JJW´s Pinheiros Altos Golf Course to Host the International Pairs World Finals 2021

Taking Place: 26th to 30th October 2021 in Quinta do Lago, Algarve

This Autumn, Dona Filipa Hotel and the world-famous Pinheiros Altos Golf Course will be presenting the prestigious International Pairs World Final in the heart of the Algarve. This event, the culmination of a strong and prolific partnership between JJW Hotels & Resorts and International Pairs, heralds a welcome return to competition golf in Portugal.

Made up of 120 male and female competitors from around the globe, the five-day amateur final is making its Pinheiros Altos debut following two successful years at JJW’s Penina Hotel & Golf Resort. Ruben Paula, the hotel chain’s Chief Operating Officer in Portugal said, “We can’t wait to introduce guests, golfers and dignitaries to a great new chapter in this fabulous tournament. Pinheiros Altos is one of the toughest – most entertaining – courses in Europe, and players are going to need all of their skill and wits to come out on top.”

In addition to the fantastic competition golf on offer, players will also be able to take advantage of the high-class service and exceptional amenities at Dona Filipa Hotel, including: a heated outdoor pool overlooking the sea, two gourmet restaurants, stylish bar and lounge, games room and expansive gardens. Golfers are also invited to play at JJW’s nearby sister course, the award-winning San Lorenzo.

“After a challenging year for everybody, we can’t wait to get back to doing what we do best,” continued Paula, “There will be signature cocktails made from our exclusive Dona Filipa gin, a host of gala dinners, social events and drinks receptions complete with a range of VIP touches and luxury treats.”

“We’ve spent the last few months working immensely hard with the great team at International Pairs to deliver what is set to be a world-class finals. Attendees are sure to be dazzled and delighted by the new location, and we can’t wait to show off the luxurious surroundings of our beachfront Vale do Lobo hotel and Quinta do Lago golf course. It’s certain to be an event to remember for a very long time to come.”

Watch what's to come for the International Pairs 2021 World Final


Further Information for editors:

International Pairs
International Pairs is a worldwide golf tournament for amateur club golfers with a recognised golf handicap. Arguably the world’s largest amateur pairs golf competition, the event is specifically designed to give golfers the opportunity to compete at the highest amateur level on a renowned international stage.

JJW Portugal
JJW Hotels & Resorts owns and operates an extensive collection of luxury hotels, resorts, golf courses, spas and restaurants all over Europe. In Portugal, JJW boasts three luxury hotels, five golf courses, and a world-renowned centre of golfing excellence. Guests and golfers have been taking advantage of these award-winning facilities for over 50 years.

Dona Filipa Hotel, Vale do Lobo

Rising up from the golden sands of Vale do Lobo, the five-star Dona Filipa Hotel is surrounded by lush greenery and panoramic ocean views that stretch for miles. Newly refurbished to the highest standards of luxury, the hotel blends modern design with classic Portuguese style. Guests can choose to play a wide array of golf courses, including the hotel’s world-famous San Lorenzo and Pinheiros Altos courses.

Pinheiros Altos Golf Course
Pinheiros Altos is located in the heart of the Ria Formosa Nature Reserve, a nationally protected area known for its outstanding beauty and spectacular scenery. Located just 15 minutes from Faro International Airport; and 5 minutes from extensive unspoilt beaches, it features a 27-hole championship golf course, a spectacular clubhouse with bar, restaurant and luxurious member’s lounge. In addition, the state-of-the-art Pinheiros Altos Golf Academy and Pro Shop offers golfers everything they need to get the very best out of their game.


Windhoek Lager International Pairs SA Final: New Venue for Season 5 & 6

Season 5 and 6 of the Windhoek Lager International Pairs sees a change of venue due to the current financial climate and the Covid related uncertainties regarding flight regulations and entry into different countries. The Venue will be changed from the traditional Windhoek Golf Club and Omeya Golf Club to Devonvale Golf & Winelands Estate, situated in the Western Cape. Situated in the Stellenbosch Winelands area, you’ll find a true jewel of the Bottelary Valley, from pristine greens and fairways to fantastic views of rolling vineyards to accompany your golfing experience. The magnificent 18-hole Championship golf course needs little introduction, offering a regular challenge to both local and international golfers alike. The original layout, designed by Ken Elkin, who designed many of the Capes better known courses, has seen several improvements over the last 5 years and is constantly undergoing improvements but still remains a true ‘country course’. An important aspect of Devonvale’s existence is the hosting of tournaments. The estate has seen the hosting of the SA Ladies Open, Sunshine Tour, Provincial Opens, Interprovincial tournaments, Ernie Els foundations, SA Open Qualifying rounds, Interschools and Senior Opens and looks forward to hosting many more in the future as this forms part of Devonvale’s ethos. The SA final for Season 5 will take place at Devonvale Golf and Wine Estate from 2 to 5 June 2021. Season 6 SA Final Dates will be announced soon. Some highlights of Devonvale Golf & Wine Estate:
  • 6136m, Par 72 18-hole Championship course
  • Course length: Mens 5705m | Womens: 4993m
  • Located on the North facing slopes of the Devon Valley
  • Surrounded by mountains and vineyards
  • A tree-lined curving course with sweeping fairways
  • Filled with peace and tranquillity (birdlife, springboks)
  • International & National and kids “Squirrel “ tournaments
  • Halfway house with terraced bar and lounge
  • stylish 5-star change rooms for ladies and gentlemen
  • Private / group lessons with our PGA Golf Pro Anna Becker
  • Proshop selling estate wines and various golf accessories
  • Driving range and Practice area
  • Ladies and kiddies clinics
  Visit http://www.devonvale.co.za/ to find out more.   We look forward to having another successful SA final and seeing all our golfers in full swing again!

International Pairs Welcomes New Portugal Licensee

Portugal has been selected to host  the annual International Pairs World Final to take place on the 26 October to 30 October 2021 in Algarve. The new License Holder Daniel di Pietro, is looking to seize the business opportunity that bringing a World Final to his own country can create.

Daniel di Pietro is 54 years old, has an Architecture degree and he is passionate about Golf. In 2007 Daniel and his brother founded a Company that hosts a golf fair named Portugal Golf Show. Since then, the company started organizing and promoting golf events in Portugal and has become the license holder of other international tournaments where he acquired great experience in this sector.

Today, he runs his own company and he is very excited and focused on creating a new future for the International Pairs in Portugal,  taking advantage of this unique moment of the great change of image and concept of the historic tournament.

Daniel says: “In this year, in which we hope to witness the end of the pandemic that is plaguing the world, I want to take advantage of the start of a new era of this tournament, which coincides with the rebranding and the revision of the tournament concept. It is the perfect timing to start a new challenge, knowing that we have a lot of work ahead of us to get a top position in golf tournaments in Portugal”

Portugal has a wide variety of courses, with features suitable for the different levels of difficulty and available budgets. Between 2014 and 2019, Portugal was chosen by the World Golf Awards as the Best Golf Destination in Europe for six years in a row, and as the Best Golf Destination in the World between 2014 and 2018

There are more than ninety courses around the country,  and most are aimed at attracting tourists. Even so, Portugal has a multitude of almost 15,000 federated players who take advantage of the fact that in Portugal, there are more than 300 days of sunshine a year to practice their favourite sport.

We are excited to have Daniel onboard and look forward to hosting a strong team from Portugal in the 2021 World Final.



International Pairs Welcomes Cristiano Carraroli, Alessio
and Massimiliano Giovannini as managers of the Italian license for Italy

Italy joining International Pairs 2022

Despite a highly anticipated first appearance at the world final 2021, the first official season for International Pairs Italy will start in 2022, with qualifying competitions beginning October this year and will see the event hosted by more than 50 golf clubs around the country.


The Italian management team will leverage on a consolidated network that already exists from the relaunch of another prestigious team competition in Italy, the World Corporate Golf Challenge. The International Pairs Tournament will make its debut in Italy at Marco Simone golf course, the hosting venue of the next European based Ryder Cup, the event will commence for 12 months, where pairs will compete to represent the country in a National Final, which is planned for September 2022.

Cristiano Carraroli


Italy's New Licensee - Cristiano Carraroli

After more than 10 years experience in the financial sector, in 2015 I decided to fully dedicate myself to a job that truly can link passion to work. Before the switch, setting up golf tournaments with my agency was only an hobby, now we manage more than 250 competition days per year and we leverage on a network consisting on more than 4000 amateur golf players in Italy. It will be an honour to have the opportunity to bring International Pairs to Italy and together with my business partner we are excited to start this new project.

Alessio Filippi

Italy's New Licensee - Alessio Filippi

I split myself between a job in the travel industry and the passion for golf. Since more than five years ago I started developing golf tournaments in the Rome Capital area, one of my passions is to bring golf players from around the world to experience some of the most beautiful golf courses. Our company Wingolf is developing a very strong partnership with Underpar and Cristiano, we feel International Pairs will be another great platform to develop together.



Massimiliano Giovannini

Italy's New Licensee - Massimiliano Giovannini

I was born in Rome and lived there most of my lifetime before moving to Tuscany. I split my work life between real estate and the food industry, together with the passion for golf. My goal is to develop something different for the golf event industry. I started out alone, but not long after I met Underpar and immediately understood the opportunity to develop something amazing together. I can’t wait to bring the International Pairs format to my local golf network!

Get in touch with International Pairs Italy:

Mobile: +39 345 3844880

Email: italy@internationalpairsgolf.com


A New Era – The Next Phase of the International Pairs

The last couple of months have been a huge frustration to golfers and event organizers all around the world. The constant changing of the golf landscape was one of our biggest challenges.

Good news

There reportedly was a growth in memberships and rounds played whenever the opportunity to play was presented. This is extremely positive for all of us at International Pairs as it presents a larger market that we will be able to target.

During worldwide lockdowns, we quickly realized that people spend more time reading emails and engaging on social media than ever before.

This presented us with the opportunity to do comprehensive market research and plan the next phases of the International Pairs.

The Future for International Pairs

You should be aware that International Pairs has a 23-year history. Our goal was to analyze International Pairs’ public image and optimize our brand in line with what players want and expect from us. The feedback has been interesting and has given us the opportunity, based on market research, to visualize a future with exciting innovations and changes that will benefit all role players within the International Pairs framework.

Market research included potential sponsors, licensees and the broader golfing public. Feedback on the market research and innovations to be followed in coming weeks.



Here are some of the outcomes of the survey

The history of the event:

52,7% of People surveyed stated that this plays an important role as it creates a platform of stability, sustainability, and durability.

33,5% said it makes no difference as long as the competition is being played, offering the golfers an opportunity to participate in an international event.

13,8% - Indifferent, does not matter either way.

The marketing team’s recommendation is that we stay with history of the event and drive home the points of stability, sustainability, and durability, whilst building on the theme of making history.

International Pairs Logo:

88,2% of respondents did not recognize the current logo.

82,7% of those surveyed, when studying the logo felt the logo is old, outdated and looked “tired”. It held no real value, and they did not understand the elements of the current logo.

The recommendation is to revamp and modernize the logo with unique individual layers that clearly display the key elements of the International Pairs. It was decided that this will be the initial point of departure.

If you follow us on Facebook and/or LinkedIn as well as Twitter you would have seen the full revealing process of the new logo, over the last few weeks with the full reveal now completed. If you don’t follow us on social media, please do so, to ensure you stay updated with the latest news.



The light at the end of the tunnel: A look back at one of the toughest years in golf!

2020 has been a very tough year in the golfing industry, as we’ve seen the spread of Covid 19 growing wider worldwide with multiple shutdowns and lockdowns. A great amount of stress has been put on golf courses, events, and their staff but it has not all dark days as we’ve seen some of the golfing sectors flourish during the epidemic. Lockdown golfing
Being ‘lockdowned’ most people had more time hands for a few extra hobbies, from DIY activities to exercise regimes and of course more time for golf for the fortunate! We’ve seen an uptake in the game of golf with new players joining the game every day and golfclub memberships increasing, for the more experienced golfers out there, be patient and don’t lose your cool with all the new feet on your course, instead guide, help and advise where you can as we have all been there before, you never know your luck as one day you could be partnered with that player and he/she could carry you through to the International Pairs World Final! Welcome to the family
The International Pairs has also welcomed a few new licensees in the Year 2020 and has been in talks with potential new countries on signing up. We welcomed Northern Ireland, Iceland and Sweden and look forward to hosting the licensees and their players in the World Finals this year. New Ideas and concepts
Covid has caused and forced the golfing industry to adapt and try new things and has been the case when International Pairs launched the Hole 19 International Pairs Digital Challenge. The Digital Challenge gives golfers the opportunity to still play competitive golf without the fear of overcrowding and at the luxury of their own time. In Hole 19 International Pairs Digital Challenge golfers will also play as pairs of 2 in a betterball stableford format, golfers register online for a round, record their scores on the Hole 19 app and is then transferred onto their countries’ leaderboard. The Digital Challenge is currently available in the UK, Germany, Ireland, and Belgium. Any golfer with an official handicap index can sign up online and take part. The Hole 19 International Pairs Digital Challenge winners in each country will win an all-expenses paid trip to The International Pairs World Finals in Portugal to compete for the Digital Division Championship. Follow the link to find out more about the event: https://internationalpairsgolf.com/hole-19-digital-challenge/ International Pairs in 2021 The International Pairs World Finals is still scheduled for 26 October to 30 October 2021 at Penina Hotel & Golf Resort in Algarve, Portugal, we look forward to seeing all the licensees and players for another extravagant event!
We wish all our fellow golfers a prosperous 2021, stay safe and happy golfing!

Windhoek Lager International Pairs South Africa – The road ahead

Over the last couple of weeks, we had a number of questions from clubs and players with regards to the season 5 competition. We understand that these are abnormal times and as such want to assure all concerned that we have put contingency plans in place.  
Q1 – What will happen to those players who have already qualified at club level? Answer: All those pairs who have already qualified for Season 5 will still be invited to participate in the regional qualifiers. It will need adjustments to the schedules and at this stage we are planning to have the Regional Qualifying events take place during the month of August.   The Windhoek Lager International Pairs South Africa final is provisionally being scheduled for September 2020. This depends on the status of the country and the rules pertaining to playing golf as decided by the SA Government with regards to Covid-19
Q2 – We were supposed to have our club qualifying events during the lockdown period. How will this work going forward? Answer: The season would originally have ended on 31 May 2020, but it has been decided to extend the season. Clubs will get the opportunity to select new dates for qualifying events until the 31st of July 2020. This will give clubs time to reschedule events, enter for season 5 if they have not already done so as well as giving clubs who have completed qualifying events additional opportunities to host more qualifying events.
Q3 – What happens to the International Pairs World Final? Answer: The 2020 International Pairs World Final is scheduled to take place at Penina Hotel and Golf Resort in the Algarve in Portugal. The dates are confirmed from 15 to 19 November 2020. This is subject to International rules and regulations as set by the WHO and pertaining countries with regards to Covid-19.
Windhoek Lager International Pairs South Africa - Season 5 Contributing to those in need. We are happy to announce that going forward Windhoek Lager International Pairs South Africa, will contribute 10% of the competition entry fee back to the clubs who are hosting qualifying events, to assist those in need at their club. The directors of African Sports Management (ASM), the organizers of the WLIPSA events, had discussions with Windhoek Lager as the headline sponsor, and it was agreed that ASM will donate 10% of all entry fees direct to each club at future qualifying events, during the current season. ASM believes that each club understands the needs of assisting club staff in these difficult times. It is therefore important that each club decides how they will assist those in need at their clubs from these funds. We thank the clubs, players and staff for their loyalty and support over the last 5 seasons. We believe that together we can all make a difference in these difficult and challenging times. Communication with the clubs and players will be continued. Please adhere to the Covid-19 rules during these abnormal times and please stay safe.


In what can only be described as an amazing feat, South African players were crowned as the International Pairs World Champions in Portugal. After losing by a single point for the last 3 years, this year saw a change in fortunes for the SA team. IT IS THE 1ST TIME IN 14 YEARS OF PARTICIPATING THAT SOUTH AFRICA WON THE TITLE. MOONOOI GOLF CLUB WORLD CHAMPIONS! The pair of Peet van Schalkwyk and Mario Strydom brought their A-Game to this year’s final. They needed all their skill and expertise to ensure they faced up to the elements, with rain and strong winds on the final day, they had their work cut out. They managed to pip the pair of Tony Morgan and Kevin Kenny from the UK by 6 Stableford points after 36 holes. Stephen Kiaro and Michael Warigia from Kenya, the 1st round leaders, were a 1 point behind the pair from the UK in the third position. Well done gentlemen for making your club, region, and country proud!


SOUTH AFRICA LADIES ENSURE A DOUBLE VICTORY! This year saw the introduction of a separate ladies’ division at the World Finals. The winning Ladies Pair of Isabelle Backx and Sally-Anne Hyatt are the proud – 1st ever – World Ladies Champions. The pair from Mount Edgecombe Country Club in KZN had to fight to the last hole to ensure victory by a single stableford point over a very competitive Zimbabwe team. The mother and daughter pair of Elfra and Nicky van Eyk from Irene Golf Club ended in a very credible 3rd place. For all the scores log onto our website at https://worldgolftournaments.com/ @wgolftournaments


2019 Saw the start of several changes to the 20-year-old format of the International Pairs with players, guests and sponsors competing in 4 different divisions. “Growth across all categories of Pairs golf is important not only for the event, but also to ensure inclusivity of all amateur golfers and license holders” comments World Golf Tournaments. AMPUTEE DIVISION WINNERS! 2019 also saw the start of what promises to be a huge boost for disabled golfers on a world-wide basis. With players being paired as a pair consisting of a leg amputee and an arm amputee playing together, this was applauded by the players and officials. With 40 players already committed for next year, this section will be keenly contested in the years to come. Reinhard Schuhknecht from South Africa and Josh Williams from Canada did enough to beat Chris Wood (Namibia) and Mick Horsley (UK) by 11 points. For all the scores log onto our website at https://worldgolftournaments.com/ @wgolftournamentsbe keenly contested in the years to come.