You can call me Al­garve

A peren­nial favourite with Bri­tish golfers never fails to de­light... es­pe­cially when you see the value on offer from Your Golf Travel

Today's Golfer (UK) - - First Tee -

As the most pop­u­lar des­ti­na­tion for Bri­tish golfers over the 50 years, it’s a fair bet that most of us have been to the Al­garve at least once. It’s never been more pop­u­lar, in fact, it might feel as if you know ev­ery­thing there is to know about it.

And that is where, with the great­est re­spect, you’d be to­tally wrong. Yes, the cour­ses and towns of the Al­garve are well-known to Bri­tish golfers, but even those of us who travel there reg­u­larly dis­cover some­thing new every time we go back. Take a golf hol­i­day to the Al­garve in 2017 or 2018, and it will be dif­fer­ent from the last one. If it isn’t, it will be your fault, be­cause af­ter you liked it so much the pre­vi­ous time you booked the same ho­tel and cour­ses again! The con­stant themes on the Al­garve are wholly pos­i­tive ones: the fab­u­lous cli­mate that makes it a year-round golf des­ti­na­tion; the warm wel­come you’ll re­ceive no mat­ter if you stay in a five-star ho­tel or a three-star guest­house; the flaw­less con­di­tion­ing of what­ever course you play; the con­ve­nience of fly­ing to Faro (from all cor­ners of Bri­tain) and then mo­tor­way to your ho­tel.

There are Top 100 golf cour­ses such as Onyria Pal­mares in the west right through to Monte Rei in the east as well as San Lorenzo, Dom Pe­dro Old Course and Ocean­ico Faldo Course in between. There are heav­enly play-and-stays wher­ever you look, led by fam­i­lyfriendly Pine Cliffs and lower-pro­file but high-ap­peal Quinta da Ria. The Dona Fili­pasan Lorenzo axis, the for­mer a ma­jes­tic newly-re­fur­bished ho­tel, the lat­ter ar­guably the Al­garve’s finest course, of­fers an al­lur­ing pack­age. And then there is Pen­ina, where it all be­gan with Henry Cot­ton’s de­sign start­ing the Al­garve golf revo­lu­tion, an area that still sets the stan­dard as far as golf breaks are con­cerned.

Over the page we have high­lighted three great deals that we es­pe­cially rate, but in truth you have the widest pos­si­ble range to choose from, what­ever your bud­get or taste.

Pes­tana’s su­perb Gra­ma­cho lay­out.

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