The Algarve is known to many as a golfing paradise. Here luxurious hotels, fabulous restaurants and world-class golf courses weave their way along the stunning Atlantic coastline. The sweet scent of orange and almond groves mingle amongst the bright and vivacious colours of the wild flowers and carefully manicured flower beds which adorn many of the region’s golf courses.
A short flight from the UK and only a 15-minute drive from Faro airport is the luxurious resort of Val do Lobo; a firm favourite with discerning travelling golfers, especially during the spring and late summer. In a prime spot overlooking the ocean is the opulent Dona Filipa Hotel, which underwent a major renovation programme in 2014, firmly cementing its five-star status. Each of the 154 rooms presents quality with luxurious furnishings mixing with a touch of glamour.
Enjoy a cocktail or a cool beer while nibbling olives by the pool before delighting over a delicately prepared dinner. The comfort, service and style at the Dona Filipa will leave you relaxed, revived and ready to golf. After all, this tailored package is designed to mix the elegance of the Dona Filipa with some of Val do Lobo’s most talked about championship courses.
ALGARVE TURNS GOLD FOR 50 YEARS OF GOLF
The Algarve – a destination with the Midas touch when it comes to attracting international golfers – is marking its 50th year with the introduction of new ‘Golden Tees’.
From June, all of the Algarve’s top courses will feature specially-commissioned commemorative golden tee markers to celebrate the 50th anniversary since the opening of the sun-drenched region’s first course – Penina – in 1966.
Each visiting golfer will be invited to play their part in marking the milestone by playing from the new golden tees and will then get the chance to register their details on a dedicated website for an opportunity to win 50 green fees.
That will see one lucky winner chosen at random to enjoy free golf at Europe’s favourite golf destination as 50 golden green fees will be given away as a fabulous prize to be used on the fantastic courses throughout 2017.
And it is fitting that in its golden year, the region is more popular than ever before after record green fee levels were reported with 1.2m rounds played in 2015. Early indications suggest 2016 is set to continue on a similar path.