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Hole By Hole

Hole By Hole - First Hole
First Hole
Stroke Index 14 / PAR 5
Tee Metres
Pro -
Amateur 498
Amateur 469
Senior/Junior 443
Ladies 393

Pro Tip

Unusually, the course opens with a fairly long par 5, 498m from the back tee. As the fairway rises slightly up to the half-way point, the green is not in view until you reach the crest. Favour the left hand side for the drive where the line for the second shot is more open to a gentle downward slope. The raised, split level green is well defended with a tree and bunker inset into the bank on the right, large mound front left and a shallow bunker behind.

Hole By Hole - Second Hole
Second Hole
Stroke Index 4 / PAR 4
Tee Metres
Pro -
Amateur 400
Amateur 374
Senior/Junior 352
Ladies 337

Pro Tip

This tough par 4 measures 400m from the back tee. The drive should ideally be threaded through a narrow gap between pines to set up a good result. However you must then negotiate a solitary pine in the middle of the fairway, about 64m from the front of the green with its narrow entrance between a pair of bunkers.

Hole By Hole - Third Hole
Third Hole
Stroke Index 10 / PAR 5
Tee Metres
Pro -
Amateur 560
Amateur 495
Senior/Junior 458
Ladies 422

Pro Tip

This par 5 is a great golf hole. Guarded by pine trees along the fairway, you really want to hit the ball straight especially off the tee. There is a slightly dogleg right to left on your 2nd shot into a generous fairway, from this position you will be able to attack the flag on your 3rd shot that plays longer than it looks. The green hasn´t got many breaks so a good putt will be rewarded with a nice birdie 4.

Hole By Hole - Fourth Hole
Fourth Hole
Stroke Index 8 / PAR 4
Tee Metres
Pro -
Amateur 362
Amateur 339
Senior/Junior 309
Ladies 275

Pro Tip

A scenic par 4 where water comes into play on the approach and placement of the tee-shot on the downhill fairway is the key. This will prevent being blocked out by pines right and left for the shot to the green to be played over the left edge of a lake. Two bunkers left defend the tricky, contoured putting surface.

Hole By Hole - Fifth Hole
Fifth Hole
Stroke Index 18 / PAR 3
Tee Metres
Pro -
Amateur 177
Amateur 168
Senior/Junior 145
Ladies 122

Pro Tip

In 2002 this par 3 hole was extended, adding 22-45m depending on the tee used. Another undulating green which is well guarded by the lake on the right plus three bunkers.

Hole By Hole - Sixth Hole
Sixth Hole
Stroke Index 2 / PAR 4
Tee Metres
Pro -
Amateur 394
Amateur 379
Senior/Junior 364
Ladies 323

Pro Tip

This par 4, stroke index 2, is an excellent test of length and accuracy for those going for the green in two shots along the narrow fairway. The tee-shot should be drawn away from two fairway bunkers on the right to be in ideal position for the approach. A restricted green entrance is found between bunkers.

Hole By Hole - Seventh Hole
Seventh Hole
Stroke Index 6 / PAR 4
Tee Metres
Pro -
Amateur 394
Amateur 379
Senior/Junior 364
Ladies 323

Pro Tip

Bending gradually right, this 395m par 4 offers a more generous fairway but avoid flirting with the trees on the right with your drive. A long- to mid-iron will be needed for the slightly uphill second shot. There is a bunker on the right 39m short of the putting surface and a greenside one left front.

Hole By Hole - Eighth Hole
Eighth Hole
Stroke Index 12 / PAR 3
Tee Metres
Pro -
Amateur 147
Amateur 140
Senior/Junior 135
Ladies 114

Pro Tip

One of the most photographed holes at Vilamoura, this 147m par 3 is played over a pond to a double-tiered green offset from short right to far left. Three sand traps right back and one front left complete the hazards.

Hole By Hole - Ninth Hole
Ninth Hole
Stroke Index 16 / PAR 4
Tee Metres
Pro -
Amateur 359
Amateur 325
Senior/Junior 309
Ladies 302

Pro Tip

Finally a wide-open par 4 where normally only the bunkers should prevent you from achieving a par or better. The approach however should preferably end up below the flag as downhill putts can be awkward.

Hole By Hole - Tenth Hole
Tenth Hole
Stroke Index 5 / PAR 4
Tee Metres
Pro -
Amateur 348
Amateur 307
Senior/Junior 295
Ladies 278

Pro Tip

A blind drive up this hump-backed short par 4. The approach to the very narrow green with a drop off to the left is critical so precision is essential to be putting for an unlikely birdie.

Hole By Hole - Eleventh Hole
Eleventh Hole
Stroke Index 11 / PAR 4
Tee Metres
Pro -
Amateur 333
Amateur 324
Senior/Junior 313
Ladies 302

Pro Tip

This short par 4 doglegs left some 90m from the front edge of the green, and a fairway wood or even long iron for position to the right is the best bet off the tee. The green has a small step half way up that can affect placement of your approach.

Hole By Hole - Twelfth Hole
Twelfth Hole
Stroke Index 13 / PAR 3
Tee Metres
Pro -
Amateur 168
Amateur 154
Senior/Junior 143
Ladies 126

Pro Tip

A pleasant but fairly straightforward mid-length par 3 to an undulating green guarded by bunkers on either side and mounds at the entrance.

Hole By Hole - Thirteenth Hole
Thirteenth Hole
Stroke Index 1 / PAR 5
Tee Metres
Pro -
Amateur 522
Amateur 508
Senior/Junior 497
Ladies 460

Pro Tip

This par 5, 522m off the white tee markers is stroke index 1 and challenges any standard of golfer. The fairway is uphill most of the way so both the drive and second shot are played blind. Once up on the plateau the approach is to a generous green albeit protected at both sides of the entrance by two bunkers.

Hole By Hole - Fourteenth Hole
Fourteenth Hole
Stroke Index 17 / PAR 3
Tee Metres
Pro -
Amateur 130
Amateur 113
Senior/Junior 106
Ladies 100

Pro Tip

Re-designed recently, this par 3 is short at 130m from the white tee but in compensation has a bunker that fronts the green. A tree just left of this trap makes the shot problematic for tee positions left of centre.

Hole By Hole - Fifteenth Hole
Fifteenth Hole
Stroke Index 15 / PAR 4
Tee Metres
Pro -
Amateur 319
Amateur 281
Senior/Junior 272
Ladies 242

Pro Tip

Played downhill, this short par 4 is a hole where the driver should be left in the bag as a reachable stream crosses the fairway at an angle close to the raised green. Devoid of bunkers, the hole thereafter only requires an accurate wedge shot to the undulating putting surface.

Hole By Hole - Sixteenth Hole
Sixteenth Hole
Stroke Index 9 / PAR 4
Tee Metres
Pro -
Amateur 339
Amateur 314
Senior/Junior 300
Ladies 292

Pro Tip

All three fairway bunkers on this flat par 4 with a maximum length of 339m are bunched on the left between 70 and 112m from the front of the green. The greenside bunkering is on either side at the entrance.

Hole By Hole - Seventeenth Hole
Seventeenth Hole
Stroke Index 3 / PAR 5
Tee Metres
Pro -
Amateur 496
Amateur 487
Senior/Junior 477
Ladies 464

Pro Tip

A thinking golfer's hole. Using a driver from the tee you can easily run out of fairway on this 496m par 5 90º dogleg to the right. As the bend is defended by trees, attempting a shortcut is too much of a gamble so the best option is a fairway wood tee-shot. The second is then played over the bend as far as you dare up the rising fairway for the approach to a green guarded by three bunkers.

Hole By Hole - Eighteenth Hole
Eighteenth Hole
Stroke Index 7 / PAR 4
Tee Metres
Pro -
Amateur 412
Amateur 372
Senior/Junior 361
Ladies 335

Pro Tip

This tricky par 4 finishing hole can easily be a card wrecker. Initially the fairway is uphill so the green is not visible from the tee, but the line is right of centre. The downhill approach is treacherous with three deep bunkers controlling the narrowest of entrances to a green full of borrows. Par or better here is a true bonus.

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