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.
A boring front 9 makes way to a back 9 with some cracking holes. It shares a nice clubhouse with the Millennium Course, of which is also a fairly bland course. Both are beautifully maintained however, making them both enjoyable to play and also affordable.
Like its siblings, perfectly acceptable for a society golf trip - the shuttle buses etc all work well from a few hotels - but not a destination for a two or four ball. Slow, sometimes poor condition, uninspiring golf.
I wouldn't describe this as a poor golf course, just bland and uninspiring. There are some tough holes and plenty of water to keep you on your toes, but sitting in the bar after the round we were already struggling to remember some of the holes.
A previous review mentioned unrepaired pitch marks, but unfortunately that is to be expected given the visiting groups allowed to hack their way round here.