Name of course
Old Course, Vilamoura
Type of course
Number of holes
What year was the course opened?
Who was the designer?
Frank Pennink. Refurbished by Martin Hawtree in 1996.
What type of golf club is it?
Resort /Member. Visitors welcome. Handicap certificate requirement
Smart casual, soft spikes
Clubhouse, driving range, practice putting green, rental of clubs, shoes, buggies and pull carts.
Why do you love it?
The Old Course is arguably the Algarve's most traditional. It is also one of the toughest tests of golf in Portugal, host to many Portuguese Opens.
What could be improved?
The course is particularly busy during the high season, and 8-minute gap starting times can make for a slow round. Also, watch out for the price of drinks and snacks on the drinks buggy round the course.
The most challenging hole is the 8th, a long uphill left-to-right dogleg. If you make par here you have done very well. As for the best hole, this is a difficult choice, as every hole has something to offer and the Old Course is many players' favourite on the Algarve.
Level of challenge
The course is a difficult challenge. The par 3s vary, though the 6th hole is particularly difficult. Most hole are doglegs, which is one of the reasons the course is so attractive and interesting, and the overhanging pines add to the challenge.
When to go
High season is March to May & September to November.
A typical golfers' menu is provided in the clubhouse.
Juniors under 12 are not permitted to play unless authorised by the management.
Dom Pedro Golf
Membership categories vary. Green fees are reflected by seasonality, and a variety of packages are available. See the website for details.