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Name: Michael
Country: Ireland

Michael's Course Reviews and Scores

Quinta do Lago North
The best of the bunch
Wed, 11th Nov 2020

Without doubt the best course in the Quinta / Villamoura area , this is a serious challenge with greens that are fast and furious with undulations that can send a slightly misread putt careering of the green to your amazement , supreme condition and shaped holes giving the faded and drawer challenges , it has the full Monty of all you need in a course , having played it 30 years ago and then again now , it has matured wonderfully and is a must play on any trip , would play it again in a flash and definitely do better on those greens !!
Laranjal
Another Quinta jewel
Mon, 9th Nov 2020

Another fine course in the Quinta do Lago quartet of courses , a gentle course with great par 3’s little rough and plenty of water . It’s once again for the lovers of parklands that roll along giving allLevels of players an enjoyable experience , excellent condition and despite the high price worth at least one visit !
Castro Marim Golf
Underwhelming
Sun, 1st Nov 2020

What a disappointment this course was , poor condition , it has a great opportunity to be a good course but needs investment and TLC , elevations play a key role in the design and some holes are a good challenge but overall it underwhelms and although cheap by Algarve standards not worth a 45 minute drive if you are around Faro , there are better options available in the Eastern Algarve .
Victoria
Fri, 30th Oct 2020

A serious test of golf for even then best , great condition , greens fast and rough dense , a real championship course for serious golfers and enthusiasts alike . Best course played in Algarve so far and the gem in Villamoura
Pinhal
A gem
Sun, 25th Oct 2020

An absolute gem of a layout , old style mature parkland , greens good , fairways Hairy and rough in spots . Overall tho I would highly recommend Pinhal , great shapes to holes and it helped that we played in under 3 hours ! This period playing golf with very few folks around is delightful !!
Salgados
A good test of accuracy
Thu, 22nd Oct 2020

Floridian in style , water everywhere and tight , good value in decent condition
Vale do Lobo Royal
Wed, 21st Oct 2020
Vale da Pinta
Fair course
Fri, 16th Oct 2020

Enjoyable but could be in better condition
Old Course
Wed, 14th Oct 2020

A real classic , tight fairways and nature at mature stages makes this a treat so if you can take it in - it’s a joy to play
Old Course
Old classic
Tue, 13th Oct 2020

A beautiful classic old style parkland in pristine condition with fast greens this was a very enjoyable experience , and would highly recommend if you can get a reasonable green fee
Vila Sol
Underrated
Sat, 3rd Oct 2020

Undertrated good solid course and best value
OConnor
Decent Day out !!
Thu, 1st Oct 2020

A typical resort style course with wide fairways and big greens , pretty Location and nice variety with dog legs . Highlight is the condition of fairways , absolutely topClass , Greens were mixed with a lot of bumps and lumps . The tee boxes were in bad condition , they looked like they had been resodded and relayed ! Anyway we did enjoy the course and it’s a lovely resort
Palmares
Worth a try
Tue, 29th Sep 2020

One of the new kids in the block ! It’s a property play so they say build a good track and it will sell the inventory !! 27 holes great views of Lagos and overall a nice experience , course Condition and greens could be much better
Vale do Lobo Royal
Old is good
Wed, 23rd Sep 2020

Royal is probably the slightly better of the two 18’s in Val do Lobo , it gets serious levels of play so can be a bit tired , some lovely holes near ocean and is suitable for all levels of golfers , has a real club feel rather than a country club , it’s kind of old school but wellWorth playing
Pinheiros Altos
Lack of investment
Mon, 21st Sep 2020

Great layout bit overall condition of course shows it tired and unloved recently . The paths are cobble and in awful condition and may cause accidents , Greens are very poor , cracked with bare patches , fairways mostly decent and some very good design Virus might be a factor ?
Palmares
Disappointing maintenance and condition

A spectacular location with 27 holes and a high end housing development under serious construction activity . While spectacular views make the course enjoyable , the actual holes can be quite bland and typical of a resort situation are on the less challenging variety . The VERY bad greens spoiled the experience for us and they really were very diseased and spongy , one might think overwatering has been the cause , a number of bunkers were also hard pan and wet , given that there has been no rain in months this is caused by misdirected irrigation . Given the nature and cost of golf at Palmares they really need to upThe game on maintainamce , I wouldn’t rush back in a hurry !!

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