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: 6.6 out of 10 Reviews: 11
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Bernhard Koehler
Good golf course in good condition, but if you be there, try the faldo course, this is by far the better one!
May 25, 2009
6 / 10
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jim
May 26, 2009
Both courses in excellent condition.The greens are the fastest I've ever played. I prefer the O' Connor course. The Faldo seems a bit too "tricked up" for me.
Ally McIntosh
May 28, 2009
The two courses are very different and aimed at a different market. The O'Connor course is an easier walk and undoubtedly more playable for the high handicapper. The Faldo course unfortunately necessitates a buggy due to some big green to tee walks. The course, based more on an Arizona desert setting, has big bold shaping which may not be to everyone's tastes. However, it has had plenty of strategic thought put in to the design and thus ensures the golfer has to think about his shot choice. The Faldo course will be the one they are pushing for the Pro events. As an aside, the off-course and practice facilities are absolutely top-end. No expense spared.