Oceanico (Faldo) - Algarve - Portugal

Oceânico Golf,
Amendoeira Golf Resort,
Morgado da Lameira,
8365-023 Alcantarilha,
Portugal


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  • Jon Schauder

  • Sir Nick Faldo

  • Joaquim Sequeira


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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.

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”.

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Description: Faldo’s course at Amendoeira 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. Rating: 5 out of 6 Reviews: 10

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.

5 / 6
Oceanico (Faldo)
October 09, 2018


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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.

5 / 6
Oceanico (Faldo)
May 31, 2018


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David Oliver
August 26, 2018

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 Oceanico (Faldo) Golf Course - Photo by reviewer 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 Oceanico (Faldo) Golf Course - Photo by reviewer 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".

5 / 6
Oceanico (Faldo)
May 16, 2018


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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

5 / 6
Oceanico (Faldo)
April 17, 2017


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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.

5 / 6
Oceanico (Faldo)
October 24, 2016


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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.

5 / 6
Oceanico (Faldo)
June 21, 2016


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Excellent course with a wide variety of holes between the hillside and the valley. Par 4's of varying lengths, strong par 3's and one par 5 nearly 700 yards long. Excellent condition, greens, tees and fairways. One tip, take a buggy as this is not an easy course to walk.
6 / 6
Oceanico (Faldo)
November 14, 2015


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A real brute of a golf course. The course winds in between the rocky hills of the algarve, and is a real masterpiece from faldo. A must visit for a tough golf challenge, but a buggy is a necessity! Summer rates can be expensive but junior rates are often free around this awesome new track!
5 / 6
Oceanico (Faldo)
June 22, 2015


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We played this course 2 days ago. It was supposed to be the top course from our package of 4 Oceanico courses (Old Course, Victoria and Millenium).Even with an overall impressive design, playing so many blind shots (tee shots and second shots as well) is not very common and not very pleasant.It is a great golf course but not the best of the 4 we've played here in Algarve.
4 / 6
Oceanico (Faldo)
May 14, 2015


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I'm not a fan of Faldo designs and they are not a fan of me. I'm not sure he wants you to enjoy playing his courses. I think he wants to catch you out. By the 18th I was pretty sure he really did not like me at all. You can find yourself with impossible angles very easily here. You can see drives turn sideways off of humps. you can see shots creep onto the edge of the green run out of steam and gather pace as they fall off the side into infinity bunkers. Never the less after 6 rounds over 5 days we preferred it to the O'Connor. Its a challenge, and overcoming it, though not always possible, is certainly rewarding. The course enjoys excellent routing and dramatic elevation changes, carries and hazards. A fine resort course and an excellent complex offering 5 star facilities. Just lacking a bit of atmosphere for me. Worth a look because it is so different.
4 / 6
Oceanico (Faldo)
May 05, 2015


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