The Oceanico 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. Oceanico 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, Oceanico 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.