Many keen golfers will have found memories of the ‘old’ Palmares, one of the first golf courses to be built in the Algarve in the 1970’s by Frank Pennink. But come and play the new Palmares Golf and you will be blown away by the transformation.
Whereas the old course had wonderful sea views from just the first and seventeenth tees, the new Palmares Golf has stunning sea views from 90 per cent of the tees! The course has been totally transformed by the leasing American golf course designer, Robert Trent Jones Jr
and no hole from the old course remains as it was. Now the course is a mixture of parkland and authentic links - something unique in the Algarve.The higher part of the course features unforgettable views of the Ocean and Alvor estuary. The lower holes near the beach incorporate links dunes and long grasses and the sound of the sea. Few other courses in the Algarve offer you the chance to get so close to the ocean with your golf clubs!
Palmares Golf was recently considered the 23rd golf course in Continental Europe, and for 3 consecutive years was elected the best golf course in Portugal - check all awards here
Robert Trent Jones Junior is the son of the legendary Robert Trent Jones Sr, a true pioneer in golf course architecture. His name belongs to the elite World Golf Hall of Fame Trent Jones Senior was, among hundreds of projects, the architect of Quinta da Marinha
golf course which also belongs to Onyria Golf Resorts.
Palmares Golf, the Trent Jones legacy continues through Robert Trent Jones Jr.
The American golf course designer has designed over 270 golf courses in six continents, including remodelling Celtic Manor for the 2010 Ryder Cup.
One of his beliefs is that Mother Nature is the best architect: “Never fight with Mother Nature”, he says.
According to Robert Trent Jones Junior: “Palmares Golf Course is special on so many levels. The expansive ocean vistas, dramatic elevation changes, intimate valleys, and expansive dunes gave us an environment from which we could craft a golf course with enormous depth of character and challenge.”
RTJII - The Brand values and recognition
“At Robert Trent Jones II our golf courses are of the earth but for the spirit. We invite you to explore the spirit of our life and work and share our passion for the game of golf and the art of golf course design.”
The Robert Trent Jones name is unrivaled among golf course architects in the global marketplace, from the Americas to Europe to Asia. In South Africa, in Kashmir, in the Philippines, Malaysia, and Vietnam; in the Caribbean and Mexico; and anywhere else in the world that grass grows, Robert Trent Jones II sets the standard for quality golf course design.
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