I wonder if anybody has played the new golf course in Espiche yet? There are no reviews anywhere that I can find.
It is a bit of a surprise all right but a bit intruiging too. I see that planning was granted in the 1990s. I first spotted a rough layout on Google Earth in 2008 and now that it's open I'm looking forward to giving it a try in the next few weeks. I'll post here afterwards. The photos on the web site show a very mature looking course and the big attraction is the price - two plus buggy for €70 can't be bad.
Agreed, the new Palmares is nice, no expense spared on the course but the headline prices are still very very steep as a result The fairways looked quite burnt on my last visit, the drought must be a nightmare for greenkeepers.
Boavista is always a good option, very high standards on the course and nclubhouse with some nice holes and views - well I suppose it would have!Edited: 5:48 pm, March 22, 2012
It is one of the best golf course.
Scojack, you were right!
Espiche is indeed a very mature layout, but very tight, especially on the windy day that I visited. The holes themselves are nicely laid but tight, too tight for me. There's little margin for error around the edges. Bring plenty of balls and leave the driver at home unless you are extremely accurate.
And then there are the greens . . . . or not. The starter said that they were having problems following the drought. This is a bit of an understatement, the greens are only "temporary green" quality. When they improve and the grass grows a littlle and I can hit the ball a little straighter, I might be tempted to go back!
Plus points: price, quiet, some lovely holes,
Minus: condition of greens, width,
Thanks for the update. Although there has been some rain recently, courses still require a lot or water (& green fees) to keep in top condition.
anyone played in may, after the april rain ? thinking of booking for oct, need to know if the fairways are any good now ? any grass, are they well defined, ? also are the greens better, as previous reports suggest that after the summer they will be bobbins, unless they have watering on the course,
Expo he is not for handicaps of 16 upwards - it is a most unfair/unforgiving course. The fairways are very tight and even after a terrific drive down the centre of the fairway your ball could have disappeared forever, into scrub. The camber on many of the fairways is the culprit. The staff, who were very helpful, suggest that you will find a lot of balls, not much consolation when they are not your own.
I have never played on worse greens but maybe when they get them right, if they do they will be OK.
They whole place looks like a project that was de-railed. However I wish the developers the best of luck for the future as the Algarve needs healthy competition.
I played this course in March with a friend and we thought that it was fantastic. Although the greens were parched after the drought conditions at that time they were not such a problem. I'm a 21 handicapper and shot 34 points - well up on what I usually score on a parkland course in Surrey. The turf is wonderful - it's springy underfoot and feels like you are playing on a links course - apparently a lot of sand was used in its construction. It has some tough holes for sure but my overall impression was that it's a fair test of golf - if you hit a decent shot you get a good result - and that's something that does not happen everywhere! I found it exhilarating and am looking forward to going back there in the Autumn for a couple of rounds. Positive comments in other posts on the staff there are well deserved - they make the visitor feel very welcome - almost as if you are a member of the Club - they go the extra mile. For value and service Espiche has a lot to offer. Enjoy!
Interesting review JeromeBarry.
How would you compare Espiche with other courses in the Lagos area?