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Ocean Course

Name of course

Vale Do Lobo - Ocean Course

Type of course

Parkland

Location

Vale Do Lobo Resort

Number of holes

18

Par

73

Length

6137 (White tees) 5638 (Yellow tees)

What year was the course opened?

1968

Who was the designer?

Henry Cotton

What type of golf club is it?

Privately Owned, Members’ Club.

Handicap required - men 28, women, 32

Guests welcome

Teeing-off times

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.

Dress code

Tailored shorts, polo shirts

Golfing facilities

Golf pro

Driving range

Buggies

Caddies (on request)

Hire clubs

Why do you like it?

Stunning views over the ocean, well maintained, good variety of holes.

Best hole

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.

Signature hole

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.

Food options

Spikes Clubhouse. Plus a range of other restaurants on the resort.

Non-golfing facilities

Spa

Tennis academy

Gym

Pool

Mini golf

Plus all the facilities of a luxury family resort

Inside knowledge

For group bookings, liaise with Hernani Estevao, Golf Director at hestevao@vdl.pt

Cost

Membership - €2,655 (residents), €5,890 (non-residents)

Joining Fee - €2,700 (5 years)

Green Fees - €190

Opening times

7am- dusk every day

Reviewed by:

Daniel Henderson (‘scratch’ golfer)

 


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