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Pinhal Clube de Golfe

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The Course

This was the second golf course built in Vilamoura and inaugurated in 1976, having originally been designed by Frank Pennink, the architect of the nearby Old Course Clube de Golfe.

Several refinements were incorporated over the years, the most significant one by Robert Trent Jones Sr. in 1985. The course is typified by rolling parkland terrain covered with numerous umbrella and Atlantic pines that line many of the fairways and a few even stand out on fairways or near greens.

Ponds and a water stream come into play on five holes but are not serious threats to above-average golfers. To keep up with modern technical advances in clubs and balls, several holes have recently been lengthened and the PAR 72 course now measures 6353m off the white tee markers.

The clubhouse was completely renovated and modernised at the turn of the millennium and from the large veranda one can enjoy a panoramic view over the excellent driving range and practice facilities.

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The Facilities

  • Clubhouse
  • Golf Shop
  • Driving Range
  • Putting Green
  • Bar/Restaurant
  • Buggy Bar
  • Valet Service

Rules

  1. Every player must have his or her own bag of clubs.
  2. Club bags and trolleys are not allowed on the greens.
  3. Buggies are not allowed on the tees, greens and avant-greens.
  4. Only two players and two club bags are allowed per buggy.
  5. Dogs are not allowed in the Clubhouse nor in the perimeter of the golf course.
  6. The use of softspikes is compulsory at all courses.
  7. Children under 12 are only allowed on the golf courses when specifically authorized by an accompaning adult with eligibility to sign the «Term of Responsability».
  8. Practice is only allowed within the practice areas.
  9. Putting areas cannot be used for pitching.
  10. Maximum Handicaps allowed (EGA):
    • Laguna, Millennium & Pinhal – Men 28 / Ladies 34
    • Old Course & Victoria – Men 24 / Ladies 28
  11. All starting times consist of four ball

Etiquette

  1. Bathing attire, jeans, T-shirts, sleeveless tops and training shoes are not allowed in the Clubhouse, practice areas or any within the perimeter of the golf courses. Shirts must be worn at all times.
  2. Dress code must include trousers or tailored shorts, polo shirts and golf shoes and socks.
  3. Any group with a free hole ahead should give way to the next group.
  4. The players looking for a lost ball should give way to the next group if the ball is not found promptly.
  5. During busy periods, players should mark the ball on par 3 greens so that the next group can tee off.
  6. Once finished the hole, players should leave the green immediately.
  7. In the interest of all, the game should go on without delay. So please:
    • Prepare your ball, tee and tee club in advance.
    • Do not leave your trolley too far from the green or in the wrong direction for the following tee.
    • Do not mark your scorecard on the green.
    • Do not make more strokes than necessary to score when playing Stableford.
  8. Before leaving a bunker please make sure you leave it as smooth as you found it.
  9. Please repair the divots on the fairways.
  10. Please repair the pitch and spike marks on the greens.
  11. Greens and fairways should not be damaged by practice swings.
  12. Please follow the instructions for buggies usage.

Recommendations

Do not leave money, valuables or golf equipment in the locker rooms or in the car.

Note: The golf course management does not accept any responsibility for loss of and/or damage to valuables, personal effects or golf equipment.

Location

Pinhal Clube de Golfe is just 20 minutes drive from Faro Airport along the A22 motorway.

View the course on map.

Driving instructions:

Faro airport to A22 motorway

Exit Faro on the main road alongside the airport roundabout and follow the signs for Faro and A22. Continue along this road for approx 2.5 km and take the second exit on the right signposted A22 Lisboa & Portimão to join a dual carriageway. After approx 4 km move to the left hand lane and take the left fork on the dual carriageway following the sign A22/Lisboa/ Portimão/ Albufeira. After a further 3 km take the right hand exit off the dual carriageway following the sign for A22 Lisboa/Portimão/Albufeira.

A22 motorway to Pinhal Clube de Golfe

Leave the A22 at the Boliqueime /Vilamoura exit, then follow directions to Vilamoura. On entering Vilamoura, follow the signs to  Pinhal Clube de Golfe.

Contacts

Address
Pinhal Clube de Golfe
Rua da Torre D’Água
8125-467, Vilamoura
Telephone

+351 289 310 390

Gps Coordinates

Latitude: 37.092379 | Longitude: -8.111468

Hole By Hole

1
Pinhal Clube de Golfe - First Hole
First Hole
Stroke Index 14 / PAR 5
Tee Metres
-
498
469
443
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.

2
Pinhal Clube de Golfe - Second Hole
Second Hole
Stroke Index 4 / PAR 4
Tee Metres
-
400
374
352
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.

3
Pinhal Clube de Golfe - Third Hole
Third Hole
Stroke Index 10 / PAR 5
Tee Metres
-
560
495
458
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.

4
Pinhal Clube de Golfe - Fourth Hole
Fourth Hole
Stroke Index 8 / PAR 4
Tee Metres
-
362
339
309
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.

5
Pinhal Clube de Golfe - Fifth Hole
Fifth Hole
Stroke Index 18 / PAR 3
Tee Metres
-
177
168
145
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.

6
Pinhal Clube de Golfe - Sixth Hole
Sixth Hole
Stroke Index 2 / PAR 4
Tee Metres
-
394
379
364
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.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.

7
Pinhal Clube de Golfe - Seventh Hole
Seventh Hole
Stroke Index 6 / PAR 4
Tee Metres
-
394
379
364
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.

8
Pinhal Clube de Golfe - Eighth Hole
Eighth Hole
Stroke Index 12 / PAR 3
Tee Metres
-
147
140
135
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.

9
Pinhal Clube de Golfe - Ninth Hole
Ninth Hole
Stroke Index 16 / PAR 4
Tee Metres
-
359
325
309
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.

10
Pinhal Clube de Golfe - Tenth Hole
Tenth Hole
Stroke Index 5 / PAR 4
Tee Metres
-
348
307
295
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.

11
Pinhal Clube de Golfe - Eleventh Hole
Eleventh Hole
Stroke Index 11 / PAR 4
Tee Metres
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333
324
313
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.

12
Pinhal Clube de Golfe - Twelfth Hole
Twelfth Hole
Stroke Index 13 / PAR 3
Tee Metres
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168
154
143
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.

13
Pinhal Clube de Golfe - Thirteenth Hole
Thirteenth Hole
Stroke Index 1 / PAR 5
Tee Metres
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522
508
497
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.

14
Pinhal Clube de Golfe - Fourteenth Hole
Fourteenth Hole
Stroke Index 17 / PAR 3
Tee Metres
-
130
113
106
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.

15
Pinhal Clube de Golfe - Fifteenth Hole
Fifteenth Hole
Stroke Index 15 / PAR 4
Tee Metres
-
319
281
272
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.

16
Pinhal Clube de Golfe - Sixteenth Hole
Sixteenth Hole
Stroke Index 9 / PAR 4
Tee Metres
-
339
314
300
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.

17
Pinhal Clube de Golfe - Seventeenth Hole
Seventeenth Hole
Stroke Index 3 / PAR 5
Tee Metres
-
496
487
477
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.

18
Pinhal Clube de Golfe - Eighteenth Hole
Eighteenth Hole
Stroke Index 7 / PAR 4
Tee Metres
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412
372
361
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.