The same can be said of the two golf courses which, although operated separately, surround the resort and the two work seamlessly hand in hand. Personally I prefer the Do Cima course although I can’t argue with those who favour the da Ria 18 holes with its lovely scenic back nine playing down to, and along the cliff top. Both are eminently playable by all standards and offer a good test of golf, albeit different challenges.
Being British I have to mention the weather! A few days before our arrival the Algarve experienced several days of constant heavy rain, indeed on the evening of our arrival it was still very miserable. By the time we played our first of ten rounds, the sun, shorts and t-shirts were out and remained so for 12 days. The final two days being overcast but dry. While I would be lying to say “as always,” it has been pretty much the norm for our annual festive season visit to the Algarve over the years, with the very occasional hiccup for a day or two.
Our Christmas group of 14 got on splendidly both on and off the course and we thank them for being great company over the Xmas period. Playing friendly team and mixed 4 ball events, the golf had a mild competitive edge with several people multiple winners, while Bill, a very steady 10 handicap, led the team of Niki, Geoff and Neville to victory and won both mixed fourballs, ably assisted by Barbara and Liz scoring 36 and 42 points respectively. I don’t remember him missing a fairway and his shoes only lost their pristine shine looking for playing partners golf balls!!
Jean, Simone, Geoff and myself won the first days team event on Quinta do Cima, everyone making their fair contribution. Barbara, Neville and myself on the excursion day to Benamor were victorious with a fine 86 points and a seven point victory. Here I have to point out, my partners played some super golf and both out scored me! Neville having chalked up 7 points after two holes and Barbara holding the team together especially on the back nine.
Our small group got along famously too over the New Year. With a different individual winner each day, the spoils were well spread – well played Rae, Lisa, Silvie and Neville. As always the Robinson Club produced a wonderful array of food for New Years Eve, along with a fabulous band and firework display at midnight. Quite where we will celebrate next year’s festivities I’m not sure as yet, but sunshine and golf is the right combination for me.
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