Espiche: A new golf venue on the Algarve

EasyJet Holiday's great new course near Lagos

Posted: 6 March 2012
by Bob Warters

Aerial view of Espiche
Holes set among undulating terrain

Portugal’s Algarve coast now boasts another course to add to its quality portfolio of destinations golfers might visit when considering this hot spot for a holiday or group trip.

Espiche Golf Course near the bustling town of Lagos, opened in January and already looks a mature course overlooking the Atlantic coast just a short drive from Faro airport.

Designed and developed by South African golf architect Peter Sauerman, Espiche is an 18-hole, par-72 course with undulating terrain, lakes, sprawling woodland and views of the Monchique Mountains.

Espiche is offering something different with its sustainable, eco-friendly approach which means that the environment has been considered when creating the layout and managing the course.

The natural landscape of the Western Algarve is the main focus, with pine trees, wetlands and hilly terrain presenting a nine or 18-hole challenge close to the natural spa waters of Caldas de Monchique, which have been attracting visitors since Roman times.

Introductory green fee prices are €35 for 18 holes - or €25 for nine - with buggy hire from €15. Juniors aged 15 and under are charged half price.

The clubhouse is still under construction but the nearby town provides plenty of amenities including a zoo. The course is on the EN125 and towards Barao de Sao Joao signposted Lagos Zoo and recommended local hotels include the 4-Star Estrela da Luz, which has a wine and tapas bar, spa and a free bus service to local golf courses and the town centre.

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Well...the "introductory" rates seem to be about what they should be charging as the normal rate. No chance eh?

Posted: 06/03/2012 at 12:32

Has anyone actually played this course?

Posted: 06/03/2012 at 15:46 comment was a general sulk at the Algarve pricing itself out of the golf industry bit by bit!  

Posted: 06/03/2012 at 16:26

We are playing their every week. Magnificant course. Not easy!

Posted: 22/07/2012 at 09:59

Was in Lagos in April, wish I had known about this I would have made an effort to play it, as for the prices they are really cheap.30E for a buggy is UK prices not the Algarve.  I dont agree with Ian, I think the Algarve have been making a real attempt to rationlise prices and keep us going over there to play golf.. Now with the Euro coming down I reckon there should be some real bargains to be had..

Posted: 22/07/2012 at 11:36

I was in Lagos (Boavista) in June and have to agree. Prices are down and the golf courses are in excellent condition despite the warm weather.

Prices are almost the same as England. And the wine a beer are cheaper. Happy days

Posted: 22/07/2012 at 12:40

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