Hole 1 (Par 4)
308 302 294
A classic opening par 4 hole. The ideal drive is centre left of the wide fairway, leaving a short iron to the generous green that is protected by bunkers left and right.
Hole 2 (Par 3)
153 131 121
A medium length hole which is slightly uphill to a double-tiered green that is protected by two frontal bunkers.
Hole 3 (Par 4)
269 247 220
Risk and Reward
hole. Well positioned bunkers will threaten any drive that is not exactly in the centre of the fairway. A chance at a birdie will be the reward for accurate play!
Hole 4 (Par 4)
237 229 212
The drive from the tee is not as tight as it appears. The lake to the right is easily carried and the fairway widens once the lake is passed. The short second to a green facing the player offers a birdie chance with a good pitch shot.
Hole 5 (Par 5)
466 446 426
A testing hole with an uphill tee drive. The olive and carob trees create a demand on accuracy. The second shot with its superb mountain backdrop requires a high carrying fairway wood to find the flat landing area. The pitch to the figure of 8 shaped green is a test of length judgment as their are bunkers left and right.
Hole 6 (Par 4)
379 358 340
A long tee drive down a fairway lined with carob, olive and cork trees with its attractive background of the blue ocean. The downhill mid-iron approach is to a small and elevated green, requiring a powerful and accurate shot combination.
Hole 7 (Par 5)
431 413 394
A mid-length Hole, again driving uphill. The drive tends to bounce left following the fairway
s gentle contours. Large old olive and carob trees can interfere with an off-line drive. A fairway bunker in the landing area threatens the slightly uphill second shot. Two bunkers and several trees defend the receptive long green.
Hole 8 (Par 3)
196 174 156
A very long uphill hole calling for the use of a long iron or fairway wood. A large cork tree plus a bunker to the right and to the left protect the entrance to the double-tiered green.
Hole 9 (Par 4)
320 312 261
A short par 4 hole from an elevated tee. The waste area beginning on the right at 160 metres and continuing to 260 metres threatens faded drives. Several strategically placed small olive trees can catch wayward drives on both sides of the fairway. The second shot to a green backed by an Out of Bounds stream is a test of control of length through the air. Bunkers left and right are in play on all but central flag positions.
Hole 10 (Par 3)
156 144 104
The back nine opens with a downhill challenge requiring a mid-iron shot over a lake and a pot-bunker placed in the centre front of a circular green. Left is certainly a bad place to go as the bank to the right offers a
Hole 11 (Par 4)
252 244 197
A short hole driving through a narrow gap to a generous fairway. A propeller shaped bunker in front of the green, will catch the long drive. The deep bunkers left and right of the green will also punish an inaccurate pitch. However, accurate play can easily be rewarded with a birdie.
Hole 12 (Par 3)
162 153 134
A superb downhill drive with a flavour of a typical Algarve landscape. A testing carry to a well bunkered green using a mid or long iron.
Hole 13 (Par 4)
289 276 247
A offering the classic
Risk and Reward
drive. The stream crossing the fairway that is in full view of the player demands a carry of 200 metres. A
leaves a short or mid-iron shot to a bowl-shaped green that is guarded front centre by a pot-bunker. A long drive will allow the chance to lob a high pitch near the flag and setting up another opportunity to score a birdie.
Hole 14 (Par 4)
345 300 276
A testing uphill dogleg right hole with a demanding finish. The tee shot is tight with a fairway trap on the left and bank on the right creating a premium on accuracy. A very long hitter may be tempted to carry the trees and rough on the right corner of the dogleg. The uphill second shot is a test of length judgment. The green that is shaped like an up-turned saucer is a large but elusive target.
Hole 15 (Par 5)
454 434 408
A generously wide fairway encourages a big drive. However, fairway bunkers at 215 metres on the right and 235 metres on the left will catch all but the perfect drive. A lay-up is a safe and easy option. The second shot to a wide but sloping fairway should be kept left. The green is long and features bunkers and mounding left and right. Although the green is reachable in two strokes, most will be happy to try to pitch the third shot close to the pin.
Hole 16 (Par 4)
398 386 366
The longest par 4 on the course which is made more testing by an uphill tee shot. The long second shot to a circular green with a narrow opening. Bunkered left and right the shot places a demand on length and accuracy.
Hole 17 (Par 3)
171 153 125
A great short hole, with a tee shot across a lake to a green slightly lower than the level of the tee. The green that faces the player is inviting but a difficult target to hit with a long iron or fairway wood.
Hole 18 (Par 5)
512 495 479
This is the longest hole on the course beginning with an uphill tee shot and is a testing par 5. The second shot offers many choices. The safest shot is down the left avoiding the many mature trees that eat into the fairway. The third shot according to the wind and power of the first two shots will be anything from a wood shot to a wedge. It is downhill to a large green protected by bunkers right, left and rear.