The Algarve in Portugal has become a popular golfing destination over the years:
There are a number of good bases for a golf holiday in Portugal and Portimao is very much one of them. Golf tourism actually started at one of its courses, Penina which was designed by Sir Henry Cotton in the 1960s. There is also a resort and academy course for those who want variety but don’t want to travel far. There are other course to consider including Alamos, Morgado, Pinta, Silves and Vale do Milho.
The beauty of the Internet means that it is possible to plan a last minute trip because websites offering flights, accommodation and tee times are easy to access and research. Even if you just have a weekend you are likely to find good flights, and time to play on the afternoon of your outward journey and the following morning before you return home.
Penina has hosted the Portuguese Open a number of times and it is an excellent challenge to golfers of all abilities. The Championship Course is probably the first one to look at if you are planning a last minute trip. There will be no problem getting an airport transfer or a hire car while there is plenty of accommodation in Portimao.
The tee time is the critical booking once you know that flights will be available. While summer is the high season when of course the climate is at its best, many golfers want a break when their own home courses are in poor condition, even closed, because of the weather.
While you may not fancy a dip in the sea in the middle of winter there is still the excellent cuisine based upon fresh produce, often fish, olives oil and herbs washed down with a nice bottle of wine. Even a short break can be refreshing and reinvigorate you for the week ahead. If you have nothing particularly planned in the coming weeks why not talk to your friends and give yourselves a treat in Portimao? It’s better than wrapping up warm to play your own course.