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Golf In Palmares, Lagos, Algarve: Basic Hints To Keep In Mind

Fishing Village turned tourist hub

Like many modern holiday destinations in Southern Europe, Lagos was once a sleepy fishing village until golf tourism and cheap airline flights changed the landscape forever. The town was once considered the capital of the Algarve until the Faro International Airport came along.

Lagos is located at the southernmost tip of Europe and is famous for its old, walled city and sea caves. History aside, there are plenty of golf options in and around Lagos with the 27-hole being the pick of the bunch.

Play a different course without leaving Palmares

Designed by the famous golf architect Robert Trent Jones, the unique feature of the Onyria course is the 27 holes with three separate nines. This means you can play three different 18 holes, on three separate days, on the same course.

The three nine hole loops are called: Alvor, Lagos (both parklands) and Praia (links) The last runs alongside the Atlantic Ocean.

You can change 9s depending on the wind, how busy the 1st and 10th tees are, which 9 holes you played yesterday, what kind of golf you want to play - links or target, etc.

Of course you are not obliged to play a full 18. You can play 9 holes of parkland or just 9 holes of links golf if you like.

World Class Practice

The Onyria Palmares course boasts probably the best practice ground in the Algarve. If you’re used to hitting balls off a mat into a field with only yardage markers to aim at, you’ll be in ball-beater’s heaven when you go to practice at the Onyria. You’ll be able to aim your irons at defined greens surrounded by bunkers and fairways.

This is huge for improving the quality of your practice - anybody can smash balls into the distance but it doesn’t necessarily improve your game. Nick Faldo used to play the course (all 18 holes) on the practice ground by imagining he was starting on the first tee. This is a lot easier to do when you have practice facilities that mimic a real course.

After a full day of practice and play, you won’t have far to walk to your accommodation. The course is part of the Onyria Palmares Beach & Golf Resort so you will have a place to stay and plenty to do away from the course.

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