Want to improve your golf? A golf week in Portugal worked wonders

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One of the 18 hole courses at Robinson’s Club

This is the story of a woman (me!) who started playing golf a couple of years ago, and found it really difficult to improve from my starter handicap of 36. I had worked really hard to get to that, and be admitted as a member of my local club, but then I just never seemed to get any better. A friend of mine had been on a 5 day golfing holiday and said she found it so useful that she was going to book again.

In the end 12 of us booked for a week. We came from a mixture of four golf clubs, and we filled the course quota.  It worked really well as it wasn’t cliquey and although not everyone knew everyone at the start we all knew a few people and we had a ready made group. We booked with David Short Golf, as my friend had attended his courses before, and we went to Robinson’s Club near Tevira, which is about 30 minutes drive from Faro.

The coastline

The coastline

The club was excellent. Rooms were clean and functionally ideal, the food was amazing and offered huge choices, and all food and drink was inclusive. There are two 18 hole courses and a huge teaching/ practising area. Add in large swimming pools (one inside, the other outside) a gym, tennis courts and a spa and you get the idea.

The format was lessons in the morning with David, then a quick lunch before going out for 18 holes, with David watching us so he could then pick up issues for tuition the next day.

The teaching is subtle but very effective – you start off playing with all your usual errors, and then gradually it starts to click. After the week I dropped to 32, then to 29 and after a great performance in our autumn meeting I now play off 26, so I am proof that the course was of huge benefit. I try to play twice a week in the summer months but I am by no means playing every day, so it is not like I am a mad golfer. Everything just clicked!



This year we are all going back and reversing the format so we play in the morning, to give us a bit or time for rest and relaxation later in the afternoon. Last year David was I think somewhat bemused at first by having to organise 12 chatting women and get us to tee off on time, in the correct groups. I must admit it was a challenge sometimes, but he kept his sense of humour as he rejigged our foursomes at the last minute, and tried to install the essential of good golf techniques.

The courses are well maintained and very attractive. The complex is about 10 minutes walk from a lovely unspoilt stretch of national protected beach and lagoons. About 15 minutes drive away is Tevira, a pretty little town, which we visited on our golf free day on the wednesday. You do need a break!

So, if you want to improve your golf a week of lessons does work wonders. I would strongly recommend that you go as a ready made group – better the devil you know as they say! If you are interested in David Short’s courses click here.