Apr 21st, 2016
Algarve marks 50 years of golf with golden tees
50 rounds of Algarve golf to be won
Words: John Dean Photography: Azalea Group
The Algarve is marking its 50th year with the introduction of new ‘Golden Tees’.
From June, all of the Algarve’s top courses will feature specially-commissioned commemorative golden tee markers to celebrate the 50th anniversary since the opening of the region’s first course – Penina – in 1966.
Each visiting golfer will be invited to play their part in marking the milestone by playing from the new golden tees and will then get the chance to register their details on a dedicated website for an opportunity to win 50 green fees.
One lucky winner chosen at random will enjoy 50 free rounds of golf in the Algarve across 2017. So you’re probably going to have to move here if you are the winner!
Since Henry Cotton paved the way in the Algarve with his debut design at Penina, the quality and diversity of the courses on the Algarve have become the envy of the rest of the world.
The region is more popular than ever before after record green fee levels were reported with 1.2m rounds played in 2015. Early indications suggest 2016 is set to continue on a similar path.
It will be a significant period for the region, which has hosted the Portuguese Open on no fewer than 23 occasions, as the 10th edition of the Portugal Masters will be hosted at Oceânico Victoria Golf Course in October.
Keith Pelley, chief executive of the European Tour, said: “The Algarve continues to be a terrific backdrop for tournament golf, having hosted 35 tournaments on The European Tour and Senior Tour, as well as the Senior Tour Qualifying School since 2001."