It's plain sailing in the western algarve

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Seeking a golfing holiday with a difference? Then the Golf & Sailing packages being offered by the Marina Club Lagos Resort in Portugal's western Algarve could suit you to a tee.

The Golf & Sailing packages are available until the end of March, 2013, and basically comprise a half day's sailing tour as well as a load of golf on the superb nearby courses of Onyria Palmares and Boavista.

Palmares is a classy 27-hole venue with three contrasting loops of nine, including a stunning links nine, and has been impressively transformed by leading US course architect Robert Trent Jones Jnr. It is fast developing into one of the Algarve's top venues.

Boavista is a fine resort layout on the outskirts of the magical ancient coastal town of Lagos and has a great variety of holes with lots of water on the back nine. The dramatic par-3 6th is one of the Algarve's most spectacular holes, the green sitting beyond a ravine teeming with wildlife.

Marina Club Lagos Resort features a four star suite hotel and apartments and is a great place to stay, the excellent facilities including a swimming pool, spa, gym and Way Point restaurant. But it's real plus point is its magnificent location overlooking the boat-filled marina with the wonderful Meia Praia beach a short walk away.

The Golf & Sailing packages are as follows: Five nights' B&B accommodation, three green fees with course transfers, one half day sailing tour and bicycle use during your stay (two hours per day). Cost per person (twin room) is 510euros. The seven nights stay costs 590euros but includes five green fees.

*To book this golf break with a difference e-mail marinaclub@marinaclub.pt or fax 00351 282 790601. Visit www.marinaclub.pt