Portugal – Vilamoura Golf
Vilamoura Golf Courses
Vilamoura Golf has long been one of the top European resort for golfers looking for a great selection of courses, beautiful beaches and a stunning Marina setting in its heart with plenty of choices for Restaurants and Bars. There are five golf courses around the marina area all owned and managed by Dom Pedro Golf, and an additional resort hotel and course to the North of the complex the 5 star Pestana Vila Sol Hotel & Golf resort. There are plenty of accommodation options when visiting Vilamoura Golf, everything from simple apartments to luxury 5* hotels overlooking the Marina and beachfront.
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 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.
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 customised, with a golf course of excellence, a fantastic layout and a unique natural environment
Dom Pedro 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 Golf 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 pine trees – 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. Consistently voted in the top 10 of Europe by UK golfers.
18 holes, Par 73, 6839 yards
At the time of creation, the Victoria Golf Course was hailed as the most ambitious golf project Portugal had ever witnessed. Designed by true golfing legend, Arnold Palmer, there is absolutely no doubt that it has lived up to that lofty billing.
The venue encompasses one of the most complete golf complexes in Europe, and features exceptional practice facilities. All of this has made it an obvious venue of choice for many of the top international tournaments to visit Portugal in recent times. Indeed, 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, 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.
18 holes, Par 72, 7210 yards
Dom Pedro Laguna Golf Course
has earned a reputation as being a somewhat unique offering within the Vilamoura golf portfolio. With many water hazards and few trees on the course set it apart from the other courses in Vilamoura. 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
18 holes, Par 72, 6694 yards
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. Perhaps an even more significant challenge is presented by the Umbrella and Atlantic pines which present themselves on fairways and at times on the approach into greens. The course has recently been lengthen on a number of holes, to preserve the test originally envisioned by Pennink is maintained.
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.
18 holes, Par 72, 6947 yards