I've been to Vale Do Lobo many times & played golf there several times. I pre-booked 2 tee times for the Ocean & Royal course in person in March for May. There were 7 golfers wanting to play both courses( we were there for a 40th birthday). A price was agreed & times were booked.
When we arrived to play in May, we went & checked in. Unfortunately they had no record of the agreed prices & wanted double. This was a bit much for some of the party as we all have young families. They were not going to budge even though we were property owners & they were quite happy to turn 7 golfers away rather than do a deal. We finally agreed to pay the price but for 1 round only. The course was a pleasure & in fantastic condition. However, the marshall was somewhat unhelpful and miserable. We were experienced golfers, most with single figure handicaps. He told us to keep up with play, we were a 4 ball behind a 3 ball with no-one behind us & several times we were held up by the drinks buggy making its way past us.
Both courses are great but expensive. After speaking to a local golfer, I was advised that you will get a better deal & better welcome at nearby Quinta Do Lago which he was right. They were more than willing to accommodate us with a very reasonable green fee almost a third cheaper than Vale Do Lobo.
We will definitely be going back as its a wonderful place, but will be reluctant to play Vale Do Lobo Royal or Ocean again. Quinta are much more accommodating & good service with a smile goes a long way.
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