General

Crowne Plaza Vilamoura has a unique, prime location. Situated right on Vilamoura beach. Next to the Casino and a few meters from the internationally renowned Vilamoura Marina. This is the perfect hotel for your next golf holiday in the Algarve.

You will find a unique space, ready to welcome you, where nothing has been left to chance. Hospitality, comfort and quality will always be present, to enjoy moments of great relaxation and undoubtedly a memorable golfing holiday. With modern and comfortable decor, this hotel with direct access to the beach, offers a total of 323 rooms and suites, all with private balcony and panoramic views. A unique hotel with professional and dedicated staff. At Crowne Plaza Vilamoura you will be just minutes away from some of the best courses in the Algarve.

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Algarve Golf Holidays

Algarve Golf Holidays​ Algarve Golf Holidays. Book your golf holidays in Portugal in the Algarve. You know you are in for a real treat. Still the No. 1 golfing holiday destination in Europe with great courses, old and new and some great nightlife to enjoy after the golf. Enjoy the old Town of Albufeira or the marina

The Golf

Great golf courses in the Algarve include: Pine Cliffs Pine Cliffs Golf Course has 9 holes and is a very well maintained course. It is located virtually on the cliff top near Albufeira and is managed by the new Pine Cliffs Hotel, a Luxury Collection Resort. The challenging prize of the course is its ninth hole played from the tee over a ravine with beautiful views down onto the sandy beach. This hole has been given the local nickname of the 'Devils Parlour'. This small and beautiful course is also set among the pine trees and presents a a very pleasant and charming round of golf. Pinhal Pinhal Golf Course is situated in Vilamoura as a sister to the other four golf courses. It is laid out through the pine tree forest and is set back from the tourist beach area. The outward nine holes wander through the holiday villas that line the fairways. The well positioned bunkers make the course very enjoyable for the players, testing their choice of clubs and their accuracy. The Par 4 on the fourth hole is difficult to achieve with water waiting for the erring shot. The Par 3 on the eighth of 149 metres is also trickier than it first appears. The back nine-holes have a more open feel but the slightly altered fifteenth will cause a problem to meet the Par 4 it requires. Pinheiros Altos The 27 hole Pinheiros Altos Golf Course is situated in Quinta do Lago Resort. The fairways of the 27 holes run through the pine tree forest or over generous and attractive open spaces. Located within the well-known luxury Quinta do Lago this course has gained a solid reputation for providing enjoyment of the game. Within the golfing world it is known as providing a mental challenge due to well placed hazards. There are three independent circuits of nine holes and they are named the Pinheiros (Pines), Sobreiros (Corks), the Oliveiras (Olives), the Pinheiros (Pines), respectively. They all start and end at the Club House. Quinta do Lago North The Quinta do Lago North Golf Course is located within the luxury estate of Quinta do Lago. The course has four great par 5 holes requiring power and accuracy to play them successfully and at the same time providing attractive views. The par 3 holes are well influenced by the wind. Hole 14 is outstanding. The par 4s are all doglegs except for holes 10 and 13. Precision driving is vital to set up the chance of a low score. The lakes on holes 13 and 18 have claimed many unhappy victims. The course tends to favour the golfer who can draw the ball. Quinta do Lago South The 18 hole championship Quinta do Lago South Golf Course located within the luxury estate of Quinta do Lago and was redesigned in 2014. The original course was used several times for the Portuguese Open. The course favours the long hitter, but requires the player to pick a particular route to score well. Although both anti-clockwise loops, the first nine suggests a draw, whilst the second favours a fade from the tee. Holes 3, 15 and 17, feature lakes that must be negotiated. Holes 8, 10, 15 and 18, are the most testing for the scratch player while Holes 2,3,5,12, 13 and 17, offer the best possibilities of birdies. An enjoyable game experience for players of all standards. Salgados The 18 hole Salgados Golf Course set on the flat lands behind the sandy beach of Praia de Gale. The environmental nature of the course is to associate it with a typical Links Course but with the added asset of the sun. It is very open to the elements with little vegetation and lots of water hazards. It requires a technically skilled player to achieve a good result from a round which can often be influenced by the prevailing onshore breeze. San Lorenzo San Lorenzo Golf Course in located in the Quinta do Lago Resort and enjoys a reputation for the excellent condition of its fairways and its attractive views around a lake formed by the Ria Formosa Nature Reserve. It was many years ago ranked as the second best course to play in Europe. The outward first five holes are through the pine tree forest. Water and good hole layouts provides the hazards that play a big part in players having to select the right club and hit with care. The eighteenth is a tricky Par-4 mainly involving a lake that is just waiting for the inaccurate shot. The Old Course, Vilamoura  The Old Course is located in the Vilamoura area and is the second oldest golf course in the Algarve. Set in an umbrella pinewood and laid out in an interesting way to take advantage of the natural contours. It is from the English school of Course design. The first holes are easy and inviting with reachable par 4s. The par 3 on the attractive fourth is a Hole in One potential. Selection of club from here will play an important part of your game, and straight shots will be needed. The ninth is an excellent example of this situation. The back nine has three interesting par 5s. The sixteenth hole provides a 522 metre challenge for a shot of good length and hitting straight. Dom Pedro Victoria The important championship Victoria Golf Course situated in the holiday resort of Vilamoura. It is laid out over virtually flat terrain covering some 90 hectares it includes a series of constructed mounds specially landscaped to emulate the outline of inland hills on the horizon. This is a feature that enriches the course with a sense of movement and harmony. The series of beautiful lakes and waterfalls also helps to provide an attractive background whilst playing the course. The Victoria Course is used every year for the Portugal Master which is an event on the European Tour. Vila Sol The 27 hole Vila Sol Golf Course is located next door to the Vilamoura Holiday Resort area. The architects of this course have carefully maintained the original topographical nature of this undulating terrain. Changes when necessary have been kept to a minimum to preserve the natural state of the countryside. The course is divided into three circuits of nine holes, Prime, Challenge, and Prestige. The outward nine-holes are testing for a golfer starting with a Par 4 of 381 metres. Next an even longer Par 4 hole, then another Par 4 of 385 metres. To follow the sixth and eighth holes, both Par 5s, are awaiting the player with each a little under 500 metres. The back nine has two Par-3 holes that are attractively designed. The Par 5 on the fourteenth is particularly difficult to achieve with a tricky green awaiting the player.

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Activities

Vilamoura’s vibrant nightlife has never failed to capture every traveller’s heart. With a sheer number of restaurants, and night live performance venues, Vilamoura indeed offers guests every possible entertainment there is.

Unlike other tourist areas in the Algarve, Vilamoura has the trendiest night spots. It has a diverse blend of entertainment areas catering to every type of guests — from children and teens, to couples and elderly crowds, and from the hip and cosmopolitan to the mature and wholesome.

The facilities in Vilamoura are available all throughout the year, but the best time to experience it at night is during the peak season, which is during the summer and peak golf periods. During these times, the Marina area, where most of the bars and restaurants are located, is flocked by locals and tourists alike, enjoying the beautiful sights, sumptuous food, and good music.

RESTAURANTS
One great way to feel the spirit of Vilamoura is through a gastronomic tour at night. Guests will find that Vilamoura indeed dazzles at night, with a variety of restaurants scattered around the marina.

And of the sheer number of dining establishments in Vilamoura, one of the most visited places is O Colonial, a “café” style Portuguese restaurant known for their friendly staff and of course, great food! They offer a range of European food but a must try here is their famous Piri Piri sauce.

Established in 1985, Don Alfonso is another great place to go to for guests looking for great food and comfort. Its captivating interior, warm personnel and quality food make this place one of the top-rated restaurants in Vilamoura. Don Alfonso boasts of a range of must-try food, including Tulip Salmon and Clams in Garlic. They also offer mouth-watering desserts like Cheese Cake and Apple Tart.
For guests looking for exotic tastes, the Sabores do Mundo is a great place to go. This restaurant offers a twist to the best of the regional cuisines in the world. French, Portuguese and Italian cuisines are must try here.

Other restaurants to try include Casa do Pescador, Akvavit, Pipa Rota, Zu Yi, and Ancora Restaurant.

BARS
Perhaps one of the best entertainments in the area that tourists should not miss is good food coupled with astounding live performances. When it comes to this aspect, Vilamoura nightlife does not disappoint. There is a wide array of bars that tourists can check out for good food and wonderful live performances catering to all types of guests.

One of the most popular is the O’sheas Irish Pub, which is located in the Marina and is popular for their live entertainment and very friendly staff.
Another lively bar worth checking out for in the area is the Rui’s Carvery and Bar, which is a British owned carvery and bar offering great food, and live performances or karaoke. Rui’s Carvery and Bar is open from 9am, serving full English breakfast, lunch and snacks.

But a must try in the bar is its carvery that is available from 6pm daily and noon every Sundays: a selection of fresh vegetables, roast meats, home-made Yorkshire pudding and potatoes. Rui’s Carvery and Bar also shows all types of sporting events every day on HD plasma screens. Live performances are also available here, from 9pm onwards. Other popular haunts in the area include Figo’s Bar, 19th Hole and the Jazz Club.

NIGHT CLUBS AND DISCOS
Loud music, fancy drinks, colourful lights flashing in time to the booming music and people dancing are the usual scenes in the major and biggest disco house in Algarve: Kadoc on Estrada de Vilamoura. Kadoc on Estrada de Vilamoura has a capacity of 7,000 guests, five dance floors which close until 7 am, and an open-air terrace. This establishment pulls in yuppies and couples looking for some dancing and all night partying.

Another popular disco house located within the Vilamoura Casino complex is Blackjack Disco Club. Opens nightly from June to September, the disco house draws in slightly older crowd.

Agua Moments, located in the Marina, is also another place that hosts night parties and discos. While during the day Agua Moments offers a window to the ocean and the marina, it transforms into a great venue for parties and disco in most nights. Its main social point is its garden, with a cocktail bar set in the middle.
CASINO
For guests who are into gambling, there is the Casino Vilamoura, a casino located next to the beach and major hotels within Vilamoura complex. The casino, which is open from 5pm to 3 am, promises a thrilling gaming experience with over 500 slot machines, and gaming room with about 20 tables including Blackjack, American and French Roulettes, Poker, and Portuguese Dice.

Apart from gaming, guests will also be treated to stage entertainment or cabaret shows. There are also special shows to watch out for during special occasions.
Although not a big casino, Casino Vilamoura offers great gaming experience with its very friendly staff. And being not too crowded, it is perfect for guests looking for a quiet, intimate gaming experience in Portugal. Be forewarned though: foreign guests are required to present their passport, and male guests are required to wear a tie and a jacket to enter the casino. There is also an entrance fee to the casino.

Apart from these night hot spots, tourists can also find live performances and parties at the beach during the peak golf season and the summer. These night venues are perfect for visiting families with kids, couples or just anyone who are just looking for some fun while enjoying the fresh sea breeze and the night sky. In addition, there are also strip bars for mature guests.

Indeed, with these sheer number of night entertainment options, it is impossible for every guest not to enjoy the vibrant Vilamoura at night.

The Golf

Pinhal

The second golf course to call Vilamoura home, Pinhal was opened for play in 1976 and owes its personality to both the original designer Frank Pennink, who also turned his hand to the Old Course nearby, and Robert Trent Jones Sr. who made a number of significant refinements in 1985. Traversing undulating parkland, many fairways are lined by pine trees. However, perhaps an even more significant challenge is presented by the Umbrella and Atlantic pines which present themselves on fairways and at times on the approach into greens. Length has recently been added on a number of holes, which ensure the test originally envisioned by Pennink is maintained. At a substantial 6,353 metres from the white tee markers, and with a par of 72, Pinhal is certainly no pushover, although golfers will be pleased to learn that the ponds and stream which come into play on five holes should not, for the most part, present a serious threat.

Pinhal golf course in Vilamoura

One of the most remarked upon features of Pinhal is the stunning panorama provided from the clubhouse, which extends over the excellent driving range and practice facilities and beyond. Completely renovated at the turn of the millennium, its veranda offers the perfect setting for post-round relaxation.

Millenium

Boasting a unique position within the Vilamoura portfolio, it is often asserted that the creation of the Millennium Golf Course was pivotal in cementing the status of this region as one of Europe’s most-visited and best-loved for golf. Opened in the year 2000 - comprising nine brand new holes and a refurbished inward half which had previously formed part of the original 27-hole Laguna Golf Course - this is a more open course that its neighbours, although holes 3-7 wind between pine trees.

Millenium Golf Course, vilamoura
For many, this stretch bears a resemblance to fairways of The Old Course and Pinhal, where landing areas grow narrower, requiring greater accuracy. A number of lakes, particularly interestingly on 17 and 18, enrich the remaining holes of the Millennium Course, where a simple course strategy is always the best approach.

Laguna

The Laguna Golf Course has earned a reputation as being a somewhat unique offering within the Vilamoura golf portfolio. While its many water hazards and few trees set it apart, it truly finds its individuality in the number of holes which convey characteristics of a traditional links layout. American golf course architect Joseph Lee was given the responsibility for setting out the Laguna Course over low-lying coastal terrain, and in this setting was able to establish 18 holes which offer a wide variety of playing conditions.

Laguna Golf Course
The course has been continually improved since the first ball was struck in 1990, although it retains all of the appeal of a modern test of golf, through which the strategic positioning of bunkers and a number of water obstacles demand accuracy of play. The Laguna Course shares a well-proportioned and welcoming clubhouse with the neighbouring Millennium Course.

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