Location and access
Palmares is situated in the western Algarve in an elevated position overlooking the bay of Alvor between Portimao and Lagos. From the national road EN125 in Odiaxere it is almost a four kilometer drive, and less than 9 km from the A22 motorway (exit 2).
With a unique combination of dunes and hills, Palmares was one of the first golf courses in the Algarve, designed by Frank Pennink in the 1970’s. In 2010/2011 the course was completely redesigned and transformed into a 27 hole course with three loops by the famous US architect Robert Trent Jones Jr.
Alvor Course: located primarily on the northern part of the site, it has a parkland character with mature trees and lovely views of the Monchique hills. Changes in elevation are integral to the design of this nine as a majority of the golf holes ascend hillsides or descend through narrow valleys. The parkland setting disappears briefly with a series of holes with more expansive views. A preview of the dunes and links holes to come is available from the sixth and seventh holes. As the round concludes, the course again assumes its parkland character.
Lagos Course:This begins with the same parkland character. The course incorporates the only two lakes found on the entire site at the short par-3 third hole and the long par-4 sixth hole. Holes seven and eight immerse golfers in the expansive dune lands on the southwestern section of the site. The round concludes with a climb to the clubhouse and back into a more parkland setting.
Praia Course: The third nine at Palmares presents the golf experience every great designer dreams of having the privilege to create: a seaside landscape with dunes exposed to the elements. The four seaside holes are between the beach and the railway line. The course opens by descending from a parkland setting. The second hole then whisks golfers into the true links part of the course. This dunes character is continued through the remainder of the Praia Golf Course with the closing hole, a strong uphill par-5, rising up out of the dunes through a deep valley to an amphitheatre just below the clubhouse.
Services & facilities
The clubhouse with great views to the Ria do Alvor is located in the centre of the action. On the driving range with elevated tee boxes and stunning sea views, golfers can have a unique practice experience with six real greens to aim at protected by bunkers and with the rough and fairways defined.
Enveloped in different environments, with stunning views over the bay of Lagos, this golf course provides an exciting playing experience especially in the holes framed links in the sand dunes along the Atlantic coast. In a system of returning nines, golfers will always have the backdrop of the mountains of the Serra de Monchique and the sea.