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Algarve - Quinta do Gramacho

Quinta do Gramacho Golf, Carvoeiro, Algarve

Algarve - Quinta do Gramacho
Although this used to be an eighteen hole round of golf played on nine fairways, this has changed and Quinta do Gramacho is now a full eighteen hole course. Maybe surprisingly, the greens have been compared to Augusta and Andy McFee, Senior Tour Director of the PGA European Tour, says that there are not many courses visited by the Tour whose greens match the quality of Quinta do Gramacho.

On the first, the hole from the tee looks quite daunting with out-of-bounds on both left and right. The down hill tee shot has to be kept left of centre of the fairway, due to a large rock formation and a tree perched on top. On your driving line are two bunkers, a good driver and you could be in trouble. It is a good idea to take your 3 wood for safety. Your approach is very crucial as the green looks well protected, which it is, bunkers and an elevated green are waiting. The green, as most is on two levels. Get the wrong level and it could be 3 puts, or more….

The second is a long par 5, slight dogleg right with out-of-bounds left and a large tree centre of fairway. This hole is fairly straight forward but take care when the green approaches, as it is well protected with bunkers. The bunkers are positioned so they come into play on both second and the final chip into the green, yet another large looking green make sure you get the correct flag. The sixteenth looks from the tee to be just a straightforward par 4, but take a look at the card before you tee off. The drive has to be well-placed centre of the fairway but not too long, water does come into play from the tee shot. A well placed 5 or 4 iron is not a chicken's way out. This hole bends left for your second to the green over water. Take care once again with your approach shot, as the green looks closer than it is first thought. Finish this with a par and you have done well.

I think the 18th at Quinta do Gramacho is probably the most rewarding to par, and from the tee and Club House looks like a par 5 should. From the tee you have water on the right, but should not come into play. The crucial bit is where to place your tee shot. In the middle of the fairway is a line of trees, keep to the right and you have no trouble with the second. All the problems start with your approach to an elevated green, protected well with bunkers. The green has the normal two tier green. Try and get the correct flag to aim your approach shot. I have spent many a society day with the gallery looking on, the approach shot can be with anything from a 5 iron to a wedge. Get it wrong and the gallery have a good day. Get it right and the laugh is yours. I do think Quinta do Gramacho is one you will enjoy, and remember.

Course architect Ronald Fream
Par 72 -18 Holes (Double 9) - SSS 72 - Length 5,919 Meters

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