Tee off from a new home in Por­tu­gal

Well-priced vil­las await in two top golf re­sorts, re­ports Cathy Hawker

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AU­TUMN is Europe’s peak golf­ing sea­son. As tem­per­a­tures cool and stu­dents set­tle into class­room rou­tines it’s time for golfers to re­claim their beloved golf re­sorts.

Por­tu­gal’s Al­garve is a golf­ing favourite with 39 cour­ses along its beau­ti­ful 100mile south-fac­ing At­lantic coast­line. But author­i­ties have worked hard to widen the area’s ap­peal for non-golfers, too.

The Ecovia do Li­toral is a ded­i­cated 132-mile cy­cle path link­ing Sa­gres in the western Al­garve with Vila Real de Santo An­tónio on the Span­ish border. There are es­tab­lished walk­ing trails along the coast and into the Monchique moun­tains, plus ten­nis clubs, mari­nas and plenty of wa­ter sports op­por­tu­ni­ties.

Re­sorts also un­der­stand the need for a wide of­fer­ing of ac­tiv­i­ties and two of the best are Vale do Lobo and Quinta do Lago, up­mar­ket yet un­der­stated res­i­den­tial golf re­sorts. Both are within 20 min­utes of Faro air­port, both have ex­ten­sive fam­ily-friendly fa­cil­i­ties and both have prop­erty prices that, at the top end, far ex­ceed any­thing else on the Al­garve. “The num­ber one rea­son why buy­ers choose to come is se­cu­rity, both per­sonal safety and safety of their in­vest­ment,” says Ali­son Buech­ner Høb­jerg of Sav­ills as­so­ci­ates, Quinta Prop­er­ties. “Even in the re­ces­sion when prices along the Al­garve were crash­ing, those on Quinta do Lago and Vale do Lobo did well.”

VALE DO LOBO

Vale do Lobo is the Al­garve’s old­est golf re­sort, es­tab­lished in 1962 on 1,235 acres where fa­cil­i­ties in­clude two 18hole golf cour­ses, the largest ten­nis fa­cil­ity in Por­tu­gal, a spa, gym and over a mile of beaches.

“Vale do Lobo has a dif­fer­ent vibe to Quinta,” says Rita Castelo Branco from Quinta Prop­er­ties. “Homes are gen­er­ally smaller, with younger buy­ers look­ing for good sea views. The golf in­flu­ence is strong with year-round rental re­turns for own­ers.”

En­try-level homes start from £137,000 for a one-bed­room, re­cently ren­o­vated apart­ment or £251,000 for two bed­rooms. A beau­ti­fully ren­o­vated and fur­nished three-bed­room town­house a minute’s walk from the beach and the restau­rants and bars of the cen­tral square is £726,000. A two-bed­room 1,895sq ft flat op­po­site the ten­nis club at the heart of the re­sort is £361,000, both through Quinta Prop­er­ties.

QUINTA DO LAGO

A few miles along the coast next to the Ria For­mosa Nat­u­ral Park, Quinta do Lago has four driv­ing ranges, a Paul McGin­ley golf academy and five golf cour­ses where more than 100,000 rounds are played each year.

The owner, Ir­ish bil­lion­aire De­nis O’Brien, has lav­ished cash on his re­sort. His latest ad­di­tion, The Cam­pus, opened this sum­mer, with an ex­ten­sive, im­pres­sive multi-sports com­plex.

Quinta is im­mac­u­lately land­scaped, less densely built than Vale do Lobo and fur­ther from the sea. Homes are larger and fa­cil­i­ties, in­clud­ing 16 restau­rants, are spread around the 1,606 acres. It is pop­u­lar, with high prices for the ul­tra­con­tem­po­rary sprawl­ing man­sions be­ing built along Par­que At­lantico.

De­tached vil­las start from £1.8 mil­lion, with one-bed­room apart­ments in Lake­side Vil­lage from £182,000, two bed­rooms from £411,000 and a com­fort­able semi-de­tached villa with three­bed­rooms in Monte de Quinta with its own gar­den and pool is £640,000. A two-bed­room apart­ment with large west-fac­ing bal­cony in one of the most pres­ti­gious ar­eas of the re­sort with views over the San Lorenzo golf course is £432,000 through Quinta Prop­er­ties. On the Pin­heiros Al­tos golf course, Ch­ester­tons In­ter­na­tional has a hand­some three-bed­room town­house for £648,000 with pri­vate gar­den and com­mu­nal pool.

POR­TUGUESE PROP­ERTY SEARCH CON­TACTS

Sav­ills: sav­ills.com Ch­ester­tons In­ter­na­tional: ch­ester­tons-in­ter­na­tional.com

Hole lotta fun: en­joy golf at Vale do Lobo in a dra­matic set­ting over­look­ing the sea and beach on Por­tu­gal’s Al­garve coast

£361,000: a two-bed­room flat close to Vale do Lobo ten­nis club (sav­ills.com)

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