Travel: Pine Cliffs, Portugal
There's a growing demand for the adventure holiday. The fearless among us take on rope bridges high in a rainforest, camp with the world's deadliest creatures or hurtle down mountains on bikes at breakneck speed.
I thought of these vigorous souls, I really did, as I am sure they thought of me, as I endured my own challenge.
With the midday sun beating down on me, I was about to take on "Davil's Parlour". My weapons? A trusty seven iron and the advice of excellent golf pro Manuel Baptista ringing in my ears from our lesson the day before: "Look at the green, not the ravine."
There was a crowd building up behind me as I went through the motions of inch-perfect practice swings. Squaring up to the ball, it was make or break and I was determined. I could picture the ball sailing over the cliff edge and landing a few feet from the hole.
I hit it sweetly, I swear, but then it seemed to stop mid-air, allowing itself one last look around, channelling Wile E Coyote before it plummeted out of site to the rocks below.
The group behind were all sympathetic looks. I recovered - as much as you can from such golfing humiliation in front of your peers - with a couple of fine shots but the crowds had long gone.
There will be those who say golf isn't an adventure sport, even on a cliff edge, in 30C heat. And they would be right.
Pine Cliffs Resort is as far from adventure as you can imagine. It's luxury, controlled to the finest detail.
Rooms at the Sheraton are perfect and it's worth getting one with a sea-view if possible. All have private terraces.
Being linked to the Pine Cliffs Residence - where suites are also available to hire - there's an abundance of restaurants and bars from the chilled-out vibe of Corda Cafe for a drink or light meal, to the Piri Piri Steak House and its glorious spice.
But the pick is the O Pescador restaurant, seen as one of the very best seafood spots in the Algarve with many mouth-watering dishes.
As for leisure, away from the nine-hole golf course and golf academy, there are five outdoor pools to chose from and a golden beach just yards away. Here one of the staff will offer you a towel before you jump on a lounger for more relaxation.
Oh and to get to the beach there's a lift - of course - taking you the 30m or so down the cliff. That's all fair enough because you need all the relaxation you can before you hit the tennis courts. Five one-on-one lessons with ATP pro Paulo Machado cost just shy of 300 euros but they are worth every penny.
Then a fantastic massage at the Wellness centre awaits. As my limb
Getting there: Faro Airport is less than 30 minutes drive from Pine Cliffs resort. Get there from London City Airport via British Airways during the summer period or from Gatwick with easyJet all-year round from £30.49.