Palmares feels the need for speed

22 January 2019

Palmares Beach & Golf Resort, in the Algarve, is hitting the accelerator in the war against slow golf as 2019 gets off to a turbo-charged start.

The stunning five-star resort in Lagos, which boasts 27 holes, believes the time has come to make a stand and attempt to “save the golf planet” ahead of its new tournament: Eradicate Slow Play.

It’s seen as the perfect opportunity to introduce the new R&A rules and recommendations, which are designed to speed up play, but it is all part of the philosophy which is aimed at adding more enjoyment to golf and reducing the frustrations of waiting around.

Aside from the new R&A rules, Palmares is adding a few of its own extras in its slowdown takedown with a Texas Scramble format and a nine-hole dash expected to be completed in just 90 minutes on January 24 with members and guests set to put the new event through its paces.

One-shot penalties will be handed out for: searching for lost balls, practice swings, hitting provisional balls or reading greens from both sides.

But as an added incentive, Palmares will replace any lost balls with new balls to ensure no extra time is lost.

The resort’s operations director, António Pinto Coelho, said: “So many of us think that slow play is the number one enemy to an enjoyable golf experience.

“Slow play is killing golf so we felt obliged to do something. It’s not acceptable for a round of golf to take five hours so we need to change the mentality of some golfers. We also need to do what we can to encourage this so we wanted to do something more extreme and show that it can be a lot of fun at the same time.”

The event is expected to become a monthly fixture at Palmares with more radical “local rules” set to be introduced for future tournaments at the multi award-winning course, which was extensively redesigned by Robert Trent Jones Jnr in 2011. | |


About Onyria Resorts

The Onyria Golf Resorts group is part of the natural evolution of a project that began around 25 years ago. The group was created to undertake the integrated management of resorts, villas, hotels, golf courses and restaurants.

Onyria Golf Resorts is a family enterprise and began in 1985, with the acquisition of a plot of land in the Quinta da Marinha, Cascais.

Current and future touristic investments include various projects which are always situated in the most privileged locales: exquisite locations devoted to relaxation, but with the added advantage of always being close by to urban centers.

Onyria Golf Resorts has developed golf, business and pure leisure oriented projects at Cascais (Hotel Quinta da Marinha Resort) and the Algarve (Onyria Palmares Beach & Golf Resort).

High-resolution imagery of Onyria Palmares Beach & Golf Resort can be downloaded, for editorial use only, from here, for Quinta da Marinha from here, and for the Onyria Palmares Beach House Hotel here.


Steve Wilson - Editorial Manager
Palmares Golf c/o The Azalea Group
Tel: +44 1730 711 920`