Vilamoura, Algarve 8125-307
18 holes. Tree-lined & open parkland. Undulating terrain - a few slopes to climb.
Woodland and residential.
Above distances are for the Championship course. Also at Vila Sol is the 9-hole Academy course (previously holes 19-27 of the original 27-hole set-up).
22 km W of Faro
From the A22 motorway (Faro - Portimao) 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 2.8 km turn right into Vila Sol resort, then turn immediately right direction Golf and Hotel. After 1.3 km turn left into Golf & Hotel parking.
Vila Sol Hotel & Golf Resort: here you'll find one of the bet known of the Algarve courses, and one of its toughest golfing challenges, especially off the back tees. The relatively new Prestige loop (holes 19 - 27) maintains the Vila Sol tradition of tree-lined tightness, few if any fairway bunkers, but plenty of difficulty around the excellent greens.
The Prime loop (holes 1 - 9) starts and finishes with umbrella-pines tightly lining the fairways, and a middle section where water comes dangerously into play. (By the way, don't think you can drill your ball through the umbrella pine trees; you've got to go round or over them - try going through them and your ball may never come out!).
The Challenge-nine (holes 10 - 18) keeps the undulating theme going and has some of the best holes on the course; the downhill par-3 13th and the water protected par-5 14th being particular favourites.
From the Prime and Prestige courses there are pleasant views across to neighbouring Algarve hills, and the recent introduction of some new real estate around the course hasn't overly impacted the golf. Greenkeeping standards have improved over recent years to ensure alignment with what's expected of a 5-star resort location.
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: 2019].
Soft spikes only. Players generally walk this course.
Vila Sol has hosted the Portuguese Open on more than one occasion (see our Tournaments section >by Venue >Vila Sol). The sculptures and statues that adorn many of the tee-boxes are by various local artists and enhance the Vila Sol concept as a "Temple of Art and Quality". | Vila Sol 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.
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.
Rua Atlantico, 8125-410 Vilamoura, Algarve.
+351 289 300 780Visit website
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 are other Dom Pedro hotels including the Dom Pedro Marina and Dom Pedro Portobelo. All three Dom Pedro hotels provide easy access to Vilamoura's renowned golf courses.
Vilamoura courses (Old, Pinhal, Millennium, Laguna, Victoria); Vila Sol.
Quinta do Lago (North and South courses); San Lorenzo; Vale do Lobo (Royal and Ocean courses)
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