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    Re: Algarve golf holiday tips needed

    Quote Originally Posted by PCWOX View Post
    Played the Old Course Vilamoura and Quinta Do Lago South (amongst others) last year and both are fantastic. The Old Course is an absolute must. Playing Monte Rei this year, and have heard it's unreal.

    If you base yourself near the marina in Vilamoura for accommodation you can't go wrong really. Love it over there.
    These are the courses to play!

    Personally I think hotels are a waste of money, find a private villa and you’ll save a fortune, eat nicer food and have a much better time.

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    Re: Algarve golf holiday tips needed

    Booking a game is quite expensive when you are there - so if you play somewhere with the option of unlimited golf, assuming you can actually get on the course, is better value.

    Staying away from Villamoura can keep prices down - we stayed at Alvor (west of Albufeira) and played the Pestana courses a couple of years ago, and Tavira (East of Faro) playing the Quinta de Ria &Quinta de Cima courses last year. The cost of golf was lower, as were prices when out eating and drinking.

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    Re: Algarve golf holiday tips needed

    I'd recommend using one of the specialist companies and booking it all as a deal. YOu'll then have access to available deals and someone local to help out if you have any issues.

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    Re: Algarve golf holiday tips needed

    Quote Originally Posted by Coffey View Post
    A bit out of the way if you are staying in Vilamoura area but Palmares was the best course we played when there. It is a Robert Trent Jones course and has 3 loops of 9. One Parkland, one Heathland and one links. The first two are spectacular.

    It was also one of the best value courses. We paid 140 euro for two people with a buggy in March.
    I could not of put this better. Palmares for me was just stunning. Some of the holes you are stood on just look gorgeous. We stayed in Vilamoura and is a bit of a trek to get to Palmares but well worth it. Booking the first couple of tee times when twilight rate stars will get you 18 holes in but save you a good few bob.stayed in Albuferia and Vilamoura, and Vilamoura marina is the place to spend your evenings.

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    Re: Algarve golf holiday tips needed

    Pestana Golf, stay in Alvor, get an car and your sorted. If nothing else it will give you an idea on costings
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    Re: Algarve golf holiday tips needed

    Quote Originally Posted by full_throttle View Post
    Pestana Golf, stay in Alvor, get an car and your sorted. If nothing else it will give you an idea on costings

    Been looking at Pestana Vila Sol, just outside Vilamoura. Torn between a golfbreaks package there, or renting an apartment in Vilamoura privately, and arranging the golf separately.

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    Re: Algarve golf holiday tips needed

    Quote Originally Posted by rudebhoy View Post
    Been looking at Pestana Vila Sol, just outside Vilamoura. Torn between a golfbreaks package there, or renting an apartment in Vilamoura privately, and arranging the golf separately.
    The latter. Trust me. Done it lots of times. Can still book golf through a company. Vila sol is alright and the complex is great. Course is one of the worst in the area though

    Their is Uber in vilamoura area too. About €10 from
    Vila sol to the marina

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    Re: Algarve golf holiday tips needed

    Group of 16 did a trip to villamoura 2 years ago. Stayed close to the marina in a hotel and played Quinta south, the old course and one more.

    We booked with your golf travel and had transfers each day to the courses. Super easy and hassle free. Cost was around £500 for accommodation and golf, flights were an extra

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    Re: Algarve golf holiday tips needed

    Been doing it for years and I find booking separately never gets close to the deals the specialists are offering. We go in a large group and doing so for years we play a few off each other as they are all fighting for our business. In summary (excluding flights which are booked separate) the package costs are similar to the rack rate for either the golf or hotel. In other words I feel we get one or the other free

    I can't get close to their offers when looking to book seperate

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    Re: Algarve golf holiday tips needed

    Wife and I go every year and echo the comments about some of the specialist companies... we use Supertravel Golf, but others are similar. But they don't beat getting signed in at member guest rates by our mates who live next to Palmares.

    We have a week renting an apartment in their block then a week at Quinta do Lago... as an example, (for Crazyface) 7 nights in decent hotel, 3 rounds on the Quinta Courses and 2 weeks car hire (we have a week in the west too) comes in about £100 a day. I cant do that on decent courses in the UK!
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