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Vale do Lobo Royal
37th Open Foursomes Week - Vale do Lobo
Mon, 11th Mar 2019
The annual Open Foursomes Week in Vale do Lobo will take place from the 19th to the 25th of May, 2019. The Holiday Complex is offering a 7 day package for € 769.00 which includes welcoming cocktail, the Tournament, and a dinner with live music for the prize giving. Entries must be in before the closing date of 15th of May.
Vale do Lobo Royal
Vale do Lobo - 35th Foresomes Week
Sun, 7th May 2017
The Tourist Complex of Vale do Lobo are holding their 35th Foursomes Week. It will commence on the 14th and run to the 20th of May. This popular event is usually over-subscribed months in advance.
Vale do Lobo Royal
Vale do Lobo Courses - Amateur Week
Sun, 15th Jan 2017
Today is the first day of the annual Vale do Lobo Amateur Week which runs until the 28th of January, 2017. This popular event each year is fully subscribed.
Barbara Leitch from Portugal
B&B Villa in Loule
Thu, 28th Jul 2016
Casa da Colina has 12 championship golf courses within a 20 minute drive but is also handy for the beach resorts of Quinta do Lago, Val do Lobo and Vilamoura. Prices start from £50 per person per night, however there are special deals available depending on season, room basis and availability. For more information please visit http://algarvegolfbandb.com
Vale do Lobo Royal
Mon, 1st Sep 2008
An amateur 'Nations Cup' (Taca das Nacoes) is being staged at Vale do Lobo from the 17th to 21st. Organised by the Portuguese Golf Federation, this follows on from last year's inaugural event and is part of the government tourist sponsorship programme called 'Allgarve'. It will involve 14 national teams of three players and each with a captain. It is intended as a European warm-up event for World Amateur Team Championships being held in Adelaide, Australia, in October.
Vale do Lobo Royal
Thu, 1st May 2008
The popular Vale do Lobo Foursomes Week, now in its 26th year, takes place from 18th-24th May at the resort's Ocean and Royal courses. After initial qualifying rounds the tournament switches to the match-play format to decide the winners.
Vale do Lobo Royal
Fri, 1st Feb 2008
Another traditional event in January is the popular 'Vale do Lobo Amateur Week' - now in its 15th year. Individual and team tournaments were held every date from 28th January to 2nd February at this resort, over the Ocean and Royal courses.
Vale do Lobo Ocean
Mon, 1st Oct 2007
The inaugural 'Portugal Nations Cup' organised by the Federation of Portuguese Golf was held on the Ocean course in Vale do Lobo. A total of 16 teams defended their respective countries. Both England and Ireland drew for 1st place on the 18th green. However, a count-back gave the edge to England and winning the Cup.
Vale do Lobo Ocean
Sat, 1st Sep 2007
Europe's finest young amateurs participated in the 'Portugal Nations Cup' which was held at Vale do Lobo on the Royal and Ocean Courses. Fourteen selected teams from their respected countries fought each other over three rounds with the English team taking first prize and Ireland in second.
Vale do Lobo Royal
Wed, 1st Aug 2007
An amateur team event, the 'Nations Cup Portugal', organised by the Portuguese tourist board and the Portuguese Golf Federation, will be held at Vale do Lobo from 29th August to 2nd September, and a good field of players is expected from several countries.
Vale do Lobo Royal
Sat, 1st Oct 2005
Vale do Lobo staged a 3-day 'Millionaires Open' in early September in conjunction with Dutch lifestyle magazine. A total of 140 players, including football manager Louis van Gaal, took part in the event involving a 2-day individual Stableford tournament over the Royal and Ocean courses. Other golf events at this resort during the month were the 'Lady Taverner's Charity Tournament', and the grand final of the Pro-Am 'Lombard Trophy'.
Vale do Lobo Ocean
Thu, 1st Sep 2005
The finals of the 'Lombard Trophy' this year will be at Vale do Lobo's Ocean Course from 14th to the 18th of September. This Pro-Am event involves several qualifying competitions throughout the UK.
Vale do Lobo Royal
Tue, 1st Jun 2004
The 'Wolf Valley Charity Competition' is being held at Vale do Lobo on 20th June to raise funds for the Almancil Community Centre and the Sao Joao da Venda primary school. Rugby player Jason Leonard, and footballers Luis Figo and David Beckham have donated autographed items for auction at a fund-raising gala dinner following a golf tournament. Other items autographed by Pros attached to Vale do Lobo, Brian Davis, Jarmo Sandelin and Antonio Sobrinho will also be on sale. There will be tombola prizes and a trick golf demonstration by Steve Walker and a putting competition. Last year a similar event raised about 68,000 Euros for good causes.
Vale do Lobo Royal
Sun, 1st Feb 2004
Vale do Lobo have signed up the PGA European Tour player Brian Davis as a member of their stable of touring professionals for a period of five years. Placed 9th in the 2003 Volvo Order of Merit, Brian had an excellent year with twelve Top 10 finishes. He joins Sweden's Jarmo Sandelin and Antonio Sobrinho (Portugal's leading golf pro) on the team of touring professionals at this well-known Algarve resort. Vale do Lobo also recently granted the use of premises to house the Portuguese Golf Federation's new regional office. The Federation President, Sr. Manuel Agrellos, who attended the opening ceremony, is also the current President of the European Golf Association, and a member of the R&A.
Vale do Lobo Ocean
Fri, 1st Aug 2003
Frederick Jacobson - (Sweden) Algarve Open de Portugal Vale do Lobo - Algarve - Portugal - 17th to 20th April, 2003 The opening day of the Algarve Open brought to the top of the scoreboard the winner of the Hong Kong in December the Swedish golfer Federick Jacobson who created a course record with a round of 64. Two strokes behind him was the Englishman, Greig Owen with a score of 66. Lying in tied third place were Bradley Dredge from Wales (the recent Madeira Open winner), Carlos Rodiles from Spain, both with 69 strokes. The second round accompanied by an influencing wind factor brought the local Swedish favorite of Jarmo Sandelin to a best day score of 67. Lying second for the day was the German Marcal Seim with a 68. The combined leadership board ended with Grieg Owen on top with 136 strokes, followed by Marcel Seim with 139. Frederik Jacobson had slipped down with a round of 76 placing him in third place along with Carlos Rodiles. The cut placed many well know Volvo Order of Merit names out of contention for the third days play, which also including all the local national players. English golfer Richard Sterne achieved the lowest score for the third day at 69. Once again Frederik Jacobson came to the fore sharing the second best round of the day of 71 with Brian Davis from England and Maarten Lafeber from Holland. In the morning of the final day the leader board showed a group of some nine players within competitive striking distance of victory. Once again in top position was Frederik Jacobson with 211 strokes, followed by Welshman Jamie Donaldson and Englishman Brain Davis, both with 212 strokes. These players were followed by Marcel Seim and Richard Sterne both with 215. As the day progressed no new contenders appeared to join the top group. This band of players progressed through the afternoon heading for what seemed to be a possible play-off between Jacobson, Dredge, Davis, Donaldson and Owen. Towards the end Grieg Owen was the first to fall away leaving the other four golfers to battle for the first prize. On the 17th hole Jacobson then made a stunning chip to the green and scored an eagle. Although he lost a stroke on the 18th hole he turned in a card with a round of 72 that gave him the Algarve Open with a final combined score of 283 and 5 strokes under par. In tied second place with 285 strokes were Bradley Dredge, Jamie Donaldson and Brian Davis. The best round of the final day of 68 strokes was shared between Jarmo Sandelin, Bradley Dredge, Jamie Donaldson and James Kingston. Jacobson admitted afterwards that he felt confident during the four days play but tension really came to the fore on the final two holes! Once again the Open has produced some new names heading for the top 25 in the Volvo Order of Merit.
Vale do Lobo Royal
Thu, 1st May 2003
On the 10th of August Vale do Lobo celebrated their 40th Anniversary with a magnificent party after an Invitation Team Event during the day. The winners were the team composed of Chris Parker, Ian Digby, Sally and Brian Evans. The evening party was joined by the tennis players Yannick Noah, Henri Leconte, Emílio Sanchez, and Carl Uwe-Steeb who had during the same week been involved in the 'Vale do Lobo Tennis Masters Competition'.
Vale do Lobo Ocean
Sat, 1st Mar 2003
Carl Pettersson (Sweden) Algarve Open de Portugal Vale do Lobo - Algarve - Portugal - 4th to 7th April, 2002 Carl Pettersson of Sweden won the wind and rain-affected Algarve Open de Portugal at the first hole after a sudden-death playoff. Carl Pettersson moved up 40 places to No.67. David Gilford finished in the runner-up spot and he moved to No.287. Carl Pettersson's victory at Vale de Lobo means that he is now the 4th highest ranked Swede in the World. The strong Swedish contingent within the World Top 100 consists of Niclas Fasth – No.34, Jesper Parnevik – No.35, Pierre Fulke – No.57, Carl Pettersson – No.67, Mathias Gronberg – No.83 and Robert Karlsson – No.96.
Vale do Lobo Ocean
Sat, 1st Mar 2003
Golf Director John Pinckney joined the Vale do Lobo Resort two years ago. He brought with him not only his love for the sport but also his considerable business experience. As a youngster he had by the age of 15 reduced his handicap down to a proud 1 stroke. After leaving school, circumstances took him in another direction and before long he was making a name for himself in the financial field of the City of London. As is generally inevitable in life, John had to face another change in direction and decided to return back to the world of golf where he keenly admits he should have stayed from the beginning. Prior to joining VLD (as it is locally known), he held senior management positions in both the Brocket Hall Golf Club owned by CCA, and the Hertfordshire Golf and Country Club owned by American Golf-UK Limited. John was quickly introduced to local event problems shortly after joining VDL when he was involved in the organization of the 'The Skins'. This event took place during unusual drastic weather conditions that caused for some delicate handling. John is enthusiastically looking forward to the possible new challenges presented by the Open with its 135 top players on a course which spreads itself across the two by combining a selection of the best scenic and most challenging holes. Some other temporary topographical adjustments have also been necessary to ensure that all the facilities that the players expect during the course of the competition are on hand. John considers that all is in place and the course condition meets the high level expected by such an international event. As to the future there are lots of plans. A programme of works will upgrade the Ocean Course and there is also an additional third course planned together with a 5 Star Hotel. John firmly believes that the future of the Algarve is closely tied to further premium developments being created in order to be in harmony with the international market trends. Carlota Rodrigues is John's right-hand and joined his team just some 5 months ago. Carlota brings some formidable qualifications besides her attractive presence. This young lady has a degree in Golf Management & Teaching she acquired in San Diego and on the course she plays of a solid 4. In conversation she mentioned that she also enjoys a good game of tennis! John, Carlota and the Resident Pro Stephen Walker, are heavily involved in promoting golf to local youngsters and this is kindly sponsored by VDL. Every week for a period of four months a group of selected 16 youngsters ranging in age from 11 to 15 are taught the basics and then introduced to the physical side of the game. Stephen is the son of Janet Walker who many golfers will remember from the 70s and 80s as the Golf Secretary for over 16 years. The enthusiasm and input of this team will undoubtedly be proven sometime in the not distant future! The constantly busy spacious reception desk is managed by Hermani Estevao who is assisted by Telma, Andre, Sandra, Ricardo, Rita, Anicieto and Victoria. Together with the pressure of the many visitors this team also copes ably with the three different and very active groups composed of resident VDL golfers. The state of the courses lies in the hands of Inacio Coelho who is answerable to the VDL overall Technical Director, Eng. Luis Matos. The Greenkeeper Sr Coelho brought with him 12 years ago the experience he had gained on similar courses of Quinta do Lago and Vila Sol and has now had the total responsibility for the upkeep of Vale do Lobo's two courses for the past 4 years. Luis Matos has worked in Vale do Lobo as an Agricultural Engineer for 29 years and has been the Golf Course Technical Director for 20 years. He commented, 'We have a great team and our aim is to have the course in the best possible condition for the Pros to play in the Open, and in accordance with all the requirements laid down by the PGA'. Sr. Coelho and his team have been working extremely hard and those efforts are clearly producing good results. In closing, I would like to mention to the many car enthusiasts that the VDL is also presenting a Vintage Car Exhibition close to the reception area during the Algarve Portuguese Open. Also, to the back of the Bar area there is a permanent collection of memorabilia devoted to the history of the Courses and particularly to the architect, Sir Henry Cotton.

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