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The Vila Sol Golf is a fabulous 27-hole golf course designed by the famous architect Donald Steel, which stretches along a wide valley, naturally sculpted by Mother Nature and divided into three loops with three different levels of difficulty: Prime, Challenge and Prestige.

Vila Sol Golf has twice played host to the Portuguese Open, in 1992 and 1993. It was honored by the Green Globe organization in 1996 with the Green Flag award, certification of meeting their environmental requirements. In 2001 it won the prize for Best Golf Development, presented by British MP Sir Eric Pickles.

Against this backdrop, full of trees and wildlife and contemporary sculptures, carefully looked after and protected by specialist staff, golfers can discover an environment par excellence which will envelop them throughout the day. From the 1st tee to the Clubhouse, a large team of professionals are at work and remain at your disposal to make this paradise a unique, unforgettable experience. The Clubhouse, with its central location, is the starting and finishing point for each of the three 9-hole loops: the first heads to the East, the second to the West and the third to the South. You can also practice your game at the excellent driving range or practice course of around 300 meters, alongside the Clubhouse.

Nearest Accommodation: Hotel Tivoli Marina Vilmoura, Vilamonte Resort I Accommodation Algarve
Nearest Golf Courses: Old Course, Pinhal, Laguna, Millenium


Vila Sol Golf Course   Vila Sol Golf Course

Vila Sol Golf CourseCOURSE LOOPS:
Prime -
The Prime loop, comprising holes 1-9, is the most difficult of Vila Sol Golf, and is considered by most golfers as presenting an attractive challenge. Not only are the fairways long and narrow on the first four holes, but in addition it is known as “the most difficult start” on the Algarve.. Hole 6 is probably the signature hole of Vila Sol Golf. It is a long par 5 with a number of lakes, where it is important to hit three good strokes to stand a chance of reaching par. The par 3s on this loop are long and present a great challenge to high-handicap players. PRO Suggestion: The secret to playing this loop well is not to falter on the fairways, even if that means using a club other than the driver
Challenge - The Challenge loop, better known as the back nine of Vila Sol, comprises holes 10-18. The challenge of this loop is that its greens are more hilly than either Prime or Prestige, because of the natural terrain, which means that players need to be more accurate when approaching the greens. The first five holes are friendly and allow players to score well before getting to the final four holes, where there is a difficult par 3 (the 15th) and three challenging par 4s. The 18th, next to the clubhouse, finishes with an approach shot that should allow players to shine in front of the public sitting on the terrace. PRO Suggestion: Once again, to avoid high scores on these last holes, it is necessary to place the ball on the fairway, even if it means using an iron from the tee.
Prestige - The Prestige loop is a shorter loop, but narrower. Accuracy and not length is by far the deciding factor on this loop. The first four holes are “friendly”, and do not prepare the player for the difficulties ahead when he arrives at the 23rd tee and sees a very narrow fairway. From this hole onwards the loop becomes progressively more difficult, and it is important to place the ball in the correct positions so as not to find yourself behind trees, out of limits on the course or in the water at the lake alongside hole 26, which can also offer a “waterfall shower”! This loop only has five bunkers, but course architect Donald Steel managed to integrate natural obstacles to challenge the player, and you have to play the course various times to familiarize yourself with the best places for opening shots. PRO Suggestion: The hardest part is the last hole and because of that is very important to start having good results in the beginning.


Course Data
Architect:
Donald Steel
Opened: 1991
Holes: 27 (18 + 9)
Par: 72
Length: 6.189 meters +
Requirements: A Handicap Certificate.
Max. Men=27, Ladies=35. Soft Spikes
Facilities: Driving Range, Putting Green, Pitching Area (with bunkers), Trolleys, Buggies, Club Hire, Pro-shop, Restaurant, Bar, Terrace cafe.
  Vila Sol Golf Course

Score Cards:
Prime and Challenge

Hole

C

M

L

Par

Stroke

1

381

366

344

4

3

2

407

367

345

4

7

3

385

372

349

4

1

4

190

158

117

3

15

5

392

360

345

4

11

6

515

480

418

5

9

7

180

162

125

3

13

8

499

483

411

5

5

9

292

284

274

4

17

out

3241

3032

2728

36

Hole

C

M

L

Par

Stroke

10

355

342

307

4

10

11

456

446

409

5

16

12

360

341

318

4

6

13

159

150

144

3

18

14

506

458

432

5

2

15

198

161

135

3

14

16

346

338

328

4

8

17

369

349

291

4

12

18

403

358

314

4

4

out

3152

2943

2678

36

Total

6393

5975

5406

72

 
Challenge and Prestige

Hole

C

M

L

Par

Stroke

10

355

342

307

4

9

11

456

446

409

5

15

12

360

341

318

4

5

13

159

150

144

3

17

14

506

458

432

4

11

15

198

161

135

3

13

16

346

338

328

4

7

17

369

349

291

4

11

18

403

358

274

4

3

out

3152

2943

2678

36

Hole

C

M

L

Par

Stroke

19

488

470

434

5

6

20

166

157

128

3

16

21

368

341

326

4

8

22

301

278

232

4

12

23

524

485

438

5

2

24

320

302

269

4

14

25

147

143

118

3

18

26

398

370

308

4

4

27

369

359

332

4

10

in

3081

2905

2585

36

Total

6233

5848

5263

72

 
Prestige and Prime

Hole

C

M

L

Par

Stroke

19

488

470

434

5

6

20

166

157

128

3

16

21

368

341

326

4

8

22

301

278

232

4

12

23

524

485

438

5

2

24

320

302

269

4

14

25

147

143

118

3

18

26

398

370

308

4

4

27

369

359

332

4

10

in

3081

2905

2585

36

Total

6233

5848

5263

72

 

Hole

C

M

L

Par

Stroke

1

381

366

344

4

3

2

407

367

345

4

7

3

385

372

349

4

1

4

190

158

117

3

15

5

392

360

345

4

11

6

515

480

418

5

9

7

180

162

125

3

13

8

499

483

411

5

5

9

292

284

274

4

17

out

3241

3032

2728

36

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