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Palmares Golf Course Pro Overview

by the Course Professional(s)

The New Onyria Palmares, which has been totally transformed by the American designer and brand leader, Robert Trent Jones Jr, is a mixture of parkland and authentic link. The higher part of the course features unforgettable views of the Ocean andAlvor estuary. There are sea views from 90% of the tees.The lower holes near the beach incorporate links dunes and long grasses and the sound of the sea. Few other courses in the Algarve offer your clients thechance to get so close to the Ocean with their golf clubs!

Hole Professional Tips
1 Hole 1: 429 Meters, Par 4The opening hole at Palmares
2 Hole 2: 543 Meters, Par 5With the town of Alvor glowing white in the distance, the par 5, #2 cascades through a deep protectedvalley. From the elevated tee, the natural contours are very receptive and will propel tee shotsdownward. Players can harness the prevailing winds to their advantage. Following a straightforwardtee shot, the real depth of the hole is rewarded from the second shot onward. The two bunkers locatedjust short of the putting surface clearly divide the second landing area. Whether the golfer isattempting to reach the green in two strokes or carefully setting up a deft third pitch shot, these twohazards dictate strategic options. Carry the left fairway bunker and the large greenside bunker becomesa less foreboding hazard.
3 Hole 3: 356 Meters, Par 4Playing from an elevated tee directly toward the blue Atlantic, this medium length par four wasdesigned to use scale and space to keep the golfers off-balance. The green appears very large --especially from the tee -- for a hole of this length. However, the bold contours of the putting surfacedivide the large green into two smaller putting zones, requiring golfers to play to the appropriate greensection in order to score well. The front portion of the green is bracketed by three small, deep bunkersdefining the target. In contrast, the rear portion is defended only by spill-off areas that encircle theputting surface. From the tee, the wide fairway banks off the hillside to the right. An ample fairwaytarget allows proficient players to shape tee shots from right to left between the two bunkers projectinginward from the right while a single bunker lurks to the left of the fairway.
4 Hole 4: 348 Meters, Par 4Suddenly the golfer encounters the wind swept dunesland holes firsthand at the fourth hole ofPalmeras. With the background of the Algarve coast, coastal dunes, and the town of Alvor distractingthe players
5 Hole 5: 200 Meters, ParTurning away from the ocean, golfers are presented with a very strong par three. From the tee, theview is both gorgeous and disconcerting. Dunes extend from the railroad line along the entire left sideof the golf hole. The most prominent feature is the large dune bunker left of the green. This bunkerdefends the entire left side of the putting surface, while the wind -- typically blowing from the right --will tend to push the tee shots toward this huge hazard. The green surface abutting this dune bunkerpitches forward to receive low run-up shots. The green falls away into low areas right and at the rear.Because the right of the hole is carefully tucked behind the native hillside shrubs and trees, rollingchipping areas only reveal themselves once golfers reach the green complex. These chipping hollowsprovide a much greater area, in fact, to recover from a mis-hit shot to the right. But if your ball comesto rest in these areas, it will require skillful bump and run shots from awkward lies toward the shallowpresentation of the putting surface.
6 Hole 6: 505 Meters, Par 5The sixth hole climbs out of the dunes and rises up through a heavily wooded corridor toward theupper elevations of the site. This double dogleg par five will, for the most part, be heroic, and play as athree shot hole. Because of the sharp rises of twenty-three meters into a sometimes strong head wind,this hole will play long. The lone fairway bunker, visible from the tee shot, provides an aiming point.Play toward this target and shape your shot from left to right using the natural down slope to youradvantage. From this point golfers are presented with several options. The elevated putting surface ona shelf with the entire left falling away sharply: All but the best well struck shots from a long distanceout will be repelled from the green. The fairway bunkers short of the green surrounds dictate thatthoughtful golfers play short to obtain the desired approach angle and distance. Or else, challenge theleft fairway bunker to reduce the distance for the next shot. The harder a golfer tries to reduce thedistance of the third shot, the more potential trouble he brings into play.
7 Hole 7: 424 Meters, Par 4The last par four on the outward nine is one of the most unyielding golf holes at Palmares. From acompletely exposed elevated tee, golfers must play to the crest of a fairway that appears to be located akilometer away. The tee shot must reach the fairway crest to offer a view of the green below. Asingular pot bunker protects the front left edge of the green; another small bunker lurks opposite thegreen along the centerline of the hole. The green is very deep but narrow and falls away from frontright and back left.
8 Hole 8: 160 Meters, Par 3The charming par 3 is one of the most picturesque holes on the property. This medium length hasblossomed into a spectacular hole. The putting surface is heavily protected left, front, and back bydeep bunkering and tightly mown grass banks. Therefore, don
9 Hole 9: 494 Meters, Par 5This short par five plays first to an elevated fairway, allowing golfers to swing away freely from thetee. A strong drive must skirt fairway bunkering to successfully reach a speed slot to obtain thesignificant roll. The left line of play provides the best angle and the greatest visibility to approach anotherwise blind green seductively tucked behind a hillside. The deep putting surface is heavily guardedby a series of bunkers that clearly define the green while unseen but generous approach areas arediscovered short of the green.
10 Hole 10: 221 Meters, Par 3The sheer length of this uphill par three will intimidate even the most accomplished players. The mainbody of the green surface is flanked by two bunkers and oriented on a slight diagonal to receive shotsthat ride the wind. Numerous hollows and catchment areas await short of the green, ready to gatherunder clubbed shots
11 Hole 11: 306 Meters, Par 4The shortest par four at Palmares again embraces the dunesland. Golfers are enticed to attack the smallgreen directly through a narrow alley between dunes. Playing into the prevailing wind this line of playleaves no room for error. Far left flagstick locations are most visible from the right, but approach shotsmust be played from a sunken bowl offering potentially awkward side-hill or downhill lies.
12 Hole 12: 317 Meters, Par 4In true links fashion, golfers encounter an obstacle course of dunes and turf unfurling from tee togreen. Each player must navigate strategically a route that is best suited to his game and theconditions of the day. The green is shallow yet wide, and oriented on a slight diagonal from left toright. Tightly mown chipping hollows surround the green and stretch into the putting surface,collecting mis-hit approach shots that do not properly respect the heavily contoured putting surface.
13 Hole 13: 136 Meters, Par 3Very good and short par threes have a memorable place in the history of golf. While minimal instature, Palmares
14 Hole 14: 476 Meters, Par 5Transitioning from the duneslands, this medium length par five plays sharply uphill through a deep,protected valley. A large bunker is positioned on the outside of the dogleg on the tee shot. Try to shapeyour tee shot left around this dogleg, or your drive may fall prey to the strong left-to-right slope andrun off the fairway. The fairway area short of and around the green is littered with bunkers, creatingmultiple target options. Conservative play dictates laying up short of the bunkering thus takingpotential penalty out of play. The putting surface is large and deep, characterized by two parallelplateaus that dissolve together in the rear of the green. Careful study of the flagstick location is crucialfor successfully reaching the correct plateau, and will require different shots depending upon wherethe hole is cut. Play to the wrong portion of the green will forcefully reveal that the challenges ofavoiding a three-putt will require a correct line and stroking the approach putt with deft feel andconfidence.
15 Hole 15: 374 Meters, Par 4The view from the tee, overlooking the entire southern coast of Meia Praia and the golf course below,is truly stunning. The aesthetic dimension of Palmares can both be an attraction and distraction forthose who lose focus on their shotmaking. This sharp downhill dogleg right par four negotiates acrossa steep hillside and presents yet another test of blind faith, in the traditions of the original Europeancourses. From the tee, a conservative approach uses the downhill slope playing straight. Fairwaycontouring will propel golf shots played to the right half of the fairway down the hillside, resulting in ashortened second shot into the green, although you may be faced with a difficult lie to hit the requiredhighly soft approach. Faith becomes the fifteenth club should you choose to cut the inside corner ofthe dogleg. Commit yourself to the full reward by cutting the corner confidently. Unseen bunkers andrough defend the landing area between these two tee options. The reward is great enough to warrantthe risk should you succeed.
16 Hole 16: 178 Meters, Par 3Turning away from the coast and back into the wind, the golfer re-enters the duneslands with amedium par three. The green is expansive and inviting yet heavily contoured. A player can, however,feed golf shots on the right half of the green by using the slope. When the flagstick is located on theleft half of the putting surface, avoid the deep collection areas because recovery from this positiononto the left half of the green will require a very delicate short shot touch.
17 Hole 17: 483 Meters, Par 5The cliffs of Lagos in the distance make this downhill tee shot the most memorable atPalmares. The fairway is generous on this dogleg right par five. In true risk-reward style,golfer
18 Hole 18: 362 Meters, Par 4The home hole is a medium length uphill par four playing to a fortress green surrounded on all sidesby bunkers. This great finishing hole demands a tee shot that challenges the hillside to the left. Play tothe right half of the fairway will bring the largest of the greenside bunkers into intimate prominence,while the prevailing wind may push drives towards the low, rough ledge lining the fairway below. Theputting surface requires concentration to complete the round with a well earned par and a drink at thebar.
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