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The challenging 18-hole, par 72 course at Espiche has been designed to complement the distinctive Western Algarve landscape by embracing a sustainable and eco-friendly ethos.
The tree lined fairways of Espiche Golf are tight yet forgiving, providing a challenging short game experience, while the bunkers protecting the majority of the large undulating greens require precise technique. The overall Espiche Golf experience is one that allows golfers of all levels to push their game on an exciting and sustainable course unlike any other in the Algarve. Espiche Golf is different, not only thanks to its location within a national park above an ancient aquifer, but also in the underlying ethos behind the management of every aspect of the club. Water is at the heart of Espiche Golf, and they have been inventive in their methods to balance the needs of this challenging environment with those of their valued golfers.
ESPICHE GOLF, Sítio dos Matos Brancos 701 – N, Espiche, Lagos
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At the time of creation, the Victoria Golf Course was hailed as the most ambitious golf project Portugal had ever witnessed. It has served as the host venue to the Portugal Masters on every occasion since 2007, while the World Cup Championship was staged there in 2005. The Par-72 Championship layout, measuring 6.651 metres (7,273 yards) from the Palmer tees, incorporates and has ensured the preservation of natural wetlands on-site, as well as the typical vegetation of carob, olive and almond trees. A significant proportion of Victoria’s acreage is occupied by lakes, forming hazards to be avoided but which also have a strategic purpose in providing reservoirs for irrigation.
A number of teeing options on each hole (often as many as six are offered), accompanied by wide but undulating fairways, provide a fair test of golf, although water and cleverly-positioned bunkers pose a constant threat.
The Victoria course quickly became one of the best golf courses in Portugal, with a layout that presents a challenge even for the most seasoned players.
VICTORIA GOLF, Urbanização Colinas do Golfe 4, Vilamoura, Algarve
Boasting a unique position within the Vilamoura portfolio, it is often asserted that the creation of the Millennium Golf Course was pivotal in cementing the status of this region as one of Europe’s most-visited and best-loved for golf. Opened in the year 2000 - comprising nine brand new holes and a refurbished inward half which had previously formed part of the original 27-hole Laguna Golf Course - this is a more open course than its neighbours, although holes 3-7 twist between pine trees. For many golfers, this stretch bears a resemblance to fairways of The Old Course and Pinhal Golf Course, where landing areas grow narrower, requiring greater accuracy. A number of lakes, particularly interestingly on 17 and 18, enrich the remaining holes of the Millennium Golf Course, where a simple course strategy is always the best approach. For luxury golf holidays in Portugal, the Millenium golf course offers one of Vilamoura's best deals.
MILLENNIUM GOLF COURSE, Caminho da Fonte do Ulme, nº 2 , Vilamoura, Algarve
The Laguna Golf Course has earned a reputation as being a somewhat unique offering within the Vilamoura golf portfolio. While its many water hazards and few trees set it apart, it truly finds its individuality in the number of holes which convey characteristics of a traditional links layout. American golf course architect Joseph Lee was given the responsibility for setting out the Laguna Golf Course over low-lying coastal terrain, and in this setting was able to establish 18 holes which offer a wide variety of playing conditions.
The course has been continually improved since the first ball was struck in 1990, although it retains all of the appeal of a modern test of golf, through which the strategic positioning of bunkers and a number of water obstacles demand accuracy of play. The Laguna Golf Course shares a well-proportioned and welcoming clubhouse with the neighbouring Millennium Golf Course.
For anyone looking for family golf offers in Vilamoura, the Laguna Golf Course is an interesting choice, with its nearby clubhouse and beautiful landscapes.
LAGUNA GOLF COURSE, Caminho da Fonte do Ulme, nº1 , Vilamoura, Algarve
In the heart of Vilamoura lies the Grande Dame of Algarve courses, The Old Course Golf Club. As one of the first-established layouts in the region, the Frank Pennink-design is well regarded throughout the golfing world. Although it is but a mere 20-minute drive from Faro Airport, the course finds itself situated amongst impressive pine trees and set out over gently undulating terrain. There can be no argument that, for all who are lucky enough to play here, this is a golf course that lives long in the memory.
The modernisation programme preserved the challenge of this magnificent layout for future generations and raised the quality of The Old Course Golf Club to new heights. An attractive new clubhouse and the putting green adjacent were the finishing touches to this renovation in the final years of the last millennium and still add much to the golfer’s experience.
THE OLD COURSE, Volta Golfinho 24, Vilamoura, Algarve
The second golf course to call Vilamoura home, Pinhal Golf Course was opened for play in 1976 and owes its personality to both the original designer Frank Pennink, who also turned his hand to The Old Course Golf Club nearby, and Robert Trent Jones Sr., who made a number of significant refinements in 1985.
Traversing undulating parkland, many fairways are lined by pine trees. However, perhaps an even more significant challenge is from the Umbrella and Atlantic pines which present themselves on fairways and, at times, on the approach into greens. Length has recently been added on a number of holes, which ensure the test originally envisioned by Pennink is maintained. At a substantial 6,353 metres from the white tee markers, and with a par of 72, Pinhal Golf Course is certainly no pushover, although golfers will be pleased to learn that the ponds and stream which come into play on five holes should not, for the most part, present a serious threat.
One of the most remarked upon features of Pinhal Golf Course is the stunning panorama provided from the clubhouse, which extends over the excellent driving range and practice facilities and beyond. Completely renovated at the turn of the millennium, its veranda offers the perfect setting for post-round relaxation.
Its authorship and its features have made it into a must see in any Algarve golf tour. The Pinhal Golf Course in Vilamoura is an unforgettable part of the Portugal golf experience.
PINHAL GOLF COURSE, Caminho do Galeão 34 , Vilamoura, Algarve
Internationally known, the Vila Sol golf course managed by the PestanaGroup, is now part of the Algarve’s most sought after golf courses. Having been inaugurated in 1991 with the signature of the architect Donald Steel, Vila Sol, is living proof that dreams can be realized. Located in the Central Algarve the Vila Sol Hotel and Golf resort is set in 75 acres of natural beauty and accommodates these two magnificent golf courses - Pestana Vila Sol Championship and Pestana Vila Sol Academy Golf Course.
Pestana Vila Sol Championship Golf Course is planned to give all visitors who come to play at Vila Sol Golf in the Algarve a course where the preservation of the natural environment is sharply in mind. The scenary consists of pine, almond and fig trees, plants, flowers, lakes and streams, which all add to the pleasure and challenge of completing 72 strokes at this championship golf course, making the experience unforgettable from first to last shot.
VILA SOL GOLF, Impasse 1B, Morgadinhos, Vilamoura , Algarve
The Ocean Course, composed of the two original 9-hole golf courses designed by Sir Henry Cotton, features gently undulating fairways which run alongside the nature reserve before leading gently down to the shores of the Atlantic. Its signature holes are two challenging and spectacular Par 4s, the 11th and the 14th, and the Par 3 15th which runs alongside the beach.
Inaugurated in 1997, the Royal Golf Course was designed by top American golf architect Rocky Roquemore, based on the original drawings of Sir Henry Cotton. Recognised as one of Portugal’s most prestigious golf courses, its features include the almost island green of the 9th and the famous 16th, with cliff-top carryover – one of the most photographed holes in Europe. The Royal Golf Course has rolling fairways set amidst pine trees and beautiful lakes surrounded by wild flowers.
VALE DO LOBO GOLF, Vale do Lobo, Loulé, Algarve
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Quinta do Lago has been at the forefront of international golf since its creation. Today the resort’s three courses are among Europe’s best and are joined by world-class golf facilities such as the Paul McGinley Golf Academy and Southern Europe’s only TaylorMade Performance Center. These exceptional golfing credentials, including being named ‘Europe’s Best Golf Destination’ at the World Golf Awards in 2015 and 2016, and being given the ‘Editors’ Choice Award for Best International Resorts’ in 2016 and 2017, by Golf Digest, ensure Quinta do Lago’s place among the world’s golfing elite.
The North Course was totally redesigned in 2014, by the renowned architect Beau Welling, together with European Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley. The new layout has been built to the highest specifications. Four sets of tees have been introduced on each hole to accommodate players of all levels.
The South Course is the crown jewel of Quinta do Lago. Designed in 1974 by William Mitchell, who introduced American-standard greens, tees and bunkers to the Algarve. A favourite among European tour players, the 6,500 metre par 72 is set among umbrella pines, lakes and wild flowers, overlooking the serene Ria Formosa National Park.
Laranjal opened in 2009 and was voted Best Golf Course at the Portuguese 2011 Travel Awards. At 6,480 metres in length, the challenging course demands the highest level of concentration and accuracy. Its distinctive rolling terrain has been expertly designed and manicured to provide a world-class golfing experience.
QUINTA DO LAGO GOLF, Quinta do Lago , Almancil, Algarve
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Benamor Golf is a superb 18 hole Golf Course located to the South of the Portuguese Algarve, just a few kilometres east of the ancient city of Tavira.
The golf course was completed in the spring of 2000 in the foothills of nearby Barrocal. But maybe most enjoyable of all, are the peaceful surroundings of a construction free resort. The course is a delightful par 71 golf course of 5.500 metres (6.100 yards), which offers a pleasant playing experience to players of all standards. The course is undulating but not hilly. The views of the mountains to the North and the Atlantic Ocean to the South are stunning. The indigenous olive, cork, carob, fig and almond trees, many centuries old, feature both aesthetically and in strategic playing terms. Water hazards and sand bunkers are located throughout the course to further test the ability of each player.
BENAMOR GOLF, Quinta de Benamor, Conceição, Tavira
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Quinta da Ria Resort, situated on the Eastern Algarve Coast, is a well-known golf attraction on the Algarve and includes two spectacular golf courses, Quinta da Ria and Quinta de Cima, both 18-hole golf courses with unforgettable scenery. Located just over half an hour from Faro International Airport, Quinta da Ria resort is integrated in the Ria Formosa Nature Reserve, the most significant eco-system in the Algarve, comprised of a line of barrier Islands along the coast, making this protected wet-land a rich nature habitat for numerous biological species.
QUINTA DA RIA GOLF COURSE - This spectacular 18 hole golf course spreads along an almost flat surface down to the Ria Formosa itself, hanging over it and with a stunning view of the sea. It is a Par 72, with a total length of 6.053 metres. Five lakes were strategically built along the course, specifically near greens 5, 10 and 14. Hole 16, Par 5, is played between the two biggest lakes. The green of the Par 3 - 17th Hole is limited by one of these lakes where an island with varied birdlife may be found. The greens, smoothly undulating, are generally well protected by bunkers. The Ria course has already been described by experienced golfers as the most breathtaking golf course in the region.
QUINTA DE CIMA GOLF COURSE - This Championship Course offers different and very unique characteristics: wide fairways, well placed bunkers and several lakes and streams which call for a good deal of precision playing. The water hazards of the course and the long fairways emphasise the need for a good club selection, challenging even the most experienced players. The Cima Course is indeed a paradise to those golfers who love to be always in contact with nature. Old centenary olive and carob trees, together with the surrounding orange trees and vineyards, maintain the originality of the region landscape.
QUINTA DA RIA RESORT, Vila Nova de Cacela, Algarve
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Castro Marim Golfe has three 9 hole courses and is located near the historic town of Castro Marim in the Algarve.
The Guadiana and Atlântico courses are the most mature of the three courses, with attractive pine trees lining the fairways. The courses are teeming with wildlife, especially partridge in the winter months. Fast and true greens, several of them elevated and protected by bunkers, inviting elevated tees and dogleg fairways carved out of canyons are features of the courses.
The Grouse is the newest of the three nine holes with the more open far-reaching inland hill views. Although it only opened in 2008 it is already nicely mature. It has rolling terrain with fewer trees than the other two courses.
CASTRO MARIM GOLFE, Sitio do Lavajinho , Castro Marim, Castro Marim
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At the eastern end of the Algarve, on the banks of the Guadiana River, which forms a natural border with neighbouring Spain, you find the town of Castro Marim and the Quinta do Vale Golf Resort. Designed by Severiano Ballesteros, Quinta do Vale Golf Resort features an 18-hole Championship layout including 6 Par-5´s, 6 Par-4´s and 6 Par-3´s. Superbly integrated into the landscape and with stunning views over the Guadiana River, the course sits in a natural valley overlooked by the Clubhouse. At Quinta do Vale, players will notice Seve´s creativity as well as his promise: To please everyone no matter what their handicap is. The course is enhanced by numerous dogleg holes, wide fairways and obstacles all set in breath-taking surroundings. The challenge awaits you at Quinta do Vale Golf Resort!
QUINTA DO VALE GOLF, Urb. Vale do Odiana – Sucursal Eiras da Achada , Castro Marim, Algarve