The resort course at Praia D’El Rey is made up of two distinctly different loops. The front 9 is played through lush vegetation, before the back 9 offers up a links-style challenge with dramatic views of the Atlantic Ocean. Which is the best is open to debate and personal preference, but they are both extremely enjoyable.
Perhaps the pick of the holes on the opening loop are the long 7th which is perfectly framed by tall trees, and the par 3 8th, which requires golfers to carry their tee shot over a large lake to find a green that is very well protected by bunkers.
On to the back 9, and it is the stretch from the 13th to the 15th – played along the coastline – that will probably remain longest in the memory. 13 is a tricky par 4 when the wind blows, 14 is a lovely short hole and 15 is a visually stunning, downhill par 4.
With well positioned bunkers, several water hazards and cleverly designed greens, Praia D’El Rey is an interesting test for all levels of golfer. The off course facilities more than live up to the golf course, with the clubhouse terrace providing a great spot for a post round drink.