Pinhal Reviews

Arve from Portugal
on Sat, 2nd Dec 2023
Nice course.
The course was in good condition. The greens could be a little faster, but all in all a good experience
Angelo from United Kingdom
on Sat, 25th Nov 2023
Tricky, lots of trees
Great conditions, need to he straight with all the trees around
Neil from United Kingdom
on Thu, 9th Nov 2023
Good tight layout. Greens a bit unpredictable.
Paul from Ireland
on Wed, 8th Nov 2023
Not up to standard
Greens slow, bumpy and small. Some of the greens were in poor condition. Not up to the expected standard for the green fees charged.
Lisa from Portugal
on Sat, 4th Nov 2023
Beautiful course but the delay was just ridiculously slow unfortunately we could not get 18 holes in because of this which was very disappointing because it was not cheap so did not get the value but would love to play it .again.
William Towse from United Kingdom
on Fri, 20th Oct 2023
Great course
Very good condition, greens were exceptional all bar one. Very good nick and would recommend to anyone
Paul from United Kingdom
on Wed, 27th Sep 2023
Enjoyable Pinhal
Never disappoints, a classic Algave course.
Matthew from United Kingdom
on Fri, 15th Sep 2023
Button sized greens and upkeep lacking
Course layout reasonably interesting, but upkeep and appearance is lacking compared to other courses in the area (e.g. tee boxes long grass and like a GUR area). Particularly green sizes are slightly ridiculous and felt more like a par 3 course with button sizes greens
Morris McKinlay from United Kingdom
on Wed, 12th Jul 2023
Good course with nice layout
Lovely course with first class service, staff could not have been nicer. Definitely be back to play again
Rod from United Kingdom
on Mon, 26th Jun 2023
Tough going
Long and tough but worthwhile
Graham from United Kingdom
on Thu, 22nd Jun 2023
Pleasure to play Pinhal
Pinhal used to be the poor relation in the Don Pedro venues but each time I play it I am never disappointed

Without doubt I will play here again

Lorraine from United Kingdom
on Thu, 1st Jun 2023
Superb golf course
We would thoroughly recommend Pinhal. We arrived early and was going to hit some balls on the range to warm up. But instead as the course was quiet we were given the opportunity to tee off early which we did. Nice friendly welcome at reception. We played from 4pm when the course was quiet and there was no one pushing us along. Liked the tips provided on the website for each tee - good description and advice on how to play each tee.
John Drake from United Kingdom
on Mon, 10th Apr 2023
Nice, interesting, small quirky greens. Extremely slow. No marshalls- well over 5 hours
Max from United Kingdom
on Wed, 5th Apr 2023
Well set out holes with some really nice par 3’s. Not terribly long off the yellows however the course is tree lined on every hole so keep it straight. Welcome at reception wasn’t terribly warm which didn’t put us off. The marshals were spot on and even started us on 10 to save us a bit of time. A buggy is a must as you’ll walk nearly as far as the course going from green to the next tee. The course was in excellent condition with well maintained greens. We played a 2 ball and our round took 4 hours however we did get held up just before the turn then played behind two 4’s on the 2nd 9. Normal dress code required for golf, please not tho ladies are required to wear a collared top also. Worth a visit.
Steve from United Kingdom
on Sun, 26th Mar 2023
Pinhal review 22 March 23
A decent track in good condition.
Joanne Burdett from United Kingdom
on Mon, 20th Mar 2023
We played this course twice lots of trees , fast greens
Steve from United States
on Sun, 19th Mar 2023
One of my favourites. Challenging, varied and good condition.
John from United Kingdom
on Fri, 3rd Mar 2023
Nice pleasant course. Not too long or difficult.
Phillip from United Kingdom
on Thu, 16th Feb 2023
The best Dom Pedro course
Our favourite of all the Dom Pedro courses. Can’t fault anything. Course and greens A

Staff very welcoming and very helpful at starting.

julian from United Kingdom
on Mon, 6th Feb 2023
Great value for money
Great condition
Ian from United Kingdom
on Fri, 13th Jan 2023
Pinhal Jan 23
The course is generally in pretty good condition one or two greens are having a bit of treatment but nothing that really effects the playability.

If I had one slight criticism it would be that the shop is understaffed during peak periods as we had to que for ten minutes to check in.

Manfred from Austria
on Mon, 19th Dec 2022
Beautiful golf course, and like the name promises: many Pines. Like all Dom Pedro courses, the place was very well maintained and very nice to play in.
Adrian Hill from United Kingdom
on Sun, 20th Nov 2022
Greens could be a lot better too many pitch marks, More tee signs would be better got lost twice poor signage. Facility's where excellent.
Gary from Bermuda
on Mon, 14th Nov 2022
Ok conditioning poor course signage and complete lack of service. No gps on cart. Neat trees but couldn’t find the sixth hole for about 10 minutes. Expected more than nice weather.
Mario from Switzerland
on Tue, 25th Oct 2022
Parcours très bien entretenu et magnifique, assez difficile avec beaucoup de pins, il faut être droit.
Mike from United Kingdom
on Mon, 24th Oct 2022
Poor condition and expensive!!!
Very very scruffy condition, tee boxes were nearly unplayable

Lots of very saturated areas on fairways

Greens were slow and I must have repaired 20 pitch marks

If I had paid full rack rate I would of been very disappointed

In fact I am very disappointed with the condition of the course

Very poor

Boris from Switzerland
on Tue, 11th Oct 2022
A découvrir !
Beau parcours ! bien entretenu ! Très sympathique accueil. A découvrir...
goetz from Germany
on Sun, 9th Oct 2022
Beauty in vilamoura
Beautiful course, but many pines to hit...Challenging and a very nice place
Gordon from United Kingdom
on Tue, 4th Oct 2022
I’m repaired patch marks. Bunkers not raked. Scruffy tees. Over priced for course conditions. Folk jumping onto tees before us no Marshall’s.
Göran from Russian Federation
on Mon, 3rd Oct 2022
Nice course in good condition. We would have liked better signs showing where next tee is.
Amanda Welch from Ireland
on Sun, 2nd Oct 2022
A bit too much of a slog to be enjoyable
Michael from United Kingdom
on Sun, 2nd Oct 2022
Great course and facilities 9.5/10
Lovely course. Nice balance of challenges and difficulty. Well maintained course, great clubhouse and driving range.

Only half a notch down from the very best of Old Course, Victoria and Quinta.

Very very nice.

Meurig from United Kingdom
on Wed, 28th Sep 2022
Meurig Phillips Hcp 3
A good, fair test. Greens were in better condition than Vila Sol we played 2 days earlier. The approaches could with a cut as it was virtually impossible to hit a bump and run but I understand the weather has been very dry so need to protect the grass. Not too difficult off yellows providing you keep it on the fairway. I imagine you would need to give it a whack off the whites in order to score well. Good fun and would definitely play again.
Mark from United States
on Tue, 27th Sep 2022
Pinhal Sept 2022
Very tight fairways, especially front 9 ….. having trees in middle of fairways not exactly fair for visitors either. Decent course though ….. cart paths could do with some work, very bumpy. Good clubhouse and range
Carol Shields from United Kingdom
on Wed, 21st Sep 2022
The course was in great order. Played twilight golf and finished in great time
Philip from United Kingdom
on Tue, 20th Sep 2022
The course was in reasonable condition however, the greens had obviously been heavily watered, and there were many pitch marks, foot prints etc. which spoiled the round.
Glen from United States
on Sun, 18th Sep 2022
Our only rainy day of the week. Nice layout and probably the tightest course of the week.
Jamie from United Kingdom
on Sun, 18th Sep 2022
Very slow and course well worn poor tee boxes.
Sam from United Kingdom
on Sun, 11th Sep 2022
Nice course, fairways are a little on the long side, plenty of trees
Graham from United Kingdom
on Sat, 10th Sep 2022
A course in reasonable condition but expensive for what it is
Richard from United Kingdom
on Mon, 22nd Aug 2022
Excellent conditions small tricky greens sprawling layout in between houses reccmend a buggy

Clubhouse and bar staff really friendly

Excellent day.

Darren Howes from United Kingdom
on Sat, 18th Jun 2022
Lovely course
Always in good condition and I love the layout and pace of play
Alan from United Kingdom
on Sun, 12th Jun 2022
Unauthorised tee time change
Moved back two tee times from my original booked time to accommodate a demanding group who harassed the starter to move on front of me. Very poor customer experience
Darren Finlay from United Kingdom
on Mon, 30th May 2022
Great days golf.
Great course, small greens but running quickly and as true as you like. Worth a visit when in this area. Refreshments hut is brilliant, you pass it on 2,7, & 13. The 8 of us really enjoyed it.
Darren Finlay from United Kingdom
on Mon, 30th May 2022
Brilliant from
Played this yesterday as a group of 8, already here on a golf trip we decided to play on our day off and rarer not disappointed. Fabulous set-up from start to finish. Course in great condition and a tough test. Refreshments hut passed 3 times 2,7,13 is just brilliant. Greens are small and challenging but were running so true and quick. All in all a brilliant days golf on a great course 👍
Polly Gibson from United Kingdom
on Fri, 20th May 2022
A truly pleasant experience
The course was beautiful with interesting and appropriate challenges. Staff were efficient, professional and courteous. Highly recommend it and would return for sure.
Tiernan from Ireland
on Thu, 12th May 2022
Decent course and convenient to where we stayed.
noel from United Kingdom
on Wed, 27th Apr 2022
Noel guerin
A tight course with plenty of tricky tee shots. Be smart and think your way around this course and you won't do half bad . Very enjoyable and definitely a challenge
STEPHANE from France
on Wed, 20th Apr 2022
Beau parcours
Beau parcours et practice de qualité où l’on peut venir s’entraîner facilement
paul from Netherlands
on Sat, 19th Mar 2022
beautiful golf day
beautiful golf course. difficult greens. nice club house.
Bernd from Germany
on Sat, 12th Mar 2022
Top range, fine fairways, fast greens and (Ball) hungry pines ,-)

Great Course to play!!!

Grant Stephenson from United Kingdom
on Mon, 7th Mar 2022
Excellent course & good value for money.
An excellent course & considering its not as expensive as the Victoria & Old, it’s good value for money. Several short par 4’s, but with narrow greens, they can easily offer up a birdie or a bogey. It’s quite an elevated course, & that proved our front 9 to be challenging as the wind blew big time. Played early March and it was in a very good condition.
Chris from Portugal
on Thu, 10th Feb 2022
Beautiful course, well maintained, challenging greens, lovely play.
PHILIP from United Kingdom
on Tue, 8th Feb 2022
Very slow play No Marshall on hand
Jamie from United Kingdom
on Thu, 25th Nov 2021
Played Pinhal on Tuesday 23rd November on twilight and managed a four all in 4 hours

Excellent value for money plus course was in good condition

Mike from United Kingdom
on Wed, 10th Nov 2021
Course was interesting, greens fairways and bunkers in great condition, buggies expensive at €50 a pop.
David from United Kingdom
on Mon, 18th Oct 2021
Lovely course to play all year round. Not too long so most handicaps should be able to score if they avoid the hundreds of mature trees!
Ricky from United Kingdom
on Mon, 27th Sep 2021
Lovely forest course
Nice forest course, good clubhouse facilities and awesome driving range and short game practice area. This year the rough was a bit punishing and first cut also but made it more of a challenge. One of the good ones..
Graham Wilkinson. from Portugal
on Fri, 24th Sep 2021
Pineal Golf Course
I have played Pinhal on many occasions and it was a joy to play again. The course was in pretty good condition with good fast and receptive greens. The fairways were also fairly good with plenty of grass. My only complaint was the toilet at the halfway hut was a disgrace and unusable. Good job there are plenty of trees knocking about. As a footnote I have found golf in the Algarve is now very expensive
Robert from United Kingdom
on Thu, 23rd Sep 2021
Nice course in good condition
Eugenio from Portugal
on Tue, 21st Sep 2021
Really good shape. Tee boxes could do with a bit of care.
David from Portugal
on Tue, 21st Sep 2021
Reliably good.
Always a good 'starter' course if you have several of the Dom Pedro courses booked on a golf trip. Good condition generally and worth a visit.
David from Portugal
on Fri, 17th Sep 2021
Nice course…long holes
Gilbert from United States
on Tue, 24th Aug 2021
Greens were in great shape. Played twilight and able to finish all 18
Dara from Ireland
on Tue, 17th Aug 2021
Course in v good condition , greens v nice speed
Arron Lemon from United Kingdom
on Sat, 29th May 2021
Turned up at 3 for a 4pm tee time (which was moved by Dom Pedro to this course) for them to tell us that they closed at 6. Left a bad taste for sure.
Denise Hennin from United Kingdom
on Thu, 14th Jan 2021
Excellent Course
This was the first time I had played here. I had a buggy as recovering from a foot injury and enjoyed the challenge. I love the umbrella pines and the challenge of avoiding them! Food and drink menu was minimal but acceptable.
Denise Hennin from United Kingdom
on Thu, 14th Jan 2021
Great Course
I love this course as well. Plenty to keep you on your toes!

Staff friendly and welcoming. Probably only negative comment I would have about Dom Pedro Golf is their fluctuating pricing. Despite not being busy changing the price of a buggy from €25 to €50 within a week is just greedy!

Hence and I walked and carried which I enjoyed more.

Michael from Ireland
on Sun, 25th Oct 2020
A gem
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 !!
Trevor Richardson from United Kingdom
on Thu, 10th Sep 2020
Pinhal one of Vilamoura's iconic courses
First thing to say is excellent friendly staff here! From golf reception to buggy master, all helpful and obliging. This is a course we've played many times but the design never fails to impress. Tight fairways require accurate tee shots but reward with pars or birdies. We always stay in Vilamoura so this course is on our doorstep, almost walking distance so very convenient. The greens were good if not exceptional, fairly quick but a little patchy in places. Much improvement work has obviously been done and is bringing this course back to its best. One of the origionally 3, you simply must play it if you get the opportunity and will not regret. We will be back.
Ray from United Kingdom
on Tue, 8th Sep 2020
Greens in need of repairs. Patchy in places.

Turned up in Nike collar less golf shirt like a certain Mr Tiger Woods. Told had to play with in a shirt with a collar.

Need to smarten the course up if strictly adhering to old fashioned dress codes!!!

Far better courses to play than this one for sure

Ian from United Kingdom
on Mon, 31st Aug 2020
Excellent course buggy is required as it is a very long hike. All in all as a high handicapper it is still very playable.
Dirk from Germany
on Sun, 23rd Aug 2020
Top Preis Leistung zu Empfehlen
Super schöner Platz mit Hammer schnellen Grüns. Uns hat er sehr gut gefallen
Mark Kirkman from United Kingdom
on Wed, 29th Jul 2020
We play this every year as it is my son’s favourite. This year was very different. The course was very shabby in appearance and very busy due to the fact that only Pinhal and The Old Course were open of all the Dom Pedro Courses. The reception desk took an age to take everyone’s booking and consequently there was no time to use Pinhal excellent driving range prior to play. Free golf for juniors is a great offer yet again as a summer special but overall a big disappointment this year.
Jean-Patrick from Belgium
on Wed, 22nd Jul 2020
Nice course and friendly people!
Very nice course, friendly people. The bunkers were not in shape. But the overall quality is good. The price is OK and the starter is a real professional. If you come to Algarve you should play this course!
Edward from Russian Federation
on Sun, 12th Jul 2020
Dom Pedro Force Golfers To Rent Their Equipment
We used the Dom Pedro Pinhal golf course) today paid my green fees and arrived at the 1st tee with my clubs on my push trolley. The starter told me I could not use my own personal push trolley and I was forced to rent a ride on buggy. This is Dom Pedro group trying to make extra money out of golfers during Covid 19. This is wrong and using my own equipment is

much safer and in line with Covid 19 recommendation rather than force golfers to use rental equipment. This is the only hotel/golf chain in the Algarve that forces golfers to rent equipment where they previously pre-Covid 19 didn't. There are more ethical golf clubs out there. I will never play on a Dom Pedro course again after their treatment of golfers post Covid 19. I feel sorry for the staff who have to enforce the company policy as it is clear they are very uncomfortable with how their company is treating and ripping off golfers.

Susan from United States
on Sun, 1st Mar 2020
Not coming back again
The starter was rude. Somehow our ticket disappeared. He could’ve called to the front but made us feel awful instead as if we were trying to sneak onto the course.

Also, bottled water was provided at two other Dom a Pedro courses but nothing h here. We had to go inside fir water which sloshed everywhere in the cart because lids were not provided. We will return to the other courses but not to this one.

DIncau from Switzerland
on Tue, 14th Jan 2020
Tres difficile mais beau. les arbres au milieu du ferway , c'est pas facile
Steve Armstrong from Portugal
on Sun, 5th Jan 2020
Great relaxing place
Playing for the first time in the Algarve.

Really enjoyed the course, challenging but rewarding if you hit the fairways.Hired clubs(VG) and buggy for a very reasonable deal.

Was stung for a box of Prov1...65 euros.

Other than that a great day out.

maurice from Netherlands
on Fri, 3rd Jan 2020
A nice start for a week of golf in Portugal
Interesting to start with a par-5 hole. Many holes with nice umbrella pines, however no clear signature hole to remember.

Fairways and greens okay, comparable with Milennium.

Two items which I did not like so much:

A lot of times you had to cross a car road used to enter the surrounding houses

Buggy could be cleaner.

Philipp from Switzerland
on Thu, 2nd Jan 2020
More interesting to play than old course and millenium
Martin Lofthouse from United Kingdom
on Mon, 30th Dec 2019
Pinhal Golf Course
Very reasonable round. Good experience.
Petra from Germany
on Wed, 25th Dec 2019
Ein ruhig gelegener Platz mit viel schönen hohen Pinien, die leider öfters im Weg stehen! Viel Spaß ;-)
Ingrid from Portugal
on Wed, 25th Dec 2019
Gevarieerde baan in een mooie omgeving. Door het verbouwde clubhuis, blijf je graag nog even nagenieten op het nieuwe terras.
on Fri, 8th Nov 2019
Pinhal - always a pleasure to play
Considering how busy this course gets, it's always in great condition and we enjoyed it yet again. It's a very sociable course but testing nevertheless and we're always happy to play Pinhal.
Gilbert from Belgium
on Fri, 25th Oct 2019
Colin from United Kingdom
on Mon, 14th Oct 2019
A lot of money for average condition
I undestand these courses get a lot of golfers but greens were poorly maintained, grass around hazards disproportionately high. Over €110 per round €45 for a buggy you do expect good quality and this is not.
Carl from United Kingdom
on Wed, 9th Oct 2019
Played Pinhal twice with Laguna in between. I honestly cannot split the 2, both great courses, well run, good pace of play without being too slow and no miserable Marshalls running round trying to get you to speed up if you are not playing at warp factor 10 and picking your ball up if a double bogey is likely.

If you backed me into a corner I would say Pinhal is better but this is largely because it was a short walk over the road from The Hilton where we stayed (also thoroughly recommended). The 2 are totally different to play on but that made our experience all the more enjoyable. Hcp 21ish, Social Golfer in a group of 5 with similar abilities.

Gary Scullion from United Kingdom
on Mon, 30th Sep 2019
Mr G Scullion
Really enjoyed the course and all its facility's, was easy to rent clubs and they had lots of buggies for hire, would recommend for all types of golfers.
Keith from United Kingdom
on Sun, 15th Sep 2019
Wonderful Pinhal.
Wow what a fantastic course. Need to be able to hit the ball straight off the tee or you will find yourself in the trees and trying to hit a low/high shot to get around them. Not like British trees that you can hit through these stop the ball dead. Most holes are tree lined with some with trees in the middle. Great short holes too. Great fast greens. Good buggies that you need as some of the walks between holes are quite long and go back and forward over a road. Fantastic practice facilities with a grass driving range two putting greens and short game area. Fantastic restaurant

and bar with open patio area.

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