7. October 2011 19:34
On a recent golf trip to Portugal I was fortunate enough to play a round at Palmares Golf Club. It’s not often that I’m moved to put finger to key board but this gem of course should be on everyone’s playlist when in the Algarve.
The course is situated in West Algarve, just 20 minutes drive from Portimao, but probably more relevantly 15 mins drive from Le Meidien Penina. It has recently undergone major reconstruction which has transformed the golf course from being a very pleasant round, into a really quite inspiring test of golf that throws some of the very best golf architecture at you.
One of the key features of the new Palmares is the variation of holes; the golf course really does boast it all. From the mature, undulating front nine through to a finishing nine that runs along the coast to quench any Links lovers thirst. The greens run fast and true rewarding an accurate putt but have a habit of hurting if you miss. More...
29. November 2010 23:28
You know when you fall in love. It’s a moment of instantaneous clarity with an immense feeling of giddy well being. I fell in love on Sunday 1st June and the object of my desire.....golf. I had dipped my toe into the game on only a handful of occasions but my feelings had never gone beyond mild lustful yearning. This was all to change as I skulked onto the first tee at the Old Course Vilamoura, I was expecting very little except the odd cut from out of bounds plant life. But what I didn't know at the time was my playing partner was to be cupid. As each hole passed he was pulling his arrow from his Titleist golf bag and driving it straight into the epicentre of my sporting passion. This was golf as it appears on TV this was how it was meant to be, even though it was only our first date I knew I was "putting out" after coffee.