The Amendoeira Golf Resort is situated in the central Algarve district of Silves, half an hour’s drive from Faro airport and the two new courses here – Faldo and O’Connor Jnr – are the first to be constructed within a rural area that once held dominion over the south coast of Portugal.
Once part of the burgeoning Oceânico golfing empire, Amendoiera’s pair of 18-hole championship layouts are complemented by a 9-hole par three track which is floodlit for evening use, along with a number of practice chipping and putting areas. In all honesty, it’s a modern golf facility to match any of the others along this famous golfing coastline.
Faldo’s course calls for golfers to play strategically, avoiding the desert scrub bunkers, rocky outcrops, wandering water hazards and olive trees that lurk in wait for errant shots. Careful positioning of the golf ball will afford the opportunity to score well so “keeping it in play” are the main watchwords here, especially on the hillier back nine.
Nick Faldo is really pleased with the course, saying, “the land at Amendoeira is dramatic and the project has the potential to be a real talking point in the Algarve. With so many courses in the region, that’s no mean feat. This is a very exciting project, which gives me a great opportunity to exploit my passion for design. You have incredible views, beautiful undulating land and any time you get natural terrain like this, it is great fun to work with”.
Played both courses last week of November, winter special golf + buggy €65, good value especially by Algarve expensive €100+ prices for us gullible tourists (I'm Irish and championship golf courses cost €30-40 on average). I was worried about some reviews saying courses in bad condition, but I did not find that. My only gripe was the starter insisted that on the Faldo course that with my handicap (11) I had to play the yellows and not the whites which resulted in hardly no use at all of my medium to long irons on decent drives, too many short irons. Both courses are a good test and very enjoyable in their own ways. Playing off whites on the O'Connor, with good drives circa 250 yards, I used every club in the bag and my 6 iron (175yards) about 5 times, which was fantastic and rare for holiday golf. It has big open fairways, good variety and a good challenge, in great condition, especially the greens. It's quite flat, so no need at all for a buggy. I'd say it's almost the perfect holiday golf course. The Faldo is certainly a more difficult challenge due to much hillier terrain and tighter drives, but is very enjoyable in it's own right, probably needs a buggy. The course has great variety and is a real challenge, my only grumble, apart from the yellow tees, was the greens were a bit slow, they needed 1 more cut of grass, but were in good condition. I didn't use the clubhouse facilities, but looked good. Staff friendly except the Faldo starter who needs help with his ''customer skills'', he said I couldn't play the course without a 'pitchfork' repair tool as I was standing on the 1st tee-I had one but if such a hard line is course policy, he should have a bagful to hand out to those without them, I'm sure they can be bought for nothing in quantity. Overall, very pleased and I would certainly return
Have played this course more than any other course in Portugal (around 50 times). Always enjoy the villas and unlimited golf deals that exist. Never that busy and the variety of tee boxes make this as difficult as you want it to be. Well kept, great facilities and some great and varied holes.
I enjoyed playing the Faldo course and in my opinion it is better than the O'Connor as it is a lot more interesting and has some great holes. The par 5 4th is an absolute beauty of a golf hole as the drive is stunning and in addition to that when you get past the par 3 11th hole and you get to 12th hole the views are stunning when you look down across the Algarve, you can see everything. In addition to this the course is normally in pretty slick condition as when I played it the tees were nice and the greens were running well, everything was great and I would love to play it again.
I'm evidently a little out of tune with the other reviewers here, but I didn't really enjoy my two rounds on the Faldo in October.
We were visiting as a society, and whilst the course appears to have everything I would like in a course from reading in advance, in practice I found it very short of fun.
I wasn't driving that well, and if you find yourself in that position prepare for a beasting and quite a few lost balls !
The greens weren't in great nick, it certainly was very slow, buggies are absolutely required (including a weird green-to-tee few minutes on a post apocalyptic abandoned road for yet more unbuilt condos), and with so many upturned saucer greens it was very poor that the first fringe was shaggy meadow grass, making recovery shots extremely difficult.
A real shame, because with a bit more room off the tee and less trouble on some of the long approach shots, there were some fun looking holes. I just didn't get to putt on most of them !
Really nice course designed by Sir. Nick Faldo that is testing also low handicapers. There are some really long holes out there, that demand accuracy and length at the same time. A lot of elevation in play, so best to take a buggy for the round.
Fairway and greens in really good condition during our round. If you like a demanding round of golf, the Faldo course is the perfect setting.
This is an epic golf course and great fun to play, although you will need a buggy. There are numerous risk reward holes (most notably the Par 5 13th - elevated tee, how much of the corner do you take on?. It was in good condition, although greens a little soft. Clubhouse is nothing special and buggy provision disorganised. 5 hours and 40 minutes for a 4 ball to get round, but, hey, we're on holiday. Just enjoy the views.
Epic but only 5 balls ? not sure even the views (and yes I have played the course and the views are wonderful, especially of Aqualand Waterpark) can sustain 5 hours 40 minutes
Finca Cortesin at Algarve? Maybe! Similar setting, quality of service, course set up and maintenance, piece of land, amazing club house, crew very kind and helpful ... a really MUST!
In the middle of the trip we played this course and loved it. Really it is tough to speak about "design" when the piece of land and routing are the ones who direct your course. Of course, a good shaper and imagination around the greens is needed but Faldo has that with him so we found a fantastic course.
Brutal green speed, some nice level changes, short par 4s to go for it and other long ones like monster 10th hole (driver and hybrid for me!). Bunkers in amazing shape and with great quality of sand.
Everything starts great when you are received, your clubs go directly to the carts and you can enjoy coffee plus proshop goods before going to the amazing driving range.
About the Course ... some very high notes:
- 1st hole is a tough opener up the hill with an amazing huge green.
- Reachable 3rd is a perfect risk/reward equation ... don´t miss!
- Par 5 4th with a stream crossing at 320 yds being downhill will make you think before hitting driver.
- Par 4 8th gives you many chances of were to place your tee shot, just be smart and don't risk it too much.
- As said 10th is a monster, downhill 450yds par 4.
- Then from 12th to 17th up and down the hill you have the best views of the course and of the entire property.
- Finishing hole is another par 5 where a stream will make you think before hitting driver.
All in one a fantastic golf course and nice experience, where service is at the top. If you come to Algarve, this one has to be on the "roster".
this is part of a very good golfing complex that is part of the Oceanico Group. It is a much tougher course than the O'Connor course on site but well worth playing but high handicappers could guess it was a Faldo designed course, as it is pretty brutal unless you are hitting it long and straight
Played this course in July 16’ and apart from the constant onslaught of the staff telling me a lone single figure handicapper won’t be able to complete a round in 5 hours, It seems a sub 4 hour round is very uncommon on these type of courses. Unlike in England and private member clubs where it’s the opposite, a sub 4 hour round is the norm and is encouraged.
I absolutely loved this course, up until the 14th hole where some man and I assume his dad wouldn’t let me play through even though I told them I had a plane to catch shortly. This led to me walking in after 13 holes angry because the man and his father had held me up for nearly an hour and a half by this point and they were very rude in telling me not to go ahead of them. Personally I thought this summed up the Algarve experience, complete hacker with no clue of the etiquette wanting to play a course with a famous name to it. Despite him seeing I was evidently birdieing or parring the holes, he was adamant he and his elderly father would be quicker.
Anyway, the holes and course are absolutely fantastic. I played it on a hot afternoon and there was no wind which made this a relatively easy course until you get around the greens. They are very big and the greenside bunkers are very big too and you quite often would hit a shot that looks on target but due to the depth perception you would end up a club short on the green.
The course is a lot more undulating than first looks and it really made for some spectacular views of the whole resort but also with the large sprawling fairway bunkers dotted about the pristine fairways, this really is a great course.
The staff and services are excellent of course but my one gripe would be the putting surfaces, whilst very true, were a little bit spoiled in places but that’s purely due to the endless amount of fourballs and societies they cram on.
Really enjoyed my round apart from the incredibly rude people I encountered, I would definitely go back.
Having played this course recently I have to say it is thoroughly enjoyable. The course is the neighbour of the O'Connor course and in my mind is much better. We played here on a windy day which made it even harder, but right from the off you have to focus. I loved holes 3, 4 11,12,13, 14 and 18 as well as the very long 10th. The course was in great condition. I find sometimes that the 6 ball ranking system is not quite enough as I would love to give this a 5.5.