The Algarve is famous for its extensive range of luxurious golf courses and would make a lovely weekend trip from Lisbon, but before rushing ahead and booking, here are a few tips that should help create an ideal golf holiday in the Algarve.
1. Carry out thorough research to find out which golf resort and course is best suited to you. There are an abundance of golf courses in the Algarve which can mean making a decision could be difficult. Each resort will offer something a little different and consulting with a golf tour operator could make the whole choosing process a little less overwhelming.
2. Book in advance because the Algarve is an extremely well known and well established golfing destination and becomes increasingly popular in the summer months. The last thing you want is a rushed and frantic booking to result in a less than pleasant experience. You may even be able to take advantage of special offers and discounts that many of the resorts offer.
3. Think about the time of your golfing holiday in the Algarve carefully. The maximum temperatures in the summer months can reach about 48 °C (118 °F), so being prepared for playing in that extreme type of weather in crucial. Similarly, research what the temperatures are going to be like in the spring and fall months and book around your preferred playing climate.
5. The Algarve offers lots of cultural experiences, with stunning beaches and whitewashed buildings. The food and music will be new and interesting, so take some time to immerse yourself in the traditions of the area on top of the golfing. Making a plan of what you would like to do in your spare time would be helpful to ensure you get the most out of your golfing holiday.
6. Find the best airline to travel with, because some airlines charge extra to check-in sports equipment. Find out which one won’t charge for your golfing clubs and shoes. EasyJet is often used to fly into Portugal and they allow sports equipment weighing up to 20kg.
7. The Algarve plays host to everything from championship courses, to competition weeks, to 27 hole masterpieces. Decide what purposes you’d like to go for, and plan around that.
8. If you like your golfing and architecture history then the Algarve is the place for you. Courses in the Algarve were designed by the likes of Sir Henry Cotton, Jack Nicklaus and Joseph Lee. Do a little research on the history of each course to make your decision easier.
9. Courses in the Algarve have played host to the Portuguese Open on a number of occasions. If you are after a thorough and qualified golfing experience, get in contact with a golf tour operator for more information.
10. Ask yourself whether you need to hire a car. Some resorts in the area will require so, but others won’t. If you intend to venture out then get in contact with a good tour operator. However, if you plan to stay within the resort and concentrate all your energy in golfing, you probably won’t. If you plan to do the latter, find out which resort offers you the most.
Paige has over three years of experience in the travel industry and teaching and has worked for several organizations. She is now working for Penina Hotel & Golf Resort and is spending more time in the field of luxury travel for sport.