Palmares (Praia & Lagos) - Algarve - Portugal

Palmares Ocean Living & Golf,
Campo de Golfe de Palmares,
8600-250 Odiáxere,
Lagos,
Portugal


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Palmares is billed as the golfing “jewel in the crown of the Algarve” and it’s certainly an eclectic Frank Pennink-designed course, which opened in 1975, with distinct flavours.

Sited above and along the Atlantic coast close to the Meia Praia beach, Palmares has a collection of links-like holes and park-like holes. Not only is the golf good and varied but also Palmares has some of the best views available from any Portuguese golf course.

“Palmares blends easily into its rural seaside environement, offering wonderful vistas of the coastline around the Bay of Lagos and, from the higher ground, the mountains of the Monchique inland.” Wrote Michael Gedye in his Golfer’s Guide Portugal. “The location presented Pennink with a unique situation – a hilltop dotted with flowering shrubs, almond and acacia trees, cascading down to a sandy stretch of linksland with dunes bordering the sea. He gasped at the challenge of combining links with parkland golf and produced a truly interesting course of wide variety that never ceases to charm and challenge. The spectacular views come as a natural bonus.”

Robert Trent Jones Jnr upgraded Palmares in 2010, dividing the property into three nines, “Lagos,” “Praia” and “Alvor”. Four holes on the Praia nine (two pretty par threes and two tough par fives) run along the shoreline and the second last greensite on this circuit is shared with the penultimate hole on the Lagos nine (where the only two water holes on the complex are featured).

The Alvor nine occupies the more hilly terrain at Palmares. The opening trio of holes on this loop sit on the least appealing part of the property, followed by three fairways that are laid out across a road in a lovely valley. After playing a fine par three near the water’s edge, the final two holes face directly uphill to the clubhouse.

Commenting on the Palmares project, Robert Trent Jones II: “Palmares Golf Course is special on so many levels. The expansive ocean vistas, dramatic elevation changes, quintessential Mediterranean intimate valleys, and expansive dunes land have blessed us with the environment to craft a golf course with an enormous depth of character and challenge.“

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Description: Palmares is billed as the golfing “jewel in the crown of the Algarve” and it’s certainly an eclectic golf course, which originally opened in 1975, with distinct flavours. Rating: 7.7 out of 10 Reviews: 26
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malcolm roberts
Great course cannot understand why its only rated 23.Lovely variety of holes ranging from tight tree lined holes up and down the rise to the clubhouse and wonderful links style holes at the rear of the beach. There are buildings around the course but unlike far too many courses in Portugal they certainly are not intrusive.Course is in excellent condition, greens, tees and fairways.
September 29, 2013
10 / 10
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Kieran
January 27, 2014
We spend 1 week golfing in the Algarve every year (5 or 6 rounds) and 2 rounds in Palmares is the only "absolute must". The old course had charm but cannot be compared to the challenge and variety offered by the new layout in my opinion.
Olivier d'Archambeau
I played this course many times in the last year. The course is stunning to say the least. Except for holes 1-3, the layout and views are great. Once you get to hole #4, 543m par 5 dropping straigth towards the bay of Alvor the wow effect kicks in. Holes 4-18 are really nice and challenging with undulation and dog legs, holes 19-27 are linkslike, alongside the sea and really tough, certainly when the wind is blowing. Last time, I played with our men's I interclub team (Hcp -2 to +2) and the club pro. We all agreed that this was the number 2 course in the Algarve (after Monte Rei). I really don't understand those who say that this is an "average" course, it is GREAT!!!
July 28, 2013
10 / 10
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Steve Houlston
Played for the first time on 27th Dec 2011. Lovely sunny day, with fantasic views over the Ocean when we arrived. We were planning on walking, but when we saw the elevation changes we decided to use a Buggy (would recommend). Some building work was going on by club house and the greens had recently been hollow cored and sandied. However, the greens rolled very smoothly, although a little slow. Played holes 19-27 then 1-9. 19-27 take you down to the dunes, where there are some very well thought out holes, not long, but position off the tee is crucial. 1-3 take you back to the top the hill initially, then the 4th hole is specatular par5 looking down the valley to Alvor, followed by some holes in the valley and then 8 and 9 back up to the clubhouse. 9 is particularly tough, as all up hill. Very enjoyable and will certainly be going back again to play.
January 04, 2012
8 / 10
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Helder
January 15, 2012
Brand new redesign by Trent Jones (27 holes) with links and parkland golf an scenic views over the Lagos bay, Algarve.
Fred Simeons
Played this course every spring for the last 5 years, but 2011 was a disappointment. The new course has some interesting holes but only a few, is a real hill climb if walked (suspect it is now designed for buggy users) and is, unfortunately, not a patch on the original course. My friends and I will not be including this in next year’s itinerary.
July 12, 2011
4 / 10
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Simon
March 17, 2012
You obviously don't have a clue about golf my friend. To say that the original was a better course sums up your lack of good golf knowledge. Good idea to miss out on next years trip, you don't deserve to play on a decent course.
Howard
July 22, 2013
I totally agree with the review, Palmares was my favourite course in Portugal, it has been decimated to say the least. It is not as picturesque and not as challenging. I played it shortly after it reopened as the new course, maybe it has matured since, but our society agreed we won't be going back. Simon, no need for that tone, it was an honest opinion and in my view, and that of many others, an accurate one.
malcolm roberts
September 30, 2013
Cant agree with you about the course being for buggies, we played 1-18, first off, walking as a 2 ball. Round in 3hrs. 20 mins.
simon
12 of us played last week and found the course great. There is work going on at the moment but though it's around in a few places don't let it put you off. A very playable course that you can get round and shoot good scores.
September 30, 2009
8 / 10
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Martyn Lowden
Played this as a 2-ball in August 07 and really enjoyed it - knocked spots off the other courses in the Praia da Luz area. Lovely elevated clubhouse looking down over the course and over to the Ocean, you play down to the coast then back up on the back 9. We found it in excellent condition and I would recommend it to anyone and wouldn't hesitate to play it again in the future.
September 30, 2008
8 / 10
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