Vale da Pinta - Algarve - Portugal

Pestana Resort,
Vale da Pinta,
Apartado 1011,
8401-908 Carvoeiro,

  • +351 282 340 900

  • Rui Gago

  • Ronald Fream

  • Carlos Ribeiro

Visit for a golf holiday at Vale da Pinta

The Algarve region of Portugal is home to a number of Europe’s Top 100 golf courses, much of which is due to its ideal terrain and weather conditions. As a consequence any golf course built on the Algarve has to achieve very high standards of design and management not to be looked upon as inferior. The Vale da Pinta golf course, set in the Pestana Golf Resort near Carvoeiro in the Western Algarve, is a course that accepts the ‘quality’ label with ease.

Vale da Pinta was designed by American architect Ronald Fream and inaugurated in 1992. A par 71 layout measuring 6,115 metres from the back tees, Fream has created a wonderful test of golf. He has used the natural landscape of rolling hills, olive groves and other indigenous trees and vegetation combined with a couple of man-made lakes to superb effect. The whole course is framed by the Monchique Hills. Every golfer cannot help but be inspired to achieve their best golf, something that many of the holes will demand.

Tight fairways, doglegs and an assortment of well placed hazards make shot-making and accuracy paramount at Vale da Pinta. A good example of this would be the par five 4th hole. Measuring 512 metres from the back tee, it requires a long and accurate uphill tee-shot towards a marker post, made all the tougher by a fairway bordered by rough on the right and out of bounds on the left. The rest of the hole then stretches away downhill, but caution is required as the olive and carob trees encroach and narrow the fairway significantly. Cleverly placed bunkers and a superb undulating green all add to the sense of relief if par is made.

There is no let up on the next tee, because Fream has designed a cracking par three measuring 168 metres. Played from a very elevated tee to a shallow, wide green with bunkers and water all around. Hitting the green is paramount and made all the harder by the often present wind.

Other holes of note are the 9th, a par four measuring 373 metres. It’s an excellent hole that rewards a long drive over the dogleg with a short approach to a deceptively long green – check the wind first though. The 13th – a par four of only 336 metres – on paper should be relatively simple, however a stroke index of 1 tells the true story of this hole. From the tee a large lake and bunker on the far bank ensure that a very good strike will be required to clear this combination of hazards. Taking the safer route right of the water will be the best decision however this still leaves a tricky approach to a shallow green well protected by sand. Finally, the 18th is a wonderful par five finishing hole measuring 581 metres and will require three long straight shots. A par here is a great finish.

Vale da Pinta has many excellent, testing holes and will definitely keep golfers of all standard thinking until the very last putt. A delightful course in a superb location.
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Description: The Vale da Pinta golf course, set in the Pestana Golf Resort near Carvoeiro in the Western Algarve, is a course that accepts the ‘quality’ label with ease. Rating: 5 out of 6 Reviews: 2

Classic undulating course built amongst purpose built low rise apartments and villas just outside Lagoa. Very easy to find, just a short way off the main road. Had a very early tee time and set off as the sun was rising. Great scene with the mist lifting. A really lovely course, that IMO is far more interesting than my previous Algarve preference of San Lorenzo. Every hole feels totally different and requires you to think rather than smash your way round. Staff friendly and turned up on a day when the members were playing a competition. Atmosphere felt just like my own club, but with sunshine added. The bunkers were all in good condition as were the greens, although struggled with my putting as the moisture from the previous night’s heavy storm evaporated and they speeded up. Given the heavy rainfall the preceding days, the fairways were well drained and not too boggy. Perhaps a bit too challenging for beginners, but definitely worth a trip.
5 / 6
Vale da Pinta
October 28, 2013

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I have played Pinta a number of times and it is allways in great condition, the par 3's are the holes that stay in the mind as they are all very stong holes, bunkers a filled with loads of soft white sand and often very difficult to walk out of let alone get the ball out! Summer months they offer a great evening deal after 4pm with a green fee for 30 euros which you can call ahead and book, they offer a good deal at the sister course Gramacho for 20 euros. Well worth a vist to both whilst o holiday.
5 / 6
Vale da Pinta
July 13, 2007

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