For Episode 2, we're heading to the Algarve in Portugal ...
Would you Play or Pass the following courses and alternatives ?
Algarve - Monte Rei G&CC - €190 buggy included.
This Jack Nicklaus Signature Design meanders its way through the hills close to the Spanish border in the East of the Algarve. This is a US Styled Country Club with service to match. Valet parking, personal attendance, fully equipped grass driving range with proper golf balls and targets. Greens 10+ on the stimp and 15 min. tee times. This is an experience and a day out. Don't rush round Monte Rei ... that's not what it's there for ! Enjoy the round, play at a good pace without rushing ! Play or Pass ?
Alternative Next Door: Quinta De Cima, between €66 and €97
This Rocky Roquemore design is the bigger brother of the more scenic Ria course with full length holes, a challenging layout without the views.
Oceanico Victoria @ €140, buggy extra @ €40
Arnold Palmer opened the Victoria course back in 2004 and it has hosted several Portugal Masters. A modern design with plenty of water surrounded by flat marshland near Vilamoura. It's a big course for amateurs and has a Tivoli hotel on site.
Alternative nearby: San Lorenzo Golf Club @ €135 without buggy
One of the clubs in the Quinta Do Lago area between Vilamoura and Faro Airport. One of the more challenging courses in the Algarve with holes 5, 6 and 7 amongst the most scenic in Portugal. There have been issues with maintenance at times which is mostly 'around the edges' but with the playing areas in good shape, there aren't many better courses to play in the Algarve.
Which ones would you PLAY or PASS ?