On the fringes of the amazing landscape of the Ria Formosa Natural Park lies Pinheiros Altos, and excellent golf course that was originally designed by the American, Ronald Fream for its opening in 1992.
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On the fringes of the amazing landscape of the Ria Formosa Natural Park, and adjacent to the Formosa Park Hotel, lies Pinheiros Altos, and excellent golf course that was originally designed by the American, Ronald Fream for its opening in 1992.
The original 6,615 yard layout, comprised of the “Pines” and the “Olives” course, received a welcome boost when the renowned Peter McEvoy and Howard Swan reworked many of the holes, sharpening up the design and modernizing it to meet the demands of the modern game. The predominant characteristic of Pinheiros Altos is that the two nines are vastly different in character; the outward half winds through the lovely pine trees, traversing the sandy turf of the coastline, while the closing stretch is distinctly more undulating, and is punctuated with a number of challenging water hazards.
A further 9 hole course, the “Corks” was opened in 2008, designed by George Santana Da Silva. The course is the longest of the three and contains a particularly tricky eighth hole.
Pinheiros Altos is also fortunate to have a fantastic practice centre, helping to underline it as a quality golfing destination, perfect for a round during your next trip to the Algarve.
Designed by: Ronald Fream (Pines and Olives), George Santana Da Silva (Corks)
Opened for play: 1992 (Pines and Olives), 2008 (Corks)
Par: All courses are a Par 36
White tees: 9182 metres (10,041 yards), Par 108, SSS 108
Yellow tees: 8600 metres (9405 yards), Par 108, SSS 108
Blue tees: 7931 metres (8673 yards), Par 108, SSS 108
Red tees: 7381 metres (8072 yards), Par 108, SSS 108
Signature Hole: Hole 8- Olives Course, Par 3, 136 yards, SI 9
This 27 hole championship course boasts many holes worth mentioning. On the Corks course, is a hole which is known around Pinheiros Altos to leave a dent in many promising rounds. The par 5 eighth amounts to 580 yards and contains a double dogleg, making it almost impossible to reach the green in two, and leaving for a challenging par. The Pines course contains the ninth, a beautiful par 3 travelling over water, onto a McKenzie green. When the pin is near the right side of the green, the hole becomes particularly tough and requires a precise shot when going for the pin. Water short of the green and a greenside bunker to the right can easily cause what could have been a birdie, to become a bogey or worse. However, the pride of Pinheiros Altos is the 8th hole on the Olives (17th when playing 18 holes). The par 3, just 136 yards away, is set within an alluring lake. Michael Gedye wrote in his golfer's guide portugal- “with sloping edges and one deep, magnetic sand trap, it requires good club selection in any breeze and a positive tee shot”. A must play hole when visiting the Algarve.
- Golf Buggies
- Driving Range
- Pro Shop
- Putting Greens
- Club House
- Championship Standard Course
Not sure why trees were planted directly in front of a couple of greens or the 8th hole on the corks course seemed to be a par 6! However overall experience very good. This course was in very good condition and would play again
Super helpful staff and lovely course
The weaker of the 3 courses with less shape on 9 of the holes .A range of golfing standards playing!
The course was in good nick but the weather was not good and we did not finish our second round. Usually we play all 3 nines during our two rounds but we played the same 2 nines both times. This was not a big problem.
Prefer the Pines and Corks 9 hole loops to the Olives (even though that one has the island green!). Good variety of holes, fairways and greens in good condition. Good practice facilities and great clubhouse.
Very beautiful coarse free range balls on range and practice area was a lovely touch and the club sandwich was the best I had in Portugal. A very good layout with three nine holes to combine makes it great fun for all levels.
Had 2 days here and was lovely to see the trees matured on the pines course
Very tight course. But very pretty.
Enjoyed our rounds there and the 3* 9 hoels offer quite a variety. The Pines was in great condition and was one of best all week. well manicured.
We thought the 1st 9 were difficult but very attractive but the 2nd 9 were rather boring. (Pines)
Good and interestingly varied course with choice of 27 holes. Well maintained. Use the white tees if you want a hard course.
Well organised good condition. Can’t fault anything.
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