Algarve Golf Academy with Ian Stallard

The Academy has 14 driving bays with 4 of those under cover, it has a wide hitting area with numerous target range markers and two practice greens, one at approx 120m and one at 165m.

The Academy has a gently sloped putting green similar to those on the course and is used for putting and chipping lessons. There is a token operated ball machine and tokens can be purchased from the Golf Reception and the Academy office.

Clubs can be borrowed free of charge from either the Golf Reception or the Academy office. There are two further putting greens on the complex, one is outside the Golf Reception (behind the buggy park), the other is on the way to the 1st tee. Both greens have gentle slopes and subtle borrows, they offer a fair insight regarding speed and similarity of surface to the greens found on the course. Also, close to the 1st tee is a Short Game practice area with a large sloping green and two bunkers. An ideal area to practice everything from bunker shots to 60 - 70m pitches and everything in between. With undulating terrain similar to that found on the course this short game area offers the opportunity to practice those awkward lies that the ball so often seems to find its way into. 

The Course

Located just off the N125 near Salema, between Lagos and Sagres the Santo Antonio Golf Course is a fairly demanding 5712m 18 hole par 71, it is perfectly integrated into the beautiful landscape. It is an undulating course with some sloping fairways particularly on the front nine. It has small well bunkered greens and many of them are close to water hazards and lakes especially on the very picturesque back nine, a good degree of accuracy is required. 

Some feature holes to look out for on the front 9 are the very short 5th hole where hitting the green is a must and the very tough par 5 9th hole which is most often played into the wind - make par a here and your smiling all the way to the tenth tee. 

Most of the holes on the back 9 are memorable in their own way with the 11th being particularly pretty but the final 4 holes would grace any course. The par 3 15th requires a 150m tee shot over a lake, not one for the faint hearted. The 16th is a drivable risk and reward par 4 but beware - it is surrounded by bunkers to the front and the right and by a lake on the left. The 17th is a tough par 4 usually played into the wind with water down the right side. The par 4 18th requires a good second shot to a green perched directly below the clubhouse balcony, all eyes will be on you, are you up to it?

With a variety of tee options, the course offers a fair test to golfers of all standards.