Destination Golf - September 2016 * - Page 37

With some of the most spectacular golf resorts to be found anywhere in the world, the Algarve is the best place to enjoy the greatest game on Earth. Luckily for golfers from the UK, Ireland and many other parts of Europe, the region is only a short 3 hour flight (or less) away. The Algarve attracts over 10 million visitors per year, which is not surprising as many of the country’s best beaches, golf courses and hotels are located here. And, thanks to the Algarve’s year-round balmy climate, it has everything that a holidaymaker could possibly ask for and more! One of the leading hotel operators in the Algarve, JJW Hotels & Resorts, is a deluxe hotel group with properties – including both beach and golf resorts – in a range of great locations, all just a short drive from the area’s only international airport in Faro. These excellent hotels offer a luxurious and relaxing base for your visit to the region, allowing you to explore the sights and sounds at your leisure. Since the group was founded in the late 1980s, JJW Hotels have built a strong portfolio of hotel brands from economy through to mid- range and luxury. Unlike many other hotel operators, all JJW hotels are wholly owned assets… and this year, one of their flagship properties - one of the most renowned golf destinations in Europe - is celebrating its 50th Anniversary. PENINA HOTEL & GOLF RESORT Set within 360 acres of perfect grasslands and natural beauty, the Penina Hotel & Golf Resort is the original home of golf in the Algarve and has been voted Portugal’s leading resort by the World Golf Travel Awards. With three golf courses - including the Algarve’s first 18 hole Championship course, this luxury five-star Algarve hotel leads the way in high-class service, Portuguese charm and exceptional golf. Penina Hotel & Golf Resort includes 188 traditionally designed and decorated rooms and suites, offers extensive leisure facilities, a kids club, six restaurants and bars and much, much more. In 2016 the hotel is celebrating its 50th year as one of the region’s leading five-star hotels and golf resorts. PENINA GOLF The Sir Henry Cotton Championship Course was the first 18-hole golf course to be built in the Algarve. Constructed by the father of golf in the Algarve, Sir Henry Cotton, the course has hosted 10 Portuguese Opens and numerous other professional tournaments. The course’s unique design gives it some of the finest and most challenging holes you’ll ever play. Penina also boasts two further courses, the Resort Course and the Academy Course. The Resort Course is an 18 hole, Par 71… and is strategically set up to challenge experienced golfers. However, with a multiple selection of carefully placed tee-boxes, the course is suitable for golfers of all abilities. The Academy Course is set up to challenge your short game. This short 9-hole course provides gentle training grounds for the intermediate golfer and is great for all round, thoroughly enjoyable holiday golf. With reasonably short greens, tight tee shots combined with approach shots, this course gives all players the chance to practise their short game effectively. Volume 3 • Issue 35 37