normanbond wrote: »
We are taking a small society (18 lads) to Algarve Portugal.
Any heads up on how to get the best rates on green fees?
frostie500 wrote: »
Not so much for green fees but for anyone in the group interested there's a club rental company in faro airport that we're excellent for me last year. Cheaper for a week than taking clubs down with me and they were top quality
prawnsambo wrote: »
Is that clubstohire.com? You can book and pay for your clubs online and collect them at the airport. Have used them myself and found them very reasonable.
Another option I've come across for golf is with some resorts that have free unlimited golf when you rent one (or more) of their houses. Boavista is one place that does this.
Putt it there wrote: »
Used to always clubstohire.com but they doubled all their prices recently - also the crowd we now use have free hotel delivery & collection and have the same sets. We are paying €45 (inc insurance) for a weeks rental in april
$hifty wrote: »
What's their address / website?
CSWS101 wrote: »
What courses would people recommend? Will have a rental car, based in Quinta Do Lago around September/October time
Finlay Harp wrote: »
Well you have Quinta North and South beside you. San Lorenzo not far as well as Laranjal.
Into the Vilamoura area you have Pinhal, Vila Sol, Victoria, Old Course, Laguna, Pinhal.
No shortage of golf.
Luckycharm wrote: »
I have having at green fees for around June, prices were really expensive very hard to get a greenfee under €100, I would struggle to pay that here for a top course, are they worth it?
The group of courses around Vilamoura range from poor (Pinhal & Laguna) to decent (Millenium) to very good (Old Course and Victoria).
First Up wrote: »
You think Pinhal is poor? I thought it was great - a real test.
thewobbler wrote: »
Yes and no.
They’re more expensive than Irish courses. But they’re all pretty good to very good, and enjoy the sun. That’s what you’re paying for. And huh won’t regret it.
Few things. Keep an eye out for green fees with buggies included, which tends to be the case in the top flight of courses, and this makes the price differential between them and the next tier much more manageable.
You will get deals for staying in the one resort. Quinta does a 3 course package (the south is the best course I’ve played in mainland Europe, Laranjal is very good, I’ve not played north). Vale Do Lobo does some excellent deals for playing both (Royal is overrated, but the 16th is extraordinary, Ocean is a better course overall, but both take you through effectively a housing estate for long tranches). Pestana have a range of packages, as do Dom Pedro.
Pinheiros Altos is very close to you and is unfairly overlooked. It’s often the cheap course in a package with San Lorenzo. To be honest I found it just as good. Something about San Lorenzo just felt it was all reputation and little outcome.
If you’re not partying too hard, early morning tees are always cheaper. And they’re better too, because when the drinking golfers come out en masse before noon, you’ve little choice but to become one of them. 5 hour rounds and a drinks cart just kind of have that effect.