Algarve, Portugal

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Crowne Plaza Vilamoura Hotel & Spa
Rua do Oceano Atlântico
Vilamoura, 8125-478, Portugal
Breathe in the fresh sea air as you step from the beachfront straight into Crowne Plaza Vilamoura-Algarve's air-conditioned marble Lobby. Ease your way into your Portuguese holiday with a cool fruit juice in the minimalist Lobby Lounge, or head out for a round on one of Vilamoura's world-class golf courses. Either way, your spacious ocean-view room will be waiting for you when you get back. Crowne Plaza Vilamoura-Algarve is right on the beach in Vilamoura, one of the Algarve's prettiest resort towns. It's a 30-minute drive to the hotel from Faro International Airport, and a few hours' drive from Lisbon. Vilamoura's casino is adjacent to the hotel and the bars and restaurants of Vilamoura Marina are within easy walking distance.
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Dona Filipa & San Lorenzo Golf Resort
Vale do Lobo
Almancil, Algarve, Faro District, Portugal
Nestled at the edge of the golden sands of Vale do Lobo estate, Dona Filipa & San Lorenzo Golf Resort welcomes you for an unforgettable vacation.Located on the exclusive Vale do Lobo estate overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and just 100 metres from the beach, Dona Filipa offers excellent service and amenities. The hotel offers 154 plush guest rooms that are elegantly appointed in traditional Portuguese style. Warm earth tones in addition to the luxurious sitting and work areas create an inviting ambiance for you to experience and enjoy. Savour the charming old-world ambiance while relishing breathtaking views of the sea. The restaurant serves buffet breakfast a la carte Italian menu for lunch and dinner with themed dinners twice a week. Leisure and sports facilities include floodlit tennis courts, heated outdoor pool and the seasonal Penguin Village children's club.
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Monte da Quinta (Villas)
Av. André Jordan, Quinta do Lago, 8135-909 Almancil
, Portugal
The Monte da Quinta Resort offers deluxe holiday villas on the Algarve Coast in Portugal. Located in the Quinta do Lago development, the Monte da Quinta Resort's villas are on the edge of the Ria Formosa Nature Reserve, where you can go horse riding. There are also numerous championship golf courses nearby, as well as a host of golden beaches, a tennis club, and a salt-water lake where you can try windsurfing and many other waters sports. To top it off, the resort is also very close to Faro Airport.
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Praia Sol
Quinta do Romão
Quarteira,, Portugal
The Praia Sol Hotel is situated just 300 metres from the beach in a great area between the resorts of Quarteira and Vilamoura. The centre of Vilamoura is actually just a ten minute walk from the Hotel Praia Sol. The hotel has 40 comfortable guestrooms that are modern in style and all have a balcony. Onsite guests will find a restaurant and bar, attractive gardens, a swimming pool and a separate children's pool and private parking for those hire cars. The local area has a wealth of attractions including many fine historic buildings, a local museum, water skiing, sailing and paragliding, tennis and golf whilst the Mediterranean weather gives year round temperatures and sunshine.
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Pestana Vila Sol Golf & Resort Hotel
Alto do Semino
Vilamoura, Algarve,, Portugal
Pestana Vila Sol Golf & Resort is the ideal refuge for those who appreciate the refreshing quietness of Nature, extensive green areas, fountains and small lakes. Ensuring absolute comfort and a unique location, hotel in Vilamoura is a perfect place for vacations in Algarve where you can enjoy the mild climate, relax with a golf or tennis match, or simply relax with the family in one of the beautiful hotel pools. For the most active, Vila Sol has a gym, a jogging circuit, games parlor, tennis courts and bike rental service. This resort hotel in Vilamoura presents 140 luxurious classic and superior rooms, 45 garden suites and 3 Vila Sol suites distributed through the wide gardens, and a presidential suite. All rooms have modern interior decoration, in nature colors, flat screen TVs with satellite channels, a living-room with mini-bar, and balconies for private courtyard.
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Tivoli Marina Vilamoura
Marina de Vilamoura
, Portugal
Surrounded by the famous marina and a private beach, Tivoli Marina Vilamoura (former Tivoli Marinotel) is a reference for luxury tourism in the Algarve. A stage for large events, important meetings and the launch of new products, the congress centre of this 5-star hotel has a capacity for 1,200 people. The lively social and nightlife of Vilamoura attracts many local celebrities from different areas who come to enjoy the holidays and weekends of complete relaxation, where there is plenty to do such as shopping, a visit to the casino and golf. In the hotel grounds, guests can find the Angsana Spa where they can choose from a wide range of revitalising treatments based on the best oriental traditions. The hotel also has an association with Nikki Beach - beach facilities, and a lakeside restaurant, where fun is considered a way of life.
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Monte Rei
Monte Rei's vision is strikingly simple and memorably courageous to collate the very best ingredients creating a groundbreaking and world-class golf destination. Monte Rei has sought out the best names from around the globe to head every individual element of this impressive estate with Jack Nicklaus designing his first of two "Signature" Golf Courses in Portugal and highly qualified and internationally experienced personnel ensuring the highest quality playing surfaces and service.
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Oceanico (Vilamoura) - Laguna
Lying close to the spectacular Algarve coastline and the Vilamoura marina, Vilamoura Laguna Golf Course represents an enduring challenge to the player due to the constant presence of water. Designed by Joseph Lee, the course takes full advantage of the wet, marshy ground near the sea and presents a rather different layout from the other three Vilamoura courses. Here the golfer can drive off more confidently, because of the greater fairway width and less vegetation. On the course, besides the bunkers, water is a near-constant hazard. And although visually intimidating, the hurdles are not unsurmountable, given that the course is not particularly long.
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Oceanico (Vilamoura) - Millenium
Vilamoura's fourth course is a combination of a remodeled nine holes from the Laguna course, together with nine newly built holes, to form the Millennium Course - opened on May 13th, 2000. The course is particularly open, although some holes (the 3rd to the 7th) wind between pine trees and are similar to the neighbouring fairways of the Old Course and Pinhal. In this more wooded area, the fairways are narrower and require greater accuracy - while the rest of the course has a clear landscape enriched by lakes at the 4th, 17th and 18th holes. The 'tiger tees' (four different tees for each hole) raise the challenge and competitiveness of the course, but the wide fairways and greens ensure that the Millennium is an enjoyable course for all levels.
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Oceanico (Vilamoura) - Old Course
Situated in the heart of the Vilamoura seaside resort a mere 20-minute drive from Faro airport, this Frank Pennink designed parkland style layout is one of the oldest in the region and renowned all over the golfing world. Often described as the Grande Dame of Algarve courses, it meanders throughout impressive pinetrees - the principal hazard - over gently undulating natural terrain. Although it opened in 1969, the course was completely renovated and modernized 27 years later although no major changes were made to the magnificent layout. In addition to raising the Vilamoura Old Course to new heights of quality, an attractive new clubhouse and adjacent putting green were also built at that time.
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Oceanico (Vilamoura) - Victoria
The previous owners invested 18 million euros in Oceƒnico's Victoria Golf Club, designed by Arnold Palmer, one of the greatest legends of the sport. This was the most ambitious golf project in Portugal, and was aimed at being one of the best golf complexes in the whole of Europe. The Victoria Clube de Golfe will be the fifth at Vilamoura and the most exclusive one at the resort, making it ideal to became the Algarve's and Portugal's major venue for top international tournaments. Palmer, whose design company has planned some 500 layouts worldwide, compiled the Victoria course project, and Southern Golf, Europe's largest golf course builder, was awarded the construction contract. Oceƒnico's Victoria Golf Course is an 18-hole, par 72 championship layout, measuring 6,560 meters (7,105 yards) from the back tees. Several man-made lakes provide hazards for the players and also serve as water reservoirs for irrigation.
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With views of the Bay of Lagos and the historic town of Lagos, as well as the Monchique mountains to the north, Palmares Golf has truly earned its reputation as one of the most scenic of all the Algarve courses. As well, the blossoms of its almond trees, acacia and flowering shrubs during springtime have also helped earn the club this honour. Palmares was designed by the renowned English golf architect Frank Pennick and the course uses its natural resources to advantage. There are five links holes on the front nine, located along the sand dunes of Meia Praia beach; the other 13 holes are laid out on the gently rolling hills. Palmares is located 2 km east of Lagos.
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Quinta do Lago - Laranjal
The course has two architects. The American William Mitchell designed holes 1 to 5 and 15 to 18 in 1974. These holes (as with the other course) share a unique character. The terrain is superb and typical of the area, sandy and littered with umbrella pines trees. In the spring, the rough is covered with a blanket of wild flowers, heather and gorse. The fairways and tees are covered with Bermuda hybrid with a cool season mixture of grasses, which provides year-round, top quality swards. The greens are sown with Creeping Bentgrass Penncross, giving a fast, true putting surface, and which provide good all-year round putting surfaces. The bunkering is incomparable, both on the fairways and surrounding the greens and gives the course an advantage over many of similar quality and design.This course has four great par-5 holes requiring power and accuracy to play them well, also providing superb views.
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Quinta do Lago - Sul
Designed by William Mitchell from the USA and opened in 1974, the Quinta do Lago South course was used eight times for the "Portuguese Open Championship". It has also hosted many large professional and amateur championships. The favourite of many tour players, this course offers the possibility to hit the greens in regulation in several ways. However, each hole has one easy route and the player who sees this, and has the skill to follow the designer's intention, and produce sub-par figures. An anti-clockwise loop, it favours the draw shot. This 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 favours a draw, while the second favours a fade from the tee. Holes 3, 15 and 17 features lakes, which must be negotiated. An enjoyable experience for players of all standards.
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It would be fair to state that the Salgados Course can be compared to most Links course as it is set on flat land behind a sandy beach. There are many water hazards and the open environmental nature has the added asset of the great Algarve climate. As it is very subject to the elements with little vegetation a considerable amount of technical skill in play is required to obtain a good round.
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San Lorenzo
The San Lorenzo Golf Course was opened in 1988 and takes advantage of wonderful topography on the Quinta do Lago estate, winding its way gently over undulating pine woodland. The 18 holes lie in the unspoilt Southeast corner of Quinta do Lago, bordering the Ria Formosa Estuary and salt water lagoons. The course was designed by the American golf architect Joseph Lee and the beautiful Bermuda grass fairways provide perfect playing conditions. The San Lorenzo Golf Course is laid out in a figure of eight and at the heart lies the San Lorenzo Clubhouse with a golf pro shop; comfortable changing facilities; welcoming bar and restaurant.
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Vale Do Lobo - Royal
The Royal Golf Course has rolling fairways set amidst pine trees and beautiful lakes surrounded by wild flowers. Its features include the almost island green of the 9th and the famous 16th, with cliff-top carryover - one of the most celebrated golfing images in the world, which has become the veritable symbol of golf in the Algarve. The Royal Golf Course was designed by top American golf architect Rocky Roquemore, based on original drawings made by Sir Henry Cotton. It was inaugurated in 1997.
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Vale do Lobo - Ocean
The Ocean Golf Course features undulating fairways which run alongside nature reserve, before leading gently down to the shores of the Atlantic. Its emblematic holes are two challenging and spectacular Par 4s, the 11th and the 14th, which treat golfers to some of the most spectacular views in the Algarve - and the Par 3 15th, which runs alongside the beach. The Ocean Course is composed of two of the original 9-hole golf courses designed by Sir Henry Cotton, which were opened in 1968 and 1972. His plans for the merged course became reality in 1995, after his death.
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Vila Sol
The first course designed by English golf architect Donald Steel in Portugal. The natural undulating terrain of the area was preserved, as were the variations of level, which resulted in superb views from the 4th, 5th, and 6th tees, as well as the elevated tee on the 13th hole. The beautiful flora provides a natural hazard, punishing inaccurate shots in the rough. The course is professionally maintained at all times. Vila Sol presents a superb challenge to middle handicap golfers. The course has an excellent driving range which is landscaped with rolling contours and trees. Tee time intervals are 10 minutes apart.