Name of course
Oceanico Faldo Course
Type of course
Amendoeira Golf Resort near Silves
Number of holes
What year was the course opened?
Who was the designer?
Sir Nick Faldo
What type of golf club is it?
Private/Members. Guests are welcome. Handicap certificates required to play.
Pre-booked tee times are required.
Must include trousers or tailor shorts, polo shirts and golf shoes and socks.
Bathing attire, jeans, T-shirts, sleeveless tops and training shoes are not allowed in the clubhouse, on the practice areas or the golf course itself. Shirts must be worn at all times.
The magnificent clubhouse has a spacious bar, restaurant and luxury changing rooms. The Pro-Shop has an extensive range of products and there is a Greenside bar & café.
The Golf Academy includes a 9 hole, par 3 floodlit course with access to practice putting greens, a driving range and long & short game practice areas.
There is also the Amendoeira Golf Academy & Fitting Suite which offers a wide variety of instructional programmes to meet the needs of all golfers.
Why do you like it?
The overall condition of the course is very good. The greens are consistent and roll true.
All the holes play well, and each offer a unique challenge. The 17th was the one I found the most rewarding - a tough drive in to a fairway protected by bunkers with a challenging approach shot in to a small green.
Level of challenge
Moderate to difficult - this is a challenging/thinking golfer’s course. It will reward those with good shot-making decisions and will punish those less fortunate. From the tee box, distances are deceptive and the greens play quick. Overall, a great golfing experience that will keep even the low handicapper challenged and wanting for more.
Note: a buggy is required to play the course. The distance between holes at times is very undulating and far apart. It doesn’t distract from the round, but for those less fit, it will take its toll on the back nine!
When to go
Being part of the Oceanico golf/property group, the course will be busy during peak seasons and attract a reasonable amount of players off-season, so it’s always best to plan ahead and book early. Prices are relative to the period.
Surrounding the course is the Oceanico Amendoeira Resort and the Amendoeira Sports Club which offers a host of professional sporting facilities, including football pitches, 6 tennis courts, 2 bowling greens, beach volleyball area, gymnasium, sports bar and shop.
Get there early before your tee time so you can take in the experience fully. Check-in, have a relaxed drink at the bar, hit some balls at the range and then go out and shoot a personal best! Then while your clubs are being cleaned by the friendly staff, retire to the 19th for a drink. Oceanico Faldo offers a complete golfing experience.
An 18 hole round ranges from €115 to €175 depending on the time of year.
Oceanico often has special packages running year-round that include playing on a number of their courses. Check out their website for the latest offers and season specials.
Tee off times start from 07h00 until late – subject to sundown.
How to get there
Take junction 7/Alcantarilha off the A22, where you will come to a large roundabout. Take the first right, signposted Silves, and continue on the road (EN529) for approx 2 km and at the second roundabout the entrance to Amendoeira Golf Resort is on your right – look for the orange ‘Golfe’ sign.