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The Onyria Palmares Golf Course: A Complete Review

The notion that only courses that are designed decades ago can make it to the most famous golf course list has been proved utterly wrong by The Onyria Palmares Golf Course. This fantastic seaside course that has both links and parkland features was open to public in 2010. Within a short period of time it earned the trust and patronage of the golf community.

The patrons of The Onyria Palmares had a clear vision – to create a course that’s of international standard, suited to host professional golf tournaments, and to make golf a pleasurable experience for the golfers. The responsibility of turning this vision into reality rested on the American golf course designer, Robert Trent Jones II. He has given the world a stunningly beautiful course that presents plenty of challenge to the golfers.

The Onyria Palmares is located is a spectacular location, just meters away from the largest bay in Portugal – The Bay of Lagos. It has three small courses comprised of nine holes each. The first two sets of nine holes were opened to public in 2010 and the third in 2011. The three sets of holes – Alvor, Praia, and Lagos – are equally beautiful, unique, and challenging.

The Alvor

The first set of nine holes is located on the northern half of the course. The Alvor sits in a landscape that has many up and downs. Naturally, some of the holes have elevated tees (i.e.) roll downhill, and some with elevated greens. You’ll notice that up till the fifth hole the course has parkland features which changes to links for sixth and seventh and back to parkland. The parkland areas contain many trees and the beautiful Monchique Hills are a treat to the golfers.

The Lagos

The second course of the Onyria Palmares, the Lagos is unique because of the two lakes found here. The lakes are on the third (par-3) and sixth (par-4) hole. The parkland opens to an area filled with dunes in the southern part of the course. The final couple of holes climb uphill to a more parkland setting near the clubhouse.

The Praia

The Praia is the final and the best set of holes in the whole course. It’s set near the sea with many dunes and very few trees. This brings the elements into play, which makes it more challenging for the golfers. There are four holes between the sea and the railway lines. The course rolls out from the parkland areas and opens to a fantastic view of the sea. The second hole has all the characters of a true links course. The final hole is a par-5 that rises uphill to reach the clubhouse.

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