Vila Monte Resort Golf Packages

img1Vila Monte Resort offers themed accommodation, 3 swimming pools and a luxury spa featuring an Eastern decor. The resort is a 10-minute drive away from the beach.

Set among an orange grove, the resort’s rooms boast rich fabrics and a colourful décor. Each room has with deluxe bedding, cable TV and luxury bathroom amenities in the private bathroom.

Vila Monte Resort’s restaurant serves Algarvian delicacies, all made from fresh ingredients including fish from the local markets and the resort’s own fruits and herbs.

Hotel Vila Monte Resort is less than 25 minutes drive from Faro Airport and Ria Formosa park.

Tee Times Tour Operator offers an excelent  golf package value at  Vila Monte for your holidays.

Vale do Lobo Ocean – Tournament Review


Vale do Lobo Ocean Golf CourseThis week by Carlos’ skillful attention to the weather forecast we exchanged a potentially cold and wet Saturday for a delightfully sunny day on Sunday to play the Vale do Lobo Ocean golf course. This is a par 73 and presents itself with some of the most spectacular views on any golf course in Algarve. It features undulating fairways which run alongside a nature reserve, before leading gently down to the shores of the Atlantic

The front nine are located on a slightly hilly land which characterises Vale do Lobo, surrounded by pine trees with sea view from several holes.

The back nine in particular are characterised by fabulous ocean views, with some holes almost stretching down to the beach. On reaching the brow of the hill on the 11th hole of Vale do Lobo Ocean golf course, players come suddenly upon a sight fit to take the most concentrated golfer’s breath away.

The fairway runs directly down towards the beach and, for the next few holes of Vale do Lobo Ocean golf course, outstanding views and Atlantic breezes are guaranteed to make a player’s round exhilarating, even if his game is below expectations.

Vale do Lobo Ocean golf course is well worth playing at any time of the year.

A field of 18 made for a good competitive day. Nearest the pin at the testing 7th hole was Tracey McCall – yes the same Tracey McCall who was nearest the pin a couple of weeks ago! At the shorter 17th David Exley pipped Steve Jinks by a matter of inches.

With 4 ladies in the party, their prize was won by Helena Burke off 20 handicap with 28 points. Helena’s card featured several spectacular holes mixed with a number of “blobs”!

In the men’s competition, Tracey also finished in 3rd place. Playing off 9, he scored 34 points. New member Alastair Smith scored a creditable 36 points off 15 handicap, but was pushed into 2nd place by Ron McLachlan – yes me – who shot 37 points for the first time since 2008! Handicap 13 next week!

Socially, we returned to Parky’s where conversation went on well into the evening.

Carlos reminded everyone that we have a Special day this Wednesday when we go to Salgados for some early morning golf followed by a meal at Chez Carlos Restaurante of traditional Feijuado (with Caipirinha and wine) prepared by Rosangela to her family recipe all for a price of 40€ for members or 50€ for non-members. Anyone wanting to join us for the meal only will be charged just 15€.

Next Saturday it’s Pinhal! See you then.

Ron McLachlan


Algarve Winter Tour

Algarve Winter TourAlgarve Winter Tour , the international circuit that the PGA of Portugal organized from January to March , in collaboration with the Tournament Golf College , based in Cornwall, UK.

“This first tournament was a success with 120 entries , more than last year, which led us to use the two fields of Amendoeira Golf Resort from Oceânico, the Oceânico Faldo Golf Course and the O’Connor Golf Course. The  volume of players also allowed us to offer cash prizes worth 10 thousand euros and was exploited by some of the best Portuguese players to start their season , “commented José Correia , president of the PGA of Portugal .

The Algarve player Hugo Santos , number 1 of the Order of Merit of the PGA of Portugal , joined the top 10 rank, with 223 shots , 7 over par, after rounds of 73 , 71 and 79 shots, with a 6 strokes distance from the winner, the Englishman Bob Cameron , who signed laps with  70 , 72 and 75 shots.

Bob Cameron is one of the best values ​​of the European Senior Tour . Won two titles, including the French Open Veterans and finished three seasons in the top -ten of the Order of Merit of the European Professional Circuit of Veterans .

The Algarve Winter Tour attracted some highly prominent figures in the history of European Golf, as the Northern Irishman Ronan Rafferty, known to have won the Portugal Open in 1992, but still his crowning glory is the Volvo Masters title of 1989 and the 1st position of the European Order of Merit that same 1989 season .

Also highlighted the Scottish Andrew Oldcorn , winner of the Volvo PGA Championship at Wentworth, the headquarters of the European Tour , which three times in the last four years ended the season in the top -ten of the Order of Merit of the European Senior Tour .

“We are benefiting from, once again, the European Senior Tour hold its Qualifying School in the Algarve, in the fields of Pestana Golf Resort , Carvoeiro and Silves , between 30 January and 6 February . Many of these esteemed players came early to run in the Algarve Winter Tour , taking advantage of the excellent conditions that offer them and this benefits the Portuguese foreign professionals and amateurs of GCT , making Algarve Winter Tour more competitive and with more attractive prizes circuit , “explained José Correia .

The national champion, Pedro Figueiredo, was one of the figures of the first tournament, finishing the first lap in 2nd place (tied ) after 70 strokes,  2 below par in the field of Oceânico designed by former world number 1 Nick Faldo.  The following rounds of 75 and 87  fired ” Figgy ” tied for the 39th position , with an aggregate of 232 ( +16 ) .

Gonçalo Pinto, who is now also a professional, was positioned in the group of 18 ranked, with 225 strokes ( 77 +71 +77 ) +9 . There were more portuguese to compete, but only these three PGA professionals of Portugal passed the cut .

The next tournament in the Algarve Winter Tour will be played on 6-8 February at the Oceânico Faldo Course, the Amendoeira Golf Resort , between Silves and Lagoa .


Courtesy of Tee Times T.O.