On the first day of our golf week we discovered that Portugese weather forecasts can be much like those at home, i.e. completely inaccurate. So a showery wet day turned into sunny but breezy. After the clinic which was ostensibly to blow the cobwebs away, there was some good golf and a few pointers for all to improve during the week.
On the second day only the first hole was played in the rain and then a glorious day to enjoy the brilliant San Lorenzo and possibly my favourite hole in golf the 6th where you drive off from up high and dog leg round the corner. All of us were inspired by the previous evenings Masters and David started off with a laser like chip on the second to secure a par. Huw played a great approach on to the treacherous 7th hold then followed that with a tram liner for a super birdie. A super day all round with great shots had by all.
Day off featured flamingo appreciation and fresh fish at an excellent beach bar and the forecasted rain never materialised. Mentioning fish it looks like Portugal has their own Michael Fish, judging by their weather predictions.
Day four and our first visit to the lovely Pinheiros Altos and great weather. The have three nine hole loops there and we started on the Olive 9. You open with a cunning downhill (who doesn’t like a downhill drive?) dogleg and on the fourth you play one of the longest par 5s in Portugal and eye watering 585 yards and that wasn’t the back tee! A brilliant short 8th par 3 with an island green was very eye catching. The second 9 called the Pins through said trees, was excellent. In fact Huw developed his catch phrase there of “I can thread a three wood through those pines” which to be fair he did when needed.
Day Five back to Pinheiros Altos, now we knew the course we clearly should all play better. We started off circumspect and then girded ourselves for the infamous 4th where the breeze obliged by being against and the following par 3 also played all of its 200 yards. Still we all made our pars or net pars. The 7th was where David out drove the Pro, who then sulked!! We finished off the nine with great approach play and then enjoyed the Pines nine. Some outstanding driving and putting by David and Huw’s grandstand finish with two back to back pars into the wind. Lovely day, rounded off by watching which the football which was brilliant and David’s beloved Liverpool winning 4-3.
Final day at San Lorenzo was great for 15 holes and then the weather man finally got it right with regards to the rain. However, after a nice brandy in the clubhouse, we convinced ourselves that we would have birdied the last 3 holes. A great week and lovely to play San Lorenzo again with its superb layout.
All the best
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