The first batch of sun-starved UK golfers have dusted off their clubs and made their way to the Algarve, as the world’s finest golf destination (IAGTO 2020), embraces the return of its golfing flock.
Portugal was added to the UK Government’s “green list”, giving UK golfers the opportunity to return to the tee on the world-renowned destination’s 43 sun-kissed courses as of May 17.
In the wake of the eagerly-anticipated news, airlines increased flight capacity to Faro, while the travel industry reported a surge in bookings, as long-overdue plans were finally put into action allowing holidaymakers and golfers to make their plans.
The Algarve has seen significant investment during the lockdown period as the destination strives to provide a best-in-class experience with course maintenance teams across the region demonstrating unwavering commitment to ensure optimum playing conditions await the returning golfers.
Meanwhile, a renovation of the South Course at Quinta do Lago will be ready for play in September, while the new Wyndham Grand Hotel has also opened nearby. Further west in Lagos, a brand new clubhouse at Palmares has opened to further complement the fantastic 27-hole resort. On the horizon, there is growing excitement ahead of the opening of the new Ombria Resort near Loulé set for its launch in early 2022.
Playing golf in the Algarve has never been safer, with each golf venue following strict public health guidelines, golf courses, hotels and tourist businesses widely approved by the Portuguese authorities’ ‘Clean and Safe’ accreditation and Portugal approved as a ‘Safe Travels’ destination by the World Travel Tourism Council.
And away from golf, all shops have re-opened and restaurants are open until 10.30pm with plenty of opportunity to dine outside in the warm Algarve evenings.
A spokesperson for Algarve Tourism said: “It has been a difficult period for everyone and we cannot wait to welcome our UK friends once again with open arms. There has been a huge amount of work going on behind the scenes while we have been waiting for the announcement for people to travel again. We are safe and ready to offer the very best experience on our fantastic golf courses.”