Algarve sets new golf record
The southern Portuguese coastline boasts 42 superb courses which together clocked up almost 1.2 million rounds in 2015 - a significant rise of seven per cent on the previous best year (2007) and almost eight per cent higher than 2014.
In real terms, that is more than 100,000 extra rounds or 274 more per day, figures supplied this week by the Azalea Group revealed.
Golf visitor numbers saw exceptional figures in the final quarter of 2015, which saw growth jump 15 per cent on 2007 levels as golfers took advantage of the warm and sunny climate. October was the busiest month as almost 152,000 rounds were played, but the Algarve remains a popular choice for UK golfers throughout the year with short and inexpensive flight connections and great value for money, particularly with the strong Sterling against the Euro.
The picturesque region will also be celebrating its 50th anniversary as a golf destination in 2016 as it continues to lead the way in attracting golfers who want to play on the top-quality courses with friendly, golf-savvy service.
Maria Manuel Delgado e Silva, ATA golf product manager, said: “We are proud and delighted that so many people enjoyed the Algarve experience in 2015 and we are hoping many more will choose to visit us again in 2016.
“We strive to provide the very best in hospitality, accommodation and golf venues with great value and quality. Our guests can also benefit from our 50 years of experience.”