The Algarve is synonymous with world class golf courses. There are around 30 clubs across the Algarve offering a range in challenge, length and landscape, as well as price. When choosing a gold course, to make the most out of any golfing trip the best way to start is by being realistic about ones abilities. Novice golfers selecting challenging, championship courses are unlikely to enjoy themselves. Equally, expert golfers get frustrated by being slowed down by beginners.
For the golfing novice a sound investment at the start of any trip is an hour or two instructions with a resident professional. Just one session with an expert can radically improve performance and will typically shave a few shots off your next round, and maybe – just maybe – lead to winning a few euros. It will surely result in a more rewarding and far less frustrating golfing experience. Ask at any course about lessons. With a full round costing anything from 35€ to 150€ before one even considers buggy hire, getting it wrong can prove very expensive and frustrating. Some courses have computer simulated analysis of your golf swing, so can be a great boost to seasoned golfers as well as the complete novice.
There are some great choices of play at, for example, Parque da Floresta, Boavista, Amondoeira, Pestana, Penina, Alto, Gramacho and Pinta, Vale do Milho, and the Vilamoura couses. Most courses have well stocked shops, club hire and usually good quality eateries. Some have extra sports facilities and Spas for that après-golf treat. Golfing in the Algarve is undoubtedly up there with the best in the world. The standard of the courses, the views and the fabulous weather conditions all contributing towards that unforgettable experience that every golfer should have at least once. For course info see www.algarvegolf.net