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Benamor Golf was first imagined in 1986 thanks to the Martins Dias family, who invited Sir Henry Cotton to make a design for an 18-hole golf course on their land at Quinta de Benamor. With the designs in place, the course was finally finished and opened for play in 2000.
It’s said that Cotton was inspired by the old church which sits next to the clubhouse and the beautiful natural setting. Indeed, Quinta de Benamor makes a great location for a golf course and the additional facilities are excellent.
Benamor Golf is a par-71 course that is short by professional golf standards, still playing to no less than 6,100 yards from the back tees. This makes the course ideal for players of all abilities giving and getting enjoyment all-around.
The course is undulating throughout but not hilly and the mountain views to the north and ocean views to the south add to the overall experience of playing on the course. Bunkers are the main hazard and many of the greens are heavily guarded by sand.
Water comes into play on the par-3, 17th hole but you must come well short of the green to see your ball come to a damp end. There is also a small lake between the 3rd, 4th and 5th hole but again, you need to be well off target for it to become a problem.
The course is very well maintained and can you play here at all times of the year and enjoy a great round of golf. Olive, cork, carob, fig and almond trees feature around the course and combine with the views and quality of the playing surface to make Benamor Golf a top choice in the Algarve.
The 18th is a great finishing hole with a long fairway and no hazards. However, the green is protected by three bunkers, to the sides and back waiting for any misjudged shots.
Complete with a driving range, putting green and large putting the course in addition to a golf shop, bar, and restaurant. The course has played host to several tournaments including the Scandinavian Vini Cup and their own Benamor Classic Golf Tournament.