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Get into the swing with golf holidays on the Algarve

The south of Portugal is beloved of golfers, with good reason. With the benign climate and endless golf courses it's the perfect location for golf holidays most of the year round.

Algarve Golf UK (www.algarve-golf.co.uk) offers tailor-made golf holidays from all over the UK, from 3 to 14 nights. Stay in hotels, villas or self-catering apartments and have your tee times pre-booked and prepaid. They will even arrange to have clubs ready and waiting for your arrival.

Popular packages include a 3 night stay at the Pestana Dom Joao II hotel, overlooking Alvor beach. Prices start at just 132 euros per person, covering accommodation, including breakfast based on 2 sharing a twin, and 2 Rounds of Golf at the nearby Pestana Pinta, Pestana Gramacho, Pestana Silves or Pestana Alto courses. Add on the cost of a cheap budget airline flight to Faro, and this amounts to a great budget golf package.

Packages from www.golfbreaks.com include plenty of Algarve options. A 3-night stay at the Dona Filipa San Lorenzo Golf Resort in Vale Do Lobo offers 2 rounds of golf at the San Lorenzo course, with prices starting at £175 per person for a winter break, not including flights.

These kinds of packages are usually the best way to arrange golf holidays in the Algarve. The romantic notion of putting your clubs in the back of the rental car and driving from course to course usually comes up against the obstacle of prohibitive green fees.

The courses on the Algarve tend to ring with so many different accents from Europeans on golf holidays, that you might start thinking you are playing on the European tour. With the Atlantic waves crashing below, you can even imagine you are sinking the winning putt in the Ryder Cup.

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