Faldo Reviews

John Hampson from United Kingdom
on Sun, 1st Oct 2023
Faldo course review
I found the course unnecessarily tough and very hilly. Unfortunately not one that I’ll be playing again
Greg Moseley from United Kingdom
on Thu, 28th Sep 2023
I would play elsewhere!
When we first played this course 6 years ago we were blown away with it, unfortunately after this year it will be the last time we do. The course is hideously overplayed now (along with the o’Connor) due to the all inclusive golf packages the resort offers. Tee boxes are a mess, greens aren’t hammered. The Dom Pedro and Vale

De Lobo courses are definitely a much better option.

Don’t bother with buffet breakfast here (price was made up on the spot - started at €30 and was reduced to €15 when we questioned). The plates are side plates (no joke) the bacon has bone in it and the sausages are little frankfurters!

Mark from United States
on Tue, 19th Sep 2023
Faldo Course
Great layout, very challenging, but unfortunately a lot of the surrounding area (off the fairway) were in poor condition. As were the bunkers and tee boxes. Such a shame that there’s a lack of maintenance on a great track. Fairways and Greens were fairly good.
Marc from Canada
on Mon, 18th Sep 2023
Great course a good challenge
Alan from Ireland
on Sun, 3rd Sep 2023
Loved this from start to finish
Lovely facilities, staff were excellent and the course was beautiful. Greens were lightning fast and rolled true. We got a great summer rate deal and would highly recommend.
Richard from United Kingdom
on Sat, 22nd Jul 2023
Nice course, grumpy staff
I play Faldo regularly as I have a place nearby. The course is good, challenging and well kept. Some of the tee boxes are tired and overused, but that's acceptable at this time of year after a busy season. My main issue with Amendoeira in general is how unwelcoming the staff seem. The receptionists are always moody and yesterday even our buggie guy reflected the same mood as the miserable receptionist. It's like these people don't want you to visit! Amendoeira's management need to consider some training and maybe send their staff to Vale do Lobo (or even their sister course at Palmares) to see how customers should be treated. I won't return to Amendoeira this summer, as I'd rather pay a little extra and enjoy the overall experience and treatment. Shame as the course is fun.
James from Portugal
on Thu, 20th Jul 2023
Very good thought out course , tees were appealing , fairways immaculate and tricky. Raised protected greens made the day very enjoyable - as alway a course is only as good as the staff and they were excellent
Henrik Hausen from Germany
on Wed, 19th Jul 2023
Never again
Very poor shape, I guess several years s go, it has been a must? Today…nit.

Very dangerous car paths, lots of waste in many bushes, tons of bunkers without sand/hardly playable. Greens aerified lately, tee boxes - gras way to long.

At the End non golfers on the course, trying to drive their carts by the green.

Service in Restaurant Bad, food(Burger) from the fridge, no sauce…

We‘ll never come back

Daniel from Portugal
on Wed, 5th Jul 2023
Good summer special deal
Challenging and well maintained course, we thought the summer special price was very good value. Rental clubs were high quality and in great condition. Only downside was the slow reception staff, it took 20 mins to check us in despite us having a confirmed & prepaid booking. It meant we didn’t have time for any warm up on the range and putting green which was annoying.
Anthony from United Kingdom
on Sun, 2nd Jul 2023
Generally good condition but some bunkers not being maintained.
Peter Hampden from United Kingdom
on Sat, 1st Jul 2023
Excellent Faldo
Unlike some others on the Algarve, Faldo was in excellent condition.

Very enjoyable. Only negative the buggy paths have to be treated with care!

Richard from United Kingdom
on Sat, 24th Jun 2023
Excellent course. Right up there with rthe quinta courses
Mike Humbles from United Kingdom
on Sun, 28th May 2023
Challenging but enjoyable.
A tough challenge and definitely a course that makes you think. Course was in great condition too. We had a twilight package (15.30pm) and pretty much had the course to ourselves. Very enjoyable though.
Alain from France
on Mon, 15th May 2023
Faldo, quelle frustration
Parcours agréable pour les 9 premiers trous

le retour, parcontre, est indigne du standing de ce golf

temps de jeu de plus de 5h en voiturette qui s'explique en partie par le temps nécessaire pour trouver ses balles lors des nombreux coups en aveugle, pas de commissaire pour faire respecter les horaires ..

Richard from Ireland
on Sat, 22nd Apr 2023
Not as tough as I expected. Will definitely play again.
Meenh Fong from Singapore
on Mon, 17th Apr 2023
Awesome Layout
Quick green, well maintained n love the layout
Nigel from Portugal
on Sat, 15th Apr 2023
Faldo unacceptably slow.
3 hours for the first 9 holes. We called the marshals when there were 5 x 4 balls waiting on the 4th tee after 1 and a half hours. This is totally unacceptable. The marshals should be on the course constantly . Without having to be asked.

We have played the Faldo every year since it opened, sadly we will not return until they sort themselves out.

Kathleen from Switzerland
on Mon, 3rd Apr 2023
We played Faldo after a 5 year break, remembering it as a top, challenging course. Unfortunately, the course conditions were just okay and the pace was quite slow (5.5 hours).
Darragh Ryan from Ireland
on Mon, 3rd Apr 2023
Long day but good
Great course but tough and slow because it was so busy
Celyne from Portugal
on Fri, 3rd Mar 2023
Nic be potential.
Thé facility seems rather poorly kept. The coursée has tons of promise and was in ok shape, but by not great. Spectacular views of the course and surrounding areas.
Eugene from Portugal
on Sat, 4th Feb 2023
Twilight golf. Exhausting
Welcome and staff great.

Course. Challenging to say the least.. poor condition due to dry weather and lack of watering due to risk of frost apparently. Fairways brown and worn but lots of run. Greens excellent still and are clearly being irrigated so don’t think frost argument can be true. So for the current price felt overcharged. I enjoyed the challenge as an 11 handicapper but my wife at 32 handicap hated it as did other higher handicappers. 5 hour round is the norm due to challenge and huge walks between tees. . Played 16 holes with 1.20 tee time

David from United Kingdom
on Wed, 1st Feb 2023
Tough strategic layout
Great layout, but very tough. Some long par 4s, and so many raised greens, very tricky.

Fairways were great and greens were as well. Difficult judging pace particularly if you’re above the hole. Strategy is key. If you can’t reach green in regulation, you need to pick a good spot to get up and down. Think I need a word with Nick!

Denis from United States
on Tue, 31st Jan 2023
Super course, very difficult for a first time.
Jimmy Pham from Spain
on Tue, 24th Jan 2023
good course
Played Faldo course in Jan 2023...good condition...tough to get home in regulation ... greens / fairways are pretty good... buggy recommended.
robin from Portugal
on Thu, 19th Jan 2023
Faldo course played January 23.
You have to be long and reasonably straight as this is a bit of a brute of a course! Some tees a bit dodgy but otherwise the course is well kept, greens firm and fair but not straightforward! Unless you're an Olympian take the buggy on offer as this is a long walk between tees as well as a long course.
Olivier Richard from France
on Thu, 19th Jan 2023
This one is my preferred in Algarve

In addition the green fee including the buggy is the cheapest compared to all courses around Faro and Vilamoura

Jelle from Portugal
on Thu, 12th Jan 2023
To much players at same time. Tooks us more than 5.5 h of which at least 2 h waiting time
Adrian from Netherlands
on Sun, 8th Jan 2023
Nice day at the course
Great layout, excellent fairways.

Greens fast but not in the best condition.

Teeboxes sometimes difficult to find.

vincent from Europe
on Tue, 3rd Jan 2023
To be improved
Extreme waiting times; no fun; course only medium level of maintainance; had flat tire and waited 30 minutes for a new buggy
Barry Delaney from Ireland
on Tue, 20th Dec 2022
poor condition of bunkers
...up there with some of the worst we've vern seen...all should have been GUR
Clive from United Kingdom
on Wed, 14th Dec 2022
Excellent course
Outstanding course. Not easy for a high handicapper but enjoyable nonetheless. We'll worth a visit. Staff very helpful and friendly.
Stewart from Portugal
on Wed, 7th Dec 2022
Faldo course
Uma palavra. Fantástico!!
Michael from United Kingdom
on Sat, 29th Oct 2022
Expensive but good
Challenging course. Tees, fairways and greens in good condition. Some variation in quality of the bunkers (and the bunkers are a significant feature of the course design) but always good enough.
Michael from Germany
on Wed, 12th Oct 2022
Great round
Great course for advanced players. We really enjoyed it a lot!
David from United States
on Tue, 4th Oct 2022
A fun round.
Challenging because there are many blind shots. Trick is not be too greedy and play lay ups until you can see what lies ahead. Greens are fast but do hold your approach shots.

Course is in very good condition.

Carol Shields from United Kingdom
on Wed, 21st Sep 2022
Played the course on 19/9. It was in fabulous condition given the dry weather
William from United States
on Sun, 18th Sep 2022
Love this course
Loved this course. Fantastic elevation changes and views. Like all course I played… the lack of information where to hit and how far made the experience for a 1st time player very difficult.
Wayne from United States
on Wed, 31st Aug 2022
Fun, challenging course well worth playing
Fun, challenging course with great views and spectacular vistas. Mostly long par threes and unusual par fives. Course condition is above-average. Greens are in good shape and fairways are mostly well-watered and attractive. Be sure to book early tee times because the course becomes crowded and backed-up by late morning. GPS is worthless--no distances shown and glitchy software. Cheap, well-used rental clubs so bring your own if you can.
on Sun, 21st Aug 2022
Challenging and varied
Really enjoyed this challenging and varied layout with fairways and greens in good condition,

Will play again next year.

Ayaz Khan from United Kingdom
on Wed, 20th Jul 2022
Very good
Monika from Poland
on Sat, 18th Jun 2022
No obvious shots
Very technical course, before each shot you need to check the map, basically on this course there are no obvious shots. Perfect condition, and a true pleasure. A must play in Algarve
Adam from United Kingdom
on Sun, 12th Jun 2022
Not as good as similar prices courses
Stephen from Israel
on Fri, 10th Jun 2022
Faldo tough but fair for serious golfers
Tough course but very well presented. Played the white, which was challenging and I would only recommend for those in good driving form. My partner also commented it was one of the few courses in Algarve that had good Women’s tees. (She plays off 10.) Probably the hardest course we played in the Algarve, and could destroy the high handicapper as too many big carries. But we loved it.
Arthur Scholte from Netherlands
on Wed, 18th May 2022
Mr Scholte
Played several times now still a beautifull course in a very good conditions

with very fast greens

Stuart from Norway
on Mon, 18th Apr 2022
Tough track but worth a visit
Difficult course and you need a buggy! Great holes and clubhouse is smart. We did have trouble getting food ordered and then delivered apparently the waiter put the wrong table so we never saw it.
Jack from Portugal
on Sat, 16th Apr 2022
Must play golf course for avid golfers
On the last day of our trip our group was very lucky to get an Easter special for Faldo course which was €72 per person including buggy compare to the usual price of €140. The course was fantastic. It is a long course so recommend playing off the yellow tee unless you are a very low handicapper. The views from the course stunning. Overall we were very impressed and will definitely be back to play the other course which is the O’Connor Jnr Course.
Frans from Netherlands
on Mon, 4th Apr 2022
Interesting and dry Faldo course
Interesting lay out of the course. Very fast greens and nice but very dry (brown) fairways for early in the year.

All over nice to play but overrated expensive.

Peter from Netherlands
on Fri, 25th Mar 2022
The course was in terrible condition...run down....poor service in the restaurant.

Not to be repeated...the course needs a lot of work and upgrades.

gordon from United Kingdom
on Fri, 18th Mar 2022
Has deteriorated since I last played it in 2020.

I think it is overpriced at 140 euros

Rune from Norway
on Mon, 7th Mar 2022
Trevor Bailey from United Kingdom
on Fri, 25th Feb 2022
Lack of maintenance
Greens great & fast & fairways fine but tees a bit iffy. Hard waste areas, buggy paths, & fences have not been maintained for many years making the course look ‘unloved’. Buggy GPS screens no longer have distance info- they haven’t paid the provider so are ‘cut off’. Such a shame because the design of the course has great variety & will test every standard of golfer. Pity.
Ulrich from Portugal
on Mon, 3rd Jan 2022
Quite a Challenge…
Great layout, nice landscape and especially the greens in good condition. This is definitely not a course for beginners…..
Mattia from Portugal
on Sat, 1st Jan 2022
Great course, you must place the ball in every shot.

Demanding course but I would like to play it again.

Mark from United Kingdom
on Sun, 28th Nov 2021
Great course

Local knowledge needed loads of hidden Swales off the greens

You need to be on form

Ermanno Masa from Italy
on Sat, 27th Nov 2021
Bellissimo campo che riserva sorprese sia per il gioco che per il panorama. Assolutamente da giocare se vai in Algarve.
Jens from Portugal
on Tue, 16th Nov 2021
It's a challenge!
Great course rating 5. Tee off Boxes rating 2! Sand filling in bunkers not as it should be. Recommendation - do not play without a buggy
Normunds from Ireland
on Mon, 15th Nov 2021
Faldo Course
It’s absolute beast of a golf course and I mean it in a positive way.
Grigory from United Kingdom
on Thu, 11th Nov 2021
Challenging course, bunker central! Somewhat hectic clubhouse experience with staff who were struggling a little with the volumes of players.
Thomas from Austria
on Mon, 8th Nov 2021
strange checkin
Good Course, unfriendly check in
Paul from Netherlands
on Thu, 28th Oct 2021
Take your time, you need it !
Very challeging course. Very hilly.
David from United Kingdom
on Mon, 18th Oct 2021
Fabulous course. We’ll set out and cleverly designed. No two holes are the same. Plays long and greens are a genuine challenge so don’t expect a big score. Just take in the wonderful views and enjoy having to think your way around the course.
Ian Mcleod from United Kingdom
on Sun, 17th Oct 2021
Bristol Portugal golf 2021
A course with fantastic views, great fairways and greens however buggy paths require attention which lets down the “feel” of the course.
Stuart from United Kingdom
on Wed, 6th Oct 2021
Great golf course
Love this course, in true Faldo fashion, plenty of bunkers to test your golfing ability.

Playing it again in a few days.

Mark from england
on Fri, 1st Oct 2021
Shane Keane from Ireland
on Wed, 22nd Sep 2021
This course was not as difficult as we anticipated, mostly generous fairways, but tricky second shots, the greens were in great condition.
Sonia from Switzerland
on Sat, 18th Sep 2021
Unbedingt spielen
Wunderschön angelegter, grosszügiger Platz! Die Männerabschläge haben es in sich. Sehr abwechslungsreiche Löcher!
Rob from Netherlands
on Wed, 1st Sep 2021
One of the best courses in the algarve
Darren from United Kingdom
on Sun, 15th Aug 2021
Loved course layout a good challenge but not overly so the greens are great condition some tee boxes need a little TLC. The experience in the clubhouse after the round was poor wanted lunch but got ignored by more than one waiter. Did get drinks but all bit of a fight!!
Fredrik from Germany
on Fri, 28th May 2021
Good varied course requiring good drives. Green conditions very good. Only fault was that the paths needed some repair in places and no water.
Josephine from Portugal
on Fri, 30th Apr 2021
Challenging but great course to play
Our 2nd time playing the Faldo course. A challenging course compared to the O’ Connor course. Needs a good long drive for most of the holes to cross the landscaped bunker and bushes. Course condition is well maintained surrounded by an arid natural landscape. Highly recommended!
Aad from Netherlands
on Sun, 6th Dec 2020
Great but very demanding golf course. Suited for better players. When you are not as good as you think you are maybe better to play the O Connor course. Not that it is a push over, but it leaves more room for error.
Olivier Richard from France
on Thu, 1st Oct 2020
You should try it

Rather difficult

Warm welcome

Only drawback rather expensive

Steve from Portugal
on Sat, 15th Feb 2020
Certainly worth a visit
A really good and very challenging course with some outstanding views of the countryside. The nearby A22 motorway is not too noisy. Certainly worth a visit but would definitely recommend a buggy as there are some lengthy walks between green and tee. Outside of Quinta South and Monte Rei one of the best I have played in Portugal.
Nigel Nash from United Kingdom
on Sat, 25th Jan 2020
Great Test Of Golf
Course was in excellent condition with a lot of interesting holes, i thoroughly enjoyed playing the Faldo BUT you will need to pay it respect because it is a thinkers course.

This course will test every level especially high handicappers, you will need a golf GPS device

Nin Rösth from Sweden
on Sun, 17th Nov 2019
Golfcourse in very good shape, but very difficult.
Sjef Scholte from Portugal
on Thu, 24th Oct 2019
excellent course
Colin from United Kingdom
on Mon, 21st Oct 2019
Poor greens, poor greenkeeping not at all good
We have payed this course numerous times in the past and have always enjoyed it, its difficult, you have to think and the terrain changes throughout the round but the upkeep this time was terrible grass around bunkers high meaning the ball does not rill in but leaves you thick rough to hack out of, greens the worst I have seen anywhere in Portugal or beyond, uneven, numerous un repaired pitch marks. At >€130 for a round we expect and deserve much, much more.
Gary from United Kingdom
on Mon, 7th Oct 2019
Top top course , will play again , enjoyed this course
LB from Portugal
on Wed, 2nd Oct 2019
Beautiful Faldo course (lots of sand)
Course is beautiful and well maintained overall. Cobblestone cart paths are unique but the few areas of disrepair detracts from that.

Biggest downside we’re the soft greens really need to be rolled as they were not true

David Keating from Ireland
on Sun, 22nd Sep 2019
Play it twice to conquer
A cracker, definitely more challenging that the O'Connor with plenty of trickery and spots to lose a ball. Another Algarve treat with a mixture of difficult holes and holes that only you can make difficult.
Guillaume from France
on Sun, 1st Sep 2019
Fantastic golf course
Bunkers are always in game, on the fairway or around greens. Roughs are thick. The last 9, holes are sloping. Rent a buggy isn't a luxe, some transition are a little bit long and climb hard! All the Golf Team is very kind. Play it!
James Redfern from United Kingdom
on Thu, 8th Aug 2019
Excellent great value
Grzegorz from Poland
on Sun, 30th Jun 2019
One of the best golf courses in Algarve. Perfect condition, perfect design, perfect views. Very demanding even for single handicapped players.
William from Portugal
on Tue, 25th Jun 2019
Not as good as last year
Played last hear on O'Connor jr course and couldn't adult ANYTHING, this hear Faldo course. Course was in perfect condition and more challenging tnan O'Connor, but total visitor experiences is less then last year, little things like tokens for range balls instead of the prepared complimentary pyramids, small things but it's the difference between 4 stars and 5 stars.
Jaroslav from Czech Republic
on Wed, 27th Feb 2019
one should have a birdie card - to play it without for the first time withou any knowledge how the hole looks like , was for me very challenging. Hwr quality of the course and views are worth to play
Fredrik from Sweden
on Wed, 30th Jan 2019
Really good course.
Brian from United Kingdom
on Sat, 8th Dec 2018
Tough course in very good condition. Buggy essential! Very friendly and efficient staff, highly recommended.
Nigel from United Kingdom
on Fri, 2nd Nov 2018
Oct 2018 review
Course in good condition, layout good and very challenging
Patrick from Belgium
on Fri, 12th Oct 2018
Increadable good course
Samuel from Portugal
on Wed, 12th Sep 2018
Great course, Slow play
Great course, if you don’t mind 5 hr 39 min rounds...

I played 3 rounds here, which is a strong positive endorsement. But all 3 took 5 hrs .

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