A Complete Review Of The Vale Do Lobo Royal Golf Course
The Algarve’s Golden Triangle is a very popular golfing destination and the Vale do Lobo Royal Course is a very important part of the Triangle. It is a course of rolling fairways lined with pine trees. Water is also a feature and the 9th is almost an island green. The 16th is even more famous with golfers needing to carry the cliffs.
This course includes a number of the holes from the original course and its close, a narrow fairway with a difficult green means that everyone needs to be concentrating to the last shot.
- The 1st is a fairly straight Par 5 which is easily reachable in three even for mid-handicap golfers.
- The 2nd is a medium length Par 4 so most will hope to have started well. Two more Par 4s follow and then a much longer Par 5 than the 1st.
- The 6th is stroke index 1, a long Par 4 with a lake on the left of the green. By now the challenge has heightened.
- The next is a Par 3 over water with a bunker behind the green.
- A dog leg Par 4 follows and then the hazardous Par 3 9th which is perhaps a 5 iron or 7 wood. There is a fairly safe area short and right but three-quarters of the green is surrounded by water.
The back nine opens with the easiest hole on the course, a fairly short Par 4 which is a slight dog leg right. The 11th is a Par 5 with water to the left down towards the green. There is then a series of Par 4s before you arrive at the Par 3 16th where you need to carry the cliffs. Off the white tees the green is certainly a wood away but the carry is not too long and there is then a roughish area to the left. The escape is to hit to the right of the green. Two Par 4s complete the course and then you will need to count your shots.
You will need good course management to keep away from the water but it is perfectly possible. It is a lovely course and it is always nice to challenge yourself against the best, especially with the sun on your backs. The course is in good condition all year round so why not check it out?