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BENAMOR GOLF CLUB

Name of course
Benamor Golf

Type of course
Parkland

Location
Quinta de Benamor, 8800-067 Conceicao, Tavira

Directions: From Tavira follow signs East on the EN125 for Vila Real St Antonio, exit left at the Cabanas roundabout with a golfer statue on it. The course is on your left.

Number of holes
18

Par
71

Length & Slope Rating
White: 5497m - SR 118
Yellow: 5197m - SR118 (men), SR124 (ladies)
Red: 4760m - SR118

What year was the course opened?
2000

Who was the designer?
Original design (1986): Henry Cotton

What type of golf club is it?
Public/Members. Visitors welcome
Juniors welcome (accompanied by adult)
Minimum handicap: Men - 28, Ladies - 36

Teeing-off times
Advanced booking is recommended. Players should arrive at reception 10 minutes before tee-off time.

Dress code
Golf course and clubhouse dress code is standard throughout the Algarve: smart-casual, appropriate golf course attire.
Footwear: soft spikes
Note: ankle socks are permitted

Golfing facilities
Golf lessons, driving range, short game practice area, practice putting green, club and shoe hire, buggies, trolley hire, clubhouse

Why do you love it?
Quinta de Benamor is surrounded by almond, carob and olive trees. Your sense of golfing tradition is enhanced in the knowledge that the legendary Henry Cotton was the original course designer.

The atmosphere and layout reminds me of a good British parkland course, and Benamor is an away-from-it-all, simple yet attractive and enjoyable golfing experience - the course is always in good condition and always a joy to play. You won't have to be at your absolute best to manage a score, and the views both to the north and south are beautiful.

Finally Benamor has a delightful little church which overlooks the eighteenth green, which is now being restored to its original state - it offers golfers the opportunity of prayer before, during and after their game!   

Inside knowledge
If you miss the fairways you will find yourself amongst clover weeds - unpleasant at the best of times, so keep straight.

Best hole
Personally I favour the final par 5, 18th as a fine hole for any match to finish on. However in terms of difficulty, the par 4, 16th hole is the most challenging - it requires a good drive up the left side of the fairway and then great judgement for your second to a well-protected green.   

Signature hole
The signature hole is the 16th, but collectively the five par 3s are worth mentioning - play these well and you will probably have scored very well.

Level of challenge
The challenge in terms of pure golfing skills is fairly easy, but overall this is a most enjoyable and worthwhile golf experience.

Who plays there?
Golfers at all levels. And Benamor is noted for its tireless work with junior golf and local schools to bring on the next generation. 

When to go
Because of the marvellous climate in the Algarve, golf is available year round. The busiest periods are always March, April, May, September and October, during the week. Weekends are generally less busy.

The special summer and winter price structure will reflect this. 

Food options?
Main bar and restaurant in the clubhouse with delightful outdoor area and views over the golf course. Coffee, drinks, snacks and meals are served by the friendly bar staff during clubhouse opening hours, 7am - 7pm (winter) and 7am - 8pm (summer).

Cost
18 holes:

Adult: €73-78 High Season, €66-71 Mid Season, €40-50 Low Season

9 holes:

Adult: €45-49 High Season, €41-43 Mid Season, €40-50 Low Season

Buggies: €35

Driving Range Balls: €3 (25 balls)

Trolley: €6

Electric Trolley: €15

Club Hire: €25

Golf Lesson: €35 (1/2 hour)

Membership and corporate membership: on request

Opening times
All year, times as above.