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The Famous Five

Golf | 23 September 2014

Golf Focus – Vilamoura Courses

 

The Old Course

Opened in 1969 and completely renovated some 27 years later, this is the “Grande Dame” of Algarve courses. The Old Course meanders through impressive pine trees over gently undulating natural terrain, the pine trees offering the principal hazard. The addition of the new clubhouse and putting green only increased the attraction of this favourite Vilamoura course.

Pinhal

Inaugurated in 1976 and designed by Frank Pennink, the architect of the nearby “Vilamoura Old Course”. The course has had several refinements over the years. It is typified by the “Umbrella and Atlantic Pines” that line many of the fairways. Ponds and a stream come into play on five holes but are not serious threats to the above average golfer.

 

Millenium

This conventional Par-72 course opened in the year 2000. Millenium is without question one of the most beautiful courses ever built in Portugal. Boasting excellent integration into the natural surroundings with sympathetic and well thought-out landscaping, the care taken in designing this great course is very evident.

Laguna

Unlike the other Vilamoura courses, Laguna is located on relatively flat and open terrain. The strategic placement of bunkers and water hazards demand high accuracy of play. The child of American designer Joseph Lee, the first 9 holes were inaugurated in 1990, the back 9 were ready for play in 1993.

Victoria

Victoria Clube de Golfe is the most ambitious golf project in Portugal. Victoria aims to be one of the finest courses in Europe and is not far away thanks to famed architect Arnold Palmer. The man made lakes provide hazards and also reservoirs for irrigation illustrating the innovative design.

Current home of the Portugal masters, Victoria is a must play course for any visitor.

 

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