How To Have An Amazing Two-Day Golf Break In Portugal's Lagos
It’s nice to get away for a couple of days. Everyone can benefit from a change of scenery and with modern air travel it can be to another country. What could be better than getting away to a warmer climate for a weekend’s golf when courses at home are rarely in good condition; rain and snow don’t feature on the golf courses down in Portugal’s Algarve that is less than 3 hours away from many regional airports with Faro serving the region well. One place to consider on the Atlantic Coast is Lagos which was the harbour from which Vasco da Gama sailed on his voyages of discovery. It is now a major tourist town and hence there is an infrastructure in place to meet visitors’ needs; transfers to and from Faro Airport means that those on just a short break can maximize their time in the town, and for golfers, on the course.
There are three courses in the immediate vicinity:
- Parque da Floresta is in a stunning setting with the sea on the horizon. It is a Par 71 under 6000 yards but demanding concentration.
- Boavista that is suitable for golfers of all standards. Tree-lined and again with wonderful views of the sea, no one will be disappointed when playing here.
- Palmares is on the south side of the hill overlooking the Bay of Lagos. A few of the holes are among the sand dunes. Be prepared for the Par 5 5th which is in excess of 600 yards.
If you are planning a couple of days away, you ought to be able to find morning flights into Faro which will allow you to play in the afternoon. Time will be tight after all. You can make an initial enquiry about the availability of these three golf courses just to ensure that you will be able to play on the dates you require.
Accommodation will not be a problem so the main things to co-ordinate are the flights and the golf courses. Everything can of course be booked online; the Internet is totally dominant when it comes to booking flights, perfectly secure and with confirmations immediate. Likewise hotels, apartments, indeed accommodation in general, are bookable online.
With the courses decided, tee-times can be reserved and then all that is left is to finish the working week, grab a bag and the clubs and off to the airport.