Amendoeira (O'Connor) - Algarve - Portugal

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


  • +351 (0) 282 320 820

  • Jon Schauder

  • Christy O'Connor Jr.

  • Joaquim Sequeira

The future is bright for Christy O'Connor Junior's course at Amendoeira Golf Resort, which opened in October 2008, in fact, the architect “wanted one hole where it was just oranges”…

Christy O'Connor Junior explained: “I wanted one hole where it was just oranges. The whole of this part of the Algarve is blessed with thousands of acres of orange groves and I wanted to bring some inside the course as well. I have managed to create such a hole, the fifth, which has orange groves left and right and should be a real beauty to play. There is also a huge orange grove off to the left on the fourth hole.”

Part of the Amendoeira Golf Resort, which is located in the central Algarve district of Silves, the O’Connor course is a perfect complement to its highly rated sibling, the Faldo course, and this pair of 18-hole championship layouts are supplemented by a floodlit 9-hole par three track and a couple of practice chipping and putting areas – all that you might expect at a high-end modern golf complex.

Water, in the shape of ponds, creeks and wetland areas, comes into play at many of the holes, particularly on the front nine, so golfers of a nervous disposition are advised to stock up on golf balls before taking on this tough little cookie. Par threes at the 3rd and 6th are feature holes on the outward half, with pushed shots on either hole resulting in a wet golf ball.

The inward half presents a number of memorable holes, though the first of these at the par four 10th might be remembered for the wrong reasons because the acute angle of the right dogleg on this par four might be regarded as a little too severe by many. The 374-metre 18th hole also doglegs towards the target, but a little more gently this time, as the fairway rises slowly towards the two-tiered home green.

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Description: The future is bright for the Christy O'Connor Jnr. course at the Amendoeira Resort, which opened in October 2008, in fact, the architect “wanted one hole where it was just oranges”… Rating: 6.3 out of 10 Reviews: 13
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Josh

Back when I last played the O'Connor course it was a part of 7 'Oceanico' courses which featured it's brother on the same site (Faldo) and then 5 a journey away in Vilamoura. I've played probably 15 or so courses now in this part of Portugal and I look back on the O'Connor with fond memories.

We were told before we played both courses at the Amendoeira resort that the Faldo was hillier and tougher whilst the O'Connor was the flatter and more forgiving course. Whilst I very much enjoyed both courses here, the Faldo is probably the better layout with big carries from tees and a great expanse of land.

The O'Connor is not to be frowned upon however. After playing the first few holes, you seem to venture off out on a deliberate out and back which is strange for an inland course in Portugal. The land is kind of tight in contrast to the Faldo where it's given more room. With that being said however it still doesn't feel tight and still offers a great test of golf as well as scoring opportunities.

I think most people would come here to play the Faldo, you can see the difference between the expanse of land and the more desert layout which is almost the opposite with the O'Connor. The Faldo benefits from beautiful and fancy bunkering whereas it's brother's are more bland.

May 07, 2022
6 / 10
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Lewis Whiteley

A good second course for a resort like Amendoeira, where the faldo's challenge is the bunkering the o'connor is protected by water on over half the holes. Definitely the easier course however and less pleasing on the eye due to the flat land the course is on.

A perfectly good course if wanting to get away for a golf weekend in a group with varying abilities however for serious golfers i would perhaps look elsewhere.

November 23, 2021
3 / 10
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Mark

Fond memories of a great trip with friends, not too far from some great nightlife for those looking for a mixture of good golf courses and nightlife.

June 10, 2020
6 / 10
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Peter Handcock

I personally prefer the O'Connor to the Faldo. It is much easier and far more enjoyable, and you don't feel like you're getting beaten up. Perfect course for an evening round in a buggy. Holes do get quite repetitive in the middle. Well worth a trip IMO

March 16, 2020
5 / 10
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Gary Ross

Often seen as the poor companion to the Faldo. Have played this course over 20 times over the last 10 years. Certainly compared to the Faldo it is flat and less inspiring but it is always in great condition and compliments the Faldo. The course has grown on me over the years and less busy than other courses in Vilamoura. Set up at this resort is good and improved catering now supplements the accommodation. Superior Villas are outstanding and for groups this resort is superb. The O'Connor can punish those who push shots but all standards can be catered with the various different tee boxes.

July 14, 2019
8 / 10
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Dan Hare

Played with a society and we found it very playable and great fun. The part where you play alongside and under a flyover is a bit strange, but other than that we really enjoyed it, particularly the uphill 9th and 18ths that finish under the very comfortable terrace.

Excellent staff, and much more fun than the Faldo.

December 30, 2018
6 / 10
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Sandro M. Muffat

This is the second course at the Amendoeirra resort and a little bit less challenging than the Faldo course, but also some really nice holes with a lot of water in play. Like the Faldo course also really interesting layout and makes fun to play. Really nice finishing hole with the clubhouse sitting above the green.

October 09, 2018
6 / 10
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alan adam

much more holiday course than the Faldo track on site but still a great layout and in excellent condition--the odd weak hole here and there , but some great others make it a treat to play--always in great nick and good speed on the greens

April 17, 2017
8 / 10
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Nicholas Kjelgaard

There are some nice holes, but there is no variation on the course. The greens were slow where we expected more. We played this two days ago and we are struggling to remember the course. Having played a lot of courses in the Algarve this is not a course I would go back to. However I like traditional courses and this being a manufatured course for me to rank this highly it has to be good. If you like manufactured courses then go for it.

June 13, 2016
4 / 10
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richard
Played this course several times , it's by far the best of the Oceanico courses . Last played late October 2012 on a mixed day of sunshine followed by torrential rain - amazingly the greens never became unplayable and were still true .Love the first hole , huge landing area with water hazards on all four sides - nice straight drive rewards with a nice approach to this tricky Par 5Expensive but worth it if you can get a deal .
November 14, 2012
8 / 10
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