We played 4 Vilamoura courses: Pinhal, Laguna, Millennium (managed by Oceanico) and VillaSol. All courses were in an excellent condition (beginning of May 2010).
VillaSol is targeted at more accomplished Golfers (you should be shooting to at least the lower end of the 20s to really enjoy it). Millennium is at the other end of the spectrum, offering great entertainment to the high handicapper. Pinhal (special feature: mature trees and lots of them) and Laguna (special feature: water as you guessed from the name) are somewhere in the middle; approachable and fun (if a wee bit challenging) for the high handicapper and still fun for the better player. What impressed us was that all courses were in an excellent condition and that some bargains were to be had (50% if starting after 2pm - with daylight until 8pm that leaves plenty of time to finish a round.
Would I go again: yes
Value for money: very good if you go for one of the 50% off deals, otherwise OK
Surrounding: very pleasant in off season! The Hilton was a lovely hotel, there were some nice restaurants apart from the overpriced touristy crap
Service: good; friendly and helpful staff at the courses
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