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Oceanico Faldo Golf Course

Designed by Nick Faldo with strategic play in mind this 6,604 meters par-72 championship course demands careful positioning to score well.

Nick said: "The land at Amendoeira is dramatic and the project has the potential to be a real talking point in the Algarve. With so many courses in the region, that's no mean feat," pointed out Faldo, who will be non-playing captain of the European Ryder Cup team in 2008. In a modern twist of a traditional recipe, cacti and wild herbs replace the role of Sunningdale's heather, spartan Holm oaks and ancient olive trees take the place of a lush English woodland, and desert scrub bunkers of crushed limestone replace Berkshire's sandy tracts in a golf course that revels in the classic principles of strategic play.

Nick said: "This is a very exciting project, which gives me a great opportunity to exploit my passion for design the same way I exploited my passion for playing. You have incredible vviews, beautiful undulating land and any time you get natural terrain like this, it is great fun to work with. The real skill is that when you stand on the tee, the golf hole tells you what to do and if you do what it tells you there is reward but if you don't you're penalised. I've managed to get the more undulating land on the site and my back nine is going to be quite hilly, which is fantastic because we've got some great views to complement the course."

"I like my courses to be challenging to whoever plays them. There might be easy holes in some places, but they are a challenge because you have to think about them, and that is what I am after. The best compliment you can get in the design business is when players come off the course and say 'wow, that was a challenge,' and that's just what I am planning here at Amendoeira."

Location
The Course is just 35 minutes drive from Faro Airport along the A22 motorway, 4 km inland from the beach resort of Armação de Pêra.
Nearest Accommodation: São Rafael Suite Hotel, Colina dos Mouros I Accommodation Algarve
Nearest Golf Courses: Oceanico O'Conner, Alamos, Silves


Oceanico Faldo Golf Course   Oceanico Faldo Golf Course

Oceanico Faldo Golf CoursePro Tip
After a drive from elevated tees, keeping right side of the fairway is a better line into a green fringed left by five olive trees. A bunker front right, and bunkers set into the foreground ridge protect against an underclubbed approach, while two gnarled carob trees frame the rear. The intent then is to avoid these varied hazards with either a bump and run from off the right edge of the green or a shot carried full to the receptively sloped putting surface.
Course Data
Architect:
Nick Faldo
Opened: Official opening 1st September 2008
Holes: 18
Par: 72
Length: 6.604 meters

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