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PARKLAND, HEATHLAND AND LINKS IN A SPECTACULAR SEASIDE SETTING

Palmares Golf

Golf the way you want to, with three 9-hole linked golf courses designed by renowned architect Robert Trent Jones Jr. The course sweeps down to the ocean, allowing all golfers the opportunity to marvel at the natural beauty and challenge of the 27 holes.

ROBERT TRENT JONES JR.

The Vision

Within the natural amphitheatre of the Bay of Lagos, Robert Trent Jones II has fashioned Europe’s next great golf course, Palmares Golf. The brief given to this exceptional American golf course designer was to craft a 27-hole golf course which maximised the potential of its extraordinary environment.

The result is a golf course of breathtaking natural beauty which is a delight to play. The course opened 18 holes for play in October 2010 and the full 27 in June 2011 and it has matured nicely.

Robert Trent Jones II designed the golf course with the highest level of international tournament golf in mind as well as a pleasurable golf experience for members and tourists alike. There is plenty of challenge, if that’s what you want – especially from the white tees! Palmares Golf is composed of three returning nine-hole loops that can be played in any sequence.

The genius in the routing is that, depending on the sequence of play, each golf experience is different. Each nine-hole loop – Alvor, Lagos and Praia – has its own character and ambience.

HISTORY

Palmares Golf

Many keen golfers will have found memories of the ‘old’ Palmares, one of the first golf courses to be built in the Algarve in the 1970’s by Frank Pennink. But come and play the new Palmares Golf and you will be blown away by the transformation.

Whereas the old course had wonderful sea views from just the first and seventeenth tees, the new Palmares Golf has stunning sea views from 90 per cent of the tees! The course has been totally transformed by the leasing American golf course designer, Robert Trent Jones Jr and no hole from the old course remains as it was.

Now the course is a mixture of parkland and authentic links – something unique in the Algarve. The higher part of the course features unforgettable views of the Ocean and Alvor estuary. The lower holes near the beach incorporate links dunes and long grasses and the sound of the sea.

Few other courses in the Algarve offer you the chance to get so close to the ocean with your golf clubs! Palmares Golf was recently considered the 26th golf course in Continental Europe, and for 7 consecutive years was elected the best golf course in Portugal.

AWARD QUALITY GOLF

Course Designer

Robert Trent Jones Junior is the son of the legendary Robert Trent Jones Sr, a true pioneer in golf course architecture. His name belongs to the elite World Golf Hall of Fame. The American golf course designer has designed over 270 golf courses in six continents, including remodelling Celtic Manor for the 2010 Ryder Cup.

According to Robert Trent Jones Junior: “Palmares Golf Course is special on so many levels. The expansive ocean vistas, dramatic elevation changes, intimate valleys, and expansive dunes gave us an environment from which we could craft a golf course with enormous depth of character and challenge.”

RTJII – The Brand values and recognition

“At Robert Trent Jones II our golf courses are of the earth but for the spirit. We invite you to explore the spirit of our life and work and share our passion for the game of golf and the art of golf course design.” The Robert Trent Jones name is unrivalled among golf course architects in the global marketplace, from the Americas to Europe to Asia. In South Africa, in Kashmir, in the Philippines, Malaysia, and Vietnam; in the Caribbean and Mexico; and anywhere else in the world that grass grows, Robert Trent Jones II sets the standard for quality golf course design.

INFORMATION

Golf Course

ALVOR (HOLES 1-9)

Located primarily on the northern part of the site, the Alvor Course has a parkland character with mature trees and lovely views of the Monchique hills. Changes in elevation are integral to the design of this nine as a majority of the golf holes ascend hillsides or descend through intimate valleys. The parkland setting disappears briefly with a series of holes with more expansive views. A preview of the dunes and links holes to come is provided in the sixth and seventh holes. As the round concludes, the course again assumes the parkland character.

LAGOS (HOLES 10-18)

The Lagos Course begins with the same parkland character. This course incorporates the only two lakes found on the entire site at the short par-3 third hole and the long par-4 sixth hole. Holes seven and eight immerse golfers into the expansive dune lands on the southwestern portion of the site. The round concludes with a climb to the clubhouse and back into a more parkland setting.

PRAIA (HOLES 19-27)

The third nine at Palmares presents the golf experience every great designer dreams of having the privilege to create: a seaside landscape with dunes exposed to the elements. The four seaside holes are between the beach and the railway line. The course opens by descending from a parkland setting with the dunes character continuing through the remainder of the Praia Golf Course with the closing hole, a strong uphill par-5, rising up out of the dunes through a deep valley to an amphitheatre just below the clubhouse.

Play and Stay

Combine unforgettable golf with a stay in one of the most stunning resorts in the Algarve.
For further information please contact us at golf@palmaresresort.com or at +351 282 790 500

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