Victoria – About
The Dom Pedro Victoria Course is located in Vilamoura in the Algarve. It is a par 72 stretching 6651 meters. The Victoria is designed by non-other then the legend, Arnold Palmer. It is host to the annual Portugal Masters, which is played in october. The course is just across the road from the Millennium and Laguna courses, also owned by Dom Pedro. The course have five different tees on each hole, which makes it playable for golfers on all levels.
- Free Shuttle from / to Vilamoura hotels
- Golf Shop
- Driving Range
- Practice Putting Green
- Bar / Restaurant
- Buggy Bar
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Victoria – The course
The first hole is a 360 meter long par 4. There are a few bunkers to avoid, but lots of room to get the ball in play. The second is a par 4, slightly up hill to a raised green. The green is quite undulating and makes the putt tricky if you are at the wrong side. The third is a par 5. Not much trouble of the tee, favour the right side as the fairway slopes to the left. The trouble here is on the second and third shot. There are quite a few bunkers guarding the hole. The 4th hole is a dogleg left par 4. The tee shot is key, be bold and go over the fairway bunkers on the left to have a short approach. The safe route is to the right side, but you will have a longer second shot. The 5th is a short par 5, reachable in two for long. The trouble to avoid is around the green, with three greenside bunkers on the left. The first par 3 hole is number 6. A fairly long one, with bunkers guarding the front and left of the green. The 7th is a beautiful, but difficult par 4. Shorten the hole by aiming left, but you will need a longer carry over the lake. Right side is a shorter carry, but the approach will be much more diffucult. A short par 3 with a huge bunker (wich is only in play on the really bad shots) in front, and a par 4 finish up the front nine.
The back nine startes off with a fairly easy par 4. Aim to the left side of the fairway and the ball will use the slope to gain extra distance. If the wind is in your back, the approch could be just a short wedge. From the 11th hole, the course really started to show it teeth. A short par 4 with water all the way from tee to green on the left. Favour the right side, because landing in the middle of the fairway might lead to a drop. There is little or nothing stopping the ball from rolling in the water. The par 5, 12th goes back a longside the same lake. A good shot and a bad bounce has water written all over it. Right side of the fairway is the goal. The green is reachable in two, but you will have to carry the ball over water. You might be better off laying up. The par 3, 13th is a medium long par 3. You don’t want to be long, the rough is tricky and you might face a downhill lie. The 14th is one of the most beautiful holes on the course. A par 4 which has to options from the tee. The first option is using the fairway on the left. You will have a more difficult angel to the green on the approach, but there will be less trouble. The second option is to the right fairway, you will have to carry the water hazard, but the approach will be shorter and with less trouble. A risk and reward hole.
The last few holes
The 15th hole is a short par 4. Driveble for many players, but it is difficult to get the ball on the green. The option is a iron of the tee and leave yourself with a short approach. The green is wide, but shallow. Accuracy is key. The last par 3 hole is a fairly long one. It can play much longer then the yardage because of the wind. I have played it three times and it’s always into the wind. Bunker short and right to guard the green. The 17th is the longest on the course. It is also chosen as the “signature” hole by Arnold Palmer. The fairway slopes against the water on the right. The left side is the safe route and offers plenty of room. The approach is partly over water, depending of which side your on. Par is a good score, but if you dare to play aggressive you might get rewarded. The last hole is a difficult one. It is water on the left side and if you land on the left side of the fairway, you might roll in. The right side is safer, but you could end up in the rough or in the bunkers, making the approach much more difficult.
Victoria – Would I play it again?
The Victoria is one of my favorites in the Algarve. We played it on the last day before closing for the Portugal Masters. The grand stands were up and except for not playing good golf, we almost felt like we were on tour for a second. I would definitely recommend the course and I will play it again. Looking for other courses in Vilamoura? Read about the Old Course here.