Algarve Golf & Golf Holidays Algarve
The Algarve, a mere two to three
hours flight from most European capitals, has been
a magnet to many discerning golfers for almost three
decades. Portugal's southernmost province is justly
famous for its spectacular scenery along a fabulous
Add to this 24 beautifully tended golf courses, a
friendly climate, a cosmopolitan culture and wholesome
regional cooking, all in a compact area steeped in
history, and you have the ultimate in year-round golf
The Algarve golf history is one of the oldest on mainland
Europe-providing, of course, one disregards the ancient
origins of such games as kolven which the Dutch indulged
in, and the rudimentary sport of paganica which the
Romans played with enthusiasm. Golf in the Algarve
completed its centenary in 1990.
The first golf course in the Algarve was a small,
rudimentary layout built in the 1920`s between Portimao
and the nearby beach of Praia da Rocha. Because of
a lack of freshwater, its 'greens' were 'browns' and
consisted of a mixture of sand and oil.
A few hardy addicts played on this course for a little
more than a decade before it became extinct.
It was the legendary Henry Cotton who put the Algarve
on the golf map. In the mid-sixties at Penina he designed
the first proper grass course. It was the first of
three he designed in the Algarve, a place he loved
and made his home for almost 30 years.
During the 1970`s the 1980`s and on into the first
half of the 1990`s, golf courses mushroomed all along
Portugal`s south coast as
golf breaks in Portugal became increasingly attractive
to holidaymakers from northern Europe.
Strangely enough, all the existing courses lie west
of the regional capital, Faro, although a few projects
have been mooted for the eastern Algarve between Faro
and the Spanish border. None of the existing courses
is more than 15 km from the coast.
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