Essential Characteristics Of The Alamos Golf Course

The Alamos Course just north of one of the ‘golf towns’ Portimao in Portugal’s Algarve is situated in undulating small valleys. Its main feature is the large greens but that does not mean it is easy to score. You may hit the green in regulation but how good is your putting?

An addition feature of the course is that the greens are often elevated above the fairways so golfers need to select the correct club in case they fall short because of elevation. Add to that problem the bunkers and players can expect a real challenge, but a most enjoyable one.

It is a medium length course, certainly not one as long as top championship courses so even off the white tees mid-handicap golfers will not struggle for length on the Par 71. Tee times can be booked in advance and discounts are available, especially for groups. There is a driving range and practice putting green with lessons available on request. There are buggies but manual trolleys can also be hired if you want to walk and get more exercise to go with your fresh air.

Advice is available on how best to play each hole. For an example here are the Par 3s:

  • 3rd is a gentle opener but if the wind is from the north, take one extra because the hill behind the green makes the ball hang.
  • 7th requires you to be sensible. Hit to the right side of the green no matter the position of the pin. 9th has a water hazard on the left so if you can hit the ball right to left start your ball out just right of the green.
  • 11th challenges most golfers. There is a bunker on the right as well as bushes and water on the left. You will need to be accurate and once you are on the putting surface it is undulating.
  • 16th usually plays into the prevailing wind. The green is well guarded with bunker and water. The ideal shot is the left edge of the green.

If you are to score well you must do well on the Par 3s because there are 5 of them. There are several challenging holes notably the Par 5 2nd, a dogleg with the lake cutting into the fairway. It calls for nerve and course management because the rough is severe on the left if you stay well clear of the lake but miss the fairway. Enjoy!

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