VILA SOL GOLF COURSE
Number of holes
27 (Prime 1-9, Challenge 10-18, Prestige 19-27)
Prime - Championship: 3241m
Prime - Yellow: 3032m
Prime - Red: 2728m
Challenge - Championship: 3152m
Challenge - Yellow: 2943m
Challenge - Red: 2678m
Prestige - Championship: 3079m
Prestige - Yellow: 2903m
Prestige - Red: 2583m
What year was the course opened?
Who was the designer?
Type of golf club
Part of Pestana Golf & Resorts. Open to the public. Normal handicap requirements of 28 (men) and 36 (women).
Tee times begin from 0740h winter time and 07h00 summer time. It's always recommended to book your tee times in advance. Ten minute intervals are recommended by IAGTO.
Only soft spikes are permitted on the course. All players must wear proper clothing. T-shirts, jeans, trainers and bathing shorts are not allowed.
Vila Sol Golf Academy for lessons, driving range (from grass and mats), putting greens, chipping area, bunker area, buggies, trollies (manual and electric) and clubs for hire. Plus golf shop.
Why do you like it?
Delightful course design set amidst wonderful Algarve pine trees. Although you are playing on a resort course, the housing does not encroach on your experience of the course or your game. The course is generally in very good condition and well maintained.
6th hole on Prime. A magnificent view on this par 5 that opens from an elevated tee box to a wide inviting fairway. This spectacular hole encompasses a lake midway and a beautiful approach to a green ringed by trees.
Level of challenge
It's a moderate level from the standard tees, but certainly more challenging from the back tees. It starts with a stroke 3, 7 and 1 and with one par 3 of 190m from the back tees.
Who plays there?
The course has played host to the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation Tournament for several years, and hosted the Portugal Open in 1992 and 1993. Many top footballers and celebs can be seen on the greens all year round.
When to go
Open all year round. Peak seasons are Spring and Autumn. Greens fees are low in the summer and winter months, with special rates including a buggy.
There is a restaurant and clubhouse bar with a spacious open veranda overlooking the 18th green.
The numerous hotel facilities are adjacent to the course, including bars, restaurants, spa, beach and shopping.
Green fees for a standard 18 holes range from €90-€120 depending on the season. Discounts are available for playing 2 or 3 rounds.
Season dates and Summer Packages - see website
PGA professional Oliver Lott of Vilamoura-based Quo Vadis Travel - www.qvts.com