GAM Travel - International

Portugal: October 6-13, 2018

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Monte Rei Golf & Country Club
Onyria Palmares Golf & Beach Resort
Quinto do Lago South Course
Oceanico Faldo Golf Course
Oceanico Old Golf Course


Monte Rei Golf
The Jack Nicklaus designed course features an abundance of water hazards and some of the very best bunkering. There are no weak holes and the opener is a par four played from an elevated tee to a fairway that doglegs to the right. Huge bunkers must be avoided both off the tee and at the green to ensure a strong start to your round. Favorite holes include the 13th which is a downhill par four with bunkers at the drive landing point and a lakeside green that undulates wickedly. Even though the approach to the green is likely to be less than 100 yards, a par is a great achievement. The 14th is probably the prettiest hole at Monte Rei - medium length par three where the tee shot must carry a lake to find the green and anything pulled left will find a watery grave. The 18th is a cracking finishing hole, a par five that is a reach for the biggest of hitters but watch out for the lake that is in play for everyone’s second and third shots. The course is the number 1 rated course in Portugal and we will play it two times!
Onyria Palmares Golf & Beach Resort
Robert Trent Jones Jr. upgraded the course in 2010 who commented, “Palmares Golf Course is special on so many levels.  The expansive ocean vistas, dramatic elevation changes, quintessential Mediterranean intimate valleys, and expansive dunes land have blessed us with the environment to craft a golf course that is extraordinary …” Sited above and along Atlantic coast close to the Meia Praia beach, Palmares has a collection of links-like holes and park-like holes. Not only is the golf good and varied but also Palmares has some of the best views available from any Portuguese golf course. The course is rated 7th in all of Portugal.

Quinto do Lago South
The course is certainly one of the most famous in the area and has played host to the Portuguese Open on no fewer than seven occasions with Mark McNulty and Colin Montgomerie being former title holders. Given its championship pedigree, this is also a course which will be enjoyed by the average ground flatters medium hitters.  With umbrella pine-lined fairways, bold bunkering and a splash of water features, the South course at Quinta do Lago is certainly an eye-catching layout and one which will appeal to discerning golfers.  The course is rated 9th in all of Portugal.

Oceanico Faldo Course
Faldo’s course calls for golfers to play strategically, avoiding the desert scrub bunkers, rocky outcrops, wandering water hazards and olive trees that lurk in wait for errant shots. Careful positioning of the golf ball will afford the opportunity to score well so “keeping it in play” are the main watchwords here, Amendoeira is dramatic. This is a very exciting project. You have incredible views, beautiful undulating land and any time you get natural terrain like this, it is great fun to work with”.  The course is rated 6th in all of Portugal.

Oceanico Old Course
The coastal town of Vilamoura is situated in a perfect central location and the visitor will soon appreciate why it is arguably Europe’s largest and most successful golfing destination. The climate, landscape and on and off course facilities are all perfect for year-round golf. A gem in this Portuguese golfing utopia is the Old Course, it is the second oldest course in the Algarve region. Every hole will stay with the player after a round. Almost lulling players into a false sense of security, the first four holes are relatively straightforward – as long as your drive finds the fairway. The course becomes progressively more challenging as one moves through the next 14 holes. The 16th is the last of the par fives and at more than 550 yards, it will call for three excellent shots to a narrow green protected by three large bunkers. The course is rated 3rd in all of Portugal.


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