Almost all golfers who make the pilgrimage to the Algarve, begin their holiday in Faro. It is, after all, the location of the major airport for the Algarve and is seen as the cultural and economic center of the region.
For those who want to stay in close proximity to Faro, here are three popular resorts that will delight even the most well-travelled golfers.
While most courses in the Algarve are either 9 or 18 holes, Pinheiros is unique in that it offers 27 holes. What this means is that you can play three different 18 holes of golf in three days. You can rotate and mix the 9-hole loops (Corks, Pines and Olives) however you wish. You could, of course, only play 9 holes if you are tight for time that day, or you could play 27 holes in one day if your fitness is up to the task.
The real value of Pinheiros however, can be found in its teaching and practice facilities. You can work on your game in any of the four indoor teaching bays and you can analyze your swing with the help of V1 computer analysis and Flightscope ball flight analysis.
While the Royal (host to the 2003 Portuguese Open) runs along the cliff-tops, the Ocean skirts the sandy beaches.
With many great courses in the vicinity, Pinheiros Altos Golf Course 2 miles away San Lorenzo Golf Club and Ancao Beach just 3 miles away) Vilar do Golf sits in the middle of the vast (2,000-acre) Quinto do Lago estate.
For those who want more than just golf, the resort offers a children’s pool, an indoor swimming pool and gym facilities. After a long day of golf and fun, you can eat and enjoy views over the of Quinta do Lago Golf Course at The Bobby Jones Restaurant, all the while staying at one of the on-site Diamond Villas.
If you want less relaxing and more raving, the nightlife of Almancil's centre is only 2.5 miles away.