Escape to the Algarve with Pestana

This week’s blog is a guide to the Pestana golf course collection. The Pestana golf courses are situated on the Algarve and each boasts a great round of golf. Whether you are looking for a great holiday round or a stern test of golf, these courses can offer you that variety. Take a look at this great collection of courses and be inspired for your next golf holiday to the Algarve.

Alto Golf and Country Club was one of the last to be designed by Sir Henry Cotton and features brilliant, winding fairways and elevated greens which are a stern test for those playing with a lower handicap but also fair to those who are less accomplished golfers. The course’s features are similar to that to a UK parkland course, but of course, you have the weather associated with the Algarve to remind you that you are in fact, not in England. The course is beautifully positioned near to the picturesque village of Alvor and offers beautiful white sandy beaches, clear blue sea and interesting cliffs which add to the charm and character of the round. As you play the first nine holes of the course, you can enjoy the stunning views over Lagos Bay. The last nine holes travel back inland, running through gentle mountain slopes. This course is home to the longest home in Europe, the 66o-yard par 5 16th which is known as “The Giant”. This hole requires both concentration and skill in order for you to leave the hole with a respectable score. After your round, take a trip to the clubhouse where you can enjoy a few drinks whilst you reminisce over your round.

Silves is a beautifully picturesque course which opened for play in 2006 and since then, has gained a brilliant reputation for being a course that is always in immaculate condition. The course is set on gently undulating terrain in a rural area just 15 minutes inland. The course is surrounded by typical Algarve fruit orchards and small farms adding to the character of this beautiful layout. The first tee shot is a daunting one on this round as you must hit straight in order to avoid the water hazards strategically positioned on the fairway both on the right and the left. There are also many strategically placed bunkers in order to thwart those big hitters. However, this course is not an overly difficult one making it ideal as a holiday course for groups who have golfers of varying handicaps. Most of the holes along the course boast spectacular mountain views overlooking palm trees and olive groves. After your round, take a visit to the Silves Clubhouse where you can enjoy a few drinks and a bite to eat whilst discussing the round.

Next up, we have the Gramacho Golf Course which is situated near Carvoeiro in the Algarve. This course was originally a nine-hole course which has been extended and beautifully redesigned by Nick Price to become a full 18-hole course. Pestana Gramacho has hosted the Portuguese Ladies Open on a number of occasions and is recognised as a championship course which is enjoyable and playable by those with a higher handicap. The course winds its way over undulating terrain with olive, almond and carob trees scattered along the way. This is a challenging course which requires its players to be technically accurate in order to score well on the round. The Gramacho Clubhouse is the perfect place to sit and relax after your round, it is situated in the heart of the resort and boasts many services including club and buggy rental. There is a great restaurant and bar which boasts the most stunning views on the misty blue backdrop of the Monchique Mountains as well as overlooking the 18th hole.

The Vale da Pinta golf course is set in the Pestana Golf Resort near Carvoeiro is a quality course which beautifully incorporates the course’s natural landscape of rolling hills, olive groves and other indigenous trees and vegetation. The course is beautifully framed by the Monchique Hills. Shot-making and accuracy are very important on this course as there are many tight fairways, doglegs and an assortment of strategically placed hazards positioned to challenge golfers of all abilities. One of the most challenging holes is the par-five 4th hole which measures over 500 metres from the back tee. This hole requires a long and accurate uphill tee-shot towards a marker post, this is made more challenging by the fact that the fairway is bordered by rough on the right and out of bounds on the left. The rest of the hole stretches downhill, but the fairway narrows drastically towards the end before you reach the undulating green. Another brilliant hole on this course is the 13th which is a short par four which may seem easy, but there is a large lake and bunker on the far bank from the tee ensuring that a very good strike is necessary if you are to clear this combination of hazards. You can take the safer route right of the water, but this still means that you will have a tricky approach to reach the well-guarded, shallow green. There are several stand-out holes along this course but particularly special is the 18th which is a wonderful par five finishing hole measuring just under 600 metres. The hole requires three long, straight shots and if you make par, you have finished well. There is no doubt that Vale de Pinta boasts a great round of golf filled with excellent and testing holes as well as a superb location and wonderful clubhouse for you to enjoy after your round. Vila Sol is one of the most requested courses in the Algarve, there are 27 brilliant holes situated at the complex.

Vila Sol has hosted the Portuguese Open and is a brilliant test of golf designed by the famous English architect, Donald Steel. The course winds its way through an immense pinewood in which there are fig trees, oaks and almond trees. This is a typical inland golf course with narrow fairways which demand accurate driving as well as water and sand hazards and fast greens. Players of all abilities will find Vila Sol to be a stern but fair test of golf. The fairways are always maintained beautifully and of course, there are many strategically placed hazards along the course to catch any errant shots. Right from the first few holes, it is evident that Vila Sol is a challenging course. There are three holes which are par fours in excess of 380-metres long. There are many notable holes along the course including the 6th, 7th and 8th. The 6th is a long, downhill par five which features a large lake protecting the left half of the fairway, you then have to tackle the uphill approach to a small, heavily guarded green. The 7th is also a long, downhill hole during which you must carry your shot back over the lake towards a large, sloping green. Finally, the 8th is a classic park-like par five which gently doglegs right with a narrow stream running just in front of the green and back down the left side of the fairway.  The back nine holes at Vila Sol are slightly shorter but still maintain the challenge of the course. This is a solid course that challenges and rewards at every turn.

If you are looking for the perfect place to stay in order to have the opportunity to enjoy the Pestana golf courses, then look no further than the Pestana Vila Sol Golf and Resort Hotel. This hotel is perfectly located for those looking to enjoy Vilamoura’s nightlife, restaurants and beautiful sandy beaches. You can reach several brilliant golf courses easily from this hotel. The hotel boasts 189 spacious and beautifully decorated guest rooms, all of which boast stunning views of the hotel’s surroundings. Many of the guest rooms are scattered across the resort in lovely, Portuguese cottages. Besides exploring the wonderful town of Vilamoura and playing plenty of golf on the surrounding golf courses, you can take advantage of the facilities within the hotel. These include an indoor heated swimming pool, a large outdoor pool lined with sun loungers and parasols. There are also private tennis courts and spa facilities. This is a superb hotel with brilliant facilities and a superb location – perfect for your next golf break to the Algarve.

Another hotel ideal for exploring the Pestana golf courses is Pestana Delfim. This hotel boasts a brilliant location situated just a couple of minutes stroll away from Alvor’s golden beaches. This is a fantastic all-inclusive hotel which is perfect for both families and groups of golfers looking to make the most of the facilities within the hotel. The Pestana Delfim is a great base from which you can enjoy the many golf courses in the Western Algarve and explore the lively town of Alvor. You can reach Alvor within ten minutes on foot and the hotel also runs a regular shuttle bus there. The rooms within the hotel are all spacious and are equipped with all of the essentials including complimentary Wi-Fi, satellite TV and air conditioning. During the day, whilst you are not enjoying the town of Alvor or the wonderful golf courses within close proximity of the hotel, you can spend your days lounging around the pool, play tennis or use the fully-equipped fitness centre. As the hotel is all-inclusive, you can have your breakfast served in the buffet restaurant and dine on the garden terrace during the summer months. There are three bars within the hotel including a pool bar and the Toucan Bar. You can enjoy great restaurants and bars in the town of Alvor. The Pestana Delfim is another superb option for your next golf escape to Portugal, especially if you are looking to enjoy some of the great golf in this area – including the Pestana courses.

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog and that perhaps, some more information on these exciting holiday golf courses has inspired you to book your next golf escape to the Algarve. If you have been inspired, or if you want to talk through some other golf holiday options, give us a call or send us an enquiry on our website to get in touch.

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