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.
Course and Clubhouse hard to find
As a former golf club manager, I know what to look for at a golf course. Road signage for the course is limited. I got lost...even with GPS! There is also next to no signage in the car park. I walked towards on building, figured it wasn't the Clubhouse, so I walked to a distant building. That wasn't the Clubhouse and I was told the first building was the Clubhouse. All in all, I spent about 8 minutes looking for Reception.
The Reception and Golf Shop is tiny, but the staff were pleasant and helpful. We wanted lunch and eventually had to go and find a waiter and menus. The food was fine...standard golf club fare and our lunch came out quickly.
I thoroughly enjoyed the course with a number of scenic, elevated tees (be warned, you do need a buggy). The fairways were generous and in good condition. Greens were also well condition but a wee bit on the slow side - typical in a number of Algarve course. The shaping and contouring of the greens was very good with moderate undulations (unlike Epiche).
Overall, I would rate Palmares very highly. I am playing it again in a few days time. That says it all.
Very nice course. Staff could be better
from United Kingdom
Enjoyed the course. Very busy but in decent condition. Very chaotic on arrival. Was told no buggy had been allocated and that it was not guaranteed with twilight bookings. This was the first we'd heard of this. Booking agency need to let people know this. We got one in the end though. Attitude of clubhouse was surly to the point of being rude. Because of 3 tee start and crossovers we teed off 25 mins late which meant we only got 16 holes in and the buggy ran out of juice too. Really enjoyed the golf course and would play it again, but the off course stuff leaves a lot to be desired hence the 3 stars. But for golf alone it would be 4
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!!'
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