Train goes by the 13th hole at Onyria Palmares Golf

Onyria Palmares Golf Club

Meia Praia, Lagos, Algarve, Portugal

Onyria Palmares Golf, near the popular western tourist town of Lagos, has been transformed into a new 27-hole golf course by Onyria Golf Resorts. Many keen golfers will have fond 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 if you play the new Onyria Palmares Golf and you will be blown away by the transformation.

Designed by the famous golf architect, Robert Trent Jones Jr, Onyria Palmares offers something quite different from other Algarve golf courses. Robert Trent Jones II designed the golf course with the highest level of international tournament golf in mind as well as a pleasurable golf experience for members and tourists alike. The three loops of nine holes – the Alvor, Lagos and Praia courses – enjoy expansive panoramic views across the Bay of Lagos and Ria de Alvor.

The course is breathtaking, with each distinctive loop enjoying its own unique setting. The Alvor is predominantly parkland, on the elevated areas of the site; Lagos combines parkland and dunes and is named after the two small lakes contained within it; and Praia, laid out upon the site’s lowlands, presents a links experience through impressive natural and restored coastal dunes.

The views of the Atlantic Ocean, the river in the Alvor Estuary and the dramatic height changes, intimate valleys and sand-dunes make playing Onyria Palmares a special experience. There are stunning sea views from 90 per cent of the tees.

Bunker on the 4th hole at Palmares Golf
Bunker on the 4th hole at Palmares Golf

Located primarily on the northern part of the site, the Alvor Course has a parkland character with mature trees and lovely views of the Monchique hills.  Changes in elevation are integral to the design of this nine as a majority of the golf holes ascend hillsides or descend through intimate valleys. The parkland setting disappears briefly with a series of holes with more expansive views.  A preview of the dunes and links holes to come is provided in the sixth and seventh holes. As the round concludes, the course again assumes the parkland character.

The Lagos Course
The Lagos Course begins with the same parkland character. This course incorporates the only two lakes found on the entire site at the short par-3 third hole and the long par-4 sixth hole. Holes seven and eight immerse golfers into the expansive dune lands on the southwestern portion of the site. The round concludes with a climb to the clubhouse and back into a more parkland setting.

The Praia Course
The third nine at Palmares presents the golf experience every great designer dreams of having the privilege to create: a seaside landscape with dunes exposed to the elements. The four seaside holes are between the beach and the railway line. The course opens by descending from a parkland setting.  The second hole then whisks golfers into the true links part of the course. This dunes character is continued through the remainder of the Praia Golf Course with the closing hole, a strong uphill par-5, rising up out of the dunes through a deep valley to an amphitheatre just below the clubhouse.

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Water guards the 12th green
Water guards the 12th green

View to the Atlantic from the 19th hole at Palmares Golf

Facts & Figures

View to the ocean at Palmares Golf<
View to the ocean from Palmares Golf

Year of Reopening: 2011

Number of Holes: 27 (3x9 Holes - all rounds returning to the Clubhouse)

Par: 72 (36 + 36 + 36 - Total 72 in any combination of 18 holes)

Architect/Designer: Robert Trent Jones Jr.

Awards & Recognition:
• Top Course in Portugal, 2012, 2013, 2014, Publituris Portugal Travel Awards
• Golf World’s “Top 100 in Europe 2011” ranked 26th, the 3rd
highest new entrant to the list
• “Today´s Golfer Travel Awards 2011” in 2nd place in Portugal Best Course category
• Rated Nº 3 in Portugal by Golf Digest Magazine (USA), May 2012
• Award "Private Rehabilitation Project" assigned by Turismo de
Portugal in 2012

Host to:
• English Golf Union 2012
• PGA’s of Europe Annual Congress, 2012
• PGA Por Pro-Am Series 2011

27 holes, Par 72.

White (Men)
1st Tee - 6516m, VC 73.9
10th Tee - 6133m, VC 72.8
19th Tee - 6321m, VC 72.6

Yellow (Men)
1st Tee - 6072m, VC 71.7
10th Tee - 5680m, VC 69.6
19th Tee - 5838m, VC 70.4

Blue (Ladies)
1st Tee - 5676m, VC 75.5
10th Tee - 5350m, VC 73.1
19th Tee - 5410m, VC 73.8

Red (Ladies)
1st Tee - 4891m, VC 70.8
10th Tee - 4705m, VC 69.1
19th Tee - 4670m, VC 69.3

Driving Range, Chipping Area, Putting Green, Golf Academy, Pro Shop, Restaurant/Bar, Locker Room
The course’s most recent addition, the manicured putting green, right next to the Clubhouse, enjoys views over the Alvor Estuary and the sea.
Al Sud Restaurant: Fans of regional cuisine can now delight in the finest fish and shellfish the Algarve’s coastline has to offer, joined by the region’s choicest meat and vegetables. Beyond the menu, the restaurant’s tasting menu has been curated to offer 8, 10 or 13 ‘gastronomic moments’.
Driving Range: Facility 300m long , tee boxes on both ends and various greens to simulate game situations.
Reception & Pro Shop: Everyday from 7:00am to 8:00pm

27 Men, 36 Ladies; Other handicaps up to 54 allowed on request, only at specific times.

Dress Code:
Soft spikes only

Location: Just 45 minutes from Faro International Airport (Algarve) , Lagos is a sea-side town and the Nº1 holiday destination in the world for TripAdvisor 2012.

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The scenic 22nd hole at Palmares Golf
The scenic 22nd hole at Palmares Golf


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