Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Seven Algarve courses ranked in Europe's top 100

The Algarve has demonstrated its status as the best golfing region in Southern Europe after seven of its famous courses were recognised in Golf World's benchmark ‘Top 100 Courses in Continental Europe 2015/16' rankings.

Thanks to a new entry from the totally remodelled North Course at Quinta do Lago, the picturesque region was able to better its previous portfolio ranking by one.

And, although the new contender may well end up one day superseding its sibling track, the star of Quinta do Lago is still its South Course, with the eight-time Portuguese Open host placing firmly at number 58.
But it was Monte Rei which cemented its place as the number-one course in the Algarve - and Portugal - and, though it ranked impressively at number 14, up four places, the challenging east Algarve parkland will justifiably have eyes on a top-10 spot next time.
The Algarve's highest climber was the 6,839-yard, Frank Pennink-designed Oceanico Old Course, moving up a significant 22 places to reposition itself at 44, while its sister course, the Oceanico Faldo, was also among the rankings.
With their exhilarating views, it's not surprising the ever-popular coastal courses at Onyria Palmares and San Lorenzo maintained their top-30 rankings - Onyria Palmares climbing to number 21 and San Lorenzo remaining at number 28.



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