Pinheiros Altos (Pines & Olives) - Algarve - Portugal

Pinheiros Altos Campo de Golfe,
Apartado 2168,
Quinta do Lago,
8135-863 Amancil,
Portugal


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  • Brian Evans

  • Ronald Fream (1992)

  • Eddie Charnack and Steve Harden


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Pinheiros Altos opened in 1992 and it’s a course in two parts. The front nine called “Pines” is routed across an umbrella pine clad sandy hillside and the back nine – called “Olives” – in complete contrast, is routed across comparatively open flatter parkland bordering the Ria Formosa nature reserve, where vast expanses of water wait to catch the wayward shot.

Designed by Californian architect Ronald Fream, Pinheiros Altos underwent a back-nine makeover by Peter McEvoy and Howard Swan shortly after opening.

“Visitors will remember the par three 17th, with its island green, set invitingly within a lake, a mere 136 yards away.” Wrote Michael Gedye in his Golfer’s Guide Portugal. “With sloping edges and one deep, magnetic sand trap, it requires good club selection in any breeze and a positive shot.”

Pinheiros Altos opened an additional 9-hole loop in 2007, named “Corks”, designed by Portuguese architect George Santana da Silva.

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Description: Pinheiros Altos is a course in two parts. The front nine is routed across an umbrella pine clad sandy hillside and the back nine, in complete contrast, is routed across comparatively open flatter parkland... Rating: 4.5 out of 6 Reviews: 6

Played today and yesterday, lovely sunny days and surprisingly empty, 3.5 hour round despite some typical green to tee trips. Our feeling was that Pines and Cork are the best nines, Olive was a bit boring including a dull 600 yard par five that made one question golf as a pleasurable pursuit. Nice terrace for post round analysis and refreshments. Definitely worth playing but lacking the wow factor of some local peers.

4 / 6
Pinheiros Altos (Pines & Olives)
October 21, 2017


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This course should be a lot higher in the rankings. Played as second course of a three course trip. Club house was great. Practise facilities were excellent. Played pines and olives. Greens very firm but true. But also very large. Round was quite long which wasn't ideal. But as a group we decided this was the best overall course we played on this trip. It's not as good as San Lorenzo or the old course. But would certainly recommend this course. Star holes are the 7th and 8th. Short par 4 with green over water then short 8th island par 3. Par 3 18th is also a great hole. I would rank this course alongside VdL courses. Highly recommend

6 / 6
Pinheiros Altos (Pines & Olives)
May 13, 2017


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It is a shame they added an extra nine here as I would imagine the original 18 was a good track. The new nine however is just a field with some holes filled with water. Additionally the course needs some work, the greens were good but in general the fairways need a lot of work to bring up to the other courses in the area.
3 / 6
Pinheiros Altos (Pines & Olives)
May 29, 2015


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November 30, 2015
So very disappointing. Having read the reviews we booked 2 games here. Sorry,but never again. The course itself is beautiful and the Tees and fairways were generally excellent, but my god, the greens, they were shocking. Ok,it's November but even so. The Olives course we're just acceptable, but the Pines and the Corks were truly dreadful and to make it even worse we had booked our games online, so no refund. Use or lose. The staff etc. that we dealt with were great and the layouts and designs are super,but sorry the greens will stop this golfer from returning, especially when Vale de Lobo is down the road and is in super condition, everywhere.
Played Olives then Pines on Saturday, fabulous! A buggy is a must- only 30 Euros-as some long walks in between tees. Both courses in superb condition, excellent practice area with free range balls. Better greens than San Lorenzo, almost as nice a layout. Some great holes with super water features, masive greens. Got round without any hold ups and we did not tee off until 1.30pm. Short par 3 8th on Olives is beautiful. There are many more great holes too.
5 / 6
Pinheiros Altos (Pines & Olives)
October 12, 2009


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Played the 'Corks' and 'Olives' in Sept 2009 and they were a delight. The Corks nine is fairly straightforward to start with, easing you into the round nicely. It is open and allows you to open the shoulders a bit. As you near the end of the nine things start to tighten up a bit and the Olives course is a bigger challenge. There are some long holes with water everywhere and shorter ones that you really have to pick your way through, dropping accurately placed iron shots on to the spaces between bunkers and ponds. It's not a place to be struggling with the irons. The greens are massive, but not only that, they are slick and have plenty of subtle (and less subtle slopes), in some senses they are, along with the water, the key to the courses defence.The 17th island green is lovely, but even lovlier if you hit it. The 18th is a good hole too - with a steep par 4 just what's needed after a long round in the hot sun. Nevertheless a pleasant patio'd lunch and drinking area welcomes the tired golfer. It is a good course, worth a visit, the facilities and club house are splendid. I would also add that the course is a delight for the nature lover and bird watcher, there are a whole host of different species there and a lot of information around about them. It adds to the experience. Although the ducks can be a little noisy on the backswing.
5 / 6
Pinheiros Altos (Pines & Olives)
September 23, 2009


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Played here in May 2009. we were allotted Pines and Corks consequently missing the signature on Olives. It was still a very enjoyable round with some really challenging holes (especially in the high winds that were prevailing that day). Parts of the course are still bedding in, and I will go back there in 4 or 5 years time.
4 / 6
Pinheiros Altos (Pines & Olives)
May 14, 2009


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