Vale do Lobo (Royal) - Algarve - Portugal

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


  • +351 289 353 535

  • Hernani Estevao

  • Henry Cotton, Rocky Roquemore

  • António Sobrinho


Vale do Lobo is the Algarve’s most senior golf resort, founded in 1962 and it is currently the largest luxury resort in Portugal. Much has happened at the Vale since Sir Henry Cotton laid out the fist course at Vale do Lobo in the early 60s. Cotton’s original layout has been split in half to form two new courses, the Royal and the Ocean and many houses have sprung up around the course, creating some rather long walks between greens and tees.

The Royal course is widely regarded as the better of Vale do Lobo’s two layouts. American architect Rocky Roquemore laid out the nine new holes in the late 90s, which are routed over gently undulating ground further inland. Thirteen holes from the Royal course are combined with five holes from the Ocean course to form the composite layout, which was used to stage the Portuguese Open in 2003. It will therefore come as no surprise that the Royal course is a supremely challenging test of golf.

Undoubtedly the star of the Royal course is the par three 16th. This cliff top signature hole measures 224 yards from the back tees. This is probably the most photographed hole in Portuguese golf and the view from the back tee which is perched on the edge of the cliff is one of our all-time favourites. This is a stunning hole without a shadow of doubt and it makes the pricey green fee worthwhile.

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Description: Vale do Lobo is the Algarve’s most senior golf resort, founded in 1962 and it is currently the largest luxury resort in Portugal. The Royal course mixes nine of Henry Cotton's original holes with nine fashioned by Rocky Roquemore in the 1990s. Rating: 5.8 out of 10 Reviews: 25
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barry moulder
Personally I don't agree with the reviews below. I turned up before 1030 and was informed of the buggy policy. However the staff were very quick to offer me another tee time just after 1030 as I didn't want the buggy. The course itself was very good, I agree it wasn't the longest but you had to be straight from the tee otherwise you could rack up a score. The greens were exceptional, fast and true and you had to be on the right part of the greens to have a chance. The variety of holes were good and there were some brilliant holes, the 6th, 11th, 15th and of course 16th were excellent. The only disappointment I felt was after watching tournaments on tv I didn't recognize some of the holes but was told by a member that the best holes from both courses were used when tournaments were held there. Apart from that I really enjoyed it and having played 2 vilamoura courses a few days earlier this was far superior in every way, most of all it was fun and that surely is the whole point of golf.
May 11, 2009
8 / 10
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steven Baker
I have to say I was a little disappointed with this course, we turned up for an early tee off time and was told that buggies were compulsory before 10.30 adding £45 to the round and as we were a 3 ball that meant £90. A little boring all through the houses and one saving grace the famous 16th over the ravine. apart from that overpriced and very mediocre
March 21, 2009
4 / 10
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Mondeo
Decent value and a half decent golf course - very picturesque. Too many spike marks on the greens by mid afternoon.
September 24, 2008
4 / 10
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Warren K
Good Trek and some good golf holes. Unfortunately the course appears unfinished in places and it takes forever to get from green to next tee box! Greens were slow and some had brown patches too. All in all far below what I expected or hoped!
October 17, 2007
4 / 10
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Mark Jeffery
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!
August 17, 2006
6 / 10
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