Palm tree overlooks a green on Boavista Golf
Lagos, Algarve, Portugal
Opened in January 2002, this impressive 18 hole championship course, designed by renowned UK architect, Howard Swan, offers exceptional playing conditions as well as breathtaking views and spectacular scenery. Well integrated within the natural areas of terrain, a number of olive trees were replanted around the course perimeter to enhance the existing almond and fig trees as well as newly introduced palms. Water comes into play on 5 holes. The course offers 4 tee options providing varying challenges for all levels of golfers. This course quickly established itself as one of the Western Algarve’s premier courses
Boavista offers two distinct parts – the Resort Section (the 1st to the 3rd and the 13th to the 18th) and the Country Section (the 4th to the 12th) – which provide a variety of attractive and interesting holes. From the first tee shot to the last putt, the course offers an enjoyable range of very individual golf holes which offer varying challenges for all levels of golfer. The par 3’s are particularly strong and no golfer who has played over the ravine at the 194 metre 6th will ever forget the experience. From holes 13 to 17, water features, which form part of the irrigation system, have been added and they provide a safe haven for the wildfowl which now abounds in the area.
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18 holes, Par 71
Championship 6053 metres
Competition 5751 metres
Mens 5273 metres
Ladies 4751 metres
Pro Shop, Clubhouse, Restaurant and Bar, Banqueting Facilities, Golf Academy; Multi bay Driving Range including covered bay for teaching and club fitting purposes. Short game practice academy, putting green and bunker and chipping area are ideal for the pre round warm up; Rental Clubs, Trolleys, Buggies available
maximum Men 27, Ladies 34
The 6th hole, par 3, 194 meters. Without doubt one of the most challenging par three holes in the Algarve. Anything short of the green risks hitting the stone wall and ricocheting back into the ravine. Go past the flag and you are left with a tricky chip back down this two tier green.
Other memorable holes:
Par 5 third 475 meter dog leg, a long drive, tight to the out of bounds on the right hand side can set up the chance of reaching in two, but accuracy is paramount to hit this heavily bunkered green.
8th Hole, another daunting par 5 at only 454 meters, the tee shot has to be measured to finish short of a huge ravine. Only after a good drive can the ravine be tackled by the second shot, otherwise a layup is needed faced by a long iron or even a wood into a green with a very narrow entrance.
The 14th, another one of Boavistas dramatic par 3 holes. 227 meters from the back tee, almost all carry to a heart shaped green which slopes steeply from back to front. The safe tee shot is long, but the player is then faced with a chip down the marble staircase!
15th hole, 390 meters and stroke index 1 on the scorecard. A good straight tee shot favoring the left side of the fairway sets up a second shot to a long, narrow green sloping from left to right. Anything right is swept away into the waiting bunkers and too far left can leave a tricky chip shot. A 4 here is always a good score.
Every good golf course has a sting in the tail! and Boavista is no different to the worlds best. Measuring only 284 metres, the 17th sound innocuous enough, but a semi blind tee shot to a narrow landing area, where the players eye cannot fail to catch the tall reeds that edge the lake running the length of the right of this hole, the tendency is to bail out left, however, having avoided the trees the ball often comes to rest in the hillside, leaving the player the option to try and carry the lake which now guards the front of the green or layup and accept a 5. Many a round has come to grief on the 17th at Boavista!
18th hole, uphill all the way to the club house, 418 meters and plays every meter of it. Take on the two large bunkers down the right hand side from the tee and only a mid iron is needed to this heavily bunkered raised green. Play safe to the left from the tee, and it is unlikely that the green will be reached in two by even the longest of hitters. Once safely on the putting surface, the problems are nowhere near over, this green has a fierce slope from front to back. Three putts in front of those watching from the clubhouse terrace is often the norm, but it is likely those sat there have already succumbed to a similar fate earlier!
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