More than 70 players from the EGU's Under-18 East Midlands and Thames Valley region squads travelled to the resort in Portugal's western Algarve for a warm weather training camp.

During their five-day stay, the teenagers - both boys and girls - were given the chance to experience Onyria Palmares' three loops of nine holes, which were officially opened by its designer Robert Trent Jones II last June.

In addition, the elite squads also enjoyed extensive use of the resort's wide array of practice facilities and they had no hesitation in giving the award-winning venue a glowing vote of confidence at the end of their visit.

Neil Connolly, from the EGU's East Midlands training squad, said: 'What a week! The Algarve provided the ideal environment to carry out some pre-season golf training work.

'Everyone in the team from squad members to specialists could not have enjoyed the week more. Thank you for the very special western Algarve hospitality, we will be back!'

Carmen Lester, performance coach with the Thames Valley training squad, added:

'The practice areas are fabulously maintained, the courses themselves are challenging, superbly maintained and the sea views are both stunning and inspiring.

'All the resort's staff were very accommodating of our needs and were keen to offer advice when asked. We had excellent customer service and will be back, I am sure of it!'

Onyria Palmares received widespread acclaim after it was redesigned and officially opened by world-renowned architect Jones II last year and the venue is set to become a firm favourite among travelling golfers in the coming years.

The three loops of nine holes - the Alvor, Lagos and Praia courses - enjoy expansive panoramic views across the Bay of Lagos, with each lay-out offering a different kind of golfing challenge in a glorious and natural environment.

While the Alvor course plays through pine tree-lined corridors with the majority of holes ascending hillsides or descending through intimate valleys, the Lagos course is a mixture of parkland and links features and the Praia is set on classic seaside dunes-land exposed to the elements.

Built at a cost of Eu 10million, Portugal's newest golf course is part of the Onyria Palmares Beach & Golf Resort which will see a total investment of Eu 300million when it is completed.

Work on the resort's five-star hotel started last year and is due to be finished next summer while the complex will also include a selection of villas.

In addition, guests can take advantage of a wide range of facilities including a golf driving range with two training centres, a panoramic clubhouse and an array of different sports and leisure activities, while residents will be able to enjoy an impressive shopping area as well as exclusive access to a beach club.

With breathtaking views, Onyria Palmares Beach & Golf Resorts offers a unique location in the Algarve with dazzling views to the Ria de Alvor, Meia-Praia and Bay of Lagos.

For more details, visit www.onyriapalmares.com.