New Year Dona Filipa Algarve Golf Week – 29th December 2020
29 Dec 2020 - 5 Jan 2021
Hosted by PGA Pro: David Short & Graham Bradley
Maximum 16 clients
6 places remaining
In terms of the golf, we have included two rounds at San Lorenzo and rounds on the three Quinta do Lago courses, South, North and Laranjal. This is arguably the strongest quartet of courses in terms of quality that we have presented over the years for this particular tour. Furthermore, all four courses are located close to the hotel; hence there is very little travel time involved each day.
I am delighted to confirm that my long-term friend and colleague, Graham Bradley, PGA Pro, will be co-hosting the tour with me. With Graham becoming increasingly involved in hosting events, this tour presents an excellent opportunity for clients to get to know Graham and feel comfortable with him as your host. As we say so often, having the correct social camaraderie for each tour is so important and always one of our highest priorities. Graham is a wonderful character and I am sure you will find him to be a superb co-host.
With Barney running another very strong tour in terms of quality, based at the Tivoli Marina Hotel in Vilamoura, we are limiting the number of places available on each trip to 18 clients. Given the demand for both trips, please contact Iain as soon as practical, if you wish to book your place on the tour.
With regards to the dining arrangements, two dinners at the hotel are included in the tour programme, firstly on the arrival night and secondly on the last evening of the tour. I will make restaurant reservations on the remaining evenings, including for New Years’ Eve. We are not including the Hotel’s New Years’ Eve Gala Dinner on this occasion, although if you would like to book it as a supplementary cost, you can certainly do so.
For the tour this year, please also note that the rooms are based on the Resort’s ‘Superior Rooms’. However, there is the option to take the slightly less expensive ‘Classic Rooms’, with the cost saving illustrated in the notes section of the pricing summary.
THE DONA FILIPA HOTEL
The Dona Filipa Hotel is quite simply one of the finest hotels in the Algarve. The hotel has been welcoming guests since 1968. The hotel is famous for delivering traditional Portuguese style and charm, with all the comfort, luxury and elegance one would expect from an award winning five-star hotel. After a great round on the golf course, a relaxing trip to the beach, or even a fun filled day exploring the extensive natural beauty nearby and nature reserves, one will be welcomed back into a luxury room containing everything we need to relax and recharge for the next stage of our holiday.
SAN LORENZO GOLF CLUB
The San Lorenzo golf course is located in the Quinta do Lago nature reserve, and enjoys a reputation for the excellent condition of its fairways and its attractive views around a lake formed by the Ria Formosa Nature Reserve. It was many years at one time ranked as the second best course to play in Europe. The outward first five holes are through the pine tree forest. Water and good hole layouts provides the hazards that play a big part in us having to select the right club and hit with care. The eighteenth is a tricky Par-4 mainly involving a lake that is just waiting for the inaccurate shot.
Quinta da Lago – South Course
Opened in 1974, Quinta do Lago South has hosted the ‘Portuguese Open Championship’ eight times, together with many other important professional and amateur championships. The course is set in a natural setting surrounded by umbrella pines, lakes and wild vegetation, with the stunning Ria Formosa nature reserve as the backdrop. Each hole has generous landing areas off the tees and well-defined routes through the woodland and pine setting.
Quinta da Lago – North Course
The Quinta da Lago North Course was totally redesigned in 2014, by the renowned architect Beau Welling, in conjunction with former European Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley. The new layout has been built to the highest specifications, with an investment of €9million. All the greens, tees, bunkers, irrigation and drainage systems and buggy paths have been re-built using innovative technology. Four sets of tees have been introduced on each hole to accommodate players of all levels. Golfers are challenged by a combination of undulating greens, well-positioned bunkers and water hazards. A low-cut Bermuda grass approach has been introduced around greens to create recovery shot options, therefore encouraging all levels of play. Through the introduction of seasonal rough grass and the planting of specimen trees, the aesthetics and environmental impact of the par-72 course has significantly improved.
Quinta da Lago – Laranjal Course
The Quinta do Lago’s Laranjal course is one of the finest courses in the Algarve and a favourite with clients in recent years. The course, which was originally an orange grove, is a sanctuary for fine golf. The narrow fairways and the well defined greens require concentration and accuracy to navigate what is a testing course laid out on a rolling and distinctive terrain. It is a par 72, 6,480 metres long, with five par 5s, eight par 4s and five par 3s, all set amongst umbrella pines, cork-oaks and orange trees, with a natural water course and five beautiful lakes.
Tuesday 29th December:
– Arrive Faro Airport
– Meet & Greet
– Transfer to the hotel
– Check in to the Dona Filipa Hotel
– Evening get together with David Short & Graham Bradley
– Dinner in the hotel
Wednesday 30th December:
– 18 holes San Lorenzo Golf Club
Thursday 31st December:
– 18 holes Quinta do Lago Golf Club – South Course
Friday 1st January:
– Happy New Year!
– 18 holes Quinta do Lago Golf Club – North Course
Saturday 2nd January:
– Non-golfing day
Sunday 3rd January:
– 18 holes Quinta do Lago Golf Club – Laranjal Course
Monday 4th January:
– 18 holes San Lorenzo Golf Club
– Dinner in the hotel
Tuesday 5th January:
– Check out of the hotel
– Transfer to Faro Airport
To book a place or places on any of the David Short Golf events, please just use the Enquire Now button and complete the Online Enquiry form.
Iain and his team will then book your place(s) and send your confirmation details within 24 hours. With the initial confirmation details, will come a request for a deposit, which is £50.00 per person for UK events, £150.00 per person for European overseas events and £250.00 per person for longer haul holidays.
Two months prior to the commencement of each event, you will be sent an invoice for the balance of your booking, with an acknowledgement of the payment once received. Two weeks prior to commencement of the event itself, you will be sent a Travel Pack, which will include the contact details for David or Barney, the transport arrangements where applicable, the itinerary for the event, contact details for the accommodation, as well as the names of the other members attending the event.
David or Barney will then meet you on the day of arrival.
Please feel free to contact Iain at any time with any queries or amendments that you may have.