Vilamoura - Pinhal Course

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18-Hole (Private)
Vilamoura - Pinhal Course
Quarteira, Algarve P-8125
Phone: +351-(0)89-38 07 24

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About the Club

Year built: 1976
Designer: Frank Pennink, Robert Trent Jones Jr.
Club type: Private
Season: Open all year
Guest Policy: Open Handicap Certificate required.
Dress Code: No denim, collared shirt and bermuda shorts required
Metal Spikes: --
Fivesomes: --
Green Fees:

Not rated

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

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This course, built in the middle of a pinewood, brings together two very different architectural concepts - British and American. In 1988 it was selected for the Portuguese Ladies' Open, an event that forms part of the women's professional European Circuit. Inaugurated in 1976, the Pinhal course was originally designed by the British Frank Pennink. Later, in 1985, it was partly redesigned by the American Robert Trent Jones, who added new challenges to the course. Trent Jones' work has given the course a great variety of holes, and brought together two completely different architectural concepts: British and American. The first nine holes wind through umbrella pines while the back nine are on open land with pleasant sea views and return gently uphill to the superbly appointed clubhouse. Originally controversial, the siting of the driving range directly in front of the club's terrace has now been recognised as a clever innovation. The constant activity in view is in keeping with the relaced informality which has made the club so popupar with members and so welcoming to visitors. The greens are relatively small which cempels a need for great accuracy of play and the true test starts as eraly as the second, a par 4 where the tee shots needs to be to the right to acoid a solitary pine which stands close to the centre of the fairway. The green on the par 5 3rd is guarded by a small lake and again the ideal shot here is dwon the right flank of the fairway to allow a second lay-up shot short of the water. A lake also comes into play on the second shot on the 309 metre/340 yards 4th and it provides another hazard on the par 3 5th where it snakes round in front of the green. A long tee shot wo a rising fairway is needed on the 7th to make the par 4 possible. Careful play is also required to achieve a par 3 on the 12th where a cluster of pine trees poses the biggest problem. A drive from the elevated tee has to be played with enough height and distance to find the green in one stroke. On the par 5 17th there is a sharp dogleg some 180 metres/198 yards from teh tee with the second shot played blind over a quickly rising fairway. The 18th, a par 4, calls for a tee shot right of centre and the green here is well protected by bunkers. Golf packages are available.

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Water Hazards in Play:  --


Men's White Tees 6890 71.0 0 72
Men's Yellow Tees 6430 71.0 0 72
Ladies' Red Tees 5674 71.0 0 72

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