David versus Goliath as Munster take on Leinster in Vilamoura

Well, maybe not quite Goliath in the biblical sense, but David (Wallace) will be leading a Munster golf team into battle against a Leinster side led by his former Irish compatriot,  Malcolm O’Kelly. With 164 Irish caps between them and both guys having traveled together with the British & Irish Lions, friendship may be left to one side and replaced with friendly rivalry and good competitive banter.

David Wallace
Malcolm O’Kelly

Golf Voyager is proud to host the 2nd annual ‘Algarve Golf Challenge’, which will take place in Vilamoura, Portugal from Friday 26th January to Monday 29th January 2018 where Munster will take on Leinster.

5* Pestana Vila Sol Golf Resort, Vilamoura

The challenge will be staged at the 5* Pestana Vila Sol Golf Resort in Vilamoura, Portugal where David Wallace will be hoping to retain the cup that was won in dramatic fashion at the same venue in Jan 2017.

Former Clare hurlers Noel McMahon & Stephen McNamara celebrate Munsters’ success at the Algarve Golf Challenge 2017 with captain David Wallace. Photo by Keith Wiseman


This intriguing golf challenge will see 32 golfers from Munster take on 32 golfers from Leinster in a fun, yet competitive event. Over 60% of those who competed in last year’s competition have already signed to partake in the event, which is a clear indication that there is an appetite for this type of team golf tournament.

At the launch of Algarve Golf Challenge 2018 in Limerick recently were Munster rugby legend, David Wallace & Fintan Ward (COO of Golf Voyager). Photo by Keith Wiseman

Launching the event, Golf Voyager’s CEO Conor Galvin said: “Having hosted our first Munster Vs Leinster rugby-themed golf outing in Vilamoura in January 2017, we saw how much the golfers loved this format. We’re delighted to be heading back to Portugal in January for our second Munster versus Leinster challenge, which was a sell-out this year, with Munster taking home the spoils. Munster Captain David Wallace will be seeking to retain the title when he faces his Leinster opponents, this year led out onto the fairways by Malcolm O’Kelly”.

5* Pestana Vila Sol Resort
5* Pestana Vila Sol Resort
5* Pestana Vila Sol Resort

The Algarve Golf Challenge will see the best team of 2 score after the 2 days walk away with first prize, a golf holiday to any of the Pestana Hotels in the Algarve, Portugal. There are prizes for the top 10 teams valued at over €4000. At the end of two days play either Wally or Mal will be lifting the cup as the winner.

The tournament is open to all golfers aged 18 and over, with no handicap restrictions so all levels of golfers are invited to participate. This is an opportunity of a lifetime for any sports enthusiasts to tee it up in a fun, yet competitive environment and rub shoulders with two Irish Rugby Legends.

The impressive Vilamoura town, marina and beach

Details Summary

The dates are Friday 26th January to Monday 29th January 2018.

Golf tee times from midday on both Sat 27th Jan & Sun 28th Jan at Vila Sol Golf Course.

The Algarve Challenge incorporates 2 events into 1, with a fourball pairs competition running in conjunction with the overall Munster Vs Leinster event.

The price is €325pp sharing excl. flights and €475 for those seeking a single room.

This includes:

  • 3 nights B&B at 5* Pestana Vila Sol Resort
  • 2 rounds of golf at Vila Sol
  • Tournament entry – prizes for top 10 pairs
  • Airport transfers (see flight details listed below)
  • Use of driving range (golf balls not included)
  • Welcome pack including commemorative polo shirt
  • Complimentary finger food at prize giving presentation

Flights not included – Available from Dublin to Faro return with Ryanair. (The flight details listed below are the only flights where transfers are included).

  • Ryanair FR7032 on Fri 26th Jan, dep. Dublin 17:20, arr. Faro 20:20
  • Ryanair FR7033 on Mon 29th Jan, dep. Faro 13:45, arr. Dublin 16:50

For more information and to book your place call Fintan Ward at Golf Voyager on 061-514600

For those wishing to hire golf clubs in the Algarve, we suggest our preferred partner ClubsToHire.com . Book online before travel and collect from the  ClubsToHire.com shop, located in the arrivals hall at Faro Airport. They also arrange free delivery to/from the hotel when 10+ sets are booked by a group.

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