Dom Pedro Hotels & Golf Collection is currently one of the main references for golf courses in the Algarve, more precisely, in Vilamoura, where it owns and operates one of the largest and best portfolios of golf courses in Europe.
Designed by true golfing legend Arnold Palmer, Dom Pedro Victoria Golf Course was hailed as the most ambitious golf project Portugal ever witnessed.
At the time of creation, Dom Pedro Victoria Golf Course in Portugal, with an area of about 90 hectares, was hailed as the most ambitious golf project Portugal had ever witnessed. Designed by true golfing legend, Arnold Palmer, there is absolutely no doubt that it has lived up to that lofty billing.
This is one of the golf courses in Vilamoura, Portugal, considered to be one of the best and most challenging in Europe, and features an exceptional driving range and a putting green of some 2,500 m2. All of this has made it the obvious venue of choice for many of the top international tournaments to visit Portugal in recent times. Indeed, it has served as the host venue to the Portugal Masters on every occasion since 2007, while the World Cup Championship was staged there in 2005.
The Par-72 Championship layout, measuring 6.651 meters (7,273 yards) from the Palmer tees, incorporates and has ensured the preservation of natural wetlands on-site, as well as the typical vegetation of carob, olive and almond trees. A significant proportion of Dom Pedro Victoria’s acreage is occupied by lakes, forming hazards to be avoided but which also have a strategic purpose in providing reservoirs for irrigation.
A number of teeing options on each hole (often as many as six are offered), accompanied by wide but undulating fairways, provide a fair test of golf, although water and cleverly-positioned bunkers pose a constant threat.
The Dom Pedro Victoria Golf Course, in Portugal, quickly became one of the best courses to play golf in the Algarve, with a layout that presents a challenge even for the most seasoned players.
In the heart of Vilamoura lies the “Grande Dame” of Algarve golf courses, Dom Pedro Old Course Golf Club in Portugal. As one of the first-established layouts in the region, the Frank Pennink-design is well regarded throughout the golfing world. Although it is but a mere 20-minute drive from Faro Airport, the course finds itself situated amongst impressive pine trees and set out over gently undulating terrain. There can be no argument that, for all who are lucky enough to play here, the Dom Pedro Old Course in Vilamoura lives long in the memory.
The modernisation programme preserved the challenge of this magnificent layout for future generations and raised the quality of Dom Pedro Old Course Golf Club to new heights. An attractive new clubhouse and the putting green adjacent were the finishing touches to this renovation in the final years of the last millennium and still add much to the golfer’s experience.
As with each Vilamoura course, detailed management systems ensure environmental protection practices are strictly adhered to.
Among Algarve and Vilamoura golf courses, Dom Pedro Old Course Golf Club remains one of the biggest references, known internationally for its layout and exquisite clubhouse.
Dom Pedro Old Course, in Vilamoura, is a must stop during your golf holidays in Portugal.
It is often asserted that Dom Pedro Millennium was pivotal in cementing the status of this region as one of Europe’s most-visited and best-loved for golf.
The par-72 Dom Pedro Millennium Golf Course in Vilamoura, Portugal, is often asserted that the creation of the Dom Pedro Millennium Golf Course was pivotal in cementing the status of this region as one of Europe’s most-visited and best-loved for golf. Opened in the year 2000 – comprising nine brand new holes and a refurbished inward half which had previously formed part of the original 27-hole Dom Pedro Laguna Golf Course – this is a more open course that its neighbours, although holes 3-7 wind between pine trees.
For many, this stretch bears a resemblance to fairways of Dom Pedro Old Course Golf Club and Dom Pedro Pinhal Golf Course, where landing areas grow narrower, requiring greater accuracy. A number of lakes, particularly interestingly on 17 and 18, enrich the remaining holes of the Dom Pedro Millennium Golf Course, where a simple course strategy is always the best approach.
For playing golf in the Algarve, the Dom Pedro Millenium Golf Course is one of Vilamoura’s best deals.
Dom Pedro Pinhal Golf Course in Vilamoura
The Dom Pedro Pinhal Golf Course is one of our Algarve’s golf courses, and it was opened for play in 1976 and owes its personality to both the original designer Frank Pennink, who also turned his hand to Dom Pedro Old Course Golf Club nearby, and Robert Trent Jones Sr., who made a number of significant refinements in 1985.
Traversing undulating parkland, many fairways are lined by pine trees. However, perhaps an even more significant challenge is presented by the Umbrella and Atlantic pines which present themselves on fairways and at times on the approach into greens. Length has recently been added on a number of holes, which ensure the test originally envisioned by Pennink is maintained. At a substantial 6,353 metres from the white tee markers, and with a par of 72, Dom Pedro Pinhal Golf Course is certainly no pushover, although golfers will be pleased to learn that the ponds and stream which come into play on five holes should not, for the most part, present a serious threat.
One of the most remarked upon features of Dom Pedro Pinhal Golf Course, in Vilamoura, is the stunning panorama provided from the clubhouse, which extends over the excellent driving range and practice facilities and beyond. Completely renovated at the turn of the millennium, its veranda offers the perfect setting for post-round relaxation.
Its authorship and its features have made it into a must see in any Algarve golf tour. Dom Pedro Pinhal Golf Course is an unforgettable part of the Vilamoura Golf Courses experience.
Dom Pedro Laguna Golf Course in Vilamoura has earned a reputation as being a somewhat unique offering within the Vilamoura golf portfolio. While its many water hazards and few trees set it apart, it truly finds its individuality in the number of holes which convey characteristics of a traditional links layout. American golf course architect Joseph Lee was given the responsibility for setting out the Dom Pedro Laguna Golf Course in Vilamoura over low-lying coastal terrain, and in this setting was able to establish 18 holes which offer a wide variety of playing conditions.
The course has been continually improved since the first ball was struck in 1990, although it retains all of the appeal of a modern test of golf, through which the strategic positioning of bunkers and a number of water obstacles demand accuracy of play. Dom Pedro Laguna Golf Course shares a well-proportioned and welcoming clubhouse with the neighbouring Millennium Golf Course.
For anyone looking for family golf offers in Vilamoura, the Dom Pedro Laguna is an interesting choice, with its nearby Dom Pedro Laguna Club in Vilamoura and beautiful landscapes.
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