The Algarve region in Portugal is known for its sandy beaches and gorgeous landscapes as well as for its fabulous golf courses. Whether it be the central, western or eastern districts, there are plenty of courses that will both challenge you as well as help you hone your skills. Here are some tips to help you organize that perfect golf trip to Algarve.
- Pick the region and course you want
All the regions of Algarve are renowned for their old as well as new golf courses but it is a good idea to have a particular region and course in mind before coming here or you may end up getting confused. It is also a good idea to book in advance as most of the resorts and hotels get booked up pretty quickly. Central Algarve is the hub of all golfing activities and you will find plenty of course here like the Quinta do Lago’s Laranjal Course or the Royal Course at Vale do Lobo.
- Book more than one course
Though the central Algarve region is the best place for any golfing activities, you may want to try out some of the new and exciting courses of the western and eastern regions. In fact you should book more than one course in different regions so that you can tee off on courses of all the regions and find that appeals to you the most.
In general, the entire Algarve region provides just standard and modest level villas and hotels. The hotels advertised as four-star quality are very different to other four-star rated hotels in Europe. Hence, you should be prepared for the dearth in quality. You can avoid such hotels, only if you book in a luxury resort in advance. In addition, advance bookings give you the advantage of getting best deals and you can be free of expensive tariffs.
- Carry all your equipment
Make sure that you keep a checklist of all your golf equipment and carry them all on your trip to Algarve. This includes gloves, a golf ball, a specific golf club, cleaning materials and tees. These items may be quite expensive to buy in Algarve due to the high demand so it is best to carry your own equipment.
- Familiarize with the courses
After you have booked the courses in Algarve, make sure you study them properly so that you know what you are getting into. Having a good idea of how the courses are built and what clubs and shots will work best on these courses will help you play better.