Portugal – The best golf destinations in Vilamoura
Vilamoura Golf Courses
Pestana Vila Sol
The Vila Sol golf course managed by the Pestana Group is now part of the Algarve’s most sought after golf courses. Having been opened in 1991 and designed by golf architect Donald Steel, “Vila Sol, is living proof that dreams can be realized. Located in the Central Algarve the VilaSolHoteland 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. The Championship Course is designed to give all visitors who come to play at Vila Sol an enjoyable experience. The course was designed with the preservation of the natural environment sharply in mind.
The natural landscape of a pine, almond and fig trees, as well as a number of lakes and streams, which all add to the pleasure and challenge of this par 72 championship golf course, making the experience unforgettable from first to last shot. The Pestana Village Sol Academy 9 hole Course is designed for groups of professionals or those who want to improve there short game, this golf course gives the opportunity for a major golf training session which also encompasses a driving range of 300 meters, two putting greens, with chip areas, bunkers, and 9 holes tee shots ( the nine hole golf Academy course covers the 19th to 27th and allows classes to be customized, with a golf course of excellence, a fantastic layout and a unique natural environment
Oceanico Millennium Golf Course
Vilamoura has long been known as one of Europe’s top golfing destinations, offering incomparable accommodation options for both visitors and residents as well as excellent golfing services and facilities. Designed by English architect Martin Hawtree, Millennium is surely one of the most beautiful golf courses ever built in Portugal. This is especially due to its excellent positioning in the surrounding landscape, to the investment made in forestation and landscaping and to the quality and diversity of the course itself, resulting from the extreme care taken in its design and building.
18 holes, Par 72, 6733 yards
Situated in the heart of the Vilamoura seaside resort a mere 20-minute drive from Faro airport, this Frank Pennink designed parkland style layout is one of the oldest in the region and renowned all over the golfing world. Often described as the Grande Dame of Algarve courses, it meanders throughout impressive pinetrees – the principal hazard – over gently undulating natural terrain. Although it opened in 1969, the course was completely renovated and modernised 27 years later although no major changes were made to the magnificent layout.
18 holes, Par 73, 6839 yards
The previous owners invested 18 million euros in Oceânico’s Victoria Golf Club, designed by Arnold Palmer, one of the greatest legends of the sport. This was the most ambitious golf project in Portugal, and was aimed at being one of the best golf complexes in the whole of Europe. The Victoria Clube de Golfe will be the fifth at Vilamoura and the most exclusive one at the resort, making it ideal to became the Algarve’s and Portugal’s major venue for top international tournaments.
18 holes, Par 72, 7210 yards