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The Old Course Clube de Golfe

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The Course

Situated in the heart of Vilamoura a mere 20 minute drive from Faro airport, this Frank Pennink designed parkland style layout is one of the oldest in the region and renowned all over the golfing world.

Often described as the Grande Dame of Algarve courses, it meanders throughout impressive pine trees - the principal hazard - over gently undulating natural terrain. Although it opened in 1969, the course was completely renovated and modernised 27 years later although no major changes were made to the magnificent layout.

In addition to raising The Old Course to new heights of quality, an attractive new clubhouse and adjacent putting green were also built at that time. As with all Vilamoura courses, environmental protection practices are strictly adhered to by means of detailed management systems in line with guidelines established by ISO 9001 and 14001 standards.

This is one of the stunning layouts in Portugal that will always stay in the memory of visiting golfers.

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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

The Old Course 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 The Old Course Clube de Golfe

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

Contacts

Address
The Old Course Clube de Golfe
Volta do Medronho
8125-548, Vilamoura
Telephone

+351 289 310 341

Gps Coordinates

Latitude: 37.101936 | Longitude: -8.115834

Hole By Hole

1
The Old Course Clube de Golfe - First Hole
First Hole
Stroke Index 17 / PAR 4
Tee Metres
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310
302
296
282

Pro Tip

This short downhill par 4 presents the choice of a risk/reward long drive as the fairway narrows at the landing area. The safe route is a shorter tee–shot, avoiding encroaching pine trees on either side, leaving a full short iron approach threaded between the greenside bunkers, to a 25m putting surface that slopes down from the front.

2
The Old Course Clube de Golfe - Second Hole
Second Hole
Stroke Index 5 / PAR 5
Tee Metres
-
435
417
407
375

Pro Tip

The first of five par 5 holes is up a gentle slope with a generous fairway. Off the tee, stay clear of the single fairway bunker on the left. On the second shot the flag appears to be closer than it is but a small plateau before the green, not visible from a distance, can fool you into incorrect club selection. Keep your approach below the flag on the upward sloping green to improve your birdie chances.

3
The Old Course Clube de Golfe - Third Hole
Third Hole
Stroke Index 9 / PAR 4
Tee Metres
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324
300
290
252

Pro Tip

A well–placed drive away from the voluminous umbrella pine up on the left leaves the ideal route to the green on this short par 4. The main danger thereafter consists of two bunkers on either side of the entrance to the green.

4
The Old Course Clube de Golfe - Fourth Hole
Fourth Hole
Stroke Index 15 / PAR 3
Tee Metres
-
163
149
139
113

Pro Tip

This medium length par 3 is the most scenic hole. Played over the only pond on the course, the direct route to the green includes an umbrella pine plus a frontal bunker. The sizeable green is also flanked by three other sand traps, but a confident strike should overcome these mainly psychological hazards.

5
The Old Course Clube de Golfe - Fifth Hole
Fifth Hole
Stroke Index 10 / PAR 5
Tee Metres
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485
449
440
400

Pro Tip

The drive starts off through a menacingly narrow avenue of tall pines. The ideal landing area is right of centre without flirting with the first fairway bunker on the right. This takes a sole pine on the left out of play for the long second shot on this par 5. A further pair of lofty pines act as sentinels close to the subtly contoured green.

6
The Old Course Clube de Golfe - Sixth Hole
Sixth Hole
Stroke Index 11 / PAR 3
Tee Metres
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212
196
181
164

Pro Tip

At 212m off the raised back (white) tee with its fine view towards the ocean this is the longest par 3, although being downhill takes off some of the effective distance. The secret is dodging the bunkers at the entrance to the green.

7
The Old Course Clube de Golfe - Seventh Hole
Seventh Hole
Stroke Index 7 / PAR 4
Tee Metres
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393
344
334
312

Pro Tip

This long par 4 is a dogleg right to left up the hill, the player really should draw the ball off the tee to assure that it doesn’t run out of fairway and finish in the bunker or in the trees. The player can hardly see the putting surface on the 2nd shot, an extra club will not hurt you because it´s a very long green.

8
The Old Course Clube de Golfe - Eighth Hole
Eighth Hole
Stroke Index 1 / PAR 4
Tee Metres
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419
400
390
354

Pro Tip

Stroke index 1 says it all. A long, gradual but not severely sloping uphill hole, it is close to maximum length for par 4’s. Aim left off the tee but away from the bunker since the fairway camber can deflect your tee-shot into the rough under the pines on the right. Two bunkers, one greenside, on the right guard the large sloping green. Usually you need three well executed strokes to set up a par here.

9
The Old Course Clube de Golfe - Ninth Hole
Ninth Hole
Stroke Index 13 / PAR 4
Tee Metres
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265
260
250
245

Pro Tip

Unless you are a long straight hitter, tactical play off the tee on this short par 4 is required as the landing area close to the green is fraught with danger from trees, rough and bunkers. A mid’iron from the tee to the left side of the fairway will leave only a 9’iron or wedge approach to the sloping and generally fast amphitheatre green.

10
The Old Course Clube de Golfe - Tenth Hole
Tenth Hole
Stroke Index 18 / PAR 3
Tee Metres
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153
148
138
114

Pro Tip

The back 9 starts with a teaser of a par 3 measuring 153m from the white tee. The shot is all 'carry' over a depression to the green so make sure you take enough club to land on the green or thereabouts since anything short is played from a steep slope with rough.

11
The Old Course Clube de Golfe - Eleventh Hole
Eleventh Hole
Stroke Index 4 / PAR 4
Tee Metres
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390
371
357
329

Pro Tip

A tricky par 4 dogleg, stroke index 4. Plan the downhill drive carefully, avoiding the left and aiming to play between the two fairway bunkers. The difficulties on the uphill approach are mainly on the right with the omnipresent pines, a steep slope as well as bunker to catch errant shots. Take care with the breaks when reading the green.

12
The Old Course Clube de Golfe - Twelfth Hole
Twelfth Hole
Stroke Index 6 / PAR 5
Tee Metres
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487
482
472
359

Pro Tip

This par 5 is an unusual dogleg right with the shorter section first. Long hitters can gain distance by cutting the corner over the pines close to the out of bounds fence. The second shot is straight up a gentle climb but demands precision due to the narrow pine tree lined fairway with a bunker on the right, 95m short of the green. Two other bunkers, one on each side, defend the entrance to the green. A good challenge.

13
The Old Course Clube de Golfe - Thirteenth Hole
Thirteenth Hole
Stroke Index 16 / PAR 4
Tee Metres
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348
342
332
296

Pro Tip

This is a tricky par 4. A left to right dogleg and a fairway that runs from right to left into a small ditch along the fairway really demands extra attention. You really don´t need to be long off the tee; play for position and you will have a better shot in. The 2nd shot is slightly down hill into a small target, make sure you don´t hit it over the green, this will make some serious damage to you score card.

14
The Old Course Clube de Golfe - Fourteenth Hole
Fourteenth Hole
Stroke Index 8 / PAR 5
Tee Metres
-
440
426
405
342

Pro Tip

A short par 5 and potential birdie opportunity. This requires a drive threaded between the bunkers on either side of the fairway, followed by an accurate uphill fairway wood ending up on or close to the large green protected by three bunkers. A more conservative strategy should ensure a relatively simple par on this hole.

15
The Old Course Clube de Golfe - Fifteenth Hole
Fifteenth Hole
Stroke Index 14 / PAR 3
Tee Metres
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150
145
135
106

Pro Tip

Similar to the 10th, this par 3 demands a medium to short iron over a depression direct from the tee to a wider green, albeit not so long from front to back. Bunkers right and left on the slope up to the green await any short offline shots.

16
The Old Course Clube de Golfe - Sixteenth Hole
Sixteenth Hole
Stroke Index 2 / PAR 5
Tee Metres
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514
494
484
428

Pro Tip

The longest par 5 at 514m off the white tee down to 428m for the ladies, and rated stroke index 2. The ideal drive to the narrow landing area is on the left hand side, avoiding both the bunker and large pine tree just off the fairway. This will set up a downhill second shot to the wide part of the fairway some 110m short of the green, leaving a full short iron to the target. The green has bunkering on both sides.

17
The Old Course Clube de Golfe - Seventeenth Hole
Seventeenth Hole
Stroke Index 12 / PAR 4
Tee Metres
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353
348
338
312

Pro Tip

This is a fascinating dogleg left par 4. Slightly uphill from the tee one can see two bunkers at the top of the slope. Longer hitters can clear these and get some run beyond the crest of the rise. A bail out area is available to the right, leaving a longer approach shot. The contoured green is on an upward slope and the putting lines can be awkward to read.

18
The Old Course Clube de Golfe - Eighteenth Hole
Eighteenth Hole
Stroke Index 3 / PAR 4
Tee Metres
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413
340
330
303

Pro Tip

The par 4 closing hole is straightforward except for those playing from the 'tiger' tee — 73m behind the yellow one. The fairway narrows between a left hand bunker and a pine on the right between 110m and 130m from the green so precision off the tee will be rewarded. An off-line weak approach will flirt with two bunkers at the entrance to the green.