns on the Algarve, the Tivoli Lagos is an excellent 4* hotel that offers a genuinely Portuguese experience. With the striking blue and white décor that is typical of the region, as well as a free shuttle to the beach, the Tivoli Lagos matches up perfectly with Palmares to offer an impressive golf holiday package.
No matter which combination of holes you choose to play at Onyria Palmares, you are treated to superb views from start to finish.
Rooms and suites all come complete with air-conditioning, satellite television, en-suite bathrooms, direct dial telephone, mini-bar and balcony or terrace but perhaps the best part is that guests of the Tivoli Lagos benefit from year-round transfers to the Duna Beach which is just 2km from the hotel meaning that during your time away from the golf course, you can easily access the other things that make the Algarve such a top class golf holiday destination.