The Palmares course has been totally transformed by the the American course designer Robert Trent Jones Jr. He has created a mixture of parkland with authentic links style. The 27 holes are laid out on the side of a south-facing hill overlooking the Bay of Lagos. Palmares Course has questionably the most attractive location of all the golf courses in the Algarve. The views as you play your round are quite breathtaking. Five of the holes are placed on the sand dunes with the fifth, a par 5 of 550 metres making a real challenge. For the time being there are no villas clustering the fairways so the feeling of openness as you play is very refreshing.
Balls lost and found!!
Great golf course in pretty good condition, the greens were fantastic when compared with others in the Algarve at the moment.
Fair price including buggy again compared to others at present.
Played Lagos and Praia course as Alvor was closed.
Only downside on the Praia course is people wandering around to and from the beach, clearly very dangerous. Also ball sellers and even worse ball finders wandering around the middle of the links section of the course and when out of site picking up the ball you are playing with if its not on the fairway. Lesson learned 'Keep it on the fairway!!'
We played the Praia 9 and then the Alvor 9. I had a poor round (after a blinding start!) so am trying not to be biased. The course was plagued by itinerant lost golf ball sellers with their bags of balls on display for purchase at many of the tees. There was also considerable course maintenance work taking place with noise from machinery which I found unsettling and annoying. Poor signage, some nice views, wouldn't return.
late review of the new layout
from United Kingdom
was a great fan of the old palmares layout, particularly the holes by the beach. the new layout there has lost much of its charm but has probably avoided some congestion sites. once we stop comparing it to fond memories it proves a spectacular and beautiful place to play not too long to walk but plenty of elevation to clime. we will be back
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