Palmares Reviews

joshua from United Kingdom
on Sat, 18th May 2024
Fantastic course really enjoyed it and some unreal views to top it off
Rolf from Switzerland
on Fri, 17th May 2024
Hole 19 to 27 in Bad shape. Very slow round. Price to quality not good. Many groups. People starting from tee 1, 10, 19 at more or less the same time; after 9 holen big confusion...
Neil Ross from United Kingdom
on Mon, 6th May 2024
Building Site with a Poorly maintained golf course
I had booked 2 rounds at Palmares from the UK and was looking forward to playing a course that I have thoroughly enjoyed on many previous occasions. Unfortunately, the course now has the feel of a dried out municipal course suffering from neglect.

I remember not too long ago playing Palmares and being very impressed with the conditioning of the course. The tees were almost like the greens at my home course! Unfortunately, this is now not the case. I would be surprised if there are worse greens on the Algarve. I’ve attached a photo to show the problems that were typical of every green on the Praia/Alvor combo.

When you arrive at the complex you are immediately aware of the huge amount of construction going on. There are staff trying to sell you apartments and plots and there is even a Michelin star restaurant in the clubhouse.

All this is fine, but a golfer who is paying >€150 for a round just wants a good course to play.

Needless to say I cancelled the 2nd round that I had booked and I would not recommend this course to be on anyone’s schedule until they put as much resources in to the course as they are in to the building work.

Harry from Netherlands
on Fri, 26th Apr 2024
One off the expensive golfcourse
Wonderful landscape, the greens have much yellow parts.
Franz from Italy
on Sat, 23rd Mar 2024
A lot of the greens are in bad conditions! The design (up & down) is very special, by foot realy challanching! No more!!!
Ian Moverley from Portugal
on Fri, 22nd Mar 2024
Golf round
Played today at Palmares fantastic course expected it to be in poor condition however the course is in great shape now with many greens been re turfed and speed was ok regarding all the work that has been done well done to the greens team enjoyed every hole will come back soon
on Sun, 11th Feb 2024
Disappointing Palmares
Greens in very poor condition and not reflected in green fees
Lee from United Kingdom
on Sat, 10th Feb 2024
Lee J on tour
Good service.

Nice course layout, however, the courses were just OK.

Greens were slower than others played in The Algarve.

Mark Higham from United Kingdom
on Fri, 26th Jan 2024
Greens not upto usual standard
Paul from United Kingdom
on Sat, 6th Jan 2024
Poor Condition and Value for Money.
Great views and course layout. Very friendly and helpful staff but course in poor condition .. particularly greens on Praia 9. I believe owners are aware of and addressing the issues but I found it ( very ) poor value for the price I paid ( 100 euros a round ) From a golf course value/ perspective feels like 2 stars but gave it 3 stars because of quality of staff
Les from United Kingdom
on Tue, 7th Nov 2023
Poor Palmares.
Do not visit Palmares!!

I booked and paid for a tee time four four players and two buggies. On arrival I was informed that there were no buggies available. I explained that I needed the buggies as one player had an injury and could not walk the course, and was told to come back just before our tee time. Not a good preparation for a round but we got the buggies with two minutes to spare! The tees were in poor condition. The fairways were very bare in places with little or no grass coverage in areas, the bunkers were in very poor condition and had not been raked. The worst part were the greens which were in an appalling condition with bare patches, holes and obvious signs of disease. This was the most expensive course in the area and I would advise anyone thinking of playing it to go elsewhere.

Jon Butler from United Kingdom
on Thu, 19th Oct 2023
Palamares - the course should be closed
The course should not have been open, all the greens and tees were clearly in a very bad state of repair (lack of water is a poor excuse, they appeared to be diseased. The bunkers on the Praia course were also very poor condition, some sides caved in and sand 60cms deep in some places. Providing free buggies and one beer is hardly compensation, the course should be closed until all greens and tees are repaired or even relaid.
Tim from Portugal
on Mon, 16th Oct 2023
Mr tim brown
Greens terrible and the tees not good either, wouldn’t have minded if I was charged less due to the fact the the course is below par condition wise.
Tim Herbert from Jersey
on Fri, 13th Oct 2023
recent reviews don't lie.
In a nutshell the greens (and tees) were really poor. We found that the staff tried hard to be realistic ( free buggy and free drink) and an apology before we teed off but the reality is that what has been a splendid course (on past trips) is well below standard for the price. It's a shame and we hope it will recover.
mark from United Kingdom
on Thu, 12th Oct 2023
Shouldn't be open
Gave it no stars,course shouldn't be open,greens and tees were a real mess.They said they had problems with salt in the water and offered a buggy free and a drink.If it was free i wouldn't play again.The free drink was a bottle of water,when we met the buggy car again they charged 4 euros a bottle for water.When we arrived we ordered coffee and full english breakfast,both were cold,when i told the bar manager he just said sorry.Really nice place but course and food let it down badly
Michael from Germany
on Tue, 10th Oct 2023
Stunning views and one of our favorites!
Neil from United Kingdom
on Mon, 9th Oct 2023
Not sure I totally agree that course was in a bad condition because of wild boars and drought. Nice gesture for free buggies but I would have thought 25% off green fees would have been more appropriate. They have spent a lot of money of clubhouse in recent times.
Nigel from United Kingdom
on Sun, 8th Oct 2023
We were promised free buggies as compensation for poor course condition, but none available. Exasperated staff kindly brought them to us on the seventh hole. The resort is expanding massively but management has failed to get the small things right...check-in, bar area, pro shop all too small, crowded and chaotic.

Course condition badly affected by drought and wild boar.

Three stars only because of friendly staff, otherwise would have been worse

PAUL from United Kingdom
on Sun, 8th Oct 2023
Lovely course 27 hole in good condition due to lack of water they are contending with
David from United Kingdom
on Thu, 5th Oct 2023
Urgent need of water
A fantastic course in urgent need of unsalted water to save the greens. The course is one of the best I have ever played, but the greens were very poor due to disease from using salt water. Lots of investment in real estate surrounding the course but desperately in need of a desalination plant.
David from United Kingdom
on Thu, 5th Oct 2023
Urgent need for water
Was very saddened to see Palamares in the condition it is in. Was so looking forward to playing it. They have a problem with extracting water from the reservoir due to the lack of rain for months. So they are using salt water which is causing disease and killing the greens. It is such a shame because if you look beyond this it is a stunning course in every way. Just because the greens are suffering there is no need for golfers to not repair pitchmarks they are just exacerbating the problem. I hope they can get the water issue sorted before the greens are too far gone. With all the real estate being built would it not be prudent to build a desalination plant. This problem will only worsen without a water supply.
Anthony from Austria
on Thu, 5th Oct 2023
Super golf course

Some greens in poor condition. Club did their best with complementary buggies

Michael from United Kingdom
on Tue, 3rd Oct 2023
Dreadful Greens not worth 115 Euros a round
The course although a lovely set up was really disappointing. The greens and Tee boxes on the 9 hole Alvor course were dreadful ! The green were covered in damage, lots of white sand patches and had not been looked after. Apparently they had been trampled on by wild Boar. Equally the Tee Boxes were terrible. We were provided with a free buggy but if we had the option of not playing and getting a refund I would have gone for that option. Really poor. I have emailed the course Mr Andrade but heard nothing back.
John Hampson from United Kingdom
on Sun, 1st Oct 2023
Palmares review
A nice course with stunning views. Reasonably challenging without being too tough.
Cindy Ferguson from Portugal
on Sun, 1st Oct 2023
Palmires golf course Lagos
We played Palmires on September 29. The course was in terrible condition. The tees and greens look like they had some kind of disease. The fairways were brown and hard to find a spot of grass to but your ball on. I would pass on this course
Dirk from Portugal
on Sat, 30th Sep 2023
Bad course condition
Quality of this course is a disaster. Far to expensive for what this course has to offer
Michael from Ireland
on Fri, 29th Sep 2023
Course condition is awful & it's a shame.
Simply awful - and it's a shame.

Beautiful location, with stunning views of the surrounding area and a fabulous clubhouse. Unfortunately thats where the good stuff ends. A Course lives and dies by the condition of its greens and these were the worst I've played on in 30 years - and by a mile. Patchy, diseased, hundreds if not thousands of pitch marks over the 18 holes and bunkers that looked like they hadn't seen a rake in days. We payed twice as much for this course as we did for the 3 others we played and they were twice as good - Silves in particular. What was particularly annoying was the buggy master trying to defend the condition of the course when we finished. I don't think I'd ever return!

Mark from Canada
on Tue, 26th Sep 2023
Don’t play Palmares - deplorable conditions !!!
It’s was very sad to see a quality track like Palmares in such disgusting condition . What was worse was paying to play it. Zero stars (negative starts if it was an option) . Seriously consider rebooking anywhere else.
David from United Kingdom
on Thu, 21st Sep 2023
Palmarès Golf Course
Golf course is in very poor condition. Mostly all tees and greens seem to be diseased and quite frankly this golf course does not warrant the fees charged. I understand it has been like this for a few months so would like to have been advised prior to booking. Have played this course several times before and disappointing to see the decline.
Alan from United Kingdom
on Mon, 11th Sep 2023
I haven't played here for a few years and the course has slipped a lot since I last played here. Fairways and greens very scrappy and pace of play was appalling with no marshal visible - six hours for 18 holes!

Hopefully they can recover the course and greens and deliver a better experience for customers.

Charles from United States
on Fri, 8th Sep 2023
Save Palmares
I, along with two friends played the Palmares on 2nd September 2023. I’ve played the course numerous times from 2014 and I love it.

However, I could not quite believe the state the course has been left to get into.

The greens were simply in a terrible state, they were diseased , dry and not cared for at all. Also, most frustratingly, the pins were cut in diseased areas. The tee boxes were nothing short of a shambles. The fairways, unkept and the bunkers in a terrible state.

There is much construction and I can only assume that the current management team are focussed on That as opposed to the golf.

We were not made aware of the state of the course beforehand, then when we complained afterwards there was no apology or offer of partial refund. There was just an explanation about the water supply. However, every other course we played was in great condition.

We had travelled from Scotland and we will not be back at Palmares until this situation is resolved.

I was gutted to see the state of disease and disrepair and total mud management of what I consider one of my favourite courses.

Derek from United Kingdom
on Wed, 6th Sep 2023
Very attractive layout. We played Lagos/Alvarez combination. Fantastic views to the sea on the course and especially from the clubhouse. Greens struggling with patches of disease, probably due to lack of water after summer. But didn’t spoil a great day out for 8 low to mid handicap golfers.
Martyn from United Kingdom
on Mon, 21st Aug 2023
Poor Greens
Very disappointed with Palmares today. Have played and enjoyed this course many times both pre and post the reconstruction to 27 holes. The greens were poor and nothing like those at nearby Boa Vista and even Santo Antonio. Shame but you pay a premium to play here and it should be better. Go to BoaVista instead.
Michelle Gambino from Portugal
on Tue, 27th Jun 2023
Go elsewhere
Terrible course, ridiculously overpriced. You pay for balls, clubs, tees, water, etc and easily can spend $200eur plus for 1.5 hrs. Not worth it. We didn’t see the ocean at all and the fairways are sand. They nickel and dime you and have no beverage cart. Go to a better customer oriented course.
Joshua from United Kingdom
on Mon, 5th Jun 2023
Beautiful course.
Fantastic course. Good challenging exciting holes. Well kept and fantastic golfing!
Ulrike from Switzerland
on Fri, 19th May 2023
Schöne Aussichtspunkte , lange Wartezeiten und schlecht gepflegt.
Martin from United Kingdom
on Sat, 6th May 2023
Algarve 8
Good course and condition but we felt it was a little tough for our standard of golf
jordan from Portugal
on Fri, 21st Apr 2023
Golf in Algarve? Make it Palmares!
Absolutely stunning, magnificent, greatest golf course in the world. Played the Lagos & Praia courses - shot a beautiful 96 with an 18 handicap because I saw a gigantic bunny rabbit and was mesmerized by the sound of the waves and train rolling through the foggy morning. I recommend getting out as early as possible (with sunglasses).
charles graham from United Kingdom
on Wed, 19th Apr 2023
Great courses again and good value however overpriced due to the obvious lack of water but tees and greens were excellent and our group enjoyed experience
Colin from Canada
on Mon, 17th Apr 2023
It was just 'Okay' and we left disappo
We booked this round on line from Canada and also reserved two sets of rental clubs. At $30 EUR per set I would have expected a sleeve of golf balls would have been included. We have golfed all over and when ever we've rented clubs at a premium golf course, a sleeve of balls have been included

Also, for the price we paid, the practice range was closed for maintenance. We know it's still early in the season but the course was very dry and really wasn't in great condition...definitely not for the price charged.

Great club house and great views but more attention is needed on the golf course condition and customer service.

Overall, it was just 'okay' and we left disappointed.


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Norman from Portugal
on Tue, 11th Apr 2023
We had an absolutely fantastic day at the Palmares course the greens were fabulous and the course layout was amazing the views were breathtaking the staff were welcoming and helpful thank you Palmares we will return .
Gaetan from Canada
on Wed, 29th Mar 2023
Disapointing !
Not worth the price! The tee off and the greens are nice but the fairways are so so. Disapointing !

Some nice views.

Keith Lewis from United Kingdom
on Tue, 28th Mar 2023
Great course and setting
Very enjoyable course. Played the Pria and Lagos 9s. Both different and enjoyable. Loved the links holes. some great views. Quick challenging greens. Outstanding and unique clubhouse with fantastic views.
Connie from Canada
on Fri, 24th Mar 2023
The staff and service was excellent., the views are beautiful, but that’s where it ends. Tee boxes and greens were in decent shape, however the fairways are bare and dry. No one from the club monitors or manages the pace of play, so expect to play a 5 hour round and not play through slow groups. I do not recommend their rental clubs - one of our sets was a beat up and filthy dirty set of Callaway XR’s. They also allow non players to wander the course looking for lost balls while you’re playing. Overall - not good value when paying premium rates.
Fraser from United Kingdom
on Mon, 13th Mar 2023
Enjoyed the course very much. Greens very good. Fairways a bit bare but didn’t affect shots much. Staff very helpful. Beautiful views. Main gripe is that no on course features to help golfers with carts. Eg signage could be much better.
Mike from United Kingdom
on Thu, 9th Feb 2023
The course was in excellent condition for February, however, the clubhouse wasn’t very welcoming
Edwin from Italy
on Fri, 2nd Dec 2022
Overal too expensive courses

Crowded slow players

Turkey ( Belek ) is much more money worth

Steven Dranfield from United States
on Fri, 25th Nov 2022
memorable holes, but conditions were less than great, fairways in particular. greens ok.
Ari from Finland
on Mon, 7th Nov 2022
too slow, could finish 17 holes in 5 hours. otherwise very good
Paul from Portugal
on Sat, 5th Nov 2022
What a great course, the best in Algarve!

All the holes are well design, except maybe 18

A course you need to play

Jon Butler from United Kingdom
on Tue, 25th Oct 2022
Palmares feedback
Great course, great clubhouse, great service
Mario from Switzerland
on Tue, 25th Oct 2022
Super golf, tout était parfait, sauf que nous n'avons pas eu de chance ce jour là, forte pluie, mais nous avons terminé le parcours.
Sue from Portugal
on Mon, 24th Oct 2022
Mrs H
Golf course clearly showing signs of lack of water greens holes 1-9 greens excellent holes 9-18 showed signs of too much play. Clubhouse very impressive but service slow and confused.
Walter Schärer from Switzerland
on Mon, 24th Oct 2022
Posh clubhouse, great golf course
The posh golf course offers spectacular views. Stylish clubhouse, a great experience.
Michael from Germany
on Wed, 12th Oct 2022
Great views and exiting architecture
We played “Alvor” and “Lagos” and liked it a lot! We will come back 👍 great views to the see in a fantastic landscape
Paul from Ireland
on Wed, 12th Oct 2022
Would always have given Palmares 5 stars. One of may favourites in the Algarve. But course in really poor condition yesterday. Greens and tee boxes below acceptable level. Course appears to be over trafficked.
Ursula from Ireland
on Mon, 10th Oct 2022
In spite of the drought damage it was a joy to play. Spectacular scenery and will definitely be back
RACHEL from United Kingdom
on Fri, 7th Oct 2022
Stunning location and a lovely course. Good range
edward from United Kingdom
on Wed, 5th Oct 2022
Very busy
very busy two 5 hour rounds ,very poor fairways but one free drink did help.
John Hampson from United Kingdom
on Thu, 22nd Sep 2022
Nice Course 👍
Nice course with stunning vistas. Just needed some rain to green up the fairways. Would certainly go back to play again.
keith from United Kingdom
on Thu, 22nd Sep 2022
Fairways suffering because of drought in Portugal felt the free one drink to compensate an insult they should reduce prices ( it’s not cheap to play palmares) and clearly looking at the building work going on there’s no shortage of cash.
Carol Shields from United Kingdom
on Wed, 21st Sep 2022
Poor condition. There was no grass on the fairways. Would not recommend to anyone. Definitely not worth the money
Rene Den Admirant from Netherlands
on Tue, 20th Sep 2022
Terrible staff manager
Very disappointed with the staff and course. Understand that the course is dry, but bunkers and fairways were a mess. Greens were not well either. But the worst experience was with the staff manager behind the reception. There were no buggies available and we had to take an electric trolley. Price for the 2 trolleys was €40 versus a buggy of €45. After 9 holes we wanted to change the trolley for a buggy. There were plenty available. The lady in charge behind the reception told us we could if we pay the full amount of €45 for the trolley's, instead of the €5 difference, What a terrible service. and so customer unfriendly fora quite expensive course.
Damien from Ireland
on Tue, 20th Sep 2022
Great Course currently in terrible Condition
Got rained off but was eventually able to rebook later in the week. Staff were less than helpful.

Very disappointed with this course. The fairways and rough were completely burnt due to lack of water from drought and therefore unable to water the course. Had played it 3 times before and is one of my favourite courses in the Algarve.

Terry from United Kingdom
on Mon, 19th Sep 2022
Fairways very dry not much grass greens and tees ok, enjoyed it all the same
Paul from United Kingdom
on Wed, 14th Sep 2022
Decline of A favourite
One of my favourite courses over the years but I guess due to the very hot summer the fairways were burnt off and the course overall needing some TLC. Not a fan of the development around the course
William from Belgium
on Thu, 8th Sep 2022
Avoid this Resort? Course
Course was in terrible condition fairways no grass , greens and surrounds patchy with no areas of grass to play shots on to greens. Certainly not worth the money , played this course for 25 years and original course was a gem of the Algarve . This course now is not even worth comparing with.
James Symons from United Kingdom
on Mon, 5th Sep 2022
Great Course, 3 x 9 holes to play!

Did take 4 hour 50 to play 18 unfortunately due to slow play. Okay

Steve from United States
on Tue, 30th Aug 2022
Worst conditions out of the 9 courses I played in
The fairways are completely brown and the rough is sandy. Was not expecting such poor conditions. Conditions at other courses in the area are not like this. It's a shame because the course design is nice.
Will Tunnacliffe from United Kingdom
on Thu, 25th Aug 2022
Early morning game at Palmares today playing holes 10-27. I would say that the layout and views on holes 10-18 were about as good as it gets! Absolutely stunning. The 19th-27th was average overall I’d say with a few good holes and a few really poor ones. This 9 was also pretty burnt out and after the first couple didn’t have much scenery really. Overall quality of the greens wasn’t great to be honest but tees and bunkers were excellent. Having not played the 1-9 holes it’s hard to say for certain but I’d imagine playing this course as 1-18 would be want u want to try and do as if they’re anything like holes 10-18 then despite the greens being a bit ropey I’d have given it 5* regardless
on Sun, 21st Aug 2022
Good course spoiled by drought
Praia layout was challenging but spoiled by the condition of fairways which suffered from severe lack of water.

The Alvor layout was very average and again fairways suffered from extreme lack of water which effected the bounce of the ball.

Greens were in good condition on Praia but poor on Alvor.

Curtis from United States
on Sat, 20th Aug 2022
August golf trip
Superb course, would definitely recommend this. Excellent facilities, great course layout and amazing views.
Andrea from Switzerland
on Thu, 11th Aug 2022
Ok but nothing exceptional
A links course next to the railway. Not really pleasure. Clubhouse is ok but nothing special. A lot of plastic on the table. Feels a bit like in a cantine. But people very friendly.
Anders from Portugal
on Thu, 11th Aug 2022
Even tough it’s been very dry this summer, the course was in very good condition a bit hard/dry fairways but the greens and tees were all very god. Buy far the best course we played this time. (Faldo/San Antonio/Penina). We played the links round.
Daniel from United Kingdom
on Sun, 7th Aug 2022
Palmares golf
Best course I’ve played abroad. Great mixture of holes, great level of difficulty, will definitely be back to Palmares golf.
Linda from Portugal
on Wed, 29th Jun 2022
Wouldn't Play Again
Best thing about the course is the staff, they are extremely helpful and friendly. The course is difficult and very very very parched, so much so that it's hard to see where your ball is. If windy as it was today be prepared to lose balls.
William from Portugal
on Wed, 29th Jun 2022
Not for summer months
Fantastic golf course, sadly not for playing in summer months. Greens and tee boxes lush and green, fairways brown, little grass, and as hard as concrete. Clubhouse super, but I found paying for parking a bit much.
Colm Burke from Ireland
on Tue, 28th Jun 2022
Challenging at times Wide open at other times
Palmares is a 27 hole course. We played Praiha first & then Alvor. Praiha was a challenging course whereas Alvor was much more open and playable. Fairways were burned especially on Praiha. Greens were in good nick. Nice clubhouse with sublime ocean views afterwards.
Emer from United States
on Mon, 27th Jun 2022
Found palmares very disappointing. Thought the condition of the course was poor. Wasn’t well maintained, fairways or rough. Played on much better courses in the Algarve that weren’t as expensive
Moal from France
on Sat, 25th Jun 2022
Très beau
Très beau parcours, bien dessiné, bien entretenu. Les fairways ne sont pas arrosés ( il va falloir s’y faire), ce qui permets de gagner en longueur ! Départ à 14h, 21/06, nous avons vu deux golfeurs. Ambiance particulière..
Isobel from United Kingdom
on Thu, 23rd Jun 2022
Disappointed that the course was so dry .. yellow fairways only green grass on the tee boxes and greens
Graham from United Kingdom
on Wed, 22nd Jun 2022
A long time had passed since I last played this course and I hardly remembered it with all the changes made.

Still a great course with some great views of Lagos in the distance.

A good links type venue with some great holes

Monika from Poland
on Fri, 10th Jun 2022
Must play - but wait until the course recovers
Spectacular course with great ocean views. Challenging and diferir holes. Unfortunately at the time I was playing the course was not in a good shape - very dry (yellow) fairways. Greens haas and ridiculously fast. Took away much pleasure.
Steve from United Kingdom
on Fri, 10th Jun 2022
Review of palmares
Very friendly staff, excellent golf course, really enjoyed our day!
brian from United Kingdom
on Thu, 2nd Jun 2022
Have to pay to park!!!
Lovely course great condition. Will play again. We didn’t give it 5 stars for one reason- we had to pay to park in the club car park. I don’t think this is acceptable as already paid £400 to play and eat there. You would have thought they would knock off the 5 euros to park!!!

If management are reading this please consider this.

Lawrence from Portugal
on Sun, 29th May 2022
lovely morning of golf by the sea
played 1-18 at palmares- varied holes- wide fairways- quite enjoyable- greens in nice shape, running well- traps well maintained- views from hills of ocean lovely- recommend for a round when in the area

I played early am- fast and quiet- me, the rabbits and the birds-

Lawrence from Portugal
on Sun, 29th May 2022
pleasurable ocean view golf
Played 1-18; very enjoyable- wide fairways- greens in nice shape- very fair and varied holes- totally enjoyable- the lovely views icing on t he cake
on Fri, 20th May 2022
Course good but very dry. Access to 1st tee confused. Greens excellent.
Alan from Canada
on Thu, 19th May 2022
Wonderful golf course
Absolutely stunning course, and a pleasure to play
Arthur Scholte from Netherlands
on Wed, 18th May 2022
Mr Scholte
Played the Alvos and Lagos this time I like it more then the Praia course

praia is pretty flat Alvos and Lagos are more spectacular course was great condition with fast greens

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