British golfing heroes like Rory McIlroy and Darren Clarke will be gearing up to defend titles in the US Open and The Open Championship respectively in the next few months, in the midst of a British sporting summer to remember. The experienced Clarke’s stunning victory in the 2011 Open Championship in Lytham St Annes, and young upstart McIlroy’s prestigious talent have earned them these significant titles, and now starts their defence of them, with the US Open commencing on June 14th, followed by the Open Championship later in July. Watching such important tournaments can have many golf fans itching to grab their own clubs and head to the nearest golf course, but why not book a Algarve holiday villa and head for sunnier climes with the whole family to enjoy a Mediterranean golfing break?
Premier Holidays are a provider of luxury self-catering Algarve villas, all situated conveniently within walking and driving distance of some of Portugal’s best golf courses. Whether entertaining a secret dream to join the crème de la crème at next year’s Open, or simply wishing to work on your swing to impress colleagues on the green, Premier Holidays can offer a stunning holiday residence to be home for a week or two whilst sampling the best that southern Portugal has to offer.
The Carvoeiro area is home to the Vale de Milho golf course, which is a fantastic course for both beginners and regulars. The short holes are perfect for those wishing to work on their putts and for those just getting into the popular sport, they will be able to see that it’s not as easy as it looks. Just 1.5km away from this great course is the Villa Cassandra Algarve holiday villa, which sleeps eight people and has a private pool with optional heating available. The stunning property features four bedrooms, all with en suite bathrooms, and has an outdoor patio area which is perfect for al fresco dining after a long day on the driving range.
Other golf courses in the Algarve include Pine Cliffs, Salgados and the Oceanico Academy, which opened in 2009 and offers great training programmes for men, women and children. The nearby town of Albufeira is perfect for a family holiday, with plenty of cafes and restaurants and perfect white sandy beaches. The Algarve villa Casa Rosinhas is situated in a prime location for access to all of these amenities, just a short drive away from golf courses, water parks and beaches, and a 400m walk from the nearest restaurant for those who’d like to stay fairly local. The villa’s own splash pool is perfect for smaller children, and the large private parking area makes it ideal for multiple families holidaying together and heading for the beach in separate cars. Golfing enthusiasts can while away the day on the course while the kids enjoy the Aqualand Water Park, before meeting in the evening for a traditional Portuguese family meal of ‘piri-piri’ chicken on the seafront.