We set off for Pinta Golf Course after a wet night, clouds cleared and the tricky course was now looking good in the sunshine. It is a compact layout with some interesting elevations in height for approach shots making it a real challenge. Each par 3 presents a real question and definitely our “King of the 3s” was Paul with a combo of some great hybrids and two stellar drivers that beat the wind and landed in the centre of the green. Overall some good golf all round and an excellent day for Steve, who went round in 5 over, so hopefully reaping the benefit of his Golf and Coaching the previous week.
We had a super second day at Gremacho, with wall to wall sunshine, whilst the UK was steadily sinking in weather terms. A challenging layout featuring some really big slopes which took some negotiating! The starter informed us that in his opinion the opening hole was the toughest in the Algarve. As we climbed up to the elevated green, there were no dissenters to his prognosis. A good day was enjoyed by all and definitely the “best celebrator of a good shot” was David and there were plenty of nett and gross birdies on Stroke 1 and 2 holes, so all deserved their beer after.
Our next trip was to the newest of the Pestana groups’ course, Silves. It has some great elevated tee shots to enjoy and a selection of Par 3’s that must also rank as the trickiest on the Algarve. A really friendly clubhouse afterwards where the team consumed that Portugese favourite beer, Super bock and much discussion of their super shots of the day.
We enjoyed our day at Gremacho so much that we returned there and see how we fared on the second time of playing. Although we had a small shower it was a great day and there were some more great shots to add to our memory banks.
On the final day we visited the Alto course. Heavy conditions under foot, meant we had to carry and later in the day when faced with the longest par 5 in Portugal, it certainly became a challenge. This is a fun course, very English in it feel with small greens and some tight tree lined holes. You really have to think here and the group really enjoyed being asked a great many golfing questions. A couple of great short holes back to back at the beginning of the second nine and the dog leg theme continues right up to the grand stand finishing Par 5.
An excellent finish to a fun week and a return to the Irish Pub in Alvor to discuss the week’s highlights (we omitted any negatives!).
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