Designed by Nick Faldo, with strategic play in mind, this course demands careful positioning to score well, rocky outcrops, meandering watercourses and views to the distant mountains and orange groves defining its essential character. In a modern twist of a traditional recipe, cacti and wild herbs replace the role of Sunningdale’s heather, spartan Holm oaks and ancient olive trees take the place of a lush English woodland, and desert scrub bunkers of crushed limestone replace Berkshire’s sandy tracts in a golf course that revels in the classic principles of strategic play. The course opens with a testing uphill, par 4, focusing the player on the challenge which lies ahead.
The opening holes play through mature trees, offering a number of “risk and reward” opportunities. The downhill, par 5, fourth encounters a meandering watercourse, which comes into play on three of the front nine holes and two of the inward.The inward nine holes include several which will become the talking point of the “19th hole cognoscenti”. Mastering the massive par 5 thirteenth, descending, with the wind behind, will demand consistent shot making all the way to the green. Holes 14 and 15 continue the challenge, playing amongst rocky outcrops. After leaving high ground to the west, the eighteenth brings the final chapter to a close with a magnificent par 5.
Amendoeira Golf Resort Morgado da Lameira 8365-023 Alcantarilha
Location- The Amendoeira Golf Resort, set in an area of outstanding naturel beaty, is perfectly positioned in the central Algarve, a world-class golfing region close to the most south-westerly tip os Europe. The Resort is just 35 minutes drive from Faro along the A22 motorway, 4 kilometers inland from the beach resort of Armação de Pêra.
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