*Names have been changed to protect the not-so innocent.
There’s no competition when it comes to a golfing holiday, Portugal is still the top contender for a getaway featuring just you, some clubs and plenty of time to while away the hours practicing your drive in the warm sun, on a course stretching across the stunning coastline of this charming country.
If you are a die-hard golfer then investing in a property in the country is the perfect way to spend your money along with a membership to one of Portugal’s most popular courses, such as Penina Hotel, Vila Sol or Penha Longa. It will also save you money on hotel costs in the long run if you go away a few times of the year, speak to a property expert such as Portugal Property for more information.
Portugal’s golf courses are some of the best in the world, even though there are actually only around 70 in the country. Other countries have attempted to compete, with the USA being the top competitor and a quantity over quality approach, which consists of 15,500 golf courses across the States.
However, due to financial instability in the country, more courses are closing than opening as people cut out their memberships and keep that money in their bank accounts, this is occurring on top of a declining middle class and lack of interest from the younger generation.
Portugal, however, offers some of the most affordable courses in the world, with package deals starting from £89. Portugal allows the average earning man to play a few rounds of golf in the sunshine and doesn’t require him to shell out his life savings. On top of this, the country can also boast great weather all year round, with temperatures in winter months averaging at 18 to 20°C.
The Algarve features some of Portugal’s top golfing destinations and is also one of the country’s most popular holiday locations, which means you can escape to the course while your family has plenty of entertainment along the strip and coastline.
Many resorts in the area feature pools and luxurious but affordable accommodation, meaning there’s no reason for your wife to complain when you slip away for 18 holes in the day. For example, the Don Filipa Hotel & San Lorenzo course is a five star location situated near the beach and offers five restaurants and bars.
You can also find tennis courts, a beauty salon, a crèche and opportunities to go horse riding on site and the course itself is a combination of stunning greens and superb views, extended from the surrounding natural environment, which also plays host to over 70 species of bird and other wildlife (so you can get those bird watching binoculars out too).
You should be utterly convinced by now that Portugal is the ultimate destination when it comes to jetting off for a golfing holiday, even more so now that you know it’s family friendly and can keep them occupied whilst you enjoy a little peace and quiet on the green.