Golf courses of Portugal Golf on the Portuguese courses

GOLF COURSES OF PORTUGAL AND ANDALUSIA, SPAIN

Including golf in Madeira, Portugal and Huelva in Andalucia, Spain.

Golf courses of Portugal
For discount rates and guaranteed tee off times, click the regions below

Northern and Central Portugal - Lisbon Coast and Alentejo - Algarve and Huelva - Madeira and Porto Santo - The Azores

Golf Courses in Portugal and Huelva in Spain - Regions map Golf Courses in Northern and Central Portugal Golf Courses in the Lisbon Coast and the Alentejo Golf Courses in Madeira Golf Courses in The Algarve and Huelva Spain These pages are intended to promote the magnificent golf courses of Portugal and Huelva in Spain to those on a golfing holiday.

When playing these courses, you will see some of the most beautiful parts of the country including the Costa Verde and encounter the warmth and friendliness of local people in their own communities.

The Algarve region has many hotels and golf courses. For the other areas we have some suggested golf trips with accommodation.

The discounted rates give cheap golf and can be seen on the individual pages for each golf course and by clicking the links above.

There is a link from these pages to an online booking engine which give quaranteed tee off times.

Below is a sailor's view of the Portuguese Trade Winds which will affect your game of golf, especially on the western coastal links and the western Algarve courses.


 
The Portuguese Trade Winds (The Nortada)
The Portuguese trade winds usually blow in the summer months although you can also expect it at other times of the year after a quiet sunny start to the day.

The wind usually commences about midday and will finish whilst your are enjoying the excellent, cheap Portuguese cuisine for your evening meal. The start is delayed in the south and it blows later.

It is a strong wind, and can reach force 7 on the Beaufort scale (near gale) in the late afternoon.  It always blows from the north.

Itīs effect is mainly felt in coastal areas and, it is strongest when there is a headland with a river valley to the south. It is also felt in the exposed areas in the western Algarve.

For the coastal courses it would seem that if you want to play in calm weather you should go out in the morning.  Those preferring the challenge of strong winds should play after lunch.

The are four causes of this wind :

  • The Azores high pressure area causing good weather over Portugal causes the wind to circulate clockwise around these systems giving a northerly wind.
  • In summer, there is often a low pressure system in Spain around which the wind circulates anti-clockwise causing a northerly wind in Portugal.
  • The hot air over the Sahara is rising and has to be replaced by cool air. The Sahara is to the south of Portugal so the replacement air has to come form the north.
  • As the Iberian Peninsular heats up during the day, the hot air rises here and cool air is sucked in, particularly along the river valleys. This increases the strength of the winds because the flow has to replace this air as well.
This wind has, in a large part, been responsible for the wealth that came to Portugal in the past. It enabled the Portuguese to develop into one of the great seafaring nations of the world. The wind enabled cargo carrying vessels to make predictable passages. (Hence the name "Trade Wind")

The seafaring skills brought about the Discoveries made by the Potuguese which was followed by the rich colonies of South America and the Far East. The goods were shipped to Portugal for distribution throughout Europe. The winds also meant that vessels from Northern Europe, going to the Americas, traded in Portugal because it was on the fastest route under sail.

Unfortunately, the steam ships signalled the end of the importance of this wind. It is enjoyed by us who sail for pleasure and cursed by the unknowing golfer on the coastal links in the afternoon.



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