Played here a few times over the years and always enjoyed my rounds. I've played all three loops but find the Lagos and Praia preferable if you have only 18 holes to play. There are some wonderful elevation changes which will test your distance control as to what club to hit off the tee.
I've always found the fairways and turf to be excellent, the Praia stretch can get very links like (hard turf with the ball running) and late afternoon with the sun setting it provides a stunning setting. The greens are usually excellent. I like the club house setting and an ice cold beer after the round is most welcomed.
I would play Palmares every time I'm in the Algarve, it's a little out of the way but the drive here is well worth it. It's a stunning setting and very playable for all skill levels.
Date: March 25, 2020