Carla Clara, who runs our golf office, was born in Angola but brought up in South Africa. This was where her family fled as refugees in 1974 when Portugal cut its ties with its colonies. She graduated with a degree in Public Relations and Communications and in her last year at school met her husband, Rui, a fellow Portuguese refugee from the colony of Mozambique.
For New Year’s Eve 2000, Carla and Rui came to the Algarve for a holiday and loved it. So they decided to move here. Carla worked in the newly formed Kids Club at Four Seasons Fairways and Rui, who had played golf in South Africa, was soon recruited to set up the golf department. Twenty years on and Rui is Four Seasons Fairways’ Deputy General Manager and the golf side of things has become Carla’s speciality. “Although I don’t actually play golf myself, I spend so much time talking about it I almost feel as if I do,” says Carla.
Carla’s work involves dealing with Golf Club contracts and shop suppliers, as well as daily and advance tee time bookings. A big part of her job involves organising all member competitions, as well as the annual Open Amateur Week. “What I enjoy most about my job is the contact with our members – we always have a lot of fun together”.