Portimao in the Western Algarve is an increasingly popular destination for golfers wanting great courses to play without much travelling involved, not that the Algarve is a difficult place to get around. Golf holidays in the Algarve are not expensive and the well-developed tourist infrastructure guarantees that visitors will have a good time.
There are courses that have their own hotels linked and therefore visitors can get an all – inclusive deal so that they know what their costs will be right from the start.
Golf in the region began half a century ago when Sir Henry Cotton designed and opened Penina and its two courses still provide huge enjoyment for many golfers every day of the year. It makes sense to consider staying and playing Penina with professional assistance able to make all the arrangements and to provide genuine value for money.
The land on which the Penina Championship Course was built was originally rice paddy fields. It is therefore fairly flat but half a million shrubs and trees were planted during its creation while Cotton also used water as protection. It is a Par 73 and now has a companion, the Resort Course which is an excellent introduction. A 9 hole course, it has several short holes which allow beginners to test their skills while the Par 5 5th is long but straight.
There are several reasons to head to Portimao:
The Algarve grew as a golf destination as soon as regular direct flights began to increase down into the Capital, Faro. It is just three hours away from the regional airports of the UK and Northern Europe but the difference in latitude that makes guarantees mild weather even in the winter months. There is no need to go too far afield to enjoy golf in the Algarve and Portimao is a great base for golfers of all abilities. Courses are in good condition all year round and there is never a bad time to head south for those three hours.