August Newsletter

Hi Everybody,

The Summer Season has been full swing here on the Eastern Algarve with visitor levels up 15% on last year! The courses as usual have weathered well with one exception. The nearby course at Esuri has closed and we understand with regret it will not be opening for the coming season. However we have now added the course of Bella Vista to our packages. It’s a wonderful course located just a few miles over the Spanish border.

With the Algarve still the most popular golf holiday destination we are advising intending travellers to book early to avail of the best tee times and hotel accommodation on offer for the upcoming Autumn golf season.

The courses on the Eastern Algarve still maintain the cheapest green fees along the Algarve and are always great value. Restaurants have kept their prices similar to last years in spite of increased taxation. Many of these are proving to be very popular with the summer holiday tourists, and no doubt the golfers will also find them too!

This year’s big hit has been “The Village” in Castro Marim. Despite the recession, for the last number of years the owners of this great complex went ahead with the construction of 30 new holiday villas to compliment their amazing 27-hole golfing facility. Bookings were strong throughout the summer with July and August full! This is the ideal destination for those seeking to rent on-course and avail of superb facilities. Also the clubhouse has been revamped with a whole new image and should become the ideal destination for families and groups. We have really attractive rates for the coming golf season at this resort. Contact us for details!

Festivals

The all inclusive golf festivals organised in November and February have proven to be a huge success. It’s a chance to play all the great courses on the Eastern Algarve at a very attractive all-inclusive price. We are pleased this year to again promote the November Tournament and are currently taking bookings. Don’t miss out!

Course News

Castro Marim Golfe and Country Club

The new Extension to the Clubhouse and entrance road is now complete. The Holiday Village is in full swing proving a huge success. A huge water supply pipe has been connected to the mains from the reservoir at Alcoutim and this is the answer to former shortages over the summer months. All 27 holes are now in play all year and the courses are showing huge improvements.

Our own Peter O’Connor has been resident pro at the course for over a year now. As expected he’s doing really well and proving to be very popular.

With the new function room in the clubhouse and Michael Hegarty as the Manager of catering; events and wedding bookings are expected to increase. The Scenic location of the newly renovated clubhouse should be a big hit for all the events to come.

Quinta da Vale

The last course Seve designed is a great test for low handicappers. Really good deals are currently available if you wish to play this course please get in touch!

Quinte da Cima and Ria

These beautiful courses never change and are as usual in great condition. They’re always a challenge for low and high handicappers alike.

“Ria” down by the Formosa with beautiful sea views and fantastic scenery is a must play course suitable for all handicaps.

Cima, on the other side of the road is a real test of your golfing skills requiring the use every club in the bag to achieve a good score!

Benamor

A beautiful some say “easier” to play course is in great condition this year. A must in your Itinerary! Don’t forget to treat yourself to a meal in the lovely restaurant afterwards!

Monte Rei

The best eighteen hole course in Portugal, and rated 10th in Europe. Always a treat to play and for many the best they have ever played! We recommend this course highly and it is certainly a “must play” to experience the unique design. Treat yourself and have a real day out!

LaMonacilla

The Olazabal course just over the border in Spain is excellent. This is a course that rewards the brave! It has something for everybody, spacious fairways, beautiful greens and some long par 3s. Paella and Sangria après golf – yes please!

Bellavista Golf Club

Founded in 1916 is a new addition for us. Another beautiful course boasting the typical Spanish design, always the chance for a good score here if your driving is up to scratch that is! Lookout for good deals here in the Pro Shop.

Hotels

Check out our affiliate hotels here. They’re all doing very well with improved bookings this year.

The Irish are back on the Algarve and it’s great to hear the accents again in the foyers and bars. Is the Recession over? If the Hotel bookings are anything to go by, I think so!

Specials

A number of really good value specials are currently on offer. We have the fantastic new offers on Villas at Castro Marim with golf included. Also some short visit specials to Quinta de Vale at affordable rates. Contact us for more information.

Late Summer Holidays?

O’Connor Golf Tours are in our fifth operational year. Personal attention is always guaranteed from us to ensure that you enjoy your holiday to the max.

We can source availability for those wishing to combine Sun and Golf! Let us know your requirements.

From when you arrive at Faro Airport we look after your holiday requirements to guarantee a wonderful experience. Transfers will be prompt with our proven partners getting you painlessly from A to B.

Why drive yourself! Relax, have a few drinks when you finish the golf and let us get you back safely to your base.

Browse our view all special offers together with info on Hotels, Courses and more.

We’re on Facebook and Twitter and are always hoping to get some interaction from our clients and friends.

Enjoy the Golf and have fun!

Gerry O’Connor

O Connor Golf Tours