Destinations For Those Who Love Golf: Vilamoura, Algarve, Portugal

The heart of Algarve Golf

The Vilamoura area is known, first and foremost, for being an area of outstanding natural beauty. It's second claim to fame is being the geographic and spiritual home of Algarve golf. There are many outstanding courses in the area and we recommend newbies to the Algarve golf scene choose Vilamoura as their destination for a golf holiday in Portugal.

Now you are convinced to start your search for your next golfing holiday in Vilamoura, here are a few courses you should consider booking at:

Oceanico Faldo

During his illustrious career as Britain's greatest ever golfer, Sir Nick was known first of all for his precision hitting, both from the tee and with the irons. This golf course designed by the master tactician of golf, will demand the same strategic play and straight hitting from you.

If you've heard of floodlit golf in places like Japan and the USA but never experienced it, you can play golf in the moonlight at the Oceanico Faldo. You can get a couple of rounds in on the nightshift while everybody else is asleep.

Pinhal Golf Course

Pinhal was only the second course constructed in Vilamoura and is part of the Oceanico golf complex. Originally designed by Frank Pennink, the course was revamped by Robert Trent Jones Sr. in 1985. To keep up with advances in modern golf equipment, many holes were lengthened. The scorecard today reads 6353 yards from the back tees with a Par 72.

O’Connor Jnr Course

The O'Connor Jnr layout is the sister course to the Oceanico Faldo course layout and measures 6708 yard from the white tees. On your stroll around this 18-hole, par-72 course, keep an eye out for Orange groves lining the fairways try not to let the group of holes nicknamed "Amen Corner" (named after the 11th, 12th and 13th holes of Augusta National, home to the U. S. Masters) ruin your scorecard.

Vale do Lobo Royal Course

The Vale Do Lobo resort is home to two courses - The Royal Course and the Ocean Course. The Royal was designed by - three-time British Open winner and the founder of golf in the Algarve, Sir Henry Cotton. The most famous course at the Royal is the 16th, which requires a tee shot over the cliff tops. The other 17 holes flow through the pine trees.

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