|Location||Vilamoura, Algarve, Portugal|
|Designer / Opened||Martin Hawtree, 2000|
|Holes / Par||18 Holes, Par 72|
|HCP L / G||36 / 28|
|Length (mt)||6157 m / 5784 m / 4767 m|
Vilamoura Golf Resort a success story ! Europe's largest, most comprehensive and diversified tourist development has become a unique place to live or to enjoy a Golf Holiday .
The dream began about 40 years ago and has not ceased to materialize. A singular destination in the international tourism scene, Vilamoura golf resort is the right answer for those looking for a special place. To the mild climate and the natural beauties, a sustainable development was allied. Vilamoura has grown but has preserved its environmental heritage. Infrastructures, landscaping, access roads, hotel units, housing complexes, sports and leisure facilities strictly comply with this harmonious development.
From the splendid Marina to the prestigious golf courses, to the rich and diverse shopping area, Vilamoura golf resort offers everything with a flair of class .
Around here, the days are a sequence of unforgettable moments. In a sailing boat, a game of golf, a walk on the seashore or adrenaline of a radical jump. The nights, full of life, are the perfect culmination of an intensely lived day. An esplanade overlooking the Marina invites to a toast to the best that life offers: Vilamoura , that's how it is.
Vilamoura Golf Resort offers the Holiday golfer six Championship golf courses: Old Course Golf Course
Millennium Golf Course Pinhal Golf Course
Vitoria Golf course Laguna Golf Course
Vila Sol Golf Course
The Vilamoura golf courses were the first to be environmentally certified by the ISO 14001 ,ensuring an environmental commitment and providing golfers on holiday with a more realistic contact with the flora and fauna of Vilamoura .
The Old Course, one of the gems in Portugal , it's the first golf course built in Vilamoura and second oldest golf course in the Algarve . Undeniably one of Portugal 's and Europe's finest golf courses since it opened in 1969, designed by Frank Pennink. In 1997 Hawtree & Sons upgrade and remodel the golf course to maintain that position, including a new sophisticated irrigation system. There was not much needed to perform, just a simple use of the natural contouring, terrain and vegetation. Every hole will be kept in memory after a round, such is the greatness of the Old Course.
Pinhal golf course was the second golf course built in Vilamoura , originally designed by Frank Pennink in 1976. In 1985, it was partly redesigned by Robert Trent Jones, making it even more challenging. Robert Trent Jones brought two completely different architectural concepts, British and American. As a result the player is confronted with different kinds of challenges . Drawn in the middle of fantastic pinewood with some sea views , forcing the golf players to be accurate from the tee . The small size of its greens is also one of the main characteristics of the Pinhal golf course, Several holes have recently been lengthened to keep up with modern technical advances in golf .
Laguna golf course was known as the 27-hole Vilamoura III. Designed in 1990 by Joseph Lee. Nine holes went over to create the Millennium golf course and so the Laguna now stands on its own as a pure 18-hole golf course.
The Laguna golf course is laid out over flat, low-lying ground and this well bunkered layout with a strong links-like feel is very different in style to the other Vilamoura golf courses. With plenty of lateral water hazards , this exposed golf course, can be tough when the wind is up, special on is back nine.
Millennium golf course, as its name says, opened in the year 2000. Front nine , some of the holes on this golf course extend through the old pine forest but the remaining holes are open from the tee allowing long drives . Main difficulties on Millennium Golf course are the rough and the strength of the wind . A very pleasant golf course been the must popular of all the Oceanico Group golf courses.
Victoria golf course opened for play in 2004, becaming the fifth golf course in Vilamoura , for Oceanico group . With tournament play in mind, Arnold Palmer designed the Victoria golf course with a big layout. Just one year after opening, the course hosted the WGC World Cup and since 2007 has hosted the Portugal Masters , a European Tour event .
All new golf courses take time to settle and Victoria golf course is no different, and we are sure Victoria will threaten most of the golf courses in is ranking table.
Vila Sol golf course, a 27-hole complex, designed by Donald Steel, opened in 1991. The two main 9-hole loops are now called Prime and Challenge. The Vila Sol golf course is much like the Vilamoura Old Course – the other true championship layout in this area – Steel created Vila Sol without the need for excessive contouring or the creation of unnatural hazards. The golf course fairways are framed by original umbrella pine, fig and cork trees, making the fairways seem even more narrower.From the very start, Vila Sol provides a perfect indication of the tests to come as the layout opens with three par fours, all in excess of 380 metres. The third hole is a well deserved S.I.1 and plays a dogleg left and then on again to a left-to-right sloping green protected by a steep bunker and trees at front andleft side of the green. A par here will be a very good score. Close
European Tour golf, Open Portugal is back!
Seven years later, European Tour golf returns to Portugal and will be hosted at the Morgado Golf Resort in the Algarve .
The European Tour golf announced today the definitive calendar for 2017 and in it, surprise, there is the “Open of Portugal in the Morgado Golf Resort (full name of the tournament), from 11 to 14 May at the Morgado Golf Course, the Nau Hotels & Resorts Group, in Portimão. The complex has another course, the Álamos Golf Course.
A welcome return, since it was not held since 2010 (under the Estoril Open title in Portugal ) in Penha Longa, with victory of the Danish Thomas Bjorn, recently nominated captain of Europe in the Ryder Cup. The event therefore returns to the Algarve , since between 2007 and 2010 was played in Greater Lisbon courses (Oitavos Dunes, Cascais, 2007, 2008 and 2009, and Penha Longa in 2010).
It will be the 55th edition of one of the oldest and most emblematic events of the main European circuit. It will have a prize money of 500,000 Euros and will be dual, in the sense of scoring simultaneously for the European Tour and the Challenge Tour, as was the Madeira Open, which this year will not be played after 23 consecutive editions.
The Open Portugal is one of three back-to-back races, alongside The Rocco Forte Open – Verdura (18-21 May) in Sicily, Italy, and the Andalucia Valderrama Masters hosted by the Sergio Garcia Foundation (19-22 October).
The Portuguese Open at the Morgado Golf Resort will be hosted by NAU Hotels & Resorts, owner of the golf course, the Portuguese Golf Federation (FPG) and the PGA of Portugal , in association with the European Tour and the Challenge Tour.
Algarve and its golf courses are considered repeatedly by magazines devoted to the sport and by international associations of specialist tour operators the best golfing destination in the world. Golfing in Portugal it´s one of the best options for your golfing breaks abroad. Vilamoura and Oceanico, Quinta do Lago, Carvoeiro Pestana and Vale do Lobo are some of the most popular golfing destinations. Read More...