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Santo Antonio

Name of course

Santo Antonio

Type of course

Hilly parkland course carved from the natural environment.

Location

Parque Da Floresta, Salema

Number of holes

18

Par

71

Length

5712m

What year was the course opened?

1987

Who was the designer?

Pepe Gancedo

What type of golf club is it?

Resort-owned course, open to members, property owners and the general public.

Golfing facilities

Golf shop

Driving range

Golf academy

Spike changing facility

Short game practice area

Putting green

Club, trolley and shoe hire

Changing rooms with lockers and shower facilities

Tee time reservations

Booking service for other Algarve golf courses

Clubhouse - Spike Bar & Restaurant

PGA professional Ian Stallard offers lessons either at the driving range or on the course.

Why do you like it?

Friendly staff at reception.

Great facilities to practice on your short game and putting, and an amazing driving range.

The greens are in great condition.

The golf club has over 150 members which makes for a very convivial atmosphere.

Best holes

The stand-out holes on the front 9 include the par 3 5th hole which has elevated tees to a small green: depending on the strength and direction of the wind your club selection can vary from a sand iron to a 6 iron.

The 9th hole is 462 metres from the yellow tees and if the wind is coming from the north it plays as a par 6! 

The back 9 was an absolute delight to play: very picturesque with some water hazards filled with huge koi carp. This course requires real thinking and plotting your way around but it is one of the most pleasing courses on the eye I have ever played.

Level of challenge

The course at first glance looks quite daunting with lots of undulations.

In summary I would recommend this course as it provides a real challenge and requires total concentration; whilst saying that it is equally player-friendly to higher or lower handicap players. 

Food options

There is a great menu providing a wide range of bar snacks to fish and chips or Piri Piri chicken.

Inside knowledge

I’d recommend a buggy as the course is very long to walk.

Many of the greens play uphill so be aware of the extra distance which needs to be taken into account for your approach shots.

Operated by

SA Resorts, who also own the Quinta da Floresta, Quinta da Encosta Velha and Quinta do Montinho property developments on-site, and The View in the nearby village of Salema. All offer an opportunity to combine golf with a holiday stay.

Cost

18 holes - €50 in March, April and October, €40 all other months (€28 for juniors up to age 18)

Packages - 2 players and a buggy from €99

A variety of other packages and promotions are available for multiple rounds, extended stays, etc. See website for details.

Annual membership - prices on application

Opening times

Golf Reception and Golf Shop: Everyday from 07:45 to 18:00.
The Golf Festivals are open to all golfers.
On Captain's Day and during the Golf Festivals the course will be closed to non-competitors.
Check the website for dates and times.

Reviewed by

Duane Wessels

 


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