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Vilamoura is the name given to an area rather than to any actual town. It is one of the largest tourist complexes in Europe, covering more than 2,000 hectares. To make the most of your visit, you'll definitely want to take advantage of a cheap car hire in Algarve. The land is variable in its vegetation, some parts covered in pine forest while others are open recovered marshland. The resort of Vilamoura has, as its focal point, a large marina ringed by shops, bars and restaurants. Plenty of space is available to park your car hire from Vilamoura outside of this ring. From the marina it is a short walk to the sandy beach, and there are beaches further on at Falésia. In case you visit the beaches by car, there is always enough parking with easy access to the seaside.
Designed to be self-sufficient, Vilamoura is ideally located, its features a choice of prime accommodation, a commercial structure for day-to-day needs and is packed with sporting and leisure facilities for the whole familie. The region benefits from excellent tennis centres, fitness centres, horse-riding schools, watersport facilities and golf courses, all within walk distance.
Algarve´s golf courses are among the best of the world, and the Vilamoura region is known as a true golf paradise and widely regarded as the foremost golf holiday destination in Europe. At the last count there were 22 golf complexes, 32 separate courses and over 549 widely differing holes to play along the south coast of the Algarve – and another two complexes and 45 holes within easy driving distance just over the Spanish border.
Golf is an all-year around sport but the remain season is from October to May.
There are lessons from professionals available on all Vilamoura courses. Unlike in Britain, all of the Algarve´s courses are open for visitors. Most of them require a handicap certificate; all insist on a dress code and proper course etiquette.
Famous golf courts in the Vilamoura área are:
-Vilamoura Millennium The course is extended from its original concept of 27 Holes by adding another 9 and created and creating two distinctive courses. These new holes are part of the Millennium Course and wander amongst the parkland of pine trees that are often found on the coast in the Algarve. The course is a pleasure to play with subtle with few very tricky situations except for possibly the the par-3 sixth with its lake on the left of the fairway waiting for erring balls. Vilamoura Millennium has a large parking area were you can leave your hire car of Vilamoura car rental.
-Vilamoura Victoria: This Golf Course is laid out over virtually flat terrain covering some 90 hectares. It includes a series of constructed mounds specially landscaped to emulate the outline of inland hills on the horizon - a feature that enriches the course with a sense of movement and harmony. The series of beautiful lakes and waterfalls also helps to provide an attractive background whilst playing the course.
This is at present the longest 18 holes golf course in Portugal and promises to be a notable course in Europe. Each hole has a minimum of five tees from which to play thus making the course suitable for golfers of all handicap levels. Before playing it could be advisable to take advantage of the immense putting green of around 2,500 m2 to "feel the green" in that very important end game. Vilamoura Victoria has excellent conditions to park your rental car of Vilamoura car hire.
-Vila Sol: The English architect of this course has carefully maintained the original topographical nature of this undulating terrain. Changes when necessary have been kept to a minimum to preserve the natural state of being. The outward nine-holes are testing for a golfer starting with a par-4 of 381 metres. Next an even longer par-4 hole, then another par-4 of 385 metres. To follow the sixth and eighth holes, both par-5s, are awaiting the player with each a little under 500 metres. The back nine has two par-3 holes that are attractively designed. The par-5 on the fourteenth is particularly difficult to achieve with a tricky green awaiting the player. Vilamoura Sol has a large parking area were you can leave your hire car of Vilamoura car.
-Vilamoura old course: This is the second oldest golf course in the Algarve. Set in an umbrella pinewood and laid out in an interesting way to take advantage of the natural contours. It is from the English school of Course design. The first Holes are easy and inviting with reachable par-4s. The par-3 on the attractive fourth is a Hole in One potential. Club selection from here will play an important part of your game, and straight shots will be needed. The ninth is an excellent example of this situation. The back nine has three interesting par-5s. The sixteenth providing a 522 metre challenge for good length and straight hitting. Vilamoura old course has excellent conditions to park your rental car of Vilamoura.
-Vilamoura Laguna: The 18 Holes have been laid out over level ground and provide and with the exception of the eleventh and twelve that take the player around and over a lake, it is open fairways for the player with very few trees to present difficulties. It is a course that can be likened to some degree to the challenges that are provided by a Links course. However, there are many water hazards with strategically placed bunkers in open terrain. These factors combined with the occasional strong wind make for an interesting round. Vilamoura Laguna has a large parking area were you can leave your hire car Vilamoura.
-Vale de Lobo Ocean: The name of this course is appropriately suggesting is enviable location. As an older golf course it had a strong influence in placing the Algarve as a destination in the golfing world.Vale do Lobos Ocean Golf Course, is situated on the very edge of the coastline and allows golfers to tee off alongside some of the most incredible ocean views in the Algarve. Flanked by pine and eucalyptus trees, this par 71 course is part links with fairways leading down to the shores of the Atlantic. Vale do Lobo Ocean has excellent conditions to park your rental car of Vilamoura car hire.
-Vale do Lobo Royal: Both, Vale do Lobo Ocean and the stunning Royal Golf Course at Vale Do Lobo were designed by the respected American Golf Architect Sir Henry Cotton and then redeveloped by Rocky Roquemore, an American Golf Architect. Set in wonderful scenery amongst the pine trees and fantastic lakes this golf course is also set within one of Europe´s greatest estates. The 16th hole, a Par 3 cliff top hole, is famous for being not only a great challenge but also one of the most photographed holes in the world. Designed by Sir Henry Cotton, Vale do Lobo is very scenic with lovely cliff-top views of the Atlantic Ocean and its beaches, as well as the Algarve countryside. The par 3 16th hole (Royal Golf Course) has been called the “most photographed hole in Europe” and it is here that drives must carry two ravines to reach a green 210 metres away. The fairways are undulating and almost without exception, they are quite narrow, lined with mature umbrella pines. The well-protected greens also pose a challenge to golfers.
The Royal and the Ocean examine a golfer's game like few courses can. These enviable golf facilities, combined with the Algarves excellent climate, a choice of outstanding property, 2km of sandy beach and a selection of fine restaurants, make Vale do Lobo the perfect destination for a holiday or year round golfing lifestyle.
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-Quinta do Lago south: This is the course that has been used several times for the Portuguese Open. The course favours the long hitter, but requires the player to pick a particular route to score well. Although both anti-clockwise loops, the first nine suggests a draw, whilst the second favours a fade from the tee. Holes 3, 15 and 17, feature lakes that must be negotiated. Holes 8, 10,15 and 18, are the most testing for the scratch player while Holes 2,3,5,12, 13 and 17, offer the best ´possibilities of birdies. An enjoyable experience for players of all standards. Quinta do Lago south has excellent conditions to park your rental car of Vilamoura car hire.
-Quinta to Lago north: The course has four great par-5 Holes requiring power and accuracy to play them well, also providing superb views. The par-3 Holes are well influenced by the wind. Hole 14 is outstanding. The par-4s are all doglegs except for for Holes 10 and 13. Precision driving is vital to set up the chance of a low score. The lakes on Holes 13 and 18 claim many victims. The course favours the player who can draw the ball. Quinta do Lago north has a large parking area were you can leave your hire car of Vilamoura car hire.
-Pinheiros Altos : Located within the well-known Quinta do Lago estate this course enjoys a solid reputation. Within the golfing world it is known as providing a mental challenge due to well placed hazards. There are now 27 holes. The layout has changed to create the three groups of none holes named Oliveiras (Olives), Pinheiros (Pines) and Sobreiros (Corks), respectively. Pinheiros Altos has excellent conditions to park your rental car Vilamoura.
-San Lorenzo: Located in the Quinta do Lago estate enjoys a reputation for the condition of its course and its attractive views around the lake formed by Ria Formosa. It has been ranked in the past as the second best course in Europe. The outward first five holes are through the pine tree forest. Water and good hole layouts provides the hazards that play a big part in players having to select clubs and hit with care. The eighteenth is a tricky par-4 mainly involving a lake that is waiting for the inaccurate shot. San Lorenzo has a large parking area were you can leave your hire car of Vilamoura car.
-Vilamoura Pinhal: This course is laid through the pine tree forest of the area and is set back from the tourist beach area. The outward nine holes wander through the holiday villas that line the fairways. The well-positioned bunkers make the course very enjoyable to the players, testing their choice of clubs and their accuracy. The Par-4 on the fourth hole is difficult to achieve with water waiting for the erring shot. The Par-3 on the eighth of 149 metres is tricky than it first appears. The back nine-holes have a more open feel but the slightly altered fifteenth will cause a problem to meet the Par-4 it requires. Vilamoura Pinhal has excellent conditions to park your rental car of Vilamoura car hire.
Vilamoura is a place for rest and relaxation but also for pursuing active pastimes and sports; a friendly and safe residential haven, a vibrant and exciting nightlife.