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A bit more Golf Information
|A collection of various site links covering most things to do with Algarve Golfing, ( e.g. Tee Fees, links to other course web
sites, bookings and Golf Packages ) , basically anything that didn't fit on the main Courses page.|
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Algarve Golf Site Links
|● Portugal / Algarve Links|
|The Algarve Home Page
||Good all round site covering the Algarve.|
||Algarve links including golf.|
||Links directory, travel, weather, maps, golf.|
||Links directory, travel, weather, maps, golf.|
||Various language and culture site links.|
||Quality club hire, delivered / collected, save taking your own.
Tel: (+351) 919 680 934
|Proper Golf 2000
||A 'proper' Golf shop in Alvor. Re-gripping / shafting. Sets and Single clubs. Will also do reasonable Tee bookings for most any course on the Algarve. Roger Morton, the owner,
will usually be able to give you an idea as to what courses are playing well at the present time.
Where: Quinta do Praia, Lote 4, Loja 6, 8500
Tel: (+351) 282 457 137
|Casa do Golfe
||Where: E N 125 Quatro Estradas,
Celões. 8100 Loulé|
Tel: (+351) 289 399 662
Fax: (+351) 289 399 662
||Where: Largo do Bocage, 8135
Tel: (+351) 289 393 570
Fax: (351) 289 393 571
||Comprehensive course guides with current pricing.|
||Tee booking service, course guide. ( 2007 )|
||Green fees guide for all courses. (Rev. 2007)|
||Algarve Course Guide, pretty graphics, basic info.|
||Algarve Course Guide. Easy to use.|
||Green fees booking for all courses. (Rev. 2006 / 2007)|
||Various golf / accommodation packages.|
Cars to Courses
||Approximate car/driver charges to golf courses.|
Golf Locations I
||Algarve golf courses, packages, all courses.|
Golf Locations II
||Pretty much a complete course guide.|
Some Golf Terminology for us amateurs
|Golf scoring terms -|
Albatross: Three shots less than par (you have more chance of seeing the actual bird)
Eagle: Two shots less (as above)
Birdie: One shot less
Bogey: One shot more
Double bogey: Two shots more
Triple bogey: Three shots more
stroke - Refers to the swing a golfer takes to hit the golf ball and direct it toward the hole, and what you will probably suffer if this all actually works perfectly.
par - The number of strokes normally needed to get the golf ball into the hole. A par 5 means it normally takes a golfer 5 strokes to sink the ball into the hole.|
score - If the par for a hole is 5 and a golfer sinks the ball in 3 strokes, the golfer's score with respect to par for that hole is -2, or 2 strokes under par. If the par is 5 and the
golfer takes 7 strokes, the golfer's score for that hole is +2, or 2 strokes over par.|
stroke index - The hardest hole on a course - often the longest par four but not always - will be stroke index one, the easiest, stroke index 18. The stroke index works in parallel to the
handicap. So if you have a handicap of 14, you should subtract one shot from your gross score at the holes which have been designated as stroke index one to 14. If you have a handicap of more than
18, there will be some holes at which you can take more than one shot. For instance with a handicap of 24, you should take two shots at holes with stroke index one to six (18 + 6 = 24).|
- One of the reasons golf is such a popular game is that a system of handicapping means players of all abilities can play against each other. A handicap is a certain number of strokes which a
player is allowed to remove from his total score for a round. Think of a handicap like a head start given by more skilful players to weaker. The better the player, the lower the handicap. It means
that players who have no handicap can play those with a handicap of 18, for example, and the game can still remain competitive. The player with a 18 handicap will have 18 shots more in which to
get around the course. Or if you like an extra shot per hole. The handicap system can seem confusing, which is why it is so important to keep your scores on a scorecard so you can work it all out
at the end of your round. Only highly skilled players reach zero, also known as 'scratch' or 'level'. A select few even get so good they enter positive figures - which means they have to add
strokes to their total. In reality, most golfers who reach that standard are good enough to turn professional. All professional tournaments are played as scratch or 'level' i.e. without handicaps.
In foursomes, the team's handicap is usually calculated by adding the two players' handicaps together and dividing by two. The normal maximum handicap is: Men: 28 and Women: 36. |
- Calculating -The actual number of shots taken to play a hole or a round is known as the 'gross' score. To calculate how well he or she has played, the player deducts his handicap from the
total to work out the 'net' score. For instance, if a player with a handicap of 20 takes 90 shots to go round a par 70 course his net score will be 70 - which means he will have 'played to his
handicap' - i.e. returned a net score the same as par. You can also work out your score for each hole as you go along as illustrated above. If you do not have a handicap you can work out what it
might be but subtracting par for the course from your total. For instance if you return a score of 98 on a par 72 course, you will have played to a handicap of 26.|