The Algarve region of Portugal is a paradise for golfers and the Amendoeira Golf Resort is a prime example of what makes the area such a great destination. Attention to detail is the key to the success of this resort with golf courses by Nick Faldo, Christy O’Connor Jr. and the region’s only floodlit par-3 course.
Found just 15-minutes from the beautiful beaches of southern Portugal with fabulous views to the magnificent Monchique Mountains, Amendoeira Golf Resort is home to luxurious 4-star apartments & villas and lends itself well to both a family trip and a group of friends getting some Portuguese heat in for their golfing holiday.
The Faldo course was awarded the Best Course in Portugal in 2016 by the World Golf Awards and consistently ranked as a top 100 course in Continental Europe. Only thirty minutes from Faro airport and just over two hours from Lisbon, Amendoeira Golf Resort is in a great spot to do some exploring of Portugal in general.
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The best British player of the modern era has a distinct design philosophy, as he seeks to present a challenge to every player; however, he achieves this not simply through extreme length, but by demanding that the golfer exercises some strategy and thought.
The Faldo Course at the Amendoeria Resort is a pristine championship layout that deservedly won the “Best Course in Portugal” award. This is an incredible accolade considering how many top courses there are nearby.
Waste bunkers, large fairway/greenside bunkers and water hazards all play a role in protecting this course. You will find some soft terrain changes and luscious vegetation adding interesting visual aspects to the course too. The Faldo is as much fun to behold as it is to play, it is a very visually pleasing golf course.
The 12th hole is one of the most enjoyable holes on the course. It starts strong with a raised tee-shot down over woodland toward exposed boulders in the terraced land. The short par-4 then requires a tee-shot to a raised green perched on the horizon inviting approach shots. The hole is decorated with white sand bunkers and the green is protected by a beautiful cork oak tree.
The undisputed highlight of the O’Connor Course is the designer’s take on Augusta National’s ‘Amen Corner’ – holes 7, 8 and 9 are skirted at various points by a great lake which snakes its way dangerously through three splendid holes.
The O'Connor course is the perfect companion to the Faldo course and sits in a wonderful fertile valley. This course is the same length as The Faldo and provides a slightly different golfing experience. The main features of the course are the various water hazards and the mature palm trees dotted around. You will have to contend with both rivers and large ponds so accuracy is key.
One of the highlights of the course are the large contoured greens, these will test you. The course starts with a nice-length par-5, always a good chance to get your round off to a good start and there is plenty of room from the tee to let you settle into your round.
The final hole on the front-9 is a cracker. A right to left dogleg awaits with water on the left giving you something to avoid from the tee. If this scares you and you bail-out to the right then three small fairway bunkers may gather-up your ball and give you trouble for your second. This is a fairly long par-4 which requires solid golf from start to finish. The water hazard on the left extends the length of the hole and another one awaits approach shots that are over-hit. A testing hole where par is a good score.
Have you ever played golf under floodlights? If not, now is your chance and it is an opportunity not to miss. This par-3 course is the perfect place to sharpen your scoring skills or to play with beginners in your group. Like the other courses at the Amendoeria Resort, you will walk off this course smiling.
The 7th hole features a tee shot over a water hazard. Two teeing options on this hole let you take on the pond or avoid it depending on your skill level. If you don’t have time for a full round or just fancy a bit of practice, this course comes highly recommended. When the dust has settled and you’ve counted up your strokes, the terraces at The Clubhouse give you a great setting to wind down and sip on something refreshing. The lower terrace overlooks the final green so it’s perfect for watching other members of your group finishing their round and putting some pressure on them as they finish.
Facilities & Clubhouse
The Clubhouse is one of the main features of the resort and is a great place to grab some food. With huge windows, the bar/restaurant area is bright and airy making it a great place to sit and eat with friends/family. A breakfast buffet is served on the Garden Deck and nothing says holiday more than breakfast al fresco.
Inside, you can have all-day breakfast as well as a la carte lunch and dinner options to fuel your relaxation. The Clubhouse is adjacent to the golf facilities and designed so that both courses start and finish at the building.
The spacious changing room facilities in The Clubhouse have everything you need before and after your round. Once you’re all set to play, go and visit the pro shop to stock up on anything you require for a round. Buggies are available and a free driving range gives you the space to warm-up before you head out.
Be sure to make full use of the putting green too as the greens can get pretty quick out there and you don’t want to be taken by surprise. The staff in the shop are on hand to help make sure you have everything you need before you tee it up.
The Amendoeira Golf Resort boasts a superb range of luxury properties which have been inspired by a Moorish theme which reflects local influences. Expect graceful archways, cool tiled courtyards and lavish terraces that perfectly complement the levels of luxury found inside these top class accommodations.
The accommodations at the resort range from spacious two bedroom apartments to grand four bedroom villas; perfect for couples and groups of golfers alike. All apartments are served by communal pools while those who opt for a villa will enjoy the peaceful benefits of their own private pool; the perfect place to cool off after a long day on the fairways. All accommodations are stylishly decorated and well equipped with modern amenities that are designed to maximize comfort and convenience throughout your stay. Elevated hillside settings ensure that no matter whether you opt for an apartment or a villa, you will be treated to magnificent views across the two golf courses and surrounding countryside.
The Amendoeira Clubhouse is in the centre of the resort and has a large restaurant & bar and inviting lounge area with large TV. The restaurant opens at 7.00am and serves all-day breakfast, lunch and dinner. Golfers can purchase drinks and snacks from the golf buggy bar which goes around the golf courses regularly and post-golf drinks can be enjoyed on the spacious terrace which has stunning views over the golf courses or at the greenside spike bar.
The Amendoeira Sports Club has a wide range of sporting facilities which are available free of charge for guests staying at the Amendoeira Golf Resort including five aside football pitches, tennis courts, a 1km jogging track and a fully equipped gym where users can make use of ample changing facilities and showers.
It was very nice we had a nice villa with an amazing view
We stayed in a four bed apartment and had an extra room with a sofa bed as well. Everything was spotless and to a very high standard. Loads of room with three bathrooms. You couldn’t fault it.
We decided to pay the extra money for the superior 4 bedroom villa accommodation which is worth every penny, your own infinity pool overlooking parts of the golf course to relax to before or after playing the courses was worth it alone, not to mention the size and space provided within the villa, very very good!
Superb accommodation. We went as a family of four and couldn’t have asked for more.
Superb quality rooms, excellent shuttle service from villa to clubhouse. Safe keeping of clubs for duration of our stay. Food and drink excellent quality and value for money. Could do with a few more waiting on staff as could wait a while. Only minor issue though
The Resort is excellent value for money and the staff are very pleasant . But the service in the bar and restaurant is chaotic , orders are permanently being mixed up and so are the bills. We were charged for drinks we never received on a few occasions but to be fair they always refunded us without question. This resort could be fantastic if the bar and catering staff were trained properly and a proper system set in place .
A very pleasant resort but very much used by parties of men. As a party of four women we were definitely in the minority by 100 to 1! Men aren’t as fussy as women and that maybe contributes to the slightly less than four star look of the apartments. Cleaning was definitely an issue. Staff elsewhere in the resort were superb however.
Need more staff working behind the bar and serving. You end spending a lot of time waiting to be served as there is only one person behind the bar. Only problem with the resort really
Amazing resort and very friendly staff.
The apartments are very well appointed, spacious & comfortable. The lack of anywhere on site to buy a full range of supplies was limiting & the general level of service in the bar/clubhouse was variable at best.
Fantastic service overall 👍 The only glitch was with a lunch order which went astray between Table service and the kitchen however swiftly rectified when requested.
We stayed in a 4 bedroom villa, the villa was amazing with its own pool and 4 en suite bedrooms, the kitchen was spotless and we even had a brick built bbq on the sun terrace.
Great value it our 3rd time will definitely return
Villa was absolutely spot on for us , clean , spacious everything we needed , unfortunately was rooming with a snorer but however it was like a lottery win to find a sofa bed in the living room , tremendous !
The staff at the hotel and complex were so helpful and it made the holiday very relaxing. We would definitely stay again. The bar area for evening meals we a little austere but that was the inside where we had to eat because of the weather. Perhaps they could make it a little more comfortable.
We had two 2 bedroom apartments which were very spacious & comfortable with bathroom & shower room. although we didn't use the kitchen it had everything one would need. Take coffee/tea bags as sachets are supplied for first night only. so easy to get to & from clubhouse just pick up the phone dial reception & they will send minibus to pick you up within minutes!
the self catering appartments are well equipped and having the two course on site mean that golf can be the focus of the trip, but the place is not suitable for stag trips as the courses are pretty tough and there is no "facilities" in the immediate area
This was my third time at this resort and i totally enjoy it every time. The staff go out there way to ensure you holiday / break is one to remember. Thank you all contributed, i will be returning.
Great resort! Excellent standard of accommodation. Welcoming and accommodating staff.
Accommodation and staff were excellent. Resort itself a little isolated and food is poor.
Very good resort for golf and staff very helpful and for a short trip no need for a car.
The apartment was fabulous very clean looked brand new.Fabulous views over the course.Very spacious.
the accommodation was excellent in fact we had no problems but think they would benefit from having another restaurant as the clubhouse is good but not always but sometimes something different would be nice also with it catering for groups mainly men who can get a bit boisterous .
Generally very good - the resort shuttle was a little frustrating- but ok when used to it - but overall very happy
The staff are very helpful. Plenty to do on the resort.
Super accommodation, spacious apt. Stayed in two bed, full kitchen,two showers/over bath. Dining area(spacious) seating area and veranda with outside table and chairs. A distance from reception 10/12 mins walk
Staff are friendly and helpful but be prepared to wait for service. Accommodation is first class and can’t be faulted. This is our 5th visit in 5 years which tells you everything you need to know about the resort
The apartments where great thou not comfortable to sleep. The resort itself lacks something. The bar and restaurant service is awful, this place could be so much better.
We stayed in a 2 bed apartment. Accommodation was very good, clean, comfortable, a good size with all you needed for self catering ( we went B & B ). Buffet breakfast was excellent, great choice from fruit to fried/grilled food. Food in bar was ok however service could have been better.
Just returned from a 4 night golfbreak in one of the resort’s 4 bedroom superior villas (sleeps 8). Wow, what an amazing villa, fully equipped with everything you need for a comfortable stay. Super infinity pool & large garden area with privacy provided by mature shrubs & a gated drive. The resort/clubhouse facilities are excellent & the staff are all very friendly & helpful - my only criticisms are that due to it’s remote location the resort would benefit from a larger grocery store/mini market & the clubhouse restaurant & bar needs more staff as wait times for drinks & food was pretty slow.
Great resort, would highly recommend Will definitely return again soon
Our party had a great time. Acommendation was very good.Food and drink excellent staff friendly and helpful. Looking to go again next year. Definitely recommend to anyone looking for a good value holiday.
The design and layout of the clubhouse let it down a bit. Food is not the best and the staff are very slow. If they could get the clubhouse right then you'd feel less inclined to head to town every night. The apartments are very good. Great finish and the shuttle service to and from the clubhouse was excellent
Only minor criticism would be there seemed to be a lack of staff
Villa accommodation was excellent, resort was superb, if only the bar understood customer service. After 6 hours on the golf course the table service needs to be better, repeatedly having to ask for more drinks is unacceptable.
The villas were amazing, absolutely faultless. The golf staff, organisation of the golf, practise facilities and courses were fantastic. The only let down was the clubhouse bar and restaurant staff. The staff were rude, dis-interested and made everyone feel like we were a burden. The food in the clubhouse was poor as well.
Great rooms although about half a mile from restaurant etc. So glad we had a car. Facilities were excellent and good food and drink, if service a little slow. Overall very good.
Spot on pool outside bus a bit of pain good resort will come here again
This is an extended golf course and some of the hotel characteristics are missing. The breakfast was a bit hit and miss, the food could be cold at times. The apartment was very good but again lacks a bit of hotel add on's eg no soap or flannels in the bathrooms. Like much of Southern Europe there is a poor television provision for elderly Brits such as us. We do not drive abroad any more so the location required us to utilise the local taxis at extra cost. The two golf courses were of the highest order, even though they were extremely hard they were totally enjoyable.
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