What To Know About Algarve Golf Vacations
The Capital of the Algarve in Southern Portugal is Faro. Its airport has regular direct flights from all regions of the UK and many other places as well. The Algarve has many attractions and when golf came along there was already the infrastructure being laid for tourism. Today it has everything that golfers could wish for:
- A selection of excellent golf courses throughout the region making use of the great terrain and the pine and olive forests that often define the fairways.
Accommodation to suit all budgets and tastes from self-catering apartments and villas to top quality hotels.
A great climate that even offers mild weather in the winter.
Lovely beaches and an inviting sea.
Healthy Mediterranean cuisine with the seafood, especially sardines, a real highlight.
The Internet has made it extremely easy to find out more about the region and anyone thinking about a golf vacation will learn more if they follow this link.
Plenty of Choice
There are many alternatives to think about as a base throughout the Algarve. It is not a huge area and even those who choose the Atlantic Coast in the west can still take a trip to the Spanish border in the east without too much trouble. If you want to travel any distance you should arrange a rental vehicle that is large enough to carry golfers and clubs.
The Portuguese Open has been held in the Algarve a number of times with Penina and the Old Course at Vilamoura perhaps the best known of the courses. It is a challenge to play courses that the professionals use though you may not play off the same back tees. It makes sense to select a balance of courses to suit the ability of all the players because everyone wants a positive experience from playing; too many lost balls in lakes is not much fun.
The Algarve’s courses market themselves well, often publishing a card of the course and playing tips and it is no problem to discuss the courses with a company that specialises in local golf. You will have your golf booked well in advance of your trip unless it is a very last minute booking but even then online confirmations means you will have your vacation fully confirmed before departure, golf and all.
With Faro being just 3 hours’ flight time from a host of regional airport the Algarve is ideal for a weekend break. If there are morning flights from your nearest airport then you can fly and play later in the day. A morning round with afternoon departure means you can fit in two games in two days; a welcome break, especially if there is poor weather at home.
The Algarve offers a warm welcome any time during the year and courses are always in good condition. If you have never been abroad to play golf before the Algarve makes a convincing case to be the destination for your first adventure. There’s a good chance that you will never go anywhere else.