Playing a round in the Algarve

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one of many golf courses

one of many golf courses

One of the most popular all-year destinations, the Algarve in Portugal, has seen more than half-a-million golf rounds played in the first half of 2015.

Almost 35,000 more rounds were played than in the same period in 2014 – equivalent to an additional 190 rounds per day – with visiting golfers benefitting from the mild climate, (300 plus sunny days per year) strong European flight connections and great value for money, particularly with sterling against the Euro.

What the tourist board surprisingly does not say, given that most could easily be accused of exaggeration, is that the Algarve possesses not only a lot of golf courses (42) but some of the finest that you will find in Europe and all pretty close together. That has meant that many golfers challenge themselves to play all the courses available in a given time-period.

On the other hand it modestly calls itself Europe’s number one golf destination. Consequently it should have no problem in surpassing one-million rounds for the year.

Next year, the Algarve celebrates 50 years as agolfing destination. It was only when Henry Cotton first laid out the Championship course at Penina in 1966  that golfing came to be synonymous with the Algarve..

Although it is September, golf can be played well into the autumn and even winter. Courses in the Algarve have still to host Europe’s disabled golf elite in the second European Disabled Golf Association (EDGA) Algarve Open 2015 – where the winner of the 2015 EDGA Premier Series Order of Merit will be crowned – from November 17-22.





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