Castro Marim Golf & Country Club
Castro Marim Golfe & Country Club is a dream location just half an hour from Faro or Seville international airports, with three great nine hole golf courses, nearby beaches that stretch for miles and a friendly Clubhouse bar and restaurant. The Grouse is the more recent of the three nine holes with the more open far-reaching inland hill views. The green is nicely mature, in a rolling terrain with fewer trees than the other two courses.
The Guadiana Course is a delight, set amongst attractive pine trees. Fast and true greens, several of them elevated and protected by bunkers, inviting elevated tees and dogleg fairways carved out of canyons are features of the course. Designed by Bristol-based Terry Murray, The Guadiana and Atlântico courses are the most mature of the three courses, with attractive pine trees lining the fairways and the presence of wild species, especially partridges in the winter months, wild boar, birds and rabbits. You can even spot the elusive Iberian Lynx on The Grouse Course when playing early in the morning. There's plenty to do around from walking and bird watching in the nearby Sapal nature reserve, to tennis, horse riding, biking, sailing or windsurfing. And there is some great food too: cross the border to Spain for tapas and culture, or enjoy the fresh fish and laid back lifestyle of Portugal.
Designed by Sir Henry Cotton and open since 2000, Benamor Golf Course, just outside the city of Tavira, offers a rewarding experience to players of all levels.
Designed by Severiano Ballesteros, Quinta do Vale Golf Resort offers an 18-hole Championship layout including 6 Par-5´s, 6 Par-4´s and 6 Par-3´s, settled on a natural valley with views over the Guadiana River, an impressive landscape that can be enjoyed from the Clubhouse.
The original par 72 Championship golf course designed by Jack Nicklaus measures 6567m2 from the tournament tees and offers a pleasurable series of eight par-4s, five par-3s and five par-5s, introducing the presence of water on eleven of the eighteen holes, in a challenging and distinctive layout, unique in the region.
Open since 2002 and designed by Rocky Roquemore, this course is perfectly integrated in the Ria Formosa Natural Park, a unique ecosystem in the Algarve, home to innumerous wild species.
An 18 hole par 72 designed by Rocky Roquemore, Quinta de Cima has generous fairways, several bunkers around the greens and a stream of water with dams crossing some of the holes, making it a challenging course that requires expertise and a good club selection.