Spanning the resort’s rich valley land, the O’Connor Jnr Course is the perfect complement to Nick Faldo’s more undulating creation. The great Christy was well aware of the natural Algarve terrain, and deliberately carved his course to take full advantage of indigenous features, particularly the stunning orange groves.
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.
Skirted by traditional Moorish buildings, dating back to the13th century, the course’s location is steeped in history, which only adds to the drama. O’Connor’s mighty layout builds nicely to a climax with the phenomenal closing hole, which climbs to a fantastic riverside green.
Like the neighbouring Faldo Course, the O’Connor is an exciting new development that only makes the glorious Algarve more attractive for visiting golfers, providing a first class championship test in truly stunning surroundings.
|Designed by||Christy O'Connor Jnr|
|Opened for play||2008|
|Championship||7,336 yards||SSS 75|
|White||6,860 yards||SSS 72|
|Yellow||6,495 yards||SSS 75|
|Blue||6,168 yards||SSS 75|
|Red||5,734 yards||SSS 72|
Signature Hole: Hole 3, Par 3, 178 yards, SI 15
O’Connor’s signature hole is the 3rd, a gorgeous Par 3 where players must avoid a waterway which encroaches upon the fairway from the right. With natural wildlife stirring in the background, you must navigate across an undulating green, albeit on a true putting surface so typical of the course's greens throughout the year.
Oceanico O'Connor Course is ranked as one of the best courses in Portugal
Nice course, well maintained, very pleasant to play
The course was in great condition and playable for all standards of golfers off the tee with wide fairways. The difficulty was it’s length and the greens were well protected by water and bunkers. Most of the approaches were narrow as well. The back nine was generally into a wind which increased the difficulty up another notch. Probably not a course to play if you are a complete beginner. The marshals were friendly but would ask you to pick your ball up and catch up the group in front if you were slow. It didn’t happen to us but some other groups were grumbling about it in the club house. Our four ball rounds took us 4 hours 20mins with waiting on a few holes and the marshals thought we were fast so that gives a guide to the pace of play. The drinks trolley came round twice in the round so we were kept refreshed. A great course and we loved it.
The course is great overall but I was disappointed with the speed of the greens, my course back home in Scotland's greens are much faster and we don't have close to near the weather Portugal has the luxury of. Besides that we had a great time playing this course
Loved this course. Not as challenging or hilly as Faldo. All round better experience with loads of toilet buildings throughout. A few more lakes and water hazards which are visually stunning. Great for every ability.
Excellent condition, wide range of challenges. Difficult in the wind.. excellent practice facilities. Thoroughly enjoyable golf course
Excellent golf course one of my favourites in Portugal
Great for big hitters but some of our party struggled over the carries. I loved it but found the course not as scenic as Faldo.
Again just too many people on the course at times... there was one occasion where we sat behind 2 four balls on a tee waiting to play as people in front were playing ridiculously slow
Slightly easy than the Faldo course,but very enjoyable to play.
Less challenging than the Faldo course, but still a good test.
O’connor was a fantastic course with wide fairways but you could always find trouble if you were wayward enough.
To many tee times booked waited on every shot but worth the wait
We played the O'Connor for the first time as we had played the Faldo course previously on 2 occasions, this course did not fail with some spectacular holes, it is a bit easier than the Faldo as its flat and you don't have the massive hills to climb, if you have not played this course then give it a go and if you don't want the buggy which is in with the price then its easy walking.
really enjoyed this track , suited to your average golfer , however still a challenge to low handicappers, once again greens slow , appeared the grass was going to seed a bit. overall very good though.
Again a challenging course with lots of hazards to test you. Another interesting but slightly different to Faldo. I couldn't way which I preferred as both were great to play.
Tough course with lots of water. Weather conditions weren’t great which made it a tough day to score. One for the low handicappers!
Beautiful challenging golf course, well organised by very friendly staff & well spaced tee times so avoiding queues at any tee.
This course and Faldo are good but expensive.
a good blend with the Faldo course on site, flatter and much easier to play , but positioning more important than power
All loved it ..pity it was blowing a gale !! Expensive but everything quality , including staff, but you’d never buy a shirt there !!!
Totally different from the Faldo course a bit easier but still testing. Course conditions on both courses was really good. All staff concerned maintain the course to a high standard.
Forgiving fairways and receptive greens. Played quite long. The resort had experienced heavy rainfall prior to our visit and bunkers were a little poor
Course was nice but nothing special.
Very enjoyable course,but dependant on which tees you play off,very hard from yellow and longer
Loved the course was more playable.Condition was great and much quicker round.
this course was slightly easier than Faldo but still very enjoyable.
The course was fine - condition good - pace of play was painfully slow ( a real problem) - no on course stewarding either
Keep on the fairway and it’s straightforward. Pay attention to the course planner. Nice condition and a fun round.
Good course pace of play was better than the Faldo but may have been due to less players on the course. Start delayed due to no buggies due to first out taking 5 hours plus to get round.
Not played the course for several years and the level of service and course condition has gone down. Very slow pace of play and no starter on 1st. Condition of the course was fairly scruffy compared to previous although the greens were still very good. Would give this a miss in future.
Good fairways good greens reasonably forgiving.Complimentary buggies. Enjoyable to play.
Our second round on Thursday 11th Oct was painfully slow. The course was crammed, far too many players on the course which spoiled it for everyone. 6hrs 10 minutes is beyond ridiculous However this is a course which is enjoyable for golfers of all levels
Nice course, no hold ups apart from 1 hole.
We all really enjoyed the course which we were told was the easier of the two. Greens very receptive.
Many of my group actually preferred this course to the Faldo - still has some daunting tee shots & many tough approach shots over or round water, but fairways are a little more generous & were in excellent condition, as were the greens.
Very nice course, in excellent condition, would definitely want to play it again
Nice course for golfers of any standard.Condition was ok can tell it is played a lot.But myself playing off 5 really enjoyed it.
2 great courses
Course was in outstanding condition difficult but fair and fun
The round on day 1 was great as it was a Wednesday, the Friday round took nearly 6 hours due to sheer number of people on the course
The O'Connor course was fantastic, in great condition and a great test. Greens were excellent and it was well maintained
Great course. Great staff . Buggy's were a cock up didn't get last buggy until tee time and therefor no practice .
As above the courses were brilliant. We were probably fortunate that there not many golfers at the time so my wife and I played as a two ball on all three rounds with very little waiting.
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