Vale do Lobo Golf Club

Vale do Lobo,

Almancil, Algarve 8135-864

  • Office

    +351 289 353 465
  • Pro shop

    +351 289 353 465
  • Fax

    +351 289 353 003
  • Golf pro

    Steve Watkins

About the course

  • The Course:

    18 holes. Tree-lined & open parkland. Undulating terrain - several slopes to climb.

  • Surroundings:

    Woodland and residential.

  • Designer:

    Original design by Sir Henry Cotton, with later changes by Rocky Roquemore (1997).

Back
tees
Club
tees
Front
tees
Metres
6059
5655
4935
Par
72
72
73
SSS or slope
73.2
71.3
72.5

At the same location:

18-hole par-72 Ocean Course (6137 mtrs from back tees).

Location

Latitude:

37.054980

Longitude:

-8.064458

How to get there:

19 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 turn left onto the N125 direction Almancil. After 1.3 km turn right direction Almancil. After o.2 km turn right direction Vale do Lobo. After 1.2 km turn left and immediately right at staggered junction, direction Vale do Lobo. After approx 2 km turn right at T-junction. After o.8 km turn left into Vale do Lobo (and past the gatehouse). After o.8 km golf entrance is on your right (just before shopping centre).

Vale do Lobo Golf Club (Royal course)

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.

Est. 1968

Vale do Lobo Golf Club (Royal course): Complemented by its sibling, the Ocean course, Vale do Lobo's usually higher-rated Royal course opens and closes with holes lined by neat white villas, typical of this area. Like the villas, this revered course is usually presented in first-class condition. But it's not necessarily the villas or the conditioning that you'll remember most. On the back nine awaits one of the Algarve's most photographed golf holes! (see Pick of the holes below).

Book-ended by the villa-lined holes, much of the middle section of the Royal layout is played through a natural woodland of umbrella pines and fig trees. Here, the rolling fairways, superb bunkering and excellent greens make this one of the Algarve's outstanding layouts.

The Royal is not particularly hilly (unlike parts of its stable-mate, the Ocean), but there are a few longish green-to-tee walks. If you are in the Algarve, Vale do Lobo's 36-holes are well worth including on your play list - you'll just need to dig a little deeper than usual to settle the rather hefty green-fee.

Pick of the holes: The par-3s, usually guarded by water, are all excellent. One of them is among the most photographed golf holes in Europe. The 16th, measuring a mere 230 yards from the back-tees, is set right next to the sea atop a line of crumbling red cliffs. With the wind against, it is both terrific and terrifying.

List of courses: Algarve, Portugal

Visitors

Who can play and when?

Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends.

Must book in advance. Maximum handicap: men 28; women 36. Proof of handicap required.

Green fees

Visitor fee, 18-holes: €190 (all days).

Credit cards accepted. Contact club for full details, discounts, Stay&Play packages, etc. [Last updated: 2019].

Other information

Soft spikes only. Players generally walk this course. Golf carts available for hire.

Practice facilities

Limited

Did you know?

Vale do Lobo was among the first tourist destinations built in Portugal, following the building of Faro Airport in the early 1960s. Hotel and property chain Trust House Forte quickly stepped-in and acquired the land, which was transformed into the Vale do Lobo luxury resort. Townhouses and villas were built, along with the Dona Filipa hotel and two 18-hole Henry Cotton-designed golf courses. Vale do Lobo quickly became a popular destination with British holidaymakers.

Where2Stay

  • Dona Filipa Hotel5-star

    Vale do Lobo, Almancil 8135, Algarve

    +351 289 357 200

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    The Dona Filipa Hotel in Vale do Lobo is one of the Algarve's most famous luxury hotels, which welcomes guests with a touch of glamour and the essence of true quality. The hotel offers stunning views, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.

    • Golf at this hotel:

      No

    • Golf within 10 km:

      Vale do Lobo (Royal & Ocean courses); Quinta do Lago (North, South & Laranjal courses); Pinheiro Altos; San Lorenzo; Vila Sol.

    • Golf within 30 km:

      Vilamoura courses (Oceanico - Old, Pinhal, Millennium, Laguna, Victoria).

  • Vila Sol Hotel & Golf Resort5-star

    Morgadinhos, 8125-307 Vilamoura, Algarve

    +351 289 320 320

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    With a great climate, a wellness SPA and one of Portugal's top golf courses, the Vila Sol Hotel & Golf Resort offers a 5-star resort experience. You can choose hotel rooms or self-catering apartments, and enjoy great amenities, including four restaurants, tennis courts, Kids' Club and Golf Academy. During the summer, board the shuttle to the beautiful Algarvian beaches nearby.

    • Golf at this hotel:

      Vila Sol

    • Golf within 10 km:

      Vale do Lobo (Royal & Ocean courses); Vilamoura courses (Old, Pinhal, Millennium, Laguna, Victoria).

    • Golf within 30 km:

      Quinta do Lago (North, South & Laranjal courses); San Lorenzo.

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