Parque da Floriesta golf lies just over 1 Km west of the village of Budens, 16 km west of Lagos; signposted on the right of the EN125 main road.
Parque da Floresta is located amongst rolling, hilly terrain near the south-western tip of Portugal, the ‘Land’s End’ of Continental Europe. Budens is a picturesque village with an antique fountain and tank for washing clothes. Nearby stand abandoned windmills and an old typical lime kiln.
The layout, designed by former Spanish amateur champion Pepe Gancedo architect of the well-known Torrequebrada course near Malaga in Spain, was virtually carved out of the hills and many of the natural contours were retained. Because of this, most of the holes, especially on the first nine, are testing and at first sight may be daunting for beginners. But this is what intrigues those who play it for the first time.
The tendency is for golfers to go back time and again in an attempt to master the trickier holes. It is a case of the greater the challenge, the better the reward.
Unlike most courses, the controversial Parque da Floresta has an infinite variety of holes, each one with individual character.
A combination of finesse and long precise shots is essential to score well.The owners, who acquired the complex at the end of 1993, have embarked on a programme of continuous course improvement. Several fairways which formerly had side slopes have been levelled out and attractively landscaped.
18 Holes – 70 Euro’s Junior 32 Euro’s
9 holes – 42 Euro’s Junior 19 Euro’s
Buggy – 18 holes 40 Euro’s/9 holes 26 Euro’s
Electric trolly – 18 holes 18 Euro’s/9 holes 12 euro’s