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“Simply the best”

The Old Course - Golf Club
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Owner description: In the heart of Vilamoura lies the Grande Dame of Algarve courses, The Old Course. As one of the first-established layouts in the region, the Frank Pennink-design is well regarded throughout the golfing world. No.Holes: 18 | PAR: 72 | Length: 6254 m | Slope Rating: 138 | Architect: Frank Pennink | Location: Vilamoura, Algarve The Facilities: Clubhouse | Golf Shop | Driving Range | Putting Green| Bar/Restaurant | Buggy Bar | Valet Service | Free WiFi
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35 reviews
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“Simply the best”
Reviewed 28 October 2013

Played it four times over the last three years. A great combination of challenging holes. Scenic with umbrella pines lining all the fairways, downhill, doglegs, short holes...nothing easy. The beauty of the course starts on the first tee box and never ends.

Visited June 2013
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
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“Great golf course”
Reviewed 20 October 2013

Played at 810am on 17 October, lovely cool morning, managed 10 holes before the sun really started to beat down. A great opening hole, down hill that needs accuracy off the drive. 4th is an excellent Par 3 over water and an imposing Umbrella Pine in front of the green. All fairways in top condition, well laid out course with a lot of interesting undulation, not flat like other courses. This is a tough test of golf if you don't hit the ball straight. Fairways are tight and trees are strategically placed on a no of holes. Greens were in excellent condition. Nice clubhouse. Personally I preferred this to Victoria. We hired clubs and were not disappointed, Titelist in good condition.

Visited October 2013
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45 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Love it! Best course in Vilamoura.”
Reviewed 10 October 2013

It's well built, testing and sometimes exhausting, like many women I've known. The first shortish steepish downhill par 4 seduces you into golfers hubris and you end up hacking out of the trees. Play it gently. There's a long drag uphill for the next two holes before you take on the prettiest par 3 in the Algarve. Only 165 yards off the yellows but it's over a tree and a lake and if you can ignore those and hit the green you've a dead cert par. The sixth is a different style of par 3. Long at 215 yards and it's another downhill job but a rise before the green stops your ball dead.
The rest of this pleasing course undulates down avenues of umbrella pines. Lots of elevation changes without being a heart-straining drag. Five of the back nine are bent - dodgy doglegs that call for accurate drives to the correct side of the fairway or you are shaded for your next shot.
If you are golfing the Algarve this course is a must. It tends to be more expensive per round than many of the others but it give lots of bang for your buck.

Visited September 2013
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386 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 175 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 October 2013

Absolutely top class golf course. Stunning holes and in great condition a real treat a must play if on golf tour in the area.

Visited October 2013
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Peterborough, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Timeless quality”
Reviewed 7 October 2013

The AMBIENCE the friendly Staff and a quality golf venue relaxing club house which makes you feel good no matter how well you played

Visited September 2013
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