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from United Kingdom The course is amazing! A real test of mid iron, short iron, wedges, chipping, putting. Play here enough and your skill can only improve.
The greens matched the quality of the more famous courses in the Algarve where you pay 70 euros or more (maybe better). Manicured fairways and bunkers that would not be out of place on any local championship course. This place is looked after and who ever is in charge, knows what there doing. A real pleasure to play.
My only negative is there is no 9 hole pricing option and 18 holes at around 30 euros may put some people off for a par 3 course, when 18 holes twilight is available at full length courses for a similar price. I do feel however the quality of the course you are getting pretty much matches the asking price.
Here is a summary of the holes, distances from the back tees but second tee option available.
The 1st hole eases you in, around 70 yards down hill. Good chance of a 3 if you find the putting surface.
2nd hole was playing 170 yards with the miss being left, trees on the right. I didnt think there would be any holes this long! Mid or long iron or even a wood. A 3 here and you've done amazingily well.
The 3rd hole is around 70 yards up hill, hows your wedge distance control?
Cross the road onto a seperate bit of land for the next 2 holes. The 4th was playing 180 yards into wind! This is no pitch and putt. OB left and bunker greenside right. Hardest hole on course along side the 2nd.
The 5th takes you back running along side the 4th, around 110 yards. OB left, the miss is right. Play to the left of the green and the ball feeds down into the centre of the green.
Back over the road and a good chance of par on the 6th. A wedge down hill but there is trouble long.
7 was playing 155 and you can only just see the top of the flag, great looking hole. The miss is left, lots of room. Anything right of the green will kick further right and feed into a hazard and likely be lost.
The 8th is slightly up hill playing 140 yards. There is a large tree/shrub feature short right of the green, likely lost ball or unplayable. The miss is long and left.
The closing hole is around 100 yards down hill to a mackenzie green, pin position was at the back of green on top tier. OB long.
from United Kingdom Good but not grest A tricky little course that is tricky for even the more experienced golfers in our group.
The course itself was ok but what you'd expect for the price.
The staff were excellent and very friendly.
The biggest down fall was the large groups that were being permitted to play. We had one group of x11 golfers golfing before us on one day despite us being told there should be a maximum of x4 golfers per group. However, the staff gave us a later tee off time with no hassle.
Good all round course if you want a relaxed fun tone with a bunch of mates but would not be suitable for the more serious golfer.
Would I return here? Yes I would and most likely will.
from Portugal 1st visit, won’t be my last 👍🏻 Great staff from pro shop, green staff to bar staff were all really helpful. Excellent greens. My only criticism would be the tee boxes could do with levelling out and some more sand in the bunkers.
After the round we had lunch and a few compulsory beers 😉. Both lovely with a nice terrace positioned to watch other golfers tee off on the first and come in on the 9th/18th.
The course was a good challenge for any mid to high handicap player.
from United Kingdom Good second half Had a very enjoyable round at Balaia. Teamed up with 3 Swedish guys at the second hole and thoroughly enjoyed my day. The course was in good condition and looked lovely. Some challenging holes where par was unlikely but I had one birdie and a number of pars. There was also a few fives! Would recommend for any reasonable golfer.
from Portugal Pretty short course A well kept, pretty short course, great for those without a handicap but still has some challenges for the more experienced player. Staff are friendly and helpful. There were plenty of tee times available throughout the time we went (October half term). There is also a a small driving range.
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