Just come back from our annual boy’s trip to Vilamoura and thought I'd share the experience with you and applaud the organisation by Your Golf Travel. There's always that horrid moment when you’re the organiser as you wheel your trolleys out into arrivals when you think “Will there be someone with a board with my name on it or am I in for grief?” I needn’t have worried as a man showed us to our waiting minibus and helped load our clubs on. We were off!
We stayed in the Olympus Vilamoura Suites – an apartment hotel which was great as the four of us were all in the same big apartment. A quick trip to load the fridge up with surprisingly cheap beer and wine and we were off for our first round.
The brilliant thing about golf trips to Vilamoura is that you just call reception 10 minutes before you want to leave and a minibus appears to take you to the course – all included in the price. We played The Millennium first and it was fantastic. The greens were amazing and some of the villas surrounding the course were to die for! A quick beer after then back in the minibus and off for the first night out.
You’re spoilt for restaurants so choosing can be difficult. The Marina is beautiful at night with hundreds of people just wandering around. Dinner was followed by the inevitable march towards The Irish Bar playing live music until...let’s just say...well past bedtime!
The next day was The Victoria course. It was windy that day and it’s a very, very long course with some really heavy rough and a lot of water – but it’s brilliant. No wonder the Portuguese Open is played there.
Another night of enthusiastic drinking followed, then The Old Course – which I say if you go to Vilamoura you HAVE to play. It’s just beautiful and every single hole is special. Then it was back to the hotel for the last night - and that’s all I’m going to say on that one!
The Algarve and specifically Vilamoura is a great place to go for a golf holiday – amazing courses, great organisation getting you to and from them, plenty to do in the evening (and the evening can go on until it’s light!), good food, not too expensive for beers and wine...all in all an excellent golf break destination. One piece of advice though...get buggies! The courses we played were all fairly long and walking them in the heat of the Algarve sun can be taxing!
Thanks to Your Golf Travel for making everything run like clockwork...get your thinking caps on though because in the not too distant future we will be challenging you to top our Vilamoura golf trip!