Vale do Lobo or “Valley of the Wolf”, is the Algarve’s oldest golf resort and it’s the largest luxury resort in Portugal. Sir Henry Cotton laid out 18 holes at Vale do Lobo in the early 60s but his original layout has been split in two to form the Ocean and Royal courses.
The Ocean is perhaps the understudy to the Royal course, but nevertheless it’s a solid sandy layout and it stands up on its own two feet. The newer and more open nine, which American architect Rocky Roquemore laid out in 2003, provide an opportunity in the middle of the round to open your shoulders before you head off toward the shoreline.
The handful of ocean holes, of which Vale do Lobo’s Ocean course takes its name, are really good and these beach holes are the ones which will remain etched in the memory. In fact, the Ocean course will lead you closer to the sea than any other course on the Algarve. Look out for the brilliant par three 15th, which measures 192 metres from the back tee, it rivals the brilliant par three 16th on the Royal course.
With holes flanked by umbrella pines and eucalyptus trees with greens set in delightful beach-front sites and even an authentic links-like hole, the Ocean is a varied course and one that will hold your attention. It’s well worth adding to your Algarve itinerary.
If you're after a fun, fast round in buggies with your mates, and you don't really care about the golf course, then Vale Do Lobo is a good place.
However, it isn't cheap, and I have no idea why. Both courses are quite average, and I honestly can't remember maybe 25 out of he 36 holes there.
On the Ocean course, the 15th is a lovely par 3 by the beach, and there are a few nice holes on the back nine too.
If you want a good golf course, I would bypass both VDLs, and visit Palmares (probably cheaper too), Penina or Monte Rei.
Played this on 9th September 2019, really enjoyed it. I've played it 2 or 3 times now and this is the best condition I've seen it in.
Offers a good mix of tree lined and open parkland holes down towards the beach with some great views. I know it is generally reckoned to be the weaker of the two Vale Do Lobo courses but during this week, not by much in my opinion.
The Ocean course at Vale do Lobo is nice, but the Royal is definitely the better of the two. There were some unusual holes on the royal that I didn't understand and thought weren't the best. For example the par 3 5th hole was just a pointless hole as it was just long with absolutely nothing to it. Although there were some not so great holes, there were also some excellent holes such as 6 which was a great par 4 with water all down the right and the par 3 15th was also a fantastic hole. Overall the course is good however there are better ones in the area!
One of two courses at the Vale de Lobo resort, maybe not as good as the Royal course but also really nice to play. Some wonderful holes with great ocean views like the par 4 14th and the par 3 15 hole. Also a lot of elevation on this course, it starts with a dwonhill tee shot and ends with an interesting uphill and really short par 5 hole.
Because of the nice ocean view I can only recommend the course but if you have a chance play also the Royal course.
A course I would play every day. Very different holes make this a real test.
Some of the views as you take your first sight of the ocean are just incredible.
Having played the Royal course too I don't think that is a patch on the Ocean course, which has been in superb condition on the 2 occasions I have played it.
6 ball rating?!?! seriously. its not even the best course on the complex.