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Best Golf Courses in Vilamoura

from the experts in Golf Holidays

✍️ Ian Purvis | ⏰ 8 min read

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Dom Pedro Victoria Course

Taking the title of Dom Pedro's flagship course, golfers are treated to some truly scintillating golf holes throughout a round on the Victoria Course. Designed by the great Arnold Palmer it is no wonder that the course is a regular stop on European Tour playing host to the prestigious Portugal Masters, where winners include the likes of Lee Westwood, Shane Lawry and Padraig Harrington.

Just minutes from the vibrant town of Vilamoura, the course provides you with a fantastic day of golf and leaves you just minutes away from an even better evening.

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Dom Pedro Victoria Course facts
Location Vilamoura, Central Algarve
Length 7,229 yards
Par 72
Designed by Arnold Palmer
Established 2004

"The 17th is a long par-5 stretching well close to 600 yards from the back tees with water in play off the tee and on the approach to the green. With a favourable wind, you can reach this in two but you'll be faced with a high number if you fall short of the green."
Ian (European Team: Handicap 1)

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Quinta do Lago (South Course)

At the helm of Quinta do Lago's 3 courses is the South which has played host to a number of European Tour Amateur events. The 18 hole championship layout tests all aspects of a players game but with its variety of tee boxes it is accessible by all abilities of golfers.

Overlooking the Ria Formosa National Park, you will be hard pushed to find a course in the Algarve which offers many better inland views that here at Quinta do Lago.

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Quinta do Lago (South Course) facts
Location Faro, Central Algarve
Length 7,095 yards
Par 72
Designed by William Mitchell
Established 1974

"The holes around the water on 15, 16 and 17 provide a grandstand finish before heading to the testing 18th before you enjoying a well-earned beer in the 19th with views across the 1st hole and beyond."
Oliver (Marketing: Handicap 1)

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Vale Do Lobo (Royal Course)

Arguably Portugal's most renowned golfing estate, there aren't many better places to stay and play than Vale Do Lobo. The Royal Course boasts some of the most dramatic holes in the Algarve culminating with the par 3, 16th which quite literally leaves you on a cliff hanger.

Designed by the great Sir Henry Cotton and revamped by Rocky Roquemore, the stunning golf course will not leave you disappointed and is a must play for anyone heading to the Algarve.

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Vale Do Lobo (Royal Course) facts
Location Vale do Lobo, Central Algrave
Length 6,626 yards
Par 72
Designed by Sir Henry Cotton, R. Roquemore
Established 1997

"The 16th on the Royal Course is an obvious favourite, just don't miss left! It can get windy there so good to practice your knockdown shots before you play here."
Alex (European Team: Handicap 11)

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Dom Pedro Old Course

Established in 1969 the Dom Pedro Old Course is often seen as the 'old father time' of the region. In line with other layouts from that era, the Old Course requires players to think their way round rather than simply blast it off the tee.

The renovation of the clubhouse in 1996 has kept the club up with the modern era and the combination of the new with the old makes it truly spectacular venue to play it.

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Dom Pedro Old Course facts
Location Vilamoura, Central Algarve
Length 6,839 yards
Par 73
Designed by Frank Pennink
Established 1969

"The front 9 is your best bet at making a score with many challenging holes awaiting on the back 9. It is easy to see why so many play here each year."
Oliver (Marketing: Handicap 1)

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Dom Pedro Millennium Course

The Millennium Course is situated in the heart of the Algarve region of Vilamoura. Boasting a prime location, conveniently close to the marina, beach, bars, and hotels, making it a perfect choice for avid golfers.

Crafted by the renowned Martin Hawtree, this course meanders through vast stretches of pine forest, offering a serene and picturesque setting. Despite its challenging layout, the Millennium Course remains accessible to golfers of all skill levels, ensuring an enjoyable experience for everyone.

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Dom Pedro Millennium Course facts
Location Vilamoura, Central Algarve
Length 6,176 metres
Par 72
Designed by Martin Hawtree
Established 2000

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Pestana Vila Sol

Situated on a vast estate of approximately 150 hectares, Vila Sol Golf in Vilamoura, boasts of a magnificent golf course that is surrounded by breathtaking natural scenery and a diverse range of flora and fauna. The renowned architect Donald Steel designed the course, which has hosted the Portuguese Open twice.

The 27 holes are naturally sculpted by the valley and are divided into three loops of varying difficulty levels: Prime, Challenge, and Prestige. Additionally, the golf course features an exceptional Academy that is entirely grassed and conveniently located just 300m from the Clubhouse.

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Pestana Vila Sol facts
Location Vilamoura, Central Algarve
Length 6,393 metres
Par 72
Designed by Donald Steel
Established 1991

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Dom Pedro Laguna Course

The Dom Pedro Laguna Golf Course in Vilamoura is renowned for its unique features that distinguish it from other golf courses in the area. With its abundance of water hazards and sparse tree coverage, it stands out among the Vilamoura golf offerings.

However, what truly sets it apart is the incorporation of traditional links layout elements in several of its holes. Designed by American golf course architect Joseph Lee, the course takes advantage of the low-lying coastal terrain to create 18 holes that provide a diverse range of playing conditions.

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Dom Pedro Laguna Course facts
Location Vilamoura, Central Algarve
Length 6,121 metres
Par 72
Designed by Joseph Lee
Established 1990

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Quinta do Lago (Laranjal Course)

Laranjal, established in 2009, was honored with the title of Best Golf Course at the 2011 Portuguese Travel Awards. Its remarkable fairways and meticulously maintained greens are adorned with five stunning lakes, majestic umbrella pines, cork-oaks, and fragrant orange trees.

Spanning an impressive length of 6,480 meters, this challenging course demands unwavering focus and precision. The undulating terrain, thoughtfully crafted and impeccably groomed, guarantees an unparalleled golfing experience of international standards.

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Quinta do Lago (South Course) facts
Location Faro, Central Algarve
Length 7,082 yards
Par 72
Designed by Jorge Santana da Silva
Established 2009

"A great test of golf awaits at The Laranjal Golf Course at Quinta do Lago. The par-3's are some of the toughest I've ever played, anyone managing to get pars on these is sure to score well here."
Oliver (Marketing: Handicap 1)

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Dom Pedro Pinhal Course

The Dom Pedro Pinhal Golf Course, located in the Algarve, is a renowned golf course that has been in operation since 1976. It owes its unique character to the combined efforts of Frank Pennink, the original designer who also worked on the nearby Dom Pedro Old Course Golf Club, and Robert Trent Jones Sr., who made significant improvements in 1985.

The course itself is set amidst rolling parkland, with many fairways bordered by majestic pine trees. However, the real challenge lies in navigating the Umbrella and Atlantic pines that dot the fairways and occasionally obstruct the approach to the greens.

One of the standout features of the Dom Pedro Pinhal Golf Course is the breathtaking view from the clubhouse in Vilamoura. From here, golfers can enjoy a panoramic vista that stretches across the excellent driving range and practice facilities.

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Dom Pedro Pinhal Course facts
Location Vilamoura, Central Algarve
Length 6,353 metres
Par 72
Designed by Frank Pennink, Robert Trent Jones Snr.
Established 1976

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Ombria Golf Course

The golf course at Ombria is an 18-hole, Par 71 masterpiece designed by the renowned Jorge Santana da Silva. Embracing a sustainable vision, the course seamlessly integrates with the natural landscape, enhancing its beauty.

The front nine holes are nestled at the base of picturesque hillside banks, providing golfers with a pleasant and leisurely walk. With contoured greens and undulating fairways, these opening holes offer a delightful challenge. As golfers progress to the back nine, they are greeted by a breathtaking panorama of the course, which unfolds across a serene river valley.

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Ombria Golf Course facts
Location Vilamoura, Central Algarve
Length 5,802 metres
Par 71
Designed by Jorge Santana da Silva
Established 2023

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More About Ian

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