Vale do Lobo,
Almancil, Algarve 8135-864
18 holes. Tree-lined & open parkland. Undulating terrain - several slopes to climb.
Woodland and residential.
Original design by Sir Henry Cotton, with later changes by Rocky Roquemore (1997).
18-hole par-72 Ocean Course (6137 mtrs from back tees).
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): The first three holes and some of the later ones on Vale do Lobo's Royal course are lined by neat white villas typical of this area. Like the villas, the course is usually presented in first-class condition; but its not the villa-lined holes you'll remember most. The majority of holes are played through a natural woodland of umbrella pines and fig trees, where rolling fairways, superb bunkering and excellent greens make this one of the Algarve's outstanding layouts. The par-3's, 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 wind against it is both terrific and terrifying. The Royal course is not particularly hilly (unlike parts of its stable-mate, the Ocean course), 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 pricey green-fee.
Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends.
Must book in advance. Maximum handicap: men 28; women 36. Proof of handicap required.
Credit cards accepted. Contact club for full details, discounts, Stay&Play packages, etc. [Last updated: 2019].
Soft spikes only. Players generally walk this course. Golf carts available for hire.
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.
2019 Golf World rating: 89th best Stay&Play golf resort in continental Europe.
Vale do Lobo, Almancil 8135, Algarve
+351 289 357 200Visit website
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.
Vale do Lobo (Royal & Ocean courses); Quinta do Lago (North, South & Laranjal courses); Pinheiro Altos; San Lorenzo; Vila Sol.
Vilamoura courses (Oceanico - Old, Pinhal, Millennium, Laguna, Victoria).
Morgadinhos, 8125-307 Vilamoura, Algarve
+351 289 320 320Visit website
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.
Vale do Lobo (Royal & Ocean courses); Vilamoura courses (Old, Pinhal, Millennium, Laguna, Victoria).
Quinta do Lago (North, South & Laranjal courses); San Lorenzo.
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