Course was not in as good a condition as previous visit.
The Dom Pedro Victoria Golf Course is the flagship of the Dom Pedro Golf group. Designed by golfing legend, Arnold Palmer, the course is geared up to host the most prestigious international professional tournaments.
As not only a firm fixture for The European Tour as host of The Portugal Masters since 2007, The Victoria also hosted the 2005 WGC World Cup, The Victoria Course provides an amazing test of golf for anyone visiting The Algarve seeking a championship examination as part of their golf holidays.
As a regular stop for The European Tour as the host of The Portugal Masters, The Victoria Course can count the likes of Lee Westwood, Shane Lowry, Andy Sullivan and Padraig Harrington amongst former champions at the Arnold Palmer designed golf course just moments from Vilamoura. The 2018 Tournament was claimed by England's Tom Lewis with a stunning -22 four-round total.
Located just 10 minutes outside Vilamoura, The Victoria is a great addition to any golf trip for those seeking to follow in the footsteps of the pros.
The course was designed by Arnold Palmer's highly regarded golf architecture firm, and was recently selected to host the World Cup of Golf, one of the four high profile World Golf Championship Events.
The Victoria can be stretched to 7,105 from the tips, and is dotted with a number of large man-made lakes which are a real threat, and create a beautiful contrast with the crystal white swathes of sand that guard the greens. This is a formidable test that can humble even the most skilled player, and is an essential part of any trip to Vilamoura for the golfing aficionado.
Arnold Palmer's playing style is clear for all to see in the final two holes on The Victoria Course. 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. The 18th, measuring over 450 yards is a very stern test to challenge its par of 4. Water is in play all along the left-hand side of the hole with bunkers guarding the right off the tee. Anyone managing to find the fairway then needs to play the perfect 2nd shot with a large undulating green that'll be sure to welcome a 3-putt.
|Designed by||Arnold Palmer|
|Opened for play||2004|
|Previously hosted||PGA World Cup (2005), Portugal Masters (2007-present)|
|White||7,229 yards||SSS 74|
|Yellow||6,666 yards||SSS 72|
|Gold||6,155 yards||SSS 69|
|Blue||5,647 yards||SSS 72|
Signature Hole: 18th Hole - Par 4 - 462 yards - Stroke Index 4
Without doubt the hardest par 4 on the course is the lengthy 18th hole, which is bordered by a water hazard to the left and several bunkers on the right. The tee shot must be long and accurate to have any hope of making birdie. The degree of difficulty is turned up a notch by a challenging approach (usually into the wind) to a well-protected pin. This stands as one of golf's great finishing holes and is a true work of art from 'The King'.
Wins by Padraig Harrington and Andy Sullivan in 2016 and 2015 with scores of 261 mark the record total, whilst amateurs can't expect to achieve the same heights of scoring, they'll enjoy a very enjoyable layout that rewards shot making and the ability to avoid the penal hazards which are sure to catch any offline shots.
The 2018 Portugal Masters was claimed by England's Tom Lewis. Lewis' -22 total included an unbeatable final 3 rounds of 63, 61 and 66 to hold off a world-class field including Masters Champions Sergio Garcia, Charl Schwartzel and Danny Willett.
Lewis' win was worth 333,330 euros to him in what was his 2nd Portugal Masters victory, following his maiden European Tour win in the 2011 event.
Dom Pedro Victoria Course is ranked as one of the best courses in Portugal
Course was not in as good a condition as previous visit.
Proper test of golf, great condition, very friendly staff.
Has to be the best course on the Algarve. It is a difficult course to navigate around to escape all the hazards, each hole makes you think hard before each shot. Absolutely brilliant & tiring too.
We've played this course many times before but it is in a poor state now. No run off first cut off rough, miss a fairway by a foot and you could be playing out of sand as there are so many bare patches. Lots of ground being repaired with no gur or local rule in effect. Extra charge for Sat nav in the buggies is a rip off. We vowed collectively not to return.
Good course, wind up difficult back 9
They are clearly doing a lot of work on the course. Greens were good fairways reasonable off the fairway very poor. Our guys found it difficult averaging just 25 points.
such a fab course everything was firstclass even the magic buggys who simply do not allow you to go where you shouldnt. Fab Day
Great course, true test of golf, played very long in wind, managed 35 points playing off 8.
shame Dom Pedro now make you pay for practice balls..
Great (championship)course with good paced greens. Would definetly play again and well worth the small supplement
Brilliant golf course - worth the extra cost
Great course with some great holes and tough water holes which can catch you out.
best course for mid handicappers to play. a real challenge with put it being a slog
We played it a week after the Portuguese Masters, and for ordinary club golfers it was extremely difficult. it is too expensive and i would not book it again. i will pass on my comments to other golfers. What are they trying to prove???
Great , the golf course staff were good enough to shuffle T times a bit to allow our group of 10 to play as 3-3-4 rather than the proposed 4-4-2 with addition of 2 add ons. If your golf travel had been able to facilitate this in advance it would have allowed us to accommodate to late add ons ( 6 weeks priro to leaving) to our group
nice course, lot more professional and the other courses
Perhaps due to the fact that we played it a week or so after the Portuguese Open the greens in particular were worn and need some TLC. Again essential to stay on the fairways as the light rough was very thick and 'springy ' hence difficult to find stray balls. Also a problem with ball spotting as there was a problem with white bird feathers covering the ground particularly near to the areas of water .
The Dom Pedro Victoria Course seems to have been designed with tournament golf very much in mind and as such it’s a far cry from your typical Algarve golf course. Where you’d usually find rows of umbrella pines lining the fairways, there are American style mounds, big bunkers and even bigger water hazards. And that is no bad thing because, as they say, variety is the spice of life. Dom Pedro Victoria certainly brings that to the Algarve.
The course is tough. Measuring well over 7,000 yards from the back tees, it requires really solid ball striking and, with the numerous hazards in mind, as well as the intelligent design which forces players to think their way around rather than simply whaling on a driver on every hole, sound course management. I would say that, for beginners, the course might be a little too tough but thanks to a number of tee positions, higher handicappers with some experience can still have a crack and have a good time doing so.
Of course, Dom Pedro Victoria has indeed hosted its fair share of professional tournaments, most recently the Portugal Masters, so as you’d expect, the conditioning is usually top class. When I played, the greens were slick and true and the course in general was well presented and thoroughly enjoyable. Select the correct tees though because when the wind gets up it can be a real brute.
And it’s not just the course here that’s impressive. The practice facilities are simply awesome and even though I’m not renowned for my warm up routine (this usually takes place in the 19th hole with a knife and fork – or a pint glass – in hand) I spent lots of time on the range and getting my short game sharp on what must have been the biggest practice green I have ever seen!
Include this course on the itinerary, along with a couple of
the other more quintessentially Algarve courses, on your next golf holiday to
Portugal and you won’t be disappointed.
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