27holes golf course of the Pestana Golf Resort between Carvoeiro and Lagoa
Location and access The Pestana Golf Resort with the Gramacho and Vale da Pinta courses is situated away from the coast between Carvoeiro and Lagoa. The undulating terrain is liberally dotted with carob, fig, palm, almond and olive trees. It is less than a five kilometre drive from the En125 in the centre of Lagoa and around seven from the A22 motorway (exit 6). Golf course While designing and constructing the golf courses, Pinta and Gramacho, Ron Fream and Nick Price, did the impossible, they combined the picturesque and slightly hilly course with the artistic fairways and incorporated the ancient olive trees, some 600 years old, all over the courses. The use of existing features of the land, like outcrops of rock and dry stone walls have been augmented by well positioned bunkers and lakes. These hazards, combined with the shaping of the fairways and greens, have produced a wonderful array of challenging but fair golf holes. From the first tee shot to the pitch to the final green, the player must not only strike the ball and putt well, but also utilize the best strategy, to produce a good score. Experienced golfers will certainly acknowledge that they have played a very fine golf course with a testing par of 71 and a more than sufficient length of 6107 metres. Services & facilities The head coach for the Gramacho, Pinta and Silves courses is Carlos Ribeiro, a member of the Portuguese PGA. As a David Leadbetter certified instructor he has vast experience in teaching all levels of players, from beginners to advanced. Lessons can be given in Portuguese, French, English and German. Noteworthy The Gramacho course has a layout that is unique on the European continent with 27 greens on 18 holes: holes 1 through 4 and 14 through 18 have two greens which may change your game plan depending on which greens are in play
Vale da Pinta Golf
18holes golf course in the Pestana Golf Resort near Carvoeiro and Lagoa
Location and access The Pestana Golf Resort with the Gramacho and Vale da Pinta courses is situated away from the coast between Carvoeiro and Lagoa. The undulating terrain is liberally dotted with carob, fig, palm, almond and olive trees. It is only three kilometres drive from the En125 in the centre of Lagoa and around six km from the A22 motorway (exit 6) Golf course This great golf layout was designed by American Ronald Fream. It opened for play in 1992 and has justly earned a reputation for its excellent condition and its ability to challenge golfers of all standards. The course preparation and condition is at tournament standard all year round. It has already hosted the European Seniors Tour Qualifying final several times. The Bermuda grass fairways and Penn Cross Bent greens are protected by well positioned sand bunkers and two ornamental lakes, which are in play on four holes. Green size is well matched to the length of the approach shot. This 6.152 metres, par 71 course, will be appreciated by all knowledgeable golfers. Services & facilities The head coach for the Gramacho, Pinta, and Silves Courses is Carlos Ribeiro, a member of the Portuguese PGA. As a David Leadbetter certified instructor he has vast experience teaching all levels of players, from beginners to the advanced. Lessons can be given in Portuguese, French, English and German. Noteworthy The Vale da Pinta course is said to be one of the best designed courses in Europe.
Vale do Milho Golf
9hole PAR3 golf course near Carvoeiro
Location and access Vale do Milho is conveniently located near the coast of the western Algarve on the eastern outskirts of the popular holiday destination Carvoeiro. It is only a six km drive from the national road EN125 in Lagoa, and less than 11 kms from exit 6 of the A22 motorway. Golf course The compact 9hole par3 course, opened in 1990, was designed by Dave Thomas, a Ryder Cup player and architect of more than 40 golf courses; among them the famous “Belfry” in England. It is an ideal place to practice your short game: two different tee positions per hole and full sized tees, greens and bunkers. Holes range in length from 60 to 164 meters. Services & facilities The well equipped club house offers beautiful views to the perfectly maintained course. Beginners will enjoy the golf clinic to get familiar with the basics of this fascinating sport, while more advanced golfers will appreciate the opportunity to improve their short game with professional support.