I played the Royal course in May 2006 whilst staying in Vale de Lobo for a week. The course starts weakly in my opinion with a 'par 5' that from the daily tees is no more than a good drive and an 8-iron but after that the course gets better! Not that the holes are hugely long but they do require good accurate tee-shots and approach play to avoid the many bunkers. The greens are large like so many 'resort' style courses so make sure you take the right club. They were in excellent condition, quick and true. The 16th is magical especially when you walk off with a par as I did!!! All in all a good course but not great, especially in an area of such quality!
Date: August 18, 2006