The growth of golf tourism reflects both the popularity of the game and the marketing ability of golf courses in recognising the need to promote themselves. The Algarve has become a region that benefits from an excellent climate and its relative proximity to large populations to the north of Portugal. Faro Airport serves the Algarve well; regional flights are regular visitors and golfers can fly in the early morning and play later in the day.
Some golfers opt for packages that include everything from flights and accommodation to green fees for specific courses. There are many variables for those wanting to do their own research about the costs involved in playing golf in this lovely part of Portugal. There are discounts for those staying in hotels with their own courses but there is far more to consider when looking specifically at the actual costs of the golf:
Each course has a standard rate, often for either 9 or 18 holes with many courses 9 unique holes that can be played twice for a full round. That standard rate is higher than the green fee that will be charged if the course offers ‘early bird’ times before most have enjoyed breakfast or ‘twilight times’, late in the day when peak demand has fallen. In the case of the latter it may mean struggling with light on the last holes.
The courses are in good condition all year round and some tourists actually prefer winter because that is the season when their own courses may be in poor condition or even closed. That is not the case on the Algarve. Golf is cheaper in the winter than the height of summer though days are shorter.
Every golf course is keen to receive green fee revenue and golfers that approach a club with the prospect of a group booking may well be able to negotiate a discount. Clubs can earn considerable revenue from associated services ranging from practice facilities, buggies, equipment hire and lessons. The season peaks during the summer months but well-marketed clubs can rightly budget for income all year round. Golfers wishing to enjoy a holiday abroad are able to see the costs involved in playing on the Algarve. It is just a matter of calculating the likely costs, negotiating where there is scope and choosing a date.
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