Pretty much guaranteed winter sunshine in the UAE and Dubai has some of the best golf courses in the World with Abu Dhabi offering an alternative with some great golf resorts. It’s a 7-8 hour flights so golf holidays to Dubai tend to be for longer durations typically 5 – 7 nights.
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Dubai is a city and emirate in the United Arab Emirates known for luxury shopping, ultramodern architecture and a lively nightlife scene. Burj Khalifa, an 830m-tall tower, dominates the skyscraper-filled skyline. At its foot lies Dubai Fountain, with jets and lights choreographed to music. On artificial islands just offshore is Atlantis, The Palm, a resort with water and marine-animal parks.
Dubai is home to Home to three of the world’s top 100 golf courses and host to three major world tournaments including the Race to Dubai.
The Dubai golf scene is very vibrant, very diverse – there are extremely good golf courses in the region. We have high-profile professional golf tournaments and in the winter months, it really is one of the best places on the planet to play golf. The quality and diversity of the courses are really quite exceptional: you’ve got desert golf, mature parkland-style golf and beachfront golf.
Accessibility to some of the best golf courses and course condition. The courses are always pristine. There’s a lot of variety. And then there’s the service. All the clubs in Dubai really know how to treat visiting golfers and that’s what sets the experience apart. It’s not just about playing 18 holes. From when you arrive at the front door to when you leave at the bag drop, you’re treated like a king.
Flight times from the UK to Dubai are around 7 – 8 hours.
From the long Avenida dos Descobrimentos you can enjoy the city’s profile and the busy and lively Marina. This avenue leads to the sea and the beaches, which are amongst the most beautiful in the Algarve, and often praised by international bodies and magazines. To the east is Meia Praia, a sandy beach about five kilometres long, ending at the Ria do Alvor. On the other side, there is a succession of smaller beaches with clear waters, to which the rocks carved out by erosion have lent a stunning beauty. These are the beaches of Batata, Pinhão, Dona Ana and Camilo, accessible from the city centre. Further ahead is Ponta da Piedade, the highlight of the region: a series of rock formations with impressive jagged shapes and excavated caves that are best enjoyed on a boat trip. Canavial, Porto de Mós and Praia da Luz complete the range of beaches, which also include many sandy coves that are hard to get to, some only accessible by sea. They are small havens waiting to be discovered.
There is plenty of nightlife in Lagos both around the Marina area and in the town centre – within easy walking distnace of each other – with a wide selection of restaurants, local bars, irish bars and nightclubs available.
Lagos is about a 1hour transfer from Faro airport. If time allows the journey takes you close to Vilamoura, Albufeira, Portimao and Alvor so playing 9 or even 18 holes en route between the airport and Lagos is possible.
We offer a broad selection of accommodation options from self catering apartments in the heart of Boa Vista golf resort to hotels in the centre of town and a real treat boutique hotel (only 20 rooms and very modern) overlooking the golf course and beach at Palmares.
There are 3 golf courses within 15 minutes of the centre of Lagos – Palmares with its 27 holes is probably the jewel in the crown – we played it twice in 2019 and the greens were the best we have played in the Algarve, Espiche is a real challenge with most fairways being lined with thorn bushes, and Boa Vista a golf resort featuring self catering accommodation – unfortunately whilst Boa Vista has some great holes the greens were not in best condition last time we visited.