Old Course Vilamoura – About
The Old Course in Vilamoura is one of the first golf courses built in the Algarve however it is also one of the best. It is designed by Frank Pennink and is situated amongst the pine trees like many of the other courses in Vilamoura. It is a Par 73 course playing 6254 meters. The course is owned by Dom Pedro Golf who also owns Victoria, Pinhal, Millennium and Laguna. It is a 20 minute drive from Faro airport and a 5 minute drive from Vilamoura city center. The course have all the facilities you need, clubhouse, pro shop, driving range and a practice putting green. The range is fairly short, so you might not be able to hit your driver.
The greenfee is 125€ during January and in the beginning of February. 145€ in mid-season (mid january to mid march+june to mid september). In the high season the greenfee is 161€. There are also early bird and twilight deal to be found. You might find some good deal from one of the many golf booking agencies.
Old Course Vilamoura – The course
The round startes fairly easy. The first hole is a short par 4, a narrow tee shot between the pines. If you’re not in the fairway the approach will have some pines blocking the green. The second hole is a par 5 slightly uphill, it is reachable in two for the long hitters and it could be a good birdie opportunity. There are some good opportunities to get a decent score on the next three holes. A par 4, a par 3 and a par 5 without to much trouble.
A tough stretch
Hole number 6 the first of a more challenging stretch of holes. It is a long par 3 downhill where club selection is crucial and difficult. A green that slopes from front to back, makes a short pin very difficult. The 7th is a par 4, dogleg left where a long or short tee shot is trouble. Trees blocking the approach and you will have to shape your shot or lay up. The 8th hole is one of the most challenging on the Old course. A long par 4, which for many handicap golfers should be played as a par 5. To finish of the front nine, there is a short par 4 with a bunker in on the right. Go with a mid-iron off the tee and aim for the left side of the fairway. From there you will only have a short iron or wedge to the green.
The back nine
A gentle start to the back nine with a short par 3. But do not be fooled as you could end up in trouble if you miss the green. The 11th hole is similar to the 7th. It doglegs to the left where you need find the fairway to have a clear view to the green. Next up is a par 5. It requires a straight tee shot because there is trouble right, left and long. For the second and third shot there is out of bounds to the right. Be aware of the two bunkers guarding the entrance to the green. Hole number 14 is a short par 5, not much trouble to be found except some bunkers, a good chance for a birdie.
Coming down the stretch
The 16th hole is a the longest par 5 on the course. Favor the left side off the tee and on the second shot. On the third shot you will face a narrow entrance to the green wich also i guarded by bunkers on both sides. The 17th offers a aggressive line for the long hitters, aim over the bunkers to have a short approach. There is room on the right if you don’t have the length to take on the bunkers. The green is a bit undulated which could make the putt a bit tricky. The 18th hole is a pretty much straight forward par 4. Not much trouble to be found even tho it is classified as index 3 on the scorecard.
Old Course Vilamoura – Would I play it again?
I have played the Old Course in Vilamoura four times and would deffinetly play it again. Feel free to comment below if you have played it or if it is on your bucket list.