Daily Golf Journal Interview Series- Interview #6
Jamie O’Doherty finds out more about the newly refurbished Palmares from their Golf Manager, Debora Andrade
How long have you worked at Palmares for?
I have worked at Palmares for 8 years now and previously at Vila sol.
What has changed in that time?
Kronos Homes Group www.kronoshomes.com has bought Palmares from the Onyria group last year. They are developing the resort as a whole and everyone working at Palmares is eagerly awaiting the finish of the brand new Clubhouse, which has spectacular views over the course, the beach and out to sea. They hope for the build to be complete in the Autumn and the facilities in the clubhouse will include a Pro shop, reception and two types of restaurant. An all day restaurant and a fine dining restaurant too. Three years ago the boutique hotel was completed but there are plans for a further bigger hotel in the future. Kronos now also have the Amendoeira resort where the Faldo and O’Conner golf courses are located. The Palmares resort has changed a lot in Debora’s time there. They are excited and pleased with the development at Palmares.
What do you think about the state of the current golf market?
Now it’s difficult obviously in post lockdown and she knows that a number of tour operators are struggling. However, she does feel that the golf segment will recover well; it’s the travel bans that are hurting the market right now. The course reopened on the 4th of May but it has only been members and locals playing. There are 350 members at Palmares which is a good balance between members and visitors. The 27 hole course has 3 nines and they are all different in character and allows for different combinations of play.
What is the focus of the Group?
The focus of the Kronos group is to promote the resort as a whole and not just one element. The golf, the accommodation etc all go hand in hand towards the vision of the Palmares Resort.
What is the summer promotion at Palmares?
The summer promotion is a green fee including a buggy www.palmaresliving.com for further information
Tell our readers something about yourself which they may not know?
Unfortunately Debora doesn’t play much golf due to time constraints and she is quite a workaholic. She enjoys working for the client and loves the golf industry as a whole. There was a time when Debora wanted to be a golf referee because when she first started in Vila Sol she learned the rules and etiquette of golf first, by running tournaments for the members. She is very proud of the staff and the resort which has already picked up awards and everyone is extremely excited about the new clubhouse opening.
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