Rua da Torre D'Agua,
Vilamoura, Algarve 8125-467
18 holes. Tree-lined & open parkland. Undulating terrain - a few slopes to climb.
Original design by Frank Pennink; later modifications by Robert Trent Jones Sr (1985).
Vilamoura is home to the following five 18-hole golf courses operated by Dom Pedro Golf (all are within close proximity of one another): Old Course (par-73, 6254 m from back tees; rating 72.5); Pinhal course (par-72, 6353 m; rating 73.5); Laguna course (par-72, 6121 m; rating 73.0); Millennium course (par-72, 6157 m; rating 73.0); Victoria course (par-72, 6609 m; rating 74.1).
24 km W of Faro
From the A22 (Faro-Portimao motorway) take exit 12 (Loule/Quarteira) and follow the N396 direction Quarteira. After o.6 km turn left at T-junction, still on the N396 direction Quarteira. After 2.3 km at traffic lights cross straight over the N125 and continue on N396 direction Quarteira. After 4.1 km turn right at roundabout just outside Quarteira, direction Vilamoura. After 3.1 km bear right off main road, direction Pinhal Golf. After o.8 km golf entrance is in front of you.
Pinhal Golf Course (formerly part of the Oceânico Group) is one of five courses in Vilamoura now operated by Dom Pedro Golf. The others are: The Old Course, Laguna, Millennium and Victoria. Although not quite in the same league as Vilamoura's flagship Old Course, the Pinhal layout does bear some "family resemblances" to its slightly older stablemate.
Like the Old Course, Pinhal was originally designed by Frank Pennink. Pinhal's green-keeping standards may not be quite up there with its peer. And the amount of undulation and density of trees maybe less. But Pinhal's two nine-hole loops also offer a thorough test of your golfing skills, where hitting the right landing areas from the tee will serve you well.
Most of the holes here are played through a tightish tree-lined environment, with small villas also lining the way. Wildly flailing away with the "big stick" with OB and housing usually on the left side of the holes, is not necessarily the best strategy for low scoring around Pinhal. Although wayward shots can often be found somewhere in amongst the trees, chipping out sideways onto the fairway may often be your only option.
Pinhal's more undulating back-nine loop becomes a tad more open than the front-nine ... in parts. If, as can be the case, the going gets rather slow, the back-nine offers some pleasant glimpses of the sea, as well as views over Vilamoura.
Stay&Play at Pinhal: luxury onsite accommodation available, see Where2Stay section below.
Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends.
Must book in advance. Maximum handicap: men 28; women 36.
Credit cards accepted. Contact club for full details, discounts, packages, etc. [Last updated: 2023].
Soft spikes only. Players generally walk this course.
Now operated by Dom Pedro Golf, five Vilamoura golf courses (The Old Course, Victoria, Laguna, Millennium and Pinhal) were formerly part of the Oceânico Group, a property developer and golf and resort operator in the Algarve. Approximately 30 km northwest of Vilamoura, at their Amendoeira Golf Resort near Alcantarilha, Oceânico still operate the Faldo and O'Connor Jnr courses.
Portugal: 45th best course in Portugal (Golf World, 2022).
Rua da Torre d'Agua, Vilamoura 8125-615, Algarve.
+351 289 304 005Visit website
Nestling between Vilamoura's Pinhal course (directly opposite the hotel's main entrance), and Old Course (directly to the north), the multi-award winning Hilton Vilamoura As Cascatas is a contemporary hotel, located in five acres of landscaped gardens. The facilities include six large pools with cascading waterfalls, fully equipped fitness center, luxury spa, Kids Club, private beach concession, Portuguese and Latin American cuisine and alfresco dining.
Old Course; Millennium; Laguna; Victoria; Vila Sol.
Quinta do Lago (North, South & Laranjal courses); Pinheiros Altos; San Lorenzo; Vale do Lobo (Royal & Ocean courses)
Rua Atlantico, 8125-478 Vilamoura, Algarve.
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The Dom Pedro Golf Resort hotel is situated 150m from the beach, 50m from the casino and 200m from the lively Vilamoura Marina. The hotel's facilities include extensive gardens, outdoor pools, Spa with indoor pool, numerous sports facilities and three restaurants. Close by is the Dom Pedro Marina Hotel (4-star, 101 rooms and 54 suites) and Dom Pedro Portobelo Apartment Hotel. All three Dom Pedro hotels provide easy access to Vilamoura's renowned golf courses operated by Dom Pedro Golf.
Old Course; Pinhal; Millennium; Laguna; Victoria; Vila Sol.
Quinta do Lago (North, South & Laranjal courses); Pinheiros Altos; San Lorenzo; Vale do Lobo (Royal & Ocean courses).
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