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Pinheiros Altos Golf Course

Pinheiros Altos Golf Course
Quinta do Lago,

has 18 nearby hotels and

Green Fees starting for £80

for low season to

£106 for high season

and packages starting from £299.


Pinheiros Altos Golf Course fairway and green
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Located in the heart of the luxurious Quinta do Lago Resort, the Pinheiros Altos Golf Course is a golfer’s paradise. Read on as we bring you a full course review, including green fee prices and information on tee times.

Why not make a golf holiday out of your visit? Take a look at our specially selected Pinheiros Altos golf packages, all provided by leading specialist golf travel agents.


Pinheiros Altos Golf Course Green Fees

Low season green fees start at €80 per person, running from 20th Jun 2023 to 7th Sep 2023.

Mid season green fees are €92 per person, valid from 26th May 2023 to 19th Jun 2023.

For high season green fees, which run from 16th Feb 2023 to 25th May 2023 and 8th Sep 2023 to 31st Oct 2023, you can expect to pay €106 per person.

If you prefer to play during the twilight hours, you’ll be happy to know that Pinheiros Altos offers reduced rates. The twilight green fees are €75 per person and are available during high season from 16th Feb to 25th May and 8th Sep to 31st Oct, after 15:00.

Low Season: £80

Mid Season: £92

High Season: £106

Twilight: £75

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Note: Green Fees prices may vary season to season

Pinheiros Altos Golf Course Packages

Starting from £299

As a keen golfer, you’ll want to experience the very best of what Pinheiros Altos Golf Course has to offer. That’s why we’ve researched the best golf packages available from specialist golf travel agents.

Typically, these packages will include a stay at the Dona Filipa Hotel, which is conveniently located close to the golf course. In addition to accommodation, golf packages usually include rounds of golf at Pinheiros Altos Golf Course and nearby courses such as San Lorenzo Golf Course


Return Flights From: £102

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Price Per Night From: £140

Equipment Hire

Pinheiros Altos Golf Course has the following equipment available to hire.

Club Hire

Buggy Hire

Trolley Hire

Pinheiros Altos Golf Course Review

This breathtaking course, which debuted in the early 1990s as an 18-hole layout, has since expanded to 27 holes, with an additional 9 holes added in 2007.

Located just a short drive from Faro Airport, Pinheiros Altos is easily accessible, making it an ideal destination for golfers travelling from afar.

What makes Pinheiros Altos Golf Course truly unique is its location bordering the Rio Formosa Natural Park, a haven for rare nesting and migrating birds.

Golfers can expect to see a wide array of bird species while enjoying their game, adding to the natural beauty of the course.

Course Design

The Pinheiros Altos Golf Course was designed by two of the most respected golf course architects in the world, Ronald Fream and George Santana da Silva.

Fream designed the original 18 holes, while da Silva was responsible for the additional 9 holes. Together, they have created a course that is both challenging and beautiful.

The course is presented in three contrasting nine-hole formats, each named after local flora. The Pines (Pinheiros), The Corks (Sobreiros), and The Olives (Oliveiras) each start and finish at the clubhouse and are a PAR 36.

The well-placed hazards add an extra challenge to the course, keeping golfers on their toes throughout their round.

The Pines Course

As you step onto the Pinheiros Altos Pines Course, it’s clear why it’s named after the umbrella pine-clad hillside it’s routed across.

The abundance of pine trees creates a unique atmosphere that sets this course apart from others in the region.

This nine-hole course combines four of the new holes opened in January 2007 with five of the original front nine, and one thousand additional pine trees were planted to create a seamless blend between the new and the old.

One of the highlights of this course is the wonderful par three 9th, which plays across a gully to a treacherous 2-tiered green.

Golfers will need to have their wits about them to navigate this challenging hole successfully.
But it’s not just the 9th hole that makes this course a must-play for any golfer visiting the area.

The narrow fairways, strategically placed bunkers, and undulating greens make for a challenging yet rewarding golfing experience.

The Corks Course

The Corks Course was designed by the highly regarded Portuguese architect George Santana da Silva, a disciple of Robert Trent Jones.

The Corks Course opened in 2007 and is the longest and most challenging of the three nine-hole courses at Pinheiros Altos.

What makes the Corks Course truly unique is how the new holes have been cleverly integrated into the same landscape that houses the original Pines Course.

The result is a seamless blend of the old and the new, creating a golfing experience that’s both challenging and visually stunning.

As you make your way around the Corks Course, you’ll enjoy breathtaking views of the Ludo valley and the Goldra hills beyond. But be warned: the first tee shot is one of the most demanding, so take a moment to soak in the stunning surroundings before teeing off.

The course is regarded as the best of the three courses at Pinheiros Altos and will test every aspect of your game. From the strategically placed bunkers to the undulating greens, every shot requires precision and skill.

The Olives Course

The Olives Course was originally designed by Portuguese architect George Santana da Silva. This back nine is named after the surrounding olive trees and occupies a flatter, open parkland area bordering the Ria Formosa nature reserve.

The Olives Course underwent a makeover shortly after opening by Peter McEvoy and Howard Swan, resulting in a layout that features an island green on the second-to-last hole.

The eighth hole, in particular, has become the signature hole of Pinheiros Altos and a must-play for any golfer playing here.

But it’s not just the island green that makes the Olives Course special. The gentle rolling landscape and the way the holes meander between lakes make for a truly tranquil yet challenging golfing setting.

With much of the bird life associated with Pinheiros Altos visible on this section of the course, golfers can immerse themselves in the natural surroundings while playing a round.

As for the holes themselves, the Olives Course offers plenty of variety and challenge. The par-four 4th requires precise shots with water protecting the front of the green, while the fabulous par-five 8th turns right and up to a severely raised green. It’s no wonder this hole is considered the best on The Olives Course.

Course information

All course combinations at Pinheiros Altos are Par 72 and have four starting tees for each hole. The white and yellow tees represent the championship and medal tees respectively for the men, while the red and blue tees are for the ladies.

The Pines/Corks course boasts a competition yardage of 6779 yards, with the Yellow tees measuring 6354 yards and the Red tees at 5352 yards.

The Corks/Olives course has a competition yardage of 6412 yards, with the Yellow tees at 6285 yards and the Red tees measuring 5468 yards.

Finally, the Pines/Olives course has a championship yardage of 6374 yards, with the Yellow tees measuring 6171 yards and the Red tees at 5027 yards.

Pinheiros Altos Slope Rating

The Pines/Corks course has a competition slope rating of 135, with the Yellow tees at 131 and the Red tees at 121.

The Corks/Olives course has a competition slope rating of 137, with the Yellow tees at 133 and the Red tees at 126.

The Pines/Olives course has a competition slope rating of 139, with the Yellow tees at 135 and the Red tees at 127.

The Greens

The greens, sown with Pentcross Bent, are renowned for their firmness, speed and overall resilience. Combined with the Bermuda fairway grass, the result is a superb putting surface that rewards precise and strategic play.

One of the standout features of the greens at Pinheiros Altos is their size, which allows golfers plenty of space to land their shots.

Despite their size, the greens remain true and consistent, providing a fair test of golf for players of all skill levels.

Golfers can expect to encounter a variety of putting challenges on the greens, from subtle breaks and undulations to challenging pin positions that require a deft touch and careful consideration.

To conclude

In conclusion, the Pinheiros Altos Golf Course offers not only a challenging golfing experience but also the opportunity to appreciate the natural beauty of the area. With its accessible location and stunning course design, it’s no wonder that this course is chosen by so many golfers visiting the Algarve.

When to Get the Best Deals

If you’re looking for the best deals for a golf trip to Pinheiros Altos Golf Course, then the low season between 20th June and 7th September is the best time to book. During this period, you can enjoy a round of golf for just €80 per person.

For those looking for a great deal for two people, you can take advantage of the 2-player and buggy offer for €178 during the high season.

If you prefer to play in the evening, one of the Twilight deals after 15:00 for €75 is also an excellent option. Make sure to book in advance to secure your spot and take advantage of these fantastic deals.

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Where is Pinheiros Altos Golf Course?

Pinheiros Altos Golf Course is a must-visit destination for any golf enthusiast, located in the heart of Quinta do Lago.

The course’s convenient location also puts it within easy reach of nearby towns, including Vilamoura, Vale do Lobo and Almancil.

Nearest Hotels

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If you’re planning a golf trip to Pinheiros Altos Golf Course, it is important to find nearby accommodation that caters to your needs. Therefore, we have thoroughly researched the best hotels near Pinheiros Altos Golf Course to ensure you have a wonderful golf holiday.

The closest and arguably the best hotel to stay at is Four Seasons Country Club, but many other good hotels are nearby. These include Wyndham Grand Algarve, Martinhal Quinta do Lago Family Resort, Dona Filipa Hotel, and Hotel Quinta do Lago.

For more recommendations, see our guide to the best hotels near Pinheiros Altos Golf Course, or take a look at our handpicked selections below.

Nearby Golf Courses

Pinheiros Altos Golf Course is surrounded by some of the most prestigious golf courses in the region. Some of the nearby courses include:

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