on Top at Vilamoura
Palmer is to design a fifth golf course at the Vilamoura complex
in the Algarve. The new layout, the final stage in the owners' golfing
plans for the resort, will cost ·5 million to build and is due to
open during the first quarter of 2002, according to developers Lusotur.
the fourth course on the estate, the Millennium, will be officially
opened on May 4 this year when Palmer will be present to unveil
his plans for the fifth layout.
turnover at Vilamoura's three championship courses and Butch Harmon
golf academy currently exceeds £230 million a year, and when the
two newest courses are in operation that figure will be expected
to break the £300 million barrier.
was the venue for the recent International Golf Travel Market, and
it came as little surprise when the Algarve was named worldwide
golf destination of the year at the Hertz awards gala dinner.
of golf publications around the world put forward nominations in
14 categories and a panel of experts chose the overall winners.
Airways Holidays, named golf tour operator of the year, are offering
seven-night bargain breaks in the Algarve, Costa del Sol and Florida.
For return flights, car hire, twin-bedded acommodation and breakfast,
the costs are as little as £309 per person at the Dom Pedro Marina,
Vilamoura, £369 at the Alay Hotel, Benalmadena, and £519 at the
Treasure Island Inn, Daytona Beach. For a brochure or reservations,