The Vale da Pinta Course
at Pestana Golf & Resort Carvoeiro

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36-Hole (Private)
The Vale da Pinta Course at Pestana Golf & Resort Carvoeiro
Praia do Carvoeiro
Lagoa, Algarve P-8400
Phone: +351-(0)82-340900

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About the Club

Year built: 1993
Designer: Ronald Fream
Club type: Private
Season: Open all year
Guest Policy: Open Handicap Certificate required.
Dress Code: No jeans, shirts with collar and sleeves, tailored and kneelength shorts
Metal Spikes: --
Fivesomes: --
Green Fees:

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Pace of Play: Pace of play: 0
Money Value: Money value: 0
Tees: Tees: 0
Service: Service: 0

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Pestana Golf & Resort has one eighteen-hole course, the Pinta Course and one double nine-hole course, the Gramacho (eighteen tees and eighteen greens). The Pinta course runs through an old olive grove, where some of the trees are more than 600 years old, as well as almond, fig and carob trees, often strategically left in place on the hybrid bermuda grass fairways. True to North American golfing concepts, Fream has created wide, deep greens protected by similarly sized bunkers. Immediately after the benign dogleg left par 4 opening hole, there is a testing, long par 3 played over a valley to a large wide green, well defended by bunkers and trees, especially at the front. A lake on the left comes into play off the tee at the par 4 8th and if one takes the tiger line, not only the lake but also a large bunker at the far bank must be cleared. The course designer, however, has allowed plenty of space on the right for those who prefer to lay up with a shorter tee shot. Another challenging hole is the short uphill par 4 11th, where a well placed drive and a precise second shot are necessary as trees on the left can block the line to the green with its extensive bunker along the right side. On the excellent par 5 17th the fairway narrows, with the help of trees, at the landing areas of both the drive and second shot, making it advisable to play safe and depend on a longer approach shot to read the green in regular figures. The closing hole is a delightful par 3 which requires finesse for the short iron shot down to the green with a menacing lake just over the back. The Pinta course ranks among Europe's finest courses. The Gramacho course is unique in Europe, this "double-nine" layout has nine fairways but one set of greens for the first round and another for the second round - the diversity of playing length to test golfers of every calibre. A memorable hole is the long demanding 2nd (or 11th second time round). It is a par 5 where a lengthy straight drive along the extreme right hand side of the fairway will stay clear of two majestic pine trees and set up the ideal line towards the green. The 6th is an attractive long par 3 hole from elevated tees, played over a water hazard to the green down in a valley. The tough par 4 7th requires length and accuracy to reach the green, tightly guarded by bunkers, in two strokes. This is followed by a genuine thinking golfer's hole, the short par 4 8th (and 17th on the second loop). Both times round the distance off the tee is not important but accuracy is, the fairway being extremely narrow, with a lake to the left and difficult rough to the right. The 8th green is out to the left, cut into a terrace just over the bank of the deep lake, but it is usually reachable with a short iron second shot. On the second nine, it is less daunting to reach the green with an approach shot as the line is well to the right of the lake. A new clubhhouse was recently constructed. At the Leadbetter Golf Academy a variety of instruction programmes with David Leadbetter and his staff of "Certified" instructors is offered. Other amenities include: Swimming pool.

Fairways:  Bermuda Grass course
Number of Sand Bunkers:  
Water Hazards in Play:  No


Men's Black Tees 6728 0.0 0 72
Men's White Tees 6164 0.0 0 69
Men's Yellow Tees 5631 0.0 0 67
Ladies' Red Tees 5168 0.0 0 69

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