Pinheiros Altos Reviews

Morgan from Portugal
on Tue, 24th May 2022
Very poor condition and complete deterioration from when I played many times 7 years ago!
Frederic from Portugal
on Fri, 20th May 2022
Good condition and enjoyed the round very much


David from Portugal
on Mon, 16th May 2022
Pinheiros Pleasure
Lovely course - played the Olives and Pines - teed off early and round in under three and a half hours. Will definitely play again.
Anthony from United Kingdom
on Wed, 20th Apr 2022
A disappointing experience on a course which has significantly deteriorated since I was last there.

Fairways in particular are poor, Greens okay but inconsistent. Will not be returning soon

GRAHAM from United Kingdom
on Sat, 9th Apr 2022
Don’t go there
Played 9 holes on the Olive course. Condition is like a cheap public course in UK. Will never play here again
Jan from Portugal
on Wed, 6th Apr 2022
Top course
Spectacular course. We played olive and pine and aside from vale de lobo ocean the best course so far out of the courses near vilamoura.

Fairways could be a bit better. Driving range balls are free. Staff is helpful and friendly. Although a short course with many theoretical drivable par4 , this was awesome. Would be 5 star view with better fairways.

Michael from United Kingdom
on Sat, 19th Mar 2022
Good but…..
Course in reasonable condition. Greens good. Let down by deteriorating cart paths making for a very bumpy ride in the buggies. Pace of play good.
Chris from Portugal
on Thu, 10th Feb 2022
Wonderful course, challenging for sure.
Tony from Portugal
on Mon, 7th Feb 2022
Pines trumps Olive and Cork
Enjoyable set of 3 x 9 hole courses. Best (for me) is Pines and then Olive.
Tony from Portugal
on Wed, 26th Jan 2022
Good and very enjoyable
3 x 9 course with ranking best to least best as follows: pine - olive - cork

Notwithstanding my ranking, the courses are good and enjoyable. Very good practice facilities that enhance the overall good value.

Iris from Germany
on Sat, 22nd Jan 2022
Very good
Lovely course very enjoyable - staff is very friendly - Food is delicious!
Gerlinde from Austria
on Fri, 31st Dec 2021
We played the Cork (beautiful) and the Olive (a bit boring) nines, of course it's a first class course at the Algarve but we played better ones. Buggies very expensive - € 50.
Fred Kenneally from Portugal
on Sat, 27th Nov 2021
Enjoyable course
Not a long course overall, but very enjoyable. Played the Olives and Pines courses and found the greens in superb condition. Very good par 3s.
Maura from Ireland
on Thu, 4th Nov 2021
Early bird was a great option
We loved this course. Challenging but very pleasant.
Ed from United Kingdom
on Fri, 8th Oct 2021
very well designed golf course
Challenging and very well designed golf course
Rowan from United Kingdom
on Fri, 8th Oct 2021
Greens in poor condition
Leigh from United Kingdom
on Wed, 6th Oct 2021
Hmmmn. Course layout is pretty good but the greens, tees and fairways really needed a cut. Quite a few of the greens had scarring too - not that great considering that October is supposed to be peak season. Paid just over 70€ for an early bird tee time, definitely wouldn’t have been happy if paying full rate. For similar money, I would think that the VDL courses are a much better option.
Paul from Ireland
on Thu, 30th Sep 2021
I love the course. I’ve played here 4 times.

Needs a bit of loving. Greens look tired and bare in places. Paths need repair.

Sonia from Switzerland
on Sat, 18th Sep 2021
Abwechslungsreicher Platz
Abwechslungsreicher Platz und anspruchsvoll zu spielen. Einige Doglegs, ondulierte Greens und bestens durch Greenbunker verteidigt.

Bunkerschläge sollten geübt sein.

Ross from United Kingdom
on Sun, 5th Sep 2021
Such a shame
In bad need of investment and repair. Greens borderline unplayable.
jason from Portugal
on Fri, 20th Aug 2021
Bit disappointed
I havnt played this course for a number of years and was really looking forward to it as it used to be one of my favourites , fairways were averAge, quite patchy , need ed watering , the greens were very poor, lots of weeds, very ‘wooly’ and lots of dead patches , only 3/4 were of standard expected, i appreciate we have had covid but as a member of a course in the UK It was clear to see the greens and course had been neglected. Not really worth the money paid
Paul from United Kingdom
on Tue, 3rd Aug 2021
All good
Great course pines/corks, great service.
Darren from United Kingdom
on Sat, 17th Jul 2021
Golf Pin
Great clubhouse and service. The course layout is good played The Corks and Olives however conditions are poor compared to other courses in the area. That all said it is cheaper than others get what you pay for I guess!
Pamela Grant from Switzerland
on Fri, 25th Jun 2021
Pleasant course but needs more care/investment
Used to be a very well maintained course but now needs a lot of TLC! Pretty layout, easy course to play. Pity appears to be little investment in the course maintenance . Staff friendly and helpful.
Craig from Russian Federation
on Mon, 14th Jun 2021
Average and overpriced
Played the Olive and Pines.. Both has interesting designs and could be fabulous if maintained better. Course were a bit dry and patchy and tatty..looked like staff did not care about the property. The greens were true and for the most part good. Quite a few looked like they had a disease problem. Overall very overpriced compared to the Roal or ocean courses up the road.
Javier from Spain
on Sun, 6th Jun 2021
Good course. Needs renewal and maintenance
Interesting and challenging 3 x 9 course. Not in good condition this time
craig from Portugal
on Wed, 2nd Jun 2021
poor show even for €68
I thought this was a really poor layout and easy to get lost if it's your 1st time playing the course.

The greens are the worst I've played on in Portugal. I was told there were no buggies available by Algarve golf, but when I arrived there was, but only now the guy tried to charge me €50. To be fair if you want a few interesting holes and are not that bothered about the standard of the course, then crack on, otherwise, I'd advise staying well clear IMHO! (handicap 8)

Pieter from Portugal
on Mon, 10th May 2021
Challenging, not very well maintained course.
Average maintained course.

No buggy included in contradiction with the offer (7 different reasons...). Not very helpful staff (we did not get a scorecard or any idea of flag position).

Challenging course.

Rene from Russian Federation
on Sat, 8th May 2021
Friendly staff - Course in good condition
Great and friendly staff! We played the red and yellow course and loved ist.
Kathleen from Switzerland
on Mon, 3rd May 2021
Some interesting holes and no crowds
Pinheiros's conditions have improved slightly since our last round 2 years ago. We paid a reasonable price and were pleased to not have any waiting time. Due to the continuing Corona slowdown the pace of play was quick and there was no waiting.
Kathleen from Switzerland
on Thu, 29th Apr 2021
Along with San Lorenzo, this course has benefitted from the corona 'rest'. The fairways were no longer brownish and thin of grass. Lovely to play without any pressure from behind. Greens were fine - nothing to complain about. Our buggy was rather old.
Jan from Netherlands
on Fri, 23rd Oct 2020
pyramid of golfballs
Pinheiros Altos is an exciting 27 holes golfcourse. The clubhouse is very cosy and has the atmosphere of membership golfcourse instead of resortisch. Although the greens suffer a bit of fungus it remains an honest test.

Drivingrange facilities are like championship conditions with te pyramid of golfballs challenge you for serious practise. The island hole at the 8th of Olives is a test you won't forget.

Michael from Ireland
on Tue, 29th Sep 2020
Lack of investment
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 ?
mark from Ireland
on Thu, 24th Sep 2020
The course was not in a great condition. The greens appeared to be diseased so very bumpy
Trevor Richardson from United Kingdom
on Thu, 10th Sep 2020
Lovely peaceful course, great setting
Played here many times now. Facilities and clubhouse are magnificent. Played the Pines and Corks this time, which are tight but very playable. Greens in excellent condition and running true. Some thought needed as you plot your way around the course. Some holes are very similar, which reduces the interest a little but overall there is sufficient variety. I love coming here, always the same welcome and satisfying round. Only issue was we were required to return buggies by 7.45pm, but a marshal came out just after 7.15 to remind us of this and that the sprinklers will shortly be turned on, which put off one of our players and he finished the last 2 holes very badly which adversly affected his round and final score. Shame, totally unnecessary and should have been avoided. Officials please note.
Graeme from Portugal
on Wed, 26th Aug 2020
I have played here many times but oh my goodness how this course has slid down the order. Tee to green looking as normal but the greens are close to writing off. No speed in them at all.
Tom Fordham from Portugal
on Thu, 6th Aug 2020
Good but not great
Course very quiet due to current pandemic and with buggy as a single player got round 18 in just over 2 hours. Felt that greens had a mixture of grasses and some damage but still rolled true. Not as glamorous feeling as some of the other courses in the area but still a nice course with good holes that offer chances although I didn’t take many!!
Ian from United Kingdom
on Mon, 20th Jul 2020
Another great evening outing. Very quiet. Good fun.
roger from United Kingdom
on Wed, 8th Jul 2020
Pineiros Altos golf course
Nice courses. Played Pines then Corks. Could do with peripheral maintenance but greens and fairways in good condition. Sometimes not easy to find the distance markers though
Ian from United Kingdom
on Thu, 2nd Jul 2020
Quick round.
Another great day. Really enjoyed the course. A different combination but good condition. Not coping with the greens. Not as fast as you think they must be.
Ian from United Kingdom
on Thu, 25th Jun 2020
Thursday evening round.
Very quiet. Good condition. Got round in under 3 hours playing on my own. A four ball let me through. Very enjoyable.
Nigel Nash from United Kingdom
on Sat, 25th Jan 2020
Always Enjoy Playing Here
Pinheiros Altos is made up of 3 nine holes, we played the pines and the olives which is a mixture of trees and lakes. Fairways were a little tired but apart from that a very good course with the signature hole being the 8th on the Olives course (island green)
petrus from Netherlands
on Tue, 29th Oct 2019
Nice course to play. The greens at the Oliveira course where unfortunately not in a good shape. Nice staff. Enjoyed our play.
Sjef Scholte from Portugal
on Thu, 24th Oct 2019
Great course

Why is a buggy not included ?

Colin from United Kingdom
on Mon, 21st Oct 2019
A little Gem
Lovely course, we played Pines and Cork as there are three 9 holes courses.

Staff friendly, range balls included though €50 for a buggy is excessive.

Course was generally in good condition, it is a course/s where you need to think your way around, ball position is key.

Greens were a little slow for me but maybe its the time of the year and compared to the other courses we played very good condition

Rosemary from United Kingdom
on Sun, 20th Oct 2019
Olive was closed which was disappointing. We were not impressed with the greens. Course work has to be done but should not charge high prices when greens so poor and just been sanded. We played at Espiche, greens superb and much better value, worth the drive.
Bertrand from Canada
on Wed, 16th Oct 2019
Excellent fine course.
Mark from United Kingdom
on Sat, 21st Sep 2019
Need to hit a straight ball everytime
A testing course. Lots of narrow fairways and umbrella pines to catch your ball if your aren’t accurate. I wasn’t. I enjoyed the course, but wouldn’t like to play it if I wasn’t playing well or had a high handicap
Eoin from Ireland
on Mon, 9th Sep 2019
Played the olives and pines 9s...olives wasnt in great condition was a bit burnt and rough but pines was in excellent condition and was forgiving enough for all levels of golfer
Graham from United Kingdom
on Thu, 11th Jul 2019
An ideal resort golf course in good condition. Staff are friendly and facilities are good. Well worth a visit
Martin from United Kingdom
on Wed, 10th Jul 2019
Good course in good condition. Great value not too difficult a course, good for holiday golf.
Ian from United Kingdom
on Mon, 13th May 2019
Enjoyable day, good but not excellent.
Beautiful clubhouse and facilities and very friendly staff. Played the Cork 9 first, greens excellent but fairways were a bit rough. The second 9 was the olives, very enjoyable and good condition. The first hole a little odd as difficult to know where you were going. Would recommend getting a cart.

Rating given based on value for money, at circa €100 on this occasion it’s not compared favourably to Vale do Lobo Royal, Millennium and Quinta Do Lago South. If a little tidier on front 9 (Corks) would have rated higher.

Kathleen from Switzerland
on Wed, 24th Apr 2019
Best Value in the Area
On the plus side, there are 3 9 hole courses to choose from. You can also chose from normal, twilight or early bird bookings. In addition, range balls are included in the green fee. The range itself offers a short game area that is large enough. The course is in good condition, with the occasional divot hole on the fairway or hard area around the green (found on almost all courses in the region). The greens are fine.
Kathleen from Switzerland
on Sat, 13th Apr 2019
Good value for money
Love the early bird play on this course. Finishing 18 holes in less than 4 hours (walking) without any stress or waiting is a pleasure. The course is in fair to good condition and the greens in good to excellent condition. There are some interesting holes to keep things from getting boring. There are 3 different 9 holes, of which we played the pines and olives. The driving range would be the best in the area if they would replace the 'carpet' covering - it tends to be too hard. There is a short game area which is large enough.
Kathleen from Switzerland
on Mon, 25th Mar 2019
Good value
The course is in decent condition (some of the fairways on the Pines 9 holes are a little ratty, but not terrible). The greens are in good shape and puttable. Finishing with a par 3 is not usual. The course offers early bird tee times, which mean faster play (not to mention lower prices).
David from United Kingdom
on Fri, 8th Mar 2019
Good condition. Enjoyable layout. Helpful staff. Good facilities.
Carl from Portugal
on Fri, 1st Mar 2019
Well worth playing
Beatiful, tranquile, well maintained course with abundance of bird life.
David Corden from United Kingdom
on Mon, 25th Feb 2019
Pinheiros Altos
Fairways not in the best condition - quite scabby in places .

Greens ok .

For price of round OK

50 euros for a buggy !!!

Fredrik from Sweden
on Wed, 30th Jan 2019
Nice course.
Duncan Groves from United Kingdom
on Fri, 18th Jan 2019
What a shame!
My friend from Texas was visiting us during our week at Quinta do Lago and we picked PA to play first. Unfortunately it was not a great experience. The course was in decent enough shape and the weather perfect. However, a rude and over-zealous Marshall called Jose tried his best to ruin the round. He stopped us at the fifth to say that we had to hurry up and came back to the sixth tee to deliver the same message. He was also picking on other guests at the 10th. At no stage were the four balls behind us ever on the tee before we had finished putting out. By the eighth hole we were waiting for the two ball in front to put out, so the Marshall’s comments were totally unjustified. We finished the round in four hours. Having paid €400 for three golfers and buggies, I won’t be returning to this course again. Shame as we have been coming for 15 years and never had this issue before. Quinta do Lago South was, however, a real treat !
Selby from Portugal
on Tue, 6th Nov 2018
Great course,true greens,well maintained,service was OK.Course plays fairly long.Would play again.Hard to find!
Philip from United Kingdom
on Thu, 1st Nov 2018
Morning ‘s Golf
Enjoyed playing there even in the rain. Greens had been dresses which made judging pace more difficult. Not crowded so enjoyed being unhurried.
CLAUDE from France
on Fri, 21st Sep 2018
Nice golf course good staff , we spend a good time with freinds
Graham from United Kingdom
on Fri, 7th Sep 2018
pinheiros altos
Course was in really good condition although green could have been a little quicker

All facilities were very good and the package was great value

Ludmila from Czech Republic
on Thu, 2nd Aug 2018
Decent condition
Excellent course for average golf player, good equipment and nice surroundings. Buggies are very useful.
Mark from United Kingdom
on Fri, 29th Jun 2018
Recommended for your average golfer....
Excellent course for your average golfer, good facilities and nice touch with free range balls. Basic buggies. Shame the restaurant closes at 6pm.
Paddy from Portugal
on Thu, 28th Jun 2018
never again Pinheiros Altos
we were very disappointed with the course and the staff. we booked a time for 3.30 and when on the 6th hole we were told they were closing at 7.30 so we must hurry up. they could have told us this when we booked? or when we checked in? Bad smell of sewage on many of the holes. Many holes are a poor design - the third on Olives!! Pines we preferred to olives. we wont play there again and now know why we have never played their before in the last 25 years of owning a home in Vale do lobo.
David from Portugal
on Fri, 22nd Jun 2018
We had the course to ourselves so that much better but overall in decent condition with no real poor ares
Robert from Portugal
on Wed, 13th Jun 2018
Course in poor shape considering it was peak season. Disappointing
Martin from United Kingdom
on Tue, 12th Jun 2018
Course in good condition especially greens and bunkers etc. Not busy so quick round. Staff friendly and helpful.

Food ok - nothing special.

Daniel from United Kingdom
on Sun, 20th May 2018
Could be in better condition compared to Quinta.

Fun to play.

Mark from Portugal
on Thu, 5th Apr 2018
Worst course played in Portugal so far .
Fairways in bad condition , patch grass all over courses. Average course .

For beginners or hackers . But still enjoyable little course .

If you want to pay a little money to play Golf then DONT expect to get CHAMPIONSHIP courses.

Kathleen from Switzerland
on Sun, 25th Mar 2018
Good value for money
More like a 3.5 to 4. Good value for money. Greens were in very good condition, while the fairways were occasionally a bit 'ratty'. Winter rules were posted, which was helpful. An enjoyable round and not too crowded so no waiting.
Jeff from Canada
on Thu, 15th Mar 2018
Pinheiros Altos-Pines/Corks
Played the Pines and Corks combination. Quite wet due to all the recent rainfall. Greens were in good shape but a bit slower than I would have liked. Fairways were not in the best shape. I certainly wouldn’t have paid the full 130 Euro green fee. Cart paths are scary for those walking-slippery in spots.
Mark from United Kingdom
on Thu, 15th Feb 2018
Nice there ...

Well worth a visit if you haven’t played it ..

8th hole , Par 3 on the Olives 9....

David from United Kingdom
on Wed, 31st Jan 2018
Not bad -Long par five lacks definition -poor hole.

Overall not too bad -seem to think it was better as eighteen holes!!

Will probably play again as condition was good.

Helga from Portugal
on Fri, 26th Jan 2018
Played 2x9 holes courses. I was pulling a trolley and found the signage poor. Actually ended up playing a hole from the wrong course!
HERMANN from France
on Thu, 23rd Nov 2017
3 X 9 trous ,beaucoup de distance entre les trous ,belle qualité
Peter Smith from United Kingdom
on Fri, 17th Nov 2017
Poor Fairways
Played all 3 nines over 2 days....Olive course was not bad but the fairways on the corks and pines at the far end of the course were terrible....They had a crawling weed that had been mown over and the grass was cut so tight that pick and play was in operation.Some of the fairways had more weed than grass.Speed of play was a joke over 5 Hours.Charging a lot for poor quality.
Marc from Portugal
on Wed, 15th Nov 2017
Beautiful course
Ian from United Kingdom
on Thu, 26th Oct 2017
4 star course
Very good course. The greens were excellent but the tees were poor which you tend to find with a lot of Bermuda grass courses. The fairways were decent and the layout was varied which was good. It has 3 x 9 hole loops. I played the Pines which was tree lined but quite wide so you could be slightly wide and get away with it. The other I played was the Olives which has the infamous island green par 3. I would play again.
Heather from United Kingdom
on Mon, 25th Sep 2017
Lovely courses .
There are 3 * 9 holes courses , Corks , Pines & Olives. Request the 2 of three you would prefer. I love Olives & Pines. (corks & Pines are quite similar)
Simona from Portugal
on Thu, 24th Aug 2017
Julia Chisnell from United Kingdom
on Mon, 12th Jun 2017
A set of 3 nine hole courses leaves different permutations to play. A lot of water. Thought olives was a bit gimmicky and preferred pines and corks. 8th hole on olives though is a test of nerves. A bit cheaper than the other Quinta courses and a short drive away from the resort centre
Kerry anne from Portugal
on Thu, 11th May 2017
Golf plus
Nice relaxed golf.Particulaly enjoyed Olives and Corks.Would go back again if in the area.The other great positive is the bird wildlife!Hoopoo, storks and nests, purple swamphens and flamingoes.
Peter from Portugal
on Fri, 9th Dec 2016
Right up there with the best.
One of the best in the area. I've now played all three courses and the Olive is one of the most challenging in the region as well as having some sensational holes which will test even the most competent golfers.
Peter from Portugal
on Thu, 24th Nov 2016
Terrific golf course.
Great experience. Excellent condition, well presented, picturesque and a very good course.
Peter from United States
on Mon, 17th Oct 2016
Course too wet - never a fan of multiple 9's.
Marjan from Portugal
on Wed, 5th Oct 2016
Beautiful course and day
Phil from United Kingdom
on Tue, 20th Sep 2016
Course looking tired. poor fairways. greens very slow

Very slow round. didn't finish 18 holes.

Waited on every shot

Starter allowed a two ball to cut in before their time and they were behind 4 x 4 balls. Didn't make sense

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