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
We didn't enjoy this course so much. We found it harder than South course and not too keen on the water hazards!
Beautifully laid out and maintained to a fantastic standard
Very nice course but the 90degree rule they had in place for the buggies was ridiculous it felt as though you were walking the course twice!
Played here two days pines/cork once and cork/olives next . Pines very hilly and Olives a lot of water. We had strong winds which added to the difficulty especially the Olives. Greens were good but some of the fairways in need of TLC. Creeping grass well into the fairways which is a long term issue but otherwise very playable. Would recommend buggy for mature/ senior players especially on Pines. Reception and staff very good.
This was my first visit to Pinheiros Altos and I wasn't sure what to expect. In fact of all the courses I played this was the best club house and warmest welcome. I played all three loops 9 holes. The Pines & Corks are quite similar in appearance whilst the Olives is very different and a musher tighter challenge than the other two. The greens here were the best of all the courses I played, they were pure and very quick, a real pleasure to play. The practice facilities are excellent. The cost of a buggy was €45 which is too expensive. When I return to Portugal Pinheiros Altos will be very high on my list to play.
This was a surprise package. I played here many years ago just after the additional nine holes were added and felt the original 18 hole course had been ruined. So I was very pleasantly surprised at how well the course had matured. The greens were firm, fast and very true. The general layout was good to the eye and the tree lined fairways punished off line shots without slowing down play. A great course.
Lovely course - prefer the Pines and Corks 9 hole loops.
Great practice facilities. All course staff very friendly. Pines and Corks the better 9’s
27 holes so plenty of variety. Greens very good but fairways could be better. Winter rules applied. Practice facilities excellent and at no charge. Pines and Corks courses preferred
The Olives and Pines combination is excellent. Greens very good for this time of year.
The course was good the greens very good.
Good course enjoyed the Corks 9 especially. Watch out for mosquitos though, even in january!
Great clubhouse and superb practice facilities. As many balls as you can hit in an hour included with green fee. Good chipping area and putting greens. Buggies cheaper than at San Lorenzo. Three loops of nine. We played Olives and Pines three times. Plenty of variety in both nines. Water involved but fair. Greens and course in great condition- December 2019. We would definitely return here.
Very average course pines 9 was good olives not very good sobrieros ok
All great unfortunately the Olives 9holes spoilt by wet conditions which made a problem with mosquitos.being a guest you had no choice as to which of the 3 loops of the 27 holes you could play unlike the members
Very nice course, good test of golf and some great holes
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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