• Overview

    Our accommodation is the 4 Star Vila Gale Ampalius Hotel, located close to the Marina in Vilamoura. With sea-view rooms and easy access to the shops and restaurants of Vilamoura, the hotel provides the ideal base for our New Year week. It is not just the golf that makes this week special; it is the camaraderie within the group. Both the Christmas and New Year weeks are social weeks, where we combine great golf, good hotels with a wonderful social environment for all. Whether you are meeting up with old friends, or taking the opportunities to meet new like minded people, we will do everything that we can to ensure that this week and the Christmas week before, bring smiles, laughter and happy long lasting memories.

    For the New Year Golf Tour this year, we are also encouraging clients to book the New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner at the hotel. The cost is £75.00 per person and we feel that the Gala Dinner provides the most appropriate and indeed convenient celebration for New Year’s Eve.

    Throughout the Tour, there will also be the opportunity for some informal golf lessons. Simply let me know if you would like some tuition and if so, clinics will be arranged accordingly.

    To book your place(s) on the New Year Golf Tour, please contact us and we will send you the confirmation details accordingly.

    David Short


    The 4 Star Vila Gale Ampalius hotel has become our traditional accommodation venue for the New Year tour week.  As with previous years we have booked superior sea view rooms.  With the plethora of shops and restaurants close to the hotel, we have the perfect base for our New Year week in the Algarve.  The hotel also has an excellent outdoor pool, a health club, and a tennis court and provides very good access to all of the golf courses.


    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.


    The Vila Sol golf course, designed by Donald Steel, was inaugurated in 1991 and indeed hosted the Portuguese Open in both 1991 and 1992.  The course winds through an immense pinewood, and poses a real test of our strategic skills.  The narrow fairways demand accurate driving and we also have several obstacles to face during our round; lakes, bunkers as well as fast grass on the greens.  


    The North Course was completely revamped in 2013 and 2014 and has become one of the most talked about golf projects in the last year. The course is now the flagship golf course at the Quinta do Lago Resort. Redesigned by the renowned American architect Beau Welling in close collaboration with European Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley, the new layout has an emphasis firmly on precision and strategy. Among the changes introduced on the 6,776-yard course are that all greens, tees, bunkers, irrigation and drainage systems and cart paths have been rebuilt using the latest state-of-the-art technology. Four sets of tees have been introduced on each hole to accommodate players of all levels and golfers will be 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 a myriad of recovery shot options for increased satisfaction on all levels of play. The aesthetics of the par-72 course have also significantly improved through the introduction of a cool season rough grass and the select planting of native grasses and specimen trees to help the environment. Traditionally the South course and the Laranjal course were the most popular of the three, but all three courses are now of the very highest quality and an absolute delight to play.


    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.


    The Oceanico Old Course is often described as the Grande Dame of the Algarve courses.  The course is one of the oldest in the Algarve and is renowned all over the golfing world.  Although opened in 1969, the course was completely renovated and modernised in 1997, although no major changes were made to the magnificent layout.  ‘Golf Digest’ has rated the Old Course amongst the world’s top 100.  The fairways run through surrounding pine trees and present an extra challenge to our game.  The course visually is a very attractive course with a great variety of holes, perfectly maintained due in part to a sophisticated irrigation system.  The Par 3 holes in particular are quite stunning and all quite different and they represent the toughest challenge on the course.  They all require careful selection of irons and near perfect ball control and the greens are small especially on the shorter holes, where there is simply no margin for error.

  • Itinerary

    Saturday 26th December

    ~ Arrive Faro Airport

    ~ Private transfer to the Vila Gale Ampalius Hotel, Vilamoura

    ~ Evening get together for an introduction to the week

    Sunday 27th December

    ~ Breakfast

    ~ Transfer to the golf club

    ~ 18 holes Quinta da Lago Golf Club – North Course

    ~ Transfer to the hotel

    Monday 28th December

    ~ Breakfast

    ~ Transfer to the golf club

    ~ 18 holes Vila Sol Golf Club

    ~ Transfer to the hotel

    Tuesday 29th December

    ~ Breakfast

    ~ Transfer to the golf club

    ~ 18 holes Quinta da Lago Golf Club – Laranjal Course

    ~ Transfer to the hotel

    Wednesday 30th December

    ~ Breakfast

    ~ Non Golfing Day

    Thursday 31st December

    ~ Happy New Year!

    ~ Breakfast

    ~ Transfer to the golf club

    ~ 18 holes Quinta da Lago Golf Club – South Course

    ~ Transfer to the hotel

    Friday 1st January

    ~ Breakfast

    ~ Transfer to the golf club

    ~ 18 holes Oceanico Golf Club – Old Course

    ~ Transfer to the hotel

    Saturday 2nd January

    ~ Breakfast

    ~ Transfers to the airport

  • Booking Procedure

    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.

Price Per Person

Price Per Golfer: £ 995.00

Price per Non Golfer: £600.00

Single Room Supplement(per night): £21.00

New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner:         £75.00 per person

Notes on the Prices:

Price Includes:

  • – Services of your Tour Host, David Short
  • – 7 Nights’ accommodation
  • – Bed & Breakfast terms
  • – Golf
  • – Daily transfers

Price Excludes:

  • International airfare
  • Drinks or meals unless stated

Gala Dinner:

– The cost of the Gala Dinner is a supplementary cost, but one that we would encourage all clients to book, as we feel that the Gala Dinner provides the most appropriate and indeed convenient celebration for New Year’s Eve.