Vilamoura (Pinhal) - Algarve - Portugal

Dom Pedro Golf,
Pinhal Course,
Apartado 970,
8126-912 Vilamoura,
Portugal


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The Pinhal is one of the older courses at the sprawling Vilamoura golf complex, opening as a Frank Pennink-designed layout in the mid-1970s. A decade later, Robert Trent Jones was called in to revamp the Pinhal so it’s one of a select few European courses to bear the stamp of the American master golf architect.

Holes are draped over a rolling landscape with many of the fairways lined by canopies of umbrella and Atlantic pines. Consequently, some of the holes can feel a little tight in places as the playing corridors have narrowed over time. Water hazards, in the shape of a stream and some small ponds, come into play at a handful of holes but they never threaten to dominate proceedings.

There’s a demanding start to the round at Pinhal with a couple of lusty par fours and a pair of long par fives to tackle in the first four holes. The par three 8th is also a tough nut, played across water to a two-tiered green protected by four bunkers.

On the back nine, the short par four 11th doglegs 90 degrees to the left, followed by two par threes at 12 and 14 that play either side of a testing, uphill par five where both the drive and second shot are blind.
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Description: The Pinhal is one of the older courses at the sprawling Vilamoura golf complex, opening as a Frank Pennink-designed layout in the mid-1970s. Rating: 6 out of 10 Reviews: 2
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Peter O'Donnell

I really liked Pinhal. It's not built on the same scale as many of the newer courses on the Algarve, but it feels more natural (or maybe traditional). It's an easy walk and playable for all standards. There is more room off the tee than the tree-lined would have you believe. A number of memorable holes and good value too.

May 31, 2018
6 / 10
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O G Lloyd
If the organisers of the world longest driving championship are looking for a patch of grass to hold the event then surely they should contact this club and hold it on their enourmous driving range! What a monster of a range, surely the envy of many clubs round the world, and close to the clubhouse bar area too! Anyway we thoroughly enjoyed this course, lots of variety on every holes, plenty of doglegs, streams at strategic points between fairways and greens. Similar to the old course and vilasol courses in that it also has the umbrella pines lining each hole but didn't think the trees on this course weren't as over bearing as those other courses around vilamoura. A course for all handicaps i think as it's not too long and longer hitters could risk driving cutting the numerous doglegs on this course.Favourite holes were the short par 4's 4th and 15th. Only two gripes were the slighty untidy tees and the grass on the fairways was a little long but greens were excellent. On the whole a pleasant surprise and recommended if your'e planning a trip out there.
November 28, 2012
6 / 10
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Jakob
October 17, 2015
Played this course twice late september '15. Liked the lay-out a lot. Matches the Old and the QdL courses in my opinion. Especially the front9 has a grelt natural flow. The condition of the teeboxes and greens however were not good.