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Vale do Lobo Royal Golf Course Tips

Hole 1 (Par 5)
393 369 326
This opening hole has a straightforward narrow fairway through umbrella pines with the tee drive needing to land between the bunkers on either side. The green is deep in length so the approach shot should not be be short.

Hole 2 (Par 4)
292 274 264
The second hole is down another straight fairway. A good drive from the raised tee will allow an easy approach to the large green which is guarded by left and right bunkers, and a too long a shot may take you to the bunker at the rear.

Hole 3 (Par 4)
390 375 314
A good drive on this hole to the middle of the fairway leaves a good chance of making the large green on the next shot. Beware of the bunker guarding the front of the green and another one on the left side.

Hole 4 (Par 4)
317 293 234
A dynamic hole that is deceptive. Seven bunkers to be found left and right of the fairway and also guarding the green. The tee drive must be to the middle of the fairway leaving a short approach to a demanding green.

Hole 5 (Par 5)
467 454 376
This long hole has a straightforward fairway to tempt the long hitters due to strategic bunkers to catch the approach shot. A wise decision would be to lay up short and left.

Hole 6 (Par 4)
395 375 336
This hole requires a tee drive to the right of the fairway bunker. Depending on the landed position the second shot can be difficult as the green is defended by water on the left side and bunkers to the right. A possible lay up and use the short game to achieve a par.

Hole 7 (Par 3)
156 126 101
A short hole needing an accurate tee shot to avoid the water hazard and a large bunker just behind the green.

Hole 8 (Par 4)
388 365 296
The eighth hole is a dogleg to the left. A tempting bunker catches tee drives that try to cut the corner. Three bunkers guard the green which has an accentuated slope to the right. Two good shots will be needed to reach the green.

Hole 9 (Par 3)
153 137 107
An attractive short hole where the golfer has to carry the water. The tee shot must land softly and be on target on a green which is saucer shaped and hard to judge.

Hole 10 (Par 4)
337 320 266
This hole requires a tee drive that must be to the left of the two bunkers on the right side of the fairway. This leaves a blind approach mid iron over the top of the slope down to the green which is either side well guarded by bunkers.

Hole 11 (Par 5)
494 473 412
A dogleg right hole. The tee drive needs to miss the fairway bunker on the left side. Lay up left of the bunkers on the corner of the dog leg and the second shot must avoid the water hazard on the left leaving a clear approach shot to the green.

Hole 12 (Par 4)
336 304 263
This twelfth hole is from an elevated tee drive to the right hand side missing the bunker on the left. This offers the best angle for the approach to this green with its three defending bunkers.

Hole 13 (Par 4)
363 352 321
A hole with a straight fairway requiring a tee drive between the bunkers on the left and right.The approach shot to this elevated green will require more club than it first appears.

Hole 14 (Par 4)
360 334 312
The fourteenth hole is a dogleg to the right. Keep the tee drive right of centre to avoid the water on the right of the corner at the change of direction. Beware of the deep bunkers to the right of the green.

Hole 15 (Par 4)
307 286 256
This hole bends to the left. The tee drive should be to the right of the centre of the fairway. The approach shot is to a green with strategically placed deep bunkers on the right side.

Hole 16 (Par 3)
215 190 133
A sixteenth hole that is probably the most famous hole in the Algarve and was designed by the late Sir Henry Cotton. The clifftop view is most impressive. Aim to the right from the tee and a short chip will get you on the green. However, a player has the choice of carrying over the ravine and also the big bunker to the front of the green.

Hole 17 (Par 4)
370 350 328
This hole requires a drive down the right from this wonderful elevated tee. The approach shot uphill is quite long so use plenty of club and beware of the front bunker.

Hole 18 (Par 4)
326 300 264
The final hole tee drive should be to the left of centre of the generous landing area. Use a short to mid iron for the approach shot to a welcoming green.

Vale do Lobo Royal Golf Course Layout

Vale do Lobo Royal Golf Course layout
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