The Algarve 
Golf Courses
measurements from Championship tees

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Parque da Floresta

A course built on hillsides and over uneven ground with views over a fishing village. With a number of different obstacles such as bunkers, lakes and rivers, it provides challenges of great diversity. Close to the town of Sagres and Cabo de San Vicente, the most south west of Portugal and mainland Europe. Parque da Floresta is one of Europe's most spectacular golf courses and is the ideal location for golf holidays in the Algarve. With no two holes remotely similar, the variety and appeal of this unique course are endless, and one round will not be sufficient to appreciate its imaginative design. Meandering through the undulating terrain, it offers fantastic views of the surrounding Algarve countryside and the Atlantic Ocean beyond. 18 holes - Par 71 - 6293 yards










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Palmares 

Some say that is the jewel in the crown of the Algarve. Some say the landscape is unique. Located on the bay of Lagos the new recently redesigned course carried out by Robert Trent Jones II,  now has stunning sea views from ninety per cent of the 
tees in comparison with only two on the old design. Unique to the Algarve the bottom half is now a true links style course.
When the wind gets up it feels like you are playing at a wild scottish coastal golfing venue. The greens are huge and fast with
subtle burrows to provide a further challenge.  With the extra parkland 9 holes soon completed, offering stunning views of the 
Monchique mountains and the Alvor estuary, you can choose to play between 3 loops of nine holes;  Lagos,  Praia and Alvor. Palmares will now be a must to pencil in for a golfing trip to the west Algarve. 
27 holes - Par 71 - 6920 yards


Boavista

The course at Boavista Golf Resort opened in January 2002 and quickly became established as one of the Western Algarve’s premier courses. This impressive 18 hole championship course offers exceptional playing conditions and was designed by Howard Swan a renowned UK based architect. 
Boavista offers two distinct parts – the Resort Section (the 1st to the 3rd and the 13th to the 18th) and the Country Section (the 4th to the 12th) – which provide a variety of attractive and interesting holes. From the first tee shot to the last putt, the course offers an enjoyable range of very individual golf holes which offer varying challenges for all levels of golfer. The par 3’s are particularly strong and no golfer who has played over the ravine at the 194 meter 6th will ever forget the experience. From holes 13 to 17, water features, which form part of the irrigation system, have been added and they provide a safe haven for the wildfowl which now abounds in the area.. 18 holes - Par 71 - 6325 yards


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Penina resort and Championship courses

Le Meridien Penina Golf & Resort is unique in the Algarve, where guests can step out of the hotel and start to play on its three courses. The 18-hole Championship Golf Course, designed by Sir Henry Cotton, is considered his masterpiece and it is indeed a remarkable achievement. The hotel and golf club are unique when it comes to outstanding views, a calm and tranquil setting, and shows nature at its best. The first golf course to be built In the Algarve, it was the location for five of the Portuguese Open Championships. Set in its own picturesque 360-acre estate, Le Meridien Penina Golf & Resort  owes its beautiful setting to the forward-thinking architect, who, in 1966, designed the Penina golf course with no less than 360,000 trees, shrubs and hedging plants. Now a luxurious and highly-respected Championship course, it offers 2 more courses of 9 holes - the Resort Course and the Academy Course - ideal for beginners and experts alike.
Championship course : 18 holes - Par 73 -  6900 yards

Morgado do Reguengo

With its dipping valleys, river crossings, flora and fauna, small vineyards and farmland, this is truly a paradise where Mother Nature and Man live side-by-side in harmony. Being one of the longest Golf courses in the region, this 18-hole course has a 5 Par 5 Holes, 9 Par 4's e 4 Par 3's. With an average green size of 800 m2, there are strategically-placed bunkers and lakes, leaving its reputation as a true ``Championship Course``. Also available is an excellent practice area with a driving range, chipping green and putting green. 18 holes - Par 73 - 7040 yards 













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Alto Golf

Alto Golf runs through two valleys, and was the last to be designed by Sir Henry Cotton. Its hole number 16, one of the longest in Europe and for that reason named ?The Giant?, is a 604 metres for a Par 5.
Alto Golf is situated near the picturesque village of Alvor. Extraordinary white sandy beaches, clear blue sea and fascinating cliffs are part of its charm. This was the last course designed by the legendary Sir Henry Cotton, the triple winner of the British Open. It embodies his belief that a golf course should test players with mes4 handicaps, but also provide a pleasant game for golfers of only average ability. After his death, the project was continued by Peter Dobereiner, a well known golf journalist. The course, with the beautiful Monchique mountains as its backdrop, runs through two valleys and offers winding fairways and gently undulating greens.
On the first nine holes players have the added pleasure of enjoying an excellent view over Lagos Bay. The last nine holes face inland, running through gentle mountain slopes to include hole number 16, which is said to be the longest hole in Europe: 604 metres for a Par 5. Any player who manages a birdie here will receive a certificate and his or her name will be inscribed on the club's roll of honour. All the other holes on the course are named, but this one has a special title: "The Giant." 18 holes - Par 72 - 6735 yards



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Vale da Pinta

Situated near Carvoeiro in an old olive grove, Vale da Pinta is a championship course that is, nonetheless, adaptable to any kind of game. The Pestina Golf Academy nearby offers for both vale da Pinta and Gramacho an excellent opportunity
to improve your game. This championship course has an exceptional layout , designed by Ron Fream of Golfplan USA and opened in 1992. The course has earned an excellent reputation because of its excellent condition and its ability to challenge golfers of all standards. The fairways with Bermuda Grass and the Pen Cross Bent greens are protected by sand bunkers which are in an excellent position, and also two ornamental lakes which are in play on four holes. The course also has an array of Fig, Almond, Carob, and Olive trees some of which are up to 600 years old. The dogleg shape of all the par 4 and 5 holes puts an emphasis on the ability to drive with accuracy. The size of the greens are well matched to the length of the approach shot. 18 holes - Par 71 - 6725 yards


Gramacho

On Gramacho, Ron fream has created a unique concept of 18 greens, 18 tees and 9 fairways.The design skill which has gone into creation of the green positions and the protective bunkering is such, that an 18 hole round gives 18 genuinely different challenges.The positioning of the tee markers helps to increase the variety even more. As with the Pinta Course, the preparation and condition is at tournament standard year round.
The use of existing features of the land, outcrops of rock, dry stone walls, fig, almond, carob and olive trees, have been augmented by well positioned bunkers and lakes. These hazards, combined with the shaping of the fairways and greens, have produced a wonderful array of challenging but fair golf holes. From the first tee shot to then pitch to the final green, the player must not only strike the ball and putt well, but also utilize the best strategy, to produce a good score. Experienced golfers will certainly acknowledge that they played a very fine golf course.18 holes - Par 72 - 6717 yards

Vale de Milho 

This is a short nine hole course which is visually very attractive, yet surprising because of its challenging nature. Ideal for practicing with short irons. A great way to warm up before playing 18 hole courses. A chance to get used to the quick Algarve greens. 













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Álamos 

Located on the northern part of Morgado do Reguengo, the Alamos course is quite different from the Morgado one. 
Different as it has great views over the water reservoir and the vineyard, showing visitors the peaceful Algarve countryside.
Together Morgado and Alamos offer a complete challenge to your golf skills and ensure a very different golf experience
in the Algarve. 18 holes - Par 71 -  Length 6205 yards

Silves

Silves is one of the older towns in the Algarve. The golf course, outside the town, is set in the midst of orange groves at a most serene spot. One or two tee shots will give you some magnificent views over the country side. But the course is anything but the proverbial walk in the park. With fast undulating greens, some interesting water hazards and strategically placed bunkers it will prove to be test for all golfers. 18 holes - Par 70 - 6175 yards


Oceanico Faldo

A warm welcome awaits. Excellent attention to detail by staff who will look after you from the moment you arrive. Give yourself some extra time to make use of the complimentary driving range and practise areas. Designed by Nick Faldo with strategic play in mind this 6,604 meters par -72 championship course demands careful positioning to score well. (Hcp 24) A tough test of golf awaits. The course is build in a wide open area near Armação de Pêra. With even a little breeze this course will present a serious challenge to all golfers. 18 holes - Par 72 - 7255 yards

Oceanico 0'Conner

Perfectly complimenting the Faldo course whilst taking advantage of the rich valley soil in contrast to the arid hillside, this course offers no less of a challenge , requiring accurate play.The front 9 holes encounter a number of lakes, the 3rd being recognised by a Moorish relic situated on an island in the adjacent lake. Hole 7,8 and 9 offer a particular challenge , where the water hazards could force a lack of concentration. Hole 10 plays away from the northern boundary setting up a challenge for the inward -9. Large bodies of water and meandering watercourses will test players all the way to the 18th.The course features lush landscapes and orange groves in a low-lying valley where large areas of lakes and watercourses demand accuracy. (Hcp 24) It plays a little easier than the Faldo Golf course. 18 holes - Par 72 - 7390 yards


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Salgados Links

Situated close to the sea, Salgados with its lakes and the open environmental nature has the added asset of the great Algarve climate and plays like a links course. it will pose a challenge to the technical skills of golfers. The short first hole may deceive you in thinking you are in for an easy time. Water hazards left and/ or right on most holes demand an accurate tee shot. When the wind is up it will prove a real challenge.Herdade dos Salgados is a tourism and residential complex of unbeatable quality that offers a broad range of facilities for health, sports, leisure, business and culture. Located near Praia dos Salgados beach, which itself extends over 7 km along the coast, the complex is nestled among the dunes and woods, boasting this golf course and proximity to the Lagoas dos Salgados lagoons, areas that are part of the scenic National Ecological Reserve. Flamingos are just one of the highlights on your way round. 18 holes - Par 72 - 6688 yards




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Pine Cliffs 

Known for the impeccable condition in which it is kept, Pine Cliffs is a short nine hole course that runs along impressive Falesia cliffs overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Enjoy the 5* Sheraton standards. We would recommend this course to all golfers as a warm up round before taken on the championship courses.  You will need your driver on only  a few holes. A great way to practise your approach shots. A chance to get used to the speed of the Algarve greens. Spectacular scenery, with the prize its ninth hole over a ravine with beautiful views down on the sandy beach, locally nicknamed the ``Devil's Parlour``. This small and beautiful course is set among the pine trees and presents a pleasant and charming course with challenging perfect greens. Architect Hawtree's main concern to keep the natural surroundings as it was before the course was built. The perfectly-kept course opens with two undemanding holes, but the challenge gets tougher from the third hole - a Par 4 for which the drive must go through a narrow gap between pine trees.   
Do not forget your camera. ! 9 holes - Par 33 - 2501 yards


Ballaia Golf Club 

Based on a 9-hole (all par 3) loop, the Balaia Golf Club is an ideal course for beginners or for perfecting distance control. You will not need your driver. A great way to practise your approach shots. A chance to get used to the speed of the Algarve greens. 













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The Old Course 

A challenging Par 73 set in a lush green landscape, which hosted the Portuguese Open in 1979. It has recently been redesigned to match the best European golf courses. The Old Course was designed by English golf architect, Frank Pennink. Opened in 1969, it was completely refurbished in 1996, when several improvements were introduced and a new clubhouse built. The course is renowned for the way the designer skillfully utilised the natural contours of the land, maintaining the native vegetation, consisting mainly of pine woods. This is one of the courses in Portugal that will always stand out in the memory of visiting golfers. The oldest of the Vilamoura courses that form part of a luxury resort development close to fantastic beaches. Frank Pennink wanted to create a course in the Algarve that would remind players of those beautiful, challenging inland British courses. The verdant fairways of the course  renovated in 1997  run through surrounding pine trees  adding an extra challenge to the game. This is a very attractive course with a great variety of holes, perfectly maintained due to a sophisticated new irrigation system and with well-trained staff. The Par 3 holes are all different and visually very beautiful, representing the toughest challenge on the course. They require careful selection of irons and near perfect ball control. Over the rest of the course trees play a decisive role, lining the doglegs and punishing any careless strokes. The greens are small, especially on the shorter holes, where there is simply no margin for error. A unique feature of this course is that it is a Par 73, but due to the change of position between the holes 5 and 18, there are no longer four Par 5 among the last nine holes.  18 holes - Par 73 - 6869 yards


Pinhal

This course is laid through the pine tree forest of the area and is set back from the tourist beach area. The outward nine holes wander through the holiday villas that line the fairways. The well-positioned bunkers make the course very enjoyable to the players, testing their choice of clubs and their accuracy. The Par-4 on the fourth hole is difficult to achieve with water waiting for the erring shot. The Par-3 on the eighth of 149 metres is tricky than it first appears. The back nine-holes have a more open feel but the slightly altered fifteenth will cause a problem to meet the Par-4 it requires.
The course, built in the middle of a pinewood, brings together two very different architectural concepts - British and American.
18 holes - Par 72 - 6988 yards

Laguna

Situated very close to the beautiful coastline of the Algarve and with water as a constant presence, this course has three loops of nine holes all of which are enduring challenge for any player. The Laguna Golf Course comprises holes of widely varied playing conditions - a typical trait of American designer, Joseph Lee. This applies to both the opening nine holes, inaugurated in 1990, and the back nine, which were ready to play in 1993. Unlike the other Vilamoura courses Laguna is located on relatively flat, open terrain. The basis of its modern design is strategic placement of bunkers and water hazards which demand accuracy of play. The Laguna Golf Course makes full use of the wet, marshy ground near the sea. It is the most recent of the Vilamoura courses, comprising three loops of nine holes, (north, South and East) for a total of 27 holes. The layout is very different from the two other Vilamoura courses. Here the golfer can drive off more confidently because of the greater width of the fairways. On the North Course strategically placed bunkers are the main difficulty while on the South and East courses water is a nearly permanent obstacle, not to mention the bunkers (88 out of a total of 27 holes). Lee may have designed a course that is visually intimidating, but as it is not very long the golfer may complete it without great difficulty. The result is that the satisfaction for the golfer after finishing his game is even greater. There are several ways to play this course, as one soon discovers at hole number 5 on the East Course, which is 315 metres for a Par 4 with a lake covering the right-handed dogleg. Here the players options for the first shot range from a driver to a number five iron. The player must reflect that by choosing a wood the second shot will be significantly shorter. But this also brings the water into play - so highly increasing the risks. 18 holes - Par 72 - 6733 yards

Millennium 

Well-established UK golf architects Hawtree & Sons were contracted in 1999 to plan this modification and design work which has culminated in the creation of the new, exciting 18-hole Millennium Golf Course. Although a few of the holes are along side some property developments. The course is particularly open, although some holes (the 3rd to the 7th) wind between pine trees and are similar to the neighbouring fairways of the Old Course and Pinhal.
In this more wooded area, the fairways are narrower and require greater accuracy - while the rest of the course has a clear landscape enriched by lakes at the 4th, 17th and 18th holes.
The arrival of the Millennium Course made Vilamoura one of the main - if not the main - European golf destinations.
Refurbishment to existing Laguna commenced in May 1999 and included the complete rebuilding of the tees, greens and bunkers. Changes were made to the layout or structure of the old nine holes, but several new design features were incorporated with a view to simplifying the strategy of the course and in order to make it more golfer-friendly.
This applies especially to holes 8 and 9, the only ones on this loop with water hazards. Also, many of the bunkers have been re-shaped and the smaller greens expanded. 18 holes - Par 72 - 6793 yards

Victoria

Here, Arnold Palmer and his team designed one of the most spectacular golf courses in Europe. There are 22 lakes with an overall area of 12 hectares and along their banks aquatic plants harbour dozens of species of birds that thrive in this kind of habitat. The putting-green is huge measuring almost 2500 m². The 10th hole is a superb par-4 with a green that seems to float above a lake. This is the start of the fantastic “Victoria corner”, a sequence of four holes skirting a large 600-metre long lake. You need to execute a variety of shots especially those from the “beach bunkers”– a Palmer trademark– where the white sand stands out against the green grassy areas. Following these holes the relatively short par-4 14th has a double fairway to choose from but the green is simply breathtaking - as if suspended over water. The 17th hole is a long par-5, over 500 metres in length and in the right hand rough is a series of waterfalls the beauty of which can easily divert your attention from playing. The first hole with a green framed by a number of olive trees is typical of the difference between the two loops. The clubhouse is another feature to be discovered. The façade is reminiscent of an aqueduct behind which is a vast terrace. There is bar service even in the locker rooms where golfers can order drinks before or after playing. The restaurant is decorated in the style of an 18th century mansion where the leather chair backs are artistically engraved with the letter ‘V’ for Victoria.  18 holes - Par 72 - 7270 yards

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Vila Sol

The great variety of trees adds special charm to a course blessed with excellent facilities. In 1992 and 1993 it was selected for the Portuguese Open, so consolidating its international reputation.  From the yellow tees most par 4's are not much longer than 400 yards, giving most handicap golfers a chance to play their best golf. The magnificent Vila Sol SPA & Golf Resort, which is located in an estate of some 150 hectares, is characterised by its beautiful natural surroundings with a vast range of fauna, animal and plant life. At Vila Sol Golf you will find a fabulous 27-hole golf course designed by the famous architect Donald Steel, which stretches along a wide valley, naturally sculpted by Mother Nature and divided into three loops with three different levels of difficulty: Prime, Challenge and Prestige.  It was honoured by the Green Globe organisation in 1996 with the Green Flag award, certification of meeting their environmental requirements. In 2001 it won the prize for Best Golf Development, preented by British MP Sir Eric Pickles.  Against this backdrop, full of trees and wildlife, carefully looked after and protected by specialist staff, golfers can discover an environment par excellence which will envelop them throughout the day. From the 1st tee to the Clubhouse, a large team of professionals are at work, and remain at your disposal to make this paradise a unique, unforgettable experience. The Clubhouse, with its central location, is the starting and finishing point for each of the three 9-hole loops.
3 x 9 holes - Par 3 x 36 - Prime 3335 yards -  Challenge 3237 yards - Prestige 3194 yards



Ocean Course (Vale do Lobo)

The Ocean Course, part of the Vale de Lobo tourist resort, is located near the sea, thus creating very pleasant game conditions. It is set in a region that is a genuine paradise. Both the Ocean and Royal courses take players through umbrella pine and fig tree-lined fairways to the Atlantic – the Royal playing dramatically along the cliff´s edge, while the Ocean sweeps daintily down to the beach. This combination of links and parkland golf provides an enjoyable game for golfers of all standards.(Hcp 24) 
18 holes - Par 73 - 6790 yards


Royal Course (Vale do Lobo)

This is one of the best known courses in the world, because of its famous Par 3 hole, which requires a shot of more than 200 metres over three spectacular cliffs. You will not forget it! (Hcp 24)The course that has combined existing holes from the original Vale do Lobo course and some special interesting new holes. The layout of the course is skilful with a mixture of challenges slowly building up to a finally on the eighteenth. The famous par-3 "seventh hole" from the old days is now the spectacular sixteenth on this new course. The closing eighteenth is a tricky hole on which to finish, with its narrow fairway and a deceptive green.
These enviable golf facilities, combined with the Algarve's excellent climate, a choice of outstanding property, 2km of sandy beach and a selection of fine restaurants, make Vale do Lobo the perfect destination for a holiday or year round golfing lifestyle.
18 holes - Par 72 - 6665 yards


Quinta do Lago South/ North

The course has two architects: The American William Mitchell designed holes 1 to 5 and 15 to 18 in 1974. These holes (as with the other course) share a unique character. The terrain is typical of the area: sandy and stewn with pine trees, heather, gorse and wild flowers. The fairways and tees are basically "Bermuda" with a cool season mixture of grasses, hybrid, which provides year-round and a top quality swards. The greens are sown with Creeping Bentgrass Penncross, giving a fast, true putting surface, which provide good all-year round putting surfaces. These holes have more cross falls on the fairways than the other layouts and all the Par 4 and 5 holes are doglegs, demanding precise tee shots, to set up straightforward approaches. Like the Quinta do Lago South course, it is an anti-clockwise loop and favours the player with a draw. Holes 6 to 14 were designed by Joseph Lee with the collaboration of Rocky Roquemore, both from the USA, and opened in 1989. The terrain is superb, sandy and littered with umbrella pines. In the spring, the rough is covered with a blanket of wild flowers. The bunkering is incomparable, both on the fairways and surrounding the greens and gives the course an advantage over many of similar quality and design.
All the famous male and female players who have experienced this course, including Ryder Cup and Curtis Cup team members, have been euphoric in their praise for these courses, which will soon take its place among the great European layouts. 
18 holes - Par 72  - South Course 7136 yards  - North Course 6738 yards


Pinheiros Altos

This is a highly original course with 18 holes of completely opposing characteristics. The spacious practice area is well used by a number of professional golfers in the period before the tournament season begins. Tree lined fairways without too much punishing rough make this course very enjoyable to play. Located within the well-known Quinta do Lago estate this course enjoys a solid reputation. Within the golfing world it is known as providing a mental challenge due to well placed hazards. The outward nine-holes are played down rolling fairways lined with pine trees. The back nine-holes bring a lot of interesting water hazards into play. An attractive hole is the seventeenth with its inviting green sitting on an island but surrounded by its water hazard. 
3 x 9 holes - Par 3 x 36 - Pines 3349 yards - Olives 3280 yards - Corks 3470 yards


San Lorenzo

Rare and many-faceted beauty matched by impeccable upkeep make this course a true "pearl" of Portuguese golf. Its eighteen widely-ranging holes run past pine trees, lakes and beaches beside the Atlantic Ocean. Located in the Quinta do Lago estate enjoys a reputation for the condition of its course and its attractive views around the lake formed by Ria Formosa. It has been ranked in the past as the second best course in Europe. The outward first five holes are through the pine tree forest. Water and good hole layouts provides the hazards that play a big part in players having to select clubs and hit with care. The eighteenth is a tricky par-4 mainly involving a lake that is waiting for the inaccurate shot.
18 Holes - Par 72 - 6861 yards













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Benamor

This course. designed by Sir Henry Cotton, is the first golf course to open east of the capital of the Algarve, Faro, and lies just outside of Tavira. The course is an undulating one, although not excessively so, offering views over the mountains to one side and the sea to the other. Although the course measures not much more than 5800 yards from the white tees it demands great accuracy. For example the 8th hole is a 210 yards par 3 protected by a huge olive tree on the right and a demanding bunker on the left, leaving you a very narrow tee shot. You will have some blind shots for your approach to several greens. Make sure you are warmed up properly as the first 4 holes are the easiest on the course and you do not want to loose too many shots against your handicap.  Benamor offers a pleasant playing experience, to players of all standards.The indigenous olive, cork, carob, fig and almond trees, many of them centuries old, feature aesthetically and in playing terms. Water hazards and sand bunkers are located to test the strategy and striking ability of the player. The Penn A4 greens and tees are simply superb. The fairways of Bermuda Sahara and cool-season grasses, provide good lies for wood and iron shots. 18 holes - Par 71 - 6046 yards

Quinta da Ria

This spectacular and very popular 18 hole golf course is in the Ria Formosa Natural Park and spreads along an almost flat surface of 660.000 m2 down to the Ria Formosa itself . Several holes offer a stunning view of the sea. With wide fairways and with little rough to worry about it promises to be a most enjoyable round of golf.  Start planning how to play the 10th hole! A good variation of easier holes and more difficult holes and you will score better second time around.
The first of the two Par 72 golf courses extends itself in a spectacular location on the coast of the eastern Algarve, locally known as "Sotavento".Quinta da Ria Golf situated in the Ria Formosa Nature Reserve has already been described by experienced golfers as the most beautiful course in the region. In fact, perched above the Ria Formosa estuary, the views down to the sand below, the tidal waters and the ever flowing currents are quite breathtaking. The concentration will drop, the mind will wander ... Keeping your score at the forefront of the throught-process may not be so easy ...
and, in fact, you may not want to! 18 Holes - Par 72 - 7245 yards


Quinta da Cima

Positioned next to Quinta da Ria it is easy to think that both courses are similar in design. This would be a mistake as this is a Championship style course of great character. Running through the stunning layout is a series of lakes connected by a stream, which the architect has skillfully incorporated as an added challenge. Many par 4's require a longer approach shot even when playing from the yellow tees. This magnificent 18 hole golf course is a formidable test of golf off any of the tees and a truly exceptional challenge. The whole area is blessed with a profound peacefulness. From Quinta de Cima Golf the views are slightly different, but no less spectacular, no less inspiring: from any part of the course, both the sea and the Algarvean mountains are a delight to anyone's eyes. Old centenary olive and carob trees, together with the surrounding orange trees and vineyards, maintain the typicism of the region landscape. It looks as if the course has been there since centuries ago. This is a protected area and long may it remain so, hopefully for ever! 18 Holes - Par 72 - 6658 yards

Colina Verde

The Colina Verde is a small inland 9-hole course situated in Maragota, between the coast and the Algarvian mountain range. The Maragota tourism complex is located in a rural area and is especially for those seeking peace and privacy.
The nearest town is Tavira. With a beautiful positioned swimming pool, tennis courts, a fully equipped gym and excellent accommodation you might want to consider staying here. For those that do you might be interested to know you can make free use of the short golf course. An excellent opportunity to practice your approach shots and short game. 


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Castro Marim

The recently built course is part of a truly exceptional tourist development, designed to provide unforgettable moments of leisure. It has a very special setting in the peaceful atmosphere of the eastern Algarve. Just this year it opened a third loop of 9 holes. The narrow fairways on most holes mean you have to hit straight as there is little to none first or second cut rough. We would recommend a buggy due to the distance between greens and tees and it's hilly terrain.The Atlantic Course is the first of two 18-hole golf courses inaugurated at Castro Marim Golfe and Country Club. On the first 18 holes you will have a breathtaking mountain, river and sea views. These views are part of the spectacular scenery to be enjoyed by those wishing to take walks merely throughout the surrounding countryside.
The challenging aspects of the course, whilst providing interest to the expert, are also a test to the ability of the average handicap golfer and yet remain pleasurable to both.
A driving range, chipping and putting green have also been built so as to provide ever important practice facilities. 
Another interesting feature of this course at Castro Marim Golfe and Country Club is the irrigation system. The entire course is irrigated by means of an underground so called "leaky pipe" system. This enables golfers to play at times when courses with conventional aerial sprinklers would normally be unavailable. Imagine being on the course on a balmy August evening at 9 p.m., in time to witness an Algarvian sunset before heading off for dinner at the unique golf club.
3 x 9 holes - Par 3 x 36 - 18 holes Grouse 6101 yards - 18 holes Atlantic 6077 yards - 18 holes Guadiana 5790 yards

Monte Rei

The new magnificent course of Monte Rei by Jack Nicklaus offers everything a player would expect from this international golfer and designer. The Monte Rei Golf Club is set in the picturesque foothills of the eastern Algarve, with sweeping views of the Serra do Caldeirão mountains to the north and the Atlantic Ocean to the south. Every hole is a different test and will ask the best of all your golfing skills. Even the yellow tees make this course a tough test of golf.  If your tee shots are under 240-260 yards consider playing from different tees giving you a better chance to enjoy the course to its full potential.
Although the green fee is the most expensive of all the courses in the Algarve it is in our opinion also the best! 
18 holes - Par 72 - 7213 yards 


Quinta do Vale

On the border with Spain lies this signature course of Seve Ballesteros. An excellent challenge for beginners and a unique opportunity for the more experienced to put their techniques and skill to the test. Unique as it consists of 6 par 5's
6 par 4's and 6 par 3's. Marvellously integrated in the landscape and with a great view over the Guadiana river.
At Quinta do Vale players will notice Seve's creativity as well as his promise to make it a pleasant  golf experience for all players no matter your handicap.  18 holes - Par 72 - 7161 yards

Regarding the golf, of the 
6 courses we played Vale de Pinta is the only one which is very hard to get round using a pull trolley.....B.Skingley 

Some thoughts: Pinhal – much improved condition.  It was starting to look a bit tired on our last trip in 2004 ,Old Course – a treat to play (as ever).

Vila Sol – a significant amount of new construction has taken place since we last played, although I’d say it hasn’t really detracted much from the overall golfing experience.  In the past I found this to be a very difficult place to score well and it did not disappoint this year either.

Millennium – this was a new course when we were last there.  I don’t think it is quite as good condition as it was then (particularly the greens) but it was still a pleasant experience.

Laguna – this is the course that we least enjoyed when we last played there 10 years ago (I remember it took more than 5.5 hours to get round).  There have been some alterations to the layout which are an improvement but it still lacks that little something – maybe a lack of trees making it a bit too open?

Victoria – still a bit young but a very impressive course and a tough challenge of golf.  

General impressions – great weather, great restaurants, great courses - great holiday!  Shame that I played so badly. Bert Droy"

"Thanks for all your help. Everything went off great. Courses were helpful in moving our times forward if we arrived early. Enjoyed all the courses. The better players thought Villa Sol was looking a bit tired especially the tees. I enjoyed Silves as I prefer courses that seem like Club courses rather than Resort courses. Salgados Club house has much improved from the tent that was there the last time I played there. Still lost lots of balls though!
Thanks again Regards " Derek 

Thanks for arranging the golf, you did a great job. Our thoughts on the courses:

Pine Cliffs – all the group liked the course it was interesting, not too difficult, with a couple of holes that were visually impressive.

Salgados – the course was interesting with water on nearly every hole. To the high handicapper a very difficult course with a lot of lost balls, you need to take a stash of balls with you.  On the day we played it was very windy and it made some of the holes very long.  For the mid to low handicapper it was a good test of golf. 
 
Laguna – the best of the three not too difficult in general but there were holes to test the better golfers. A lovely walk round and pleasing to the eye.
All the courses were in great condition and the clubhouses were excellent and the staff could not have been more helpful.  We mislaid some shoes at Laguna and staff did a great job in finding them. 

"Just a note to say thank you for last week. All four of us really enjoyed the golf.  Everything went very smoothly and your help is very much appreciated.  Our verdict on the courses:
Vale de Pinta and Gramacho are excellent courses in very good condition.  There is nothing to choose between the 2 although our preference is for Gramacho.  It’s may be a little easier.  I think the Vale de Pinta course is a bit more technical.
The Faldo course is a bit of a monster but worth playing for the experience.  It was millionaires golf as we were the only people on the course.  The view over both courses from the clubhouse is amazing.  The only downside is the cost. Silves was bottom of the pile.  The fairways needed cutting and the greens were rock hard.  It was very difficult to play into the greens and hold them.  Anything short was grabbed by the longer grass on the fairway.  
Salgados was in lovely condition and not as scary as the course planner seems to show. We’re all agreed the one we’d really love to play again is Gramacho.  "

 Thoroughly enjoyed our break and the golf was brilliant . I would recommend Pinhal and Vila Sol  but take a bag of balls if you are playing Salgados. I would definitely recommend your company as it was hassle free when we arrived at the courses.  Looking forward to using you again hopefully in the near future