9holes executive golf course (PAR3) within the Balaia Golf Village near Albufeita
Location and access The Balaia Golf Village holiday resort is set in mature parkland surroundings near the Algarve coast between Albufeira and Olhos de Água. It is a 10 km drive from the A22 motorway (exit 9) and only four km from the national road EN125. Golf course The true test of any kind of course is measured by the demands of the player’s ability to control shot length and direction. The 9-hole executive par 3 course of Balaia Golf Village optimises these demands. With holes ranging from 58 metres to 160 metres, the ability to hit crisp approach shots and to pitch and putt well, are the secrets of scoring on this very attractive and manicured course. Services & facilities The village has a multitude of sports and leisure facilities, including 6 swimming pools, 4 tennis courts and a health club with an indoor pool. Visitors can also enjoy the „A Varanda“ restaurant and bar, various pool bars and the golf clubhouse.
Pine Cliffs Golf
9holes golf course of the Pine Cliffs Resort between Albufeira and Vilamoura
Location and access The luxurious Pine Cliffs Resort is said to be one of the finest and most complete golf and holiday resorts in Portugal. It is situated east of Olhos de Água on a cliff top above the beach “Praia da Falésia” between Vilamoura and Albufeira. From the EN125 in Boliqueime it is only a six kilometers drive, three more km from the exit 11 of the A22 motorway. Golf course This compact 9-hole golf course is surrounded by magnificent old pine trees and requires a precise game. The world famous “devils parlour”, a challenging PAR3 crossing the cliffs, offers breathtaking views to the nearby Atlantic Ocean. A handicap certificate is not required. Services & facilities The practice area includes a driving range with 9 different flag positions, a chipping & pitching area and a large putting green. The terrace of the attractive clubhouse overlooks the first and the last hole. Noteworthy Due to its excellent practice facilities this course is a very popular destination for groups of golfers with their Pro.
18holes golf course in the Herdade dos Salgados Resort between Albufeira and Armação de Pêra
Location and access The Salgados golf course is situated between Galé und Armação de Pêra behind the dunes of the Praia dos Salgados beach. The nature reserve Salgados (salt marsh) in the bay Ria de Armação is a unique biotope and habitat for many bird species and other animals. It is a 4,5 km drive from the EN125 in Pera and almost eight kms from the A22 motorway, exit 7 near Alcantarilha. Golf course The course, originally designed by Portugal’s Pedro Vasconselos and later on refined by American Robert Muir-Graves, is one of very few typical links courses in the Algarve. The low lying wetlands of the landscape have been skilfully used in the layout, which incorporates 14 water hazards! Accurate shot selection is therefore of extreme importance. Sea and land breezes across the low laying terrain often affect playing conditions, making it an even more challenging course that demands your full concentration. Services & facilities The club house of Salgados offers everything golfers may need before or after an enjoyable round of golf, and the driving range is located nearby. Noteworthy The original marshland terrain is an absolute treasure-trove of rare birds which can be best observed at dawn and dusk. This particular experience of pure and unspoilt nature may compensate for the loss of some golf balls in one of the many water hazards.