Visited Vilamoura resort area in South Portugal from 2nd October 2017 to play 3 rounds of golf with friends. We were booked with Monarch airlines from Manchester and on this same day (after having organised the trip some months earlier), Monarch collapsed (we received an SMS text message halfway to the airport). After some quick re-booking, we re-pointed the car and headed down to East Midlands airport and departed with Ryanair losing only half a day.
Travel Date / Accommodation : Monday 02 Oct 2017
Hotel Vila Galé Ampalius (Alameda Praia Da Marina 8125-408 Vilamoura)
( 1 x Superior Twin Sea View, 1 x Superior Single Sea View) for 3 nights
Golf Booked :
Tue 3rd Oct 2017, 12:34pm on Pinhal
Pinhal Golf Course is situated in Vilamoura as a sister to the other four golf courses. It is laid out through the pine tree forest 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 for 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 also trickier 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.
Wed 4th Oct 2017, 12:34pm on 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 has open fairways for the player with very few trees to present difficulties. The Laguna Course can be likened to some degree to the challenges that are provided by a normal 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.
Thu 5th Oct 2017, 08:42am on Millennium
The 18 hole Millennium Golf Course is located within the Vilamoura Resort area. Martin Hawtree has extended his original concept of the original 27 Holes by adding another 9 and created and creating two individual distinctive courses. These new holes are part of the Millennium Course and wander amongst the parkland of pine tress 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 Par 3 sixth with its lake on the left of the fairway waiting for erring balls.
Winner of the ITL Non-Invitation 2017 – Ian Slack