Vilamoura (Victoria) - Algarve - Portugal

Dom Pedro Golf,
Victoria Course,
Caminho da Fonte do Ulme,
8125-406 Vilamoura,
Portugal


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After an investment of €18m in 2004, the fifth golf course at Vilamoura opened for play. Arnold Palmer designed the Victoria and it’s a big layout that was built with tournament play in mind. One year after opening, the course hosted the WGC World Cup, which resulted in a Stephen Dodd and Bradley Dredge Welsh team victory.

In 2007, Oceânico Golf, former owners and operators of a group of seven Vilamoura courses, secured the inaugural Portugal Masters. Englishman Steve Webster won the first event with an impressive 25 under par total. The Portugal Masters has been held on the Victoria course ever since.

In some ways, the Victoria is similar to the South course at the K Club, but naturally the weather here on the Algarve is much warmer. The hazards are severe and you may settle for the safe option and a few three putts by aiming to hit these huge, fast and undulating greens in regulation. Keeping out of the numerous water hazards and the threatening bunkers will pay dividends on this relatively flat course.

In 2016, the operator Dom Pedro Golf acquired five courses from Oceânico Golf: Vilamoura Old Course, Victoria, Pinhal, Laguna and Millennium.

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Description: After an investment of €18m in 2004, the fifth golf course at Vilamoura opened for play. Arnold Palmer designed the Victoria and it’s a big layout that was built with tournament play in mind. Rating: 6.7 out of 10 Reviews: 35
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Darren

It was OK. The Old Course and Monte Rei are the best two in the Algarve, no doubt at all. I also prefer Vila Sol, though only just. This course is well maintained and has great facilities, but it is not worth the large price tag. At this money, I'd rather play Monte Rei time and time again! I agree that the course is a little flat. Sure, the holes have been sculptured, but overall the elavation changes through the 18 holes are not what you'd expect from a £100 golf course. Don't be put off playing it, but it's just not the sort of course I'd return back to.

May 07, 2008
4 / 10
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Lee Abbey
Theres obviously been some money spent here to make this a typical european tour course. You can take that as a complaint or a complement depending on your course preference. For me I'd rather play an honest traditional course but that doesn't detract from the fact that the course is still highly enjoyable. Plenty of risk and reward shots with a fair amount of water. With stadium type golf I like to see something truly spectacular on the course design - even over the top. This doesn't have it. There is still no denying it's worth a round here if only so you can compare yourself to the big boys for the nest couple of years.
November 05, 2007
6 / 10
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Andy Newmarch
Currently the baby of the Vilamoura courses, the Arnold Palmer design opened in 2004 and was granted the golf World Cup event in 2005. From 2007 until 2010, the new European Tour event, ‘Portugal Masters’ makes it’s home here. From my introduction it is clear that this course has been built as a tournament course and for that reason, it is a success story. My personal view is one that stadium/tournament courses are not my cup of tea. There is a very open feel to the course and massive greens which make ‘greens in regulation’ that much easier but ‘putts per green’ that much harder. Great part of the course is around holes 11, 12 and 13 (known as Victoria corner), that feature one of each par, each with water your main enemy. No doubt this will be loved by some golfers but only liked by me. It will be interesting to watch the European tour players later this month.
October 08, 2007
4 / 10
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Gareth Williams

I have to say I'm not a huge fan of modern courses where the earth has clearly moved but I found this course something special. The condition was just stunning throughout the course and it was so appealing on the eye. The course starts with a few great rollercoaster par 4's before 2 par 5's in the next 3 holes which tempt the big hitter but require great accuracy - missing on the wrong side is not an option. As you enter the back 9 the water comes into play on virtually every hole, with many greens nestling on rocks above the water line. It's stunning to look at, the greens are a real challenge as they have significant slopes and the closing few holes offer a real challenge. For me it even just snuck it over the Old Course!

October 22, 2006
8 / 10
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Mike Bailey
the course was in very good nick and the facilities were exceptional, but overall I was left a little disappointed. Having played many of the top courses on the Algarve I was expecting something special, but although it was a good track, it was pretty flat and featureless. The staff in the clubhouse were clearly still in WGC mode. For the cost, there are many courses in the area thatI would choose before playing this one again - Vilamoura No 1 in particular
September 26, 2006
4 / 10
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D Trimble
February 15, 2008
Reading this review of Victoria, I simply fail to recognise it . To say it is "flat and featureless" beggars belief unless you are a member of Royal Nepal. The back 9 is magnificent with 17 and 18 providing a grandstand finish.