Designed by the late American architect Joseph Lee in 1990, the Vilamoura Laguna course was formerly known as the 27-hole Vilamoura III layout. Nine holes went over to create the Millennium course and so the Laguna course now stands on its own two feet as a pure 18-hole golf course.
The Laguna course is laid out over flat, low-lying ground and this well bunkered layout with a strong links-like feel is very different in style to the other Vilamoura courses. With plenty of lateral water and few trees, this 6,111-metre, exposed course can play tough to get when the wind is up.
The Laguna shares a clubhouse with its half sister the Millennium course, so the two layouts represent a possible but potentially exhausting 36-hole opportunity.