Vale do Lobo Resort

Five Star Algarve Golf Resorts

Vale do Lobo, Algarve

Sitting on the magnificent coast of Southern Portugal, the renowned Vale Do Lobo is one of Europe’s best all-encompassing golf resorts. Both the Vale Do Lobo Royal course and the Vale Do Lobo Ocean course, are epic layouts in their own right and rank among the best golf courses in Portugal. While the Royal would be considered the leading course, it is the combination of the two contrasting courses that makes Vale Do Lobo so special.

Vale Do Lobo is located in a prime spot in the center of the Algarve, just 25 minutes from Faro Airport, the resort is within easy reach of the local beaches and the popular town of Vilamoura. The opulence and style of the accommodation at Vale Do Lobo Resort are known to be among the Algarve’s finest, designed for those who like a little extra luxury, there are an astounding 15 restaurants and The Royal Spa for guests to enjoy.

3 Nights,
2 Rounds Package

From 349£ P/P Bed and Breakfast Drink on Arrival Airport Transfer

5 Nights,
3 Rounds Package

From 505£ P/P Bed and Breakfast Drink on Arrival Airport Transfer

7 Nights,
5 Rounds Package

From 725£ P/P Bed and Breakfast Drink on Arrival Airport Transfer

Accommodation

Vale do Lobo is one of Europe’s most exclusive resorts, having offered luxury golf holidays in Portugal since its inauguration in 1962. Your stay will be based in stunning residences, ranging from simple apartments to private villas, all fully equipped and serviced daily by a personal maid.

There are standard, superior and deluxe self catered units, all of which are spacious and comfortable, while the upgraded versions are decorated and furnished in an exquisite designer fashion.

The resort itself is perfectly formulated to provide a wonderful holiday for couples, groups and families who want a little bit of extra luxury, while the two golf outstanding golf courses are among Portugal’s best.

The Royal Spa at Vale do Lobo is the total relaxation and rejuvenation experience, where the sound of running water melts into the scent of essential oils. The spa’s ethos is to provide the total range of treatments, from natural herbal remedies and traditional Oriental cures to the latest vitamin-enriched treatments and cosmetic medicine. Overlooking the golf courses, the resort’s fitness centre is complete with the latest Technogym equipment and a wide range of free weights.

Vale do Lobo has 15 first-class restaurants, most of which are to be found around the beachside Praça area, which serve the best in international cuisine.

Golf Courses at Vale do Lobo Resort

Royal Golf Course

Vale do Lobo’s Royal Course boasts some spectacular holes, not least of which is the cliff-top 16th hole which has effectively become the face of golf in the Algarve.

Although it is a par-3, the green is set some 238 yards away on the opposite side of a series of plunging cliffs and standing on the tee facing the stunning sandstone cliffs, with a gleaming white sandy beach and the Atlantic Ocean to your left is undoubtedly one of the most exhilarating experiences in world golf.

The legendary Sir Henry Cotton’s design has been revised by Rocky Roquemore in recent years, and continues to delight visitors year after year thanks to its amazing surroundings and the sweeping elevation changes that define the layout and provide much of the challenge, in addition to of course, the tight fairways that are bordered by mature umbrella pines that are so indicative of golf courses in the Algarve.

Course Information

Par 72
Designed by Sir H. Cotton/R. Roquemore
Opened for play 1997
Did you know? The only two ‘hole in ones’ on par 4’s on the Royal Course were both achieved in 2000: by Mr Geoffrey Widdowson on the 376 yard 4th and by Mr Francesco Vazzana on the 442 yard 17th.

Tees

White 6,626 yards SSS 73
Yellow 6,208 yards SSS 71
Red 5,368 yards SSS 73

Signature Hole – No. 16: Par 3, 234 yards (White Tees)

There is little question that the 16th on the Royal Course at Vale do Lobo is the course’s signature hole and it is arguably the signature golfing experience one can enjoy in the whole of the Algarve. This is a brute of a par 3 which can be played one of two ways. Either take on the forced carry over the cliffs to the large green or, if you don’t have the required firepower, take the long way around, utilising the small patch of fairway the right right. This might be the more sensible option for many but few will be able to resist having a crack at the green on such an iconic hole.

The Vale do Lobo Royal Course is ranked as one of the best golf courses in Portugal

Ocean Golf Course

The Ocean Course differs greatly to its neighbour; while the cliff-top Royal demands accuracy above all else, the Ocean allows golfers to use their creativity to great effect. Many of the holes run alongside a nature reserve, before the course winds down to the shoreline, where you can enjoy unparalleled views up and down the coast. The Ocean is a combination of two nine hole loops designed by Sir Henry Cotton & Rocky Roquemore who added the newer nine in 2003, and is a gem of a course that will satisfy even the most demanding golfer.

Perhaps seen as the “second” course at Vale do Lobo, the Ocean might not get the praise it deserves as it’s an excellent course in its own right, and a handful of the holes take you as close to the sea as you’re going to get in the Algarve. These holes, which come towards and middle of the round and into the back nine, are the truly memorable holes on the course and the 15th in particular is a stunner, almost rivalling the famous par 3 16th on the Royal for wow factor.

Course Information

Par 72
Designed by Sir H. Cotton/R. Roquemore
Opened for play 1968 – Updated in 2003
Did you know? Football Manager Louis Van Gaal once said of the Ocean Course: ‘I love playing the Ocean Golf Course as I always seem to play better on there! The views are also outstanding and you can feel the sea air wafting around you as you take in the scenery and enjoy the greens.’

Tees

White 6,712 yards SSS 74
Yellow 6,116 yards SSS 71
Red 5,494 yards SSS 74

Previously hosted: The Algarve Golf Open (1971), Portuguese Golf Open (1976, 2002, 2003), Open Foursomes Golf tournament (Since 1983), Portuguese Golf Ladies’ Open (1985, 1987).

 

Practice Facilities

 

Vale Do Lobo also provides a golf academy, with two distinct areas. There is a netted area for the instruction of beginner golfers, which is also used as a warm up area.  A short game practice area with bunkers is also available. This can be used by golfers to warm up before a game and as an instruction area used by the expert Vale Do Lobo Golf Professionals.

 

At the Clubhouse

 

Vale Do Lobo’s clubhouse is home to Spike’s Restaurant & Bar. The terrace overlooks a pretty sculpture garden, making it an environment which both golfers and non-golfers can enjoy from breakfast through to late at night. Spike’s offers a range of snacks and club sandwiches as well as some traditional Portuguese dishes.

 

Other Information

 

The Vale do Lobo Golf Club is home to a branch of Nevada Bob’s Golf, an established global network recognised as the world’s largest chain of specialist golf stores. All of the chains outlets carry over 2,500 products including all the major brands such as Mizuno, Ping, Callaway, Taylor-made and Titleist. The golf shop will cater for every day needs such as golf balls, gloves and soft spikes, while also providing top of the range sporting apparel.

A fully equipped Fitness centre is also on site, with a physiotherapist specialising in golf injuries. Club, buggy and trolley rental and changing facilities are also available.

Vale Do Lobos dress code requires golfers to wear golf shoes with soft spikes as well as collared shirts and golf trousers or tailored shorts.

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