Vale do Lobo’s Royal Golf Course has been one of the jewels of Algarve golf since it opened in 1997. Read on for a full review of the course, ensuring you get the most from your round of golf here.
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In low season (December and January), Vale Do Lobo Royal green fees start at €73. In mid season (March, May through August), they increase to €100, and in high season (April, May, September, and October), they reach €135.
For golfers who can tee off after 15:30, The Vale Do Lobo Royal course offers twilight green fees, which range in price from €60 in low season to €80 in high season.
Note: Green Fees prices may vary season to season
Sir Henry Cotton designed the original two 9-hole courses at Vale Do Lobo, which opened in 1969. The resort was later extended in 1997 by Rocky Roquemore to provide the two 18-hole courses, Ocean and Royal, that are present today.
There are a couple of breathtaking holes that are worthy of getting the camera phone out, for that panoramic tee shot as you crush it onto the green. Fairways that wind through some of Portugal’s most expensive homes are the cherry on top of what can be a difficult round of golf.
Of the two courses, the Royal course is often cited as the most interesting and challenging. While it lacks some of the ocean views of its sister course, it does have a couple of holes where you can see the Atlantic Ocean in all its glory.
For the rest of your round, you’ll be further inland, playing along rolling fairways lined with beautiful Atlantic pines and opulent villas that provide a glimpse as to how the other half lives.
If you read any online review of the Vale do Lobo Royal golf course, it will mention the 16th. A 220-yard par-3 hole plays along the cliffs and over a ravine. It’s so spellbinding, that it’s often cited as the most photographed hole in the Algarve.
Another hole worthy of mention is the 9th. Golfers are greeted with an almost island green that will require precision and the correct club selection off the tee to stand any chance of making par.
The Vale Do Lobo Royal Course plays 6,208 yards off the yellow tees and 5,368 yards off the reds. Par is 72. Men must have a handicap of 28 or below, and ladies must have a handicap of 36 or below to play the Royal Course.
There are some excellent birdie opportunities to be had for higher handicappers. The first hole is a case in point, a 400 yard par-5. Hit a decent drive, and you can easily reach the green in 2 shots. All that’s left is to sink a 2-putt to start your round below par.
While the Vale do Lobo Royal course may feel a little overdeveloped in places and some of the holes lack a little imagination, it’s still worth playing just for the 16th alone. It’s one of those special holes that will stay with you forever, and one to tick off your Algarve golf course bucket list.
Vale Do Lobo Ocean Packages are available from various specialist golf holiday providers and typically include accommodation at Vale Do Lobo Resort.
The best deals for The Vale Do Lobo Royal golf course can be found when choosing twilight golf rounds. If you book after 15:30 during April and May you can expect green fees of €80 per round instead of €130. Teeing off before 16:30 should provide enough time to complete your round at the end of May as sunset is 20:46.
Booking accommodation at Vale Do Lobo resort undoubtedly offers the best value, with steep discounts on green fees offered to guests that stay on site.
Booking accommodation with a specialist golf travel agent will provide you with the lowest overall cost if you are only wanting to play the Ocean or Royal courses during your trip.
As an added bonus, golfers receive €15 off massages at the spa, when you book a round of golf at the Ocean golf course.
Vale Do Lobo Ocean Golf Course is located due east of Vilamoura in the Vale do Lobo Resort. It’s also close to the Quinta do Lago Golf Resort, and is a perfect base for any golfing holiday. There are plenty of world-class 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.
If you’re staying in Vilamoura, grab a table at Restaurante Retinto, which serves up beautiful BBQ meat skewers, perfect after a busy round of golf. They also offer lighter tapas bites if you have less of an appetite.
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There are plenty of hotel options when playing Vale do Lobo Royal course. Vilamoura caters exceptionally well for golfers. Our top recommendations include the Vale do Lobo Resort and the Dona Filipa Hotel.
For further recommendations, see our guide to the best hotels near Vale do Lobo Royal Golf Course or our handpicked selections below.
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