Vale do Lobo Golf, Algarve, Portugal

  • Rating: Rating: 4.0  (2 reviews)
  • Opened: 1968
  • Holes: 36
  • Type: Parkland
  • Length: Ocean 5424 meters; Royal 6050 meters
  • Par: Ocean 71; Royal 72
  • SSS: Ocean 71; Royal 72
  • Slope: 133
  • Green Fees: Ocean €150; Royal €160
  • Offers: Discounts for people staying on Vale do Lobo, Families and holders of Courtesy Card
  • Location: Almancil, Algarve
  • Tel No: (+351) 289 353 465
  • Website: Visit Website

Summary:

Spread out over 1,000 acres and with 2 km of beach, Vale do Lobo is the largest luxury golf holidays resort in Portugal. 
 
Vale do Lobo was founded in 1962 as a joint development between Trusthouse Forte and Costain, the Vale do Lobo estate was then purchased and further developed by Sanders van Gelder (a Dutch entrepreneur) between 1977 and 2006 and is now owned by a consortium of Portuguese and international investors who have plans for further expansion of this fantastic golfing holidays resort.
 
By the numbers, Vale do Lobo offers 2 championship class 18 hole golf courses, 1500 properties, a fantastic 2 km beach, 15 bars & restaurants, plus a large 14 court tennis facility, swimming pools, gym, football, bowling, water sports, yoga, aerobics and many other activities.
 
Whilst luxury and quality are the bywords for Vale do Lobo, at its heart are its two fantastic golf courses – The Royal and the Ocean courses.
 
Both courses are always supberly maintained and have umbrella pine and fig tree lined fairways but the Royal course plays dramatically along the cliff’s edge whilst the Ocean Course rolls gently down to the beach.
 
The original Vale do Lobo course, designed by Sir Henry Cotton in 1968, was re-developed in 1987 by the American golf architect Rocky Roquemore. The original back nine surviving as the back nine of the Ocean Course.
 
The Ocean Golf Course (6131 metres) comprises much of the original Vale do Lobo golf course as designed by Sir enry  Henry cotton. Here the gently undulating fairways run alongside the nature reserve dropping slowly to the beach, with the memorable Par 3 15th running alongside the beach.
 
The Royal Golf Course (6059 metres) was designed by the top American designer Rocky Roquemore but based firmly on the plans originally devised by Sir Henry Cotton. The Royal Course is recognised as one of Portugal’s most prestigious golf courses with its almost island green on the 9th and the famous 16th hole which plays dramatically along the cliff´s edge with its series of ravines plunging to the beach, probably the most photographed and recognised golf hole in Europe.
 
Although Vale do Lobo has twice been host to the Portuguese Open Golf championship with multiple tee positions and lots of bail out areas both courses are capable of providing an enjoyable game for golfers of all standards.

Facilities:

Luxury golf villa rentals. 15 bars & restaurants. 2km beach. Superb golf clubhouse with restaurant, bars, terrace. Golf pro shop with equipment hire. Golf practice facilities inc chipping & putting greens and driving range.

Golfer's Reviews of Vale do Lobo Golf:

These reviews represent the personal view of the individual, not those of PackYourClubs.com
Average Rating Rating: 4.0     Number of Reviews: 2

Simply fantastic, but slowwwwwwww, 21 Jun 2010, by anonymous
Clubhouse/Hospitality
Rating: 4.0
Quality of Course
Rating: 5.0
Practice Facilities
Rating: 4.0
Value for Money
Rating: 3.0
Vale do Lobo is a simply fantastic facility with a golf course which is a fantastic layout and superbly maintained. However, the course is always very busy and very expensive. Perhaps play it once to say you've done it then move on to the other (very nearly as good) courses in the area.
Both Courses excellent but pricy, 10 Oct 2009, by Keith Jeffcoat
Clubhouse/Hospitality
Rating: 4.0
Quality of Course
Rating: 5.0
Practice Facilities
Rating: 4.0
Value for Money
Rating: 3.0
Hosted the Portuguese Open, One Of the best kept courses in the Algarve, but round can be a little slow sometimes

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