Name of course
Type of course
3km north of Vilamoura Marina, adjacent to the Anantara Vilamoura (formerly the Tivoli Victoria). Both are well signposted coming into Vilamoura.
Number of holes
6094m (off yellow tees)
6609 (off back tees)
What year was the course opened?
Who was the designer?
What type of golf club is it?
Private golf club but non-members are able to pay a fee to play providing they have a handicap (Men 28, Ladies 36). However, I have never been asked to produce a handicap certificate.
Doesn't tend to be too busy (out of peak season) so pre-booking is not always essential but I would definitely still recommended this to avoid disappointment. At the current time, they provide a free buggy if you play in the afternoon, which would cost €40 if playing in the morning.
Normal golfing attire.
There are fantastic practice facilities including a driving range, chipping green and putting green. All are free to use before your round or €12 for the day if you just want to practice. Buggies and club hire are available on request.
Why do you love it?
A challenging course, even for the low handicapper, makes the Victoria one of the best in the Algarve. It is cleverly designed with a large variety of types of holes according to difficulty, length and accuracy. It is also host to the Portugal Masters.
What could be improved?
As a relatively new course, it will benefit from some maturing of trees and shrubs in due course. Also, for such an impressive golf course, it has a disappointing clubhouse although, to be fair, it still provides everything you'd hope to use or see.
At most top golf courses, the finishing hole is often spectacular and the Victoria course is no exception. A 415 metre par four with water all down the left and the impressive Tivoli Victoria to your right, this hole is more than capable of ruining a good round (trust me!).
While the 18th is the signature hole, the par 5 12th hole is also spectacular to look at and a real challenge, especially if you try and reach in two (over a large expanse of water).
Level of challenge
Difficult, but there are still scoring holes. A very enjoyable experience on and off the course. The staff are particularly friendly.
When to go
The course is busier in the traditional Portugal high season (February to April and September to November) and the prices do change over the year.
Keen golfers tend to go out in the early mornings and 'value seekers' go after lunch when the rates drop. The course seems to get busier in the run up to, and at, the weekends.
A bar with food service in the club house offering a wide range of snacks from sandwiches to pizzas. I would highly recommend the cheese burger with bacon! All reasonably priced and representing good value for money.
Getting off first, or very late in the day, and once you get away from the club house, it can feel like you privately own the course.
Dom Pedro Golf
Green fees are currently quoted as being €180 for adults but various discounts are usually available. Annual membership is not available to non-property owners.
Open 7 days a week with first tee-off being 7.30 a.m.