Pestana Carvoeiro Resort
The Pestana Carvoeiro resort is home to four championship courses - the Vale da Pinta and Gramacho are on site, while the Silves and Alto courses are just 15 minutes away, helping to make it one of the most comprehensive destinations for an Algarve golf holiday.
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Golf Courses at Pestana Carvoeiro Resort
Vale da Pinta Course
The Vale da Pinta is a fantastic parkland course, measuring 6,728 yards. Like the resort's further two courses, it was designed by Ron Fream, a highly regarded American golf architect, and features a number of lakes which are as testing as they are beautiful. Since opening in 1992, the course has established an excellent reputation, culminating with the award of a European Seniors Tour event in November 2007.
Designed by: Ron Fream
Opened for play: 1992
Previous hosted: European Seniors Tour event (From November 2007)
Black tees: 6127 metres (6700 yards), Par 71, SSS 69
White tees: 5679 metres (6373 yards), Par 71, SSS 68
Yellow tees: 5241 metres (5918 yards), Par 71, SSS 67
Red tees: 4866 metres (5621 yards), Par 71, SSS 69
Signature hole: Hole 4, Par 5, 560 yards (Black Tees), SI 6
The course places great importance on accurate shot making- tight fairways, doglegs, and many well placed hazards leave little margin for error. Perhaps the finest example of this can be found on the par 5 4th hole, measuring at 560 yards. The hole certainly provides a stern test of the driver, with a long and accurate drive towards a marker post, made tougher by the out of bounds on the left, and rough on the right. Further caution is required on the approach, with an ever narrowing fairway and a well protected, undulating green making for a tough par.
Designer Fream was aided by multiple major-winner Nick Price in creating the Gramacho Course, the second at Carvoeiro. The Gramacho is unique in that it has 18 sets of tees, but has 27 greens, making for welcome variety. The 6,679 yard layout features many obstacles, including lakes, rocks and walls, as well as the almond, fig and olive tress that help to make the course so beautiful. The Gramacho has been selected to host the Ladies European Tour's finest players, and is a fascinating challenge.
Designed by: Ron Fream, Nick Price
Opened for play: 1991
Previous hosted: Portuguese Ladies Open (2005, 2007)
Black tees: 6107 metres (6679 yards), Par 72, SSS 70
White tees: 5532 metres (6050 yards), Par 72, SSS 70
Yellow tees: 5212 metres (5700 yards), Par 72, SSS 67
Red tees: 4777 metres (5224 yards), Par 72, SSS 71
Signature Hole: Hole 5, Par 4, 400 yards, SI 2
The 5th hole at Pestana Gramacho in the Western Algarve is considered by many to be a hidden gem, and is the perfect showcase for Pestana’s undulating fairways and slick greens. A dramatic driving hole, featuring an uphill fairway and a significant dogleg to the right.
Just ten minutes away is the Silves Course, the third on offer for guests at the Carvoeiro resort. Silves is a typical resort course, with generous rolling fairways, and a number of large water hazards. Bordered by palm and olive trees, the course affords terrific views of the mountains and the valley. The main difficulty is the severity of the green-side bunkers, so accurate approach shots are crucial around this delightful Algarve track.
Designed by: Jose Matias, Peter Booth
Opened for play: 2006
Black tees: 5615 metres (6177 yards), Par 72, SSS 69
White tees: 5256 metres (6782 yards), Par 72, SSS 67
Yellow tees: 4728 metres (5201 yards), Par 72, SSS 69
Signature Hole: Hole 5, Par 5, 504 yards, SI 9
The elevated tee shot to an immaculately manicured fairway forms a stunning view of a spectacular hole and requires a straight drive. Like most greens on the course, the 8th is very well protected and particularly fast.
Alto Golf and Country Club
Situated in a stunning private community in the Western Algarve, Alto was the last course to be designed by the legendary Sir Henry Cotton. The winding fairways and elevated greens are typical of Cotton's architectural philosophy, and ensure that there is a stern challenge for the low handicap players, whilst remaining fair for the average golfer. Set across two rolling hills, visitors will enjoy beautiful views of the Lagos Bay.
Designed by: Sir Henry Cotton
Opened for play: 1997
White tees: 5555 metres (6075 yards), Par 72, SSS 70
Yellow tees: 5283 metres (5778 yards), Par 72, SSS 69
Red tees: 4748 metres (5192 yards), Par 72, SSS 70
Signature Hole: Hole 8, 324 yards, Par 4, SI 9
This short par 4 encapsulates many of the features typical of this course, including tight fairways, elevation changes and severe undulations around the green. The green on this hole is particularly small, with an uphill slope adding an extra club to the approach shot.
Accommodation at Pestana Carvoeiro Resort
The resort at Carvoeiro offers outstanding self-catered accommodation to golfers and non-golfers alike, and represents outstanding value for a terrific holiday in the sun-drenched Algarve.
The accommodation consists of 115 apartments and 169 private villas which are spacious and modern, and are complete with all the necessary amenities to ensure that you will feel entirely comfortable during your stay. Notable features include full equipped kitchens, deluxe bathrooms, washing machine, central heating, direct dial telephone and satellite television. As the villas are individually owned, features will vary from villa to villa.
All apartment guests are free to use a communal swimming pool, while larger groups and families in the villas will benefit from a private pool. The Carvoeiro resort not only owns five terrific golf courses - two of which are on site - but also boasts a fantastic range of sport and leisure facilities that make it such an outstanding holiday destination, with an option to suit every demand.
Check in for the accommodation is at Gramacho Golf Clubhouse, not the reception at the top of the hill.
A short drive from Carvoeiro you can visit some stunning beaches, typical of the Algarve's coastline, while inside the resort there are swimming pools, a football pitch, tennis and basketball courts, and a number of bowling greens. For something a bit more adventurous, there is a riding school in the local area, while the beaches are the place to try your hand at one of any number of hair-raising water sports.
The well-equipped kitchens in the apartments and villas are perfect for the enthusiastic chef, but if cooking is not your forte, head for the nearby town of Carvoeiro, home to an array of bars and restaurants.
The focal point of Carvoeiro is the old square, where you can find many charming restaurants and bars. For those seeking a little livelier evening can look to the bustling town of Albufeira which is just a 30 minute taxi away but closer to home there is the undiscovered Praia Da Rocha beach which is host to a number of bars, pubs and clubs all along one street. It's the ideal lively nightlife strip with pints as low as €3 and a glass of wine for €1.20! The perfect way to forget 3-putting the final hole.
Pestana Carvoeiro Resort Reviews
Just got back from Pestana Carvoeiro Resort, my group of 14 unanimously voted to return next year as our 1st choice destination, all enjoyed the top class accommodation, pools and facilities, Gramacho and Pinta courses were in great condition and the greens very true. The golf club houses were very nice and the food and drink was excellent, Carvoeiro was a nice place to venture into for a meal and Albufeira was absolutely mental for partying on our last night. Would recommend to any fun loving golfer this destination for a short break. Regards,
Just back from our golf trip and thought I’d let you know about the holiday. Transfer there was effortless and on time.Resort knew who we were and checked us in with ease.Villa - was perfect, 3 posh rooms all on-suite and nice pool.Golf - the courses were well maintained even if the greens were a bit of a let down (no harm done)Resort on a whole was very good and the service was great. Regards,