Guests who Golf: A Stay at Dona Filipa

I waxed lyrical about this luxury hotel in a previous blog post covering the best golf-spa combinations the world has to offer. With Prestige now offering an exclusive Dona Filipa ‘Algarve Offer’, I had the perfect excuse to explore the hotel’s golfing facilities in more detail. The result? Satisfaction to a tee.

An Oasis of Greens

The Dona Filipa lies in splendour at the heart of the iconic Vale de Lobo estate, embedded in the immaculate greens like a jewel in the Algarve’s crown. Recently renovated, it still exudes a sense of classic sophistication that simply can’t be replicated. A sandy beach lies just a couple of hundred metres away, and excellent spa and wellness facilities provide much needed R&R after a long day on the greens.

And what greens! The estate offers two courses of exceptional standards, with an effect that, for the serious golfer, just can’t be topped.

San Lorenzo: A League of Its Own

The brainchild of iconic US architects Rocky Roquemore and Joseph Lee, San Lorenzo is reserved exclusively for hotel guests. Suddenly the dream of a private golf course comes one step closer. Its 18 holes are arranged in a notoriously tricky figure eight, as if lying in wait for the golfer who’s bold enough to tackle them.

The play here is of a serious standard ­– in the European course rankings of 2016, San Lorenzo came out in a highly respectable 15th place. Indeed, it’s been showered with awards and accolades since it first opened in 1988.

 

 

“The patron saint of comedians, San Lorenzo is certainly not joking around when it comes to this course.”

Pinheiros Altos: Pin-Point Accuracy Required

Not satisfied with doing things the old-fashioned way, Pinheiros Altos takes golf up a technological gear or two, offering the latest in gaming kit. The golfer looking to hone their swing can take advantage of a post-performance analysis in the video bay or attend a bespoke golf clinic for extra fine-tuning.

The course itself has 27 holes, arranged in three segments (par 36). As such, you can move through the course in a variety of figurations, playing the game your way. My personal tip would be to bring a camera with you. Pinheiros Altos provided the best opportunity I’ve had so far of a world-class action shot: mid-swing, set against the backdrop of the Atlantic.

Whether you’re looking for a challenge, to improve your game or just to play on one of the best greens in the world, there’s no better place for a luxury golf getaway than the Dona Filipa. And now, with Prestige’s ‘Algarve Offer’, you’ll get four free rounds of golf at either course or four days of spa access for every seven nights booked. Interested? Get in touch with one of our advisors to find out more.