Carvoeiro, Algarve 8401-908
18 holes. Tree-lined & open parkland. Undulating terrain - several slopes to climb.
Ronald (Ron) Fream
Above distances are for the Vale da Pinta course. Also at this Pestana Resort is the 18-hole Gramacho course (par072; 6107 metres from back tees).
10 km E of Portimao
From the A22 motorway (Faro - Portimao) take exit 6 (Carvoeiro) and follow the N124 / N125 direction Lagoa Sul / Carvoeiro. After 4.4 km in Lagoa turn right direction Carvoeiro / Golfe. After o.4 km bear right at roundabout, direction Pestana Golf. After 1.5 km bear right at roundabout, direction Pestana Golf. After 1.6 km just before mini roundabout turn right direction Vale Oliveiros / Pestana Golf. After o.7 km turn right at Vale Oliveiros sign and after o.5 km (left turn to Gramacho Golf) continue straight over roundabout, direction Vale da Pinta. After o.8 km turn right and after o.5 km turn right again direction golf. After o.5 km golf is on your left.
The Vale da Pinta course (a member of the Pestana Golf Resorts group) near Carvoeiro, is unlike any of the other courses on the Algarve. Set in gentle hills away from the coast, this is a course with a rustic quality, full of twists and turns, bumps and hollows.
Parts of this layout are open, others a little more tree-lined, with a mix of carob, fig, almond and olive trees. Water makes a couple of appearances (discounting, that is, the views you get of the Slide and Splash water park a few kilometres away).
Our 4-rating comes in part from the quality of upkeep, but more from the challenge and absorbing character of Fream's layout. The recent addition of real estate around the course is now becoming more evident, but still does not overly detract from the style and old world charm of the environment.
Stay&Play at Vale da Pinta (Pestana Resort): onsite accommodation available, see DidYouKnow section below.
Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends.
Must book in advance. Maximum handicap: men 28; women 36.
Contact club for full details, discounts, packages, etc. [Last updated: 2023].
Soft spikes only. Players generally walk this course. Golf carts available for hire.
Among the many ancient olive tress on the course, there is one on the 18th hole that is reputed to be 1200 years old.
Vale da Pinta is a member of the Pestana Golf & Resorts group, whose golf facilities include: Gramacho, Vale da Pinta, Silves, Alto and Vila Sol located on the Algarve, and Beloura, which is located outside Estoril, near Lisbon.
Onsite accommodation is available at this Pestana Resort in the Vale d'Oliveiras Quinta Resort & Spa, which offers 22 rooms, two suites and 80 apartments as well as a large choice of leisure and wellbeing facilities, two restaurants and two bars.
Apartado 1299, Vale Covo, Praia do Carvoeira, Algarve.
+351 282 351 100Visit website
Located in the picturesque town of Carvoeiro, this 4-star hotel is ideal for beach holidays or exploring the area's great array of golf courses. Set on a cliff top at praia Vale Covo, the rooms of this crescent shaped resort face out onto the Atlantic Ocean.
Vale da Pinta; Gramacho
Morgado; Penina; Palmares; Oceânico O'Connor Jnr; Oceânico Faldo.
PO Box 146, Penina, 8502 Portimao, Algarve.
+351 282 420 200Visit website
Penina Hotel & Golf Resort is considered one of the top destinations on the Algarve and is home to a wide array of sporting and leisure facilities. The resort offers a celebrated championship golf course, two 9-hole courses, olympic size swimming pool and FIFA-sized football pitch (used by the likes of Chelsea for winter training). The hotel also has a Penguin Village for children, tennis courts, beach club and an impressive selection of restaurants and bars.
Vale da Pinta; Gramacho; Oceânico O'Connor Jnr; Oceânico Faldo.
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