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Vilamoura - Vila Sol Golf Course   


Vila Sol, near Vilamoura, on the outskirts of Quarteira, was the first creation in Portugal for the famous English architect Donald Steel. He is an architect who above all likes to preserve nature and native vegetation, reducing earthmoving to the minimum by using undulating terrain to create the type of golf course that is within the English philosophy.

The course being with a rather complicated 381-metre par 4, with a very tall pine-tree about 50 metres before the green that makes the line more difficult. The green is hump backed and fast. A par here is always a good start. Next, hole is another par 4, more than 400 metres long, a classic hole.

Describing it is not worth while; the best thing to do is play it. The third one, another par 4, 385 metres long demands a second shot to a green on raised ground turning this hole into the most difficult on the course. It should be mentioned that this must be the most testing start to any Portuguese course.

The 6th is a somewhat elaborate par 5, including a lake in the middle, so we prefer the 499-metre 8th as a par 5, with a brook crossing the fairway to protect the two-tiered green.

In the second nine, there are two par 3's of excellent design, the 13th and 15th; and the 18th the only the drawback that the green is not visible from the tee. Vila Sol is very well maintained.

Driving Instructions:

27 Kms west of Faro. Turn south off the EN125 main road west of Almancil at "Quatro Estrados" (crosswords with traffic lights) towards Quarteira and Vilamoura. Vila Sol course is about a five minute drive from the crosswords, on the right.

       Course Information
       18 holes - Par 72
       Markers Length
       White 3241m
       Yellow 3094m
       Red 3079m
       Minimum Handicap
       Male -   27 Female -   35
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