Name of course
Vale Do Lobo - Ocean Course
Type of course
Vale Do Lobo Resort
Number of holes
6137 (White tees) 5638 (Yellow tees)
What year was the course opened?
Who was the designer?
What type of golf club is it?
Privately Owned, Members’ Club.
Handicap required - men 28, women, 32
Members have priority times but with two courses (Vale do Lobo also has the Royal Course) there are usually tee times available for guests as long as you pre-book.
Tailored shorts, polo shirts
Caddies (on request)
Why do you like it?
Stunning views over the ocean, well maintained, good variety of holes.
11 - requires a good tee shot to position yourself for a downhill approach to the green, with the beach and ocean as a backdrop. Inspiring.
As above, but also 15 - a long par 3 running parallel to the beach.
Level of challenge
Moderate. Some really challenging holes, but there is often more ‘room’ than appears from the tee. The greens are undulating in places and well-paced.
Who plays there?
There’s a younger and older generation of membership. The older members tend to be retired ex-pats, but there’s also a group of younger players, either holiday property owners or visitors to the Algarve.
When to go
High season - March-May and September-October. It’s quieter outside of these periods.
Spikes Clubhouse. Plus a range of other restaurants on the resort.
Plus all the facilities of a luxury family resort
For group bookings, liaise with Hernani Estevao, Golf Director at email@example.com
Membership - €2,655 (residents), €5,890 (non-residents)
Joining Fee - €2,700 (5 years)
Green Fees - €190
7am- dusk every day
Daniel Henderson (‘scratch’ golfer)