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Royal Golf CourseThe 6,175 meter long Royal Golf Course has championship tees, and is a lot more difficult than the Ocean Course. This is because of its more interrupted terrain, the amount of water and sand obstacles and its generally longer holes

However the original design is by Sir Henry Cotton, Rocky Roquemore's design trademarks are visible along the course. The US architect, very active nowadays in Portugal, has been responsible for the enlargement of the "yellow" course.

The high point of the Royal Golf Course is its famous Par 3, one of the most photographed in the world because of its unique conditions. To play this hole from the championship tee, one needs a 218 meter stroke over three spectacular cliffs to reach the green after crossing a lake. Water is also part of the game in holes 6, 16 and 17.

Nearest Accommodation:
Dona Filipa, Vale do Lobo de Luxe Resort I Accommodation Algarve
Nearest Golf Course:
Ocean Course


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The opening holes are a soft introduction to some testing later ones. The par-4 sixth, for example, at 395 meters, has water on the left of the green and bunkers on the right. A good drive to a narrow landing area still requires a bold approach to the protected green. The 3-par ninth (155 meters) features a near island green. However, Roquemore has set the trees in a wide arc in front of the picturesque lake, making club selectiondifficult. Alternatively, for those who prefer a more delicate approach, a safe passage exists to the right.

The eleventh, a par-5 of 485 meters, is a good test. It is essential to get a good drive away because the second shot will be to a narrow landing area between a lake and a steep bank. Only from this point is it possible to expect a comfortable approach to a green protected to its left and in front by water.

The sixteenth (formerly the seventh of the yellow course) is the spectacular par-3 of 205 meters across the red sandstone cliffs for which Vale do Lobo is famous. Views from each of the tees are out along the length of the coastline westwards. And so to the last hole, with a fairway sloping off to the right, it is advisable to drive to the left. However the fairway is lined on both sides with pines which are constricting in the mind's eye. At 330 meters, this closing hole is not particularly long, but the green has raised banking to the left and the ground falls steeply away to the right. The approach shot must be committed and well positioned if you are to have the satisfaction of the ball remaining firmly on the green.


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Course Data
Architect:
Sir Henry Cotton & Rocky Roquemore
Opened: 1997
Holes: 18
Par: 72
Length: 6.175 meters
Pro: Stephen Walker
Requirements: A Handicap Certificate. Strict dress code
Facilities: Driving Range, Putting Green, Pitching Area (with bunkers),Trolleys, Buggies, Club Hire, Pro-shop, Roving Buggy Bar, Restaurant, Bar.
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Score Card

Hole
C
M
L
Par
Stroke
1
430
370
330
5
9
2
290
280
270
4
13
3
390
380
315
4
3
4
315
295
230
4
15
5
470
455
380
5
7
6
395
375
335
4
1
7
150
120
100
3
17
8
385
360
295
4
5
9
155
135
110
3
11
out
2980
2770
2365
36

Hole
C
M
L
Par
Stroke
10
330
315
305
4
18
11
485
465
405
5
8
12
335
305
260
4
16
13
365
350
320
4
2
14
355
330
310
4
4
15
295
275
245
4
10
16
205
185
115
3
14
17
370
350
330
4/5
6
18
330
305
270
4
12
in
3070
2880
2560
36/37

C
M
L
Par
Total
6050
5650
4925
72/73
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