Algarve, the Best Golf Destination in the World

The Algarve is the “Best Golf Destination in the World”, says Rheingolf Magazine, Germany’s Rhineland Region leading golf magazine.

Lisboa, Portugal, April 21, 2007 --( During Rheingolf Show in Cologne, Germany’s leading golf magazine distinguished the Algarve as the Best Golf Destination in the World.

The announcement was made during the Show, where ATA – Associação de Turismo do Algarve – was representing the region and golf, as a product for the German market. The investments ranged 400.000 EUR, which represent about 30% of their promotional budget.

ATA put together a stand along with 6 other companies, who complemented the decoration with attractive images, of courses, beaches and other essential products of Algarve’s golf industry.

The goal was to consolidate the region as an ideal golf destination not only to the German public or industry professionals, but also on an international level.

According to the Resident, Christopher Stilwell, Algarve Golf’s president, is very pleased with the award. On one hand, it enhances the IAGTO – International Association of Golf Tour Operators – award, won last year and in 2000, and on the other hand, should help increase the number of German players that has descended over the last years.

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About Algarve Golf

The Algarve, a mere two to three hour’s flight from most European capitals, has been a magnet to many discerning golfers for almost three decades.

Portugal’s southernmost province is justly famous for its spectacular scenery along a fabulous coastline. The main golf season is from late autumn to late spring. Winters are mild and golfers from northern European countries can enjoy warm, sunny days and keep their swings smooth at a time when their home courses are unplayable.

Be warned, however, that despite southern Portugal’s appealing sunshine statistics, rain does fall from time to time and nearly all of it during the main golfing season.

It was the legendary Henry Cotton who put the Algarve on the golf globe. In the mid-sixties, at Penina, he designed the first proper grass course. It was the first of three he designed in the Algarve, a place he loved and made his home for almost 30 years.

During the 1970’s and 1980’s and on into the first half of the 1990’s, golf courses mushroomed all along Portugal’s southern coast. Although none of the existing courses are more than 15km from the coast, the terrain varies from the steep hillsides of Parque da Floresta to the near sea-level flatlands of Vilamoura III and Salgados, which in common with Palmares, includes links holes.

The mainly arid Algarve countryside, familiar to summer visitors, gives way to verdant oasis at each of the golf complexes thanks to large, state-funded water catchments and distribution schemes, as well as private boreholes which tap into subterranean water sources for irrigation. Holes made tricky by water hazards are, therefore, not an infrequent feature on the Algarve courses.

In general, you will find that the Algarve, with its mild climate, reasonably priced restaurants, breathtaking scenery, friendly people and excellent golf courses, all combine to make it a memorable holiday.

Source: Algarve Golf Official Website

About the Hotels

Pousada Convento da Graça

A Century Old Convent in a City, the Inheritance of Ancient Civilizations.

Pousada Convento da Graça is located in Southern Portugal, in the historical centre of Tavira, a typical city in the Algarve with an inheritance of ancient civilizations. It has been a Phoenician colony, populated by Romans, and also an important city during the Arab occupation.

The façade onto the main square and the noble Baroque inspired staircase, the Renaissance cloister from the 16th and 17th century, as well as the Arab archaeological remains discovered during the refurbishment all standout.

Monte do Casal

A Private Garden with a View of the Sea.

Monte do Casal is nestled in an area of quiet countryside in the Algarve, quite close to the historical village of Estoi, just a few kilometres from Faro International Airport.

This hotel with customised service was born from an attractive 18th century country house, recently refurbished, removed from the hectic bustle of the Algarve’s main cities and protected by lovely gardens with palm trees and bougainvilleas.

The interior spaces are comfortable and elegant, in the rooms the small private terraces where breakfast can be served and their views that extend from the garden into the sea are worthy of special mention.

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