Vale do Lobo (Ocean) - Algarve - Portugal

Vale do Lobo,
8135-864 Almancil,
Algarve,
Portugal


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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.

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Description: The Ocean course at Vale do Lobo is perhaps the understudy to the Royal layout, but nevertheless it’s a solid sandy course and it stands up on its own two feet. Rating: 6.4 out of 10 Reviews: 8
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Freddie

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!

April 08, 2019
6 / 10
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Sandro M. Muffat

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.

October 09, 2018
6 / 10
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Alan Swann

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.

July 08, 2018
10 / 10
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Sam Mendoza
July 09, 2018

6 ball rating?!?! seriously. its not even the best course on the complex.

Greg Babbs
Having just come back from a weeks holiday in the Algarve, this was the first course that we played (of 5).The course was in great condition, with some breathtaking views to be had on the back 9. I would recommend this course to anyone playing as one to play.
September 28, 2015
6 / 10
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Nicholas Kjelgaard
Played here in May 2015 and really enjoyed the course, holes 1, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 15 are all great holes, however there are a couple of holes that are just not up to it which stop me giving a 5 ball ranking. That being said this is by no means a bad course and asks a lot of you all the time. It is easy to end up with a sideways shot out of the trees so placement and accuracy is key,
May 29, 2015
6 / 10
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Sandy Tootill
Extremely poor condition. Greens outrageously bumpy, scarred and marked, fairways boggy in places, tees heavy with divots. An army of uniformed staff treat you with disdain and act as if they are doing you a favour letting you play, despite paying over inflated prices. They are definitely not interested in making your day enjoyable and I would not recommend anyone play this course.
October 14, 2013
1 / 10
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Dan
One of my favourite courses on the Algarve - great ambience in the clubhouse (we always arrive early for a leisurely lunch on the terrace). The course is great seaside golf - the front 9 doesn't touch the coastline much (weaving it's way through the villas). However the course comes alive on the back nine where most of the holes have tees or greens with super sea views. 15, a par 3 which runs parallel to the beach is golfing paradise. Always in good condition whenever I've played it.
August 17, 2012
8 / 10
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Geoffrey Mahony
When travelling to the algarve we always play the Royal & Ocean courses in Vale do lobo. The fairways on the ocean are wider compared to the royal and is much easier to get your drive away, plus the distance of the course is on the short side but the whole setting of the course along the beech is great. No hole is the same and the par 5 4th is a great test if you get a good drive, then only to deal with a tough but rewarding shot over water. The whole course is manicured to perfection plus the staff in the club house are always very friendly. Only draw back was it is a bit pricey @ 110 euros.
January 07, 2010
8 / 10
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