Played Aroeira 1 on Monday 4th April. Swapped our tee time to the afternoon to avoid the torrential rain that had been falling for almost 24 hours. Pro shop staff very helpful and flexible. Given the wet conditions it was remarkable how well the course had drained - lovely sandy turf on the fairways and very decent greens. Absolutely no qualms on course conditioning beyond the slightly scruffy teeing areas. The course plays through tall pines with large villas set well back. Plenty room off the tee and, generally, all trouble set out clearly for the golfer to see. As a result, the course could be argued to be enjoyable but slightly dull. Exceptions on the front 9 are the sweeping dog-leg 2nd, the challenging long par 3 8th and the undulating par 5 9th. The back 9 is a little more interesting with a plunging approach to the par 4 11th needing to avoid water cutting in to the left of the green. The dinky par 3 14th over the same pond is also good fun. Very pleasant holiday golf and, if you time things right, the course can be very quiet enabling a speedy ramble through the trees.
Date: April 11, 2016