Pinhal Golf Course offers such variety that you’re bound to be entertained from the moment you tee off, to the time you sit down in the clubhouse.
Our complete guide to Pinhal provides a full course review including the latest green fees and tee times.
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Pinhal green fees range from €98 in the low season (December – January), €110 in the mid-season (July – August) and €135 in the high season (March – May and September – October).
Dom Pedro Pinhal Course offers a twilight green free for anyone teeing off after 15:30, starting from €54, making it excellent value if you get enough sunlight.
Note: Green Fees prices may vary season to season
Pinhal golf course was designed by Frank Pennick and opened in 1976, after which it received further updates and improvements from Robert Trent Jones in 1985.
Pinhal is surrounded by villas, but don’t let that put you off. The Atlantic pine trees cover each side of the fairways in most places and provide a sense of peace and tranquillity (as long as you’re not stuck behind one). There’s even a hint of, dare I say it, Augusta, especially when you’re hitting out of the pine straw.
There is a smattering of water to be found at Dom Pedro Pinhal, but it’s more aesthetic than any real threat to your score, apart from the 8th, a signature par 3, where you’ll play over a pond onto a diagonal green.
The course has been lengthened in recent years to provide additional distance off the white tees. Off the yellows, it’s a respectable 6468 yards and 5693 off the reds. If you get round in 72, you’ll have achieved level par, an impressive feat by all accounts.
To play at Pinhal, men require a handicap of 28 and ladies a handicap of 36.
What stands out the most when playing Pinhal is the sheer variety of holes that you’ll encounter. One minute you’re on the flat; the next, you’re on undulating fairways. You’ll be playing over ravines, blind shots, dog legs left and right, large greens, small greens, and diagonal greens. You name it; you’ll encounter it here.
This isn’t your typical wide-open resort course that’s increasingly common in today’s golfing landscape. You’ll find the odd tree plonked in the middle of the fairway, blocking out what would have been a wonderful approach shot. But when you sit back and enjoy a cold drink after your round, you’ll appreciate these quirks. They make you think; they make you strategise and make you pay when you inevitably make the wrong decision.
The Dom Pedro Group offers a variety of promotions across their golf courses, ranging from Twilight rounds to multiple-round packages and frequent player cards, depending on how frequently you want to play.
If you plan on staying in Vilamoura for longer, it may be worth taking out a Dom Pedro Frequent Player Card membership. The price ranges from €600 for 3 months to €1,200 for an annual membership.
With the Dom Pedro Frequent Player card, you can get a membership discount at all Dom Pedro golf courses and substantial savings on buggy and club rentals. See the full list of rates for the Dom Pedro Frequent Player Card.
To give you an example of the saving you’ll receive, a round at Pinhal in low season normally costs €54 per person. With a Dom Pedro Frequent Player card, it costs €32.
A standard round costs €123 during peak season but only €43 when using a Frequent Player card.
If you’re staying in Vilamoura for a short period but want to sample a number of the Dom Pedro golf courses, take a look at their Multiple Rounds Packages.
Select 3 rounds from Laguna, Millennium, Old Course, Pinhal or Victoria golf courses, and you’ll be quoted a preferential rate, sometimes with free rounds included depending on your party size.
Dom Pedro Pinhal is located in Vilamoura, a perfect base for any golfing holiday. There are six golf courses in the town itself and a number of world-class Algarve golf courses within a 30-minute drive and many excellent accommodation options, with many offering shuttle buses to take you from your hotel to the golf course.
Take a seat at Restaurante Retinto if you’re staying in Vilamoura. They serve delicious BBQ meat skewers that satisfy your hunger after a long round of golf. If you’re not particularly hungry, they also have lighter tapas bites.
Visit O Marisco on the Marina for traditional Portuguese cuisine, where the seafood is the star attraction. It’s affordable and delicious. The setting is pretty special too.
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Pinhal golf course is located close to Vilamoura, so there’s plenty to choose from in terms of accommodation. We suggest staying at one of the Dom Pedro hotels that include Dom Pedro Vilamoura, Dom Pedro Marina and Dom Pedro Portobelo because they provide free shuttle services to and from the Pinhal course. You may also receive discounted green fees when you stay at one of the group’s hotels.
For the budget conscious, Dom Jose Beach Hotel is an excellent option.
For further options take a look at our guide to the best hotels near Dom Pedro Pinhal, or see our handpicked selections below.
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