Vilamoura Golf Courses
A popular and up-market town, Vilamoura is only half an hour’s drive from Faro and one of Europe’s largest beach resorts. It is famous for its world class courses which frequently host prestigious tournaments and attract discerning golfers all year around.
Vilamoura and the golf courses have been carefully planned in order to enhance and protect their tranquil natural surroundings. In fact four of its courses, Millennium, Laguna, Pinhal and the Old Course, were among the first in Europe to gain environmental certificates.
After your game, you can enjoy Vilamoura’s other attractions including the elegant marina with its excellent restaurants and shops or you could take to the water, perhaps on a dolphin watching cruise or deep sea fishing? After dark locals and visitors alike enjoy the vibrant nightlife.
All Vilamoura golf courses are 1 to 2 miles from the apartment – and are an easy drive or cycle away or about 30 min walk.
Generally green fees in Vilamoura range from about €70 to €150. Discounts may be available. At certain times of the year Vilamoura’s courses are very much in demand so you need to book ahead.
Laguna Golf Course
This course was built by Joseph Lee and takes its name from its many lakes. It is aimed at more experienced players with a tricky sloping green.
Millennium Golf Course
This course was designed by Martin Hawtrees. On level ground dotted with the Algarve’s elegant umbrella pines, it is an ideal course for amateurs.
The Old Course
As the name suggests this well-established course is Vilamoura’s oldest, designed in 1969 by Frank Pennick. Refurbished in 1997, you can enjoy a challenging course in a tranquil tree-lined setting.
Pinhal Golf Course
A long flat course designed by Frank Pennick, with alterations by Trent Jones. This tree-lined course is suitable for experienced players.
Victoria Golf Club
Designed by Arnold Palmer and one of the longest in Portugal at 6,560 metres/90 hectares, this very attractive course boasts 22 lakes and beautiful waterfalls. It hosted the 2005 world cup.
Vila Sol Golf
Donald Steel’s first course in Portugal was designed not only for great golf but also to protect the local wildlife and you will often see storks, swans, ducks and other birds on the course’s picturesque lakes and water features. There are 27 holes divided into three courses and it has twice hosted the Portuguese Open.