Dom Pedro is a force for golf in Vilamoura, owning and operating five stunning golf courses suitable for all abilities. Such is the breadth of their portfolio; they have one of the broadest range of courses available from any major operator in the region.
Read on to find out which course we rate as the best Dom Pedro golf course in Vilamoura and show you how to get the best deals to play, including low green fees, cheap hotels and package deals.
Per Night: £90
It was initially part of a 27-hole setup that formed part of the Laguna course but was extended to create 2 separate golf courses at the turn of the century.
Millennium is more open than other golf courses in the Dom Pedro collection and will suit golfers with higher handicaps.
The best holes (3-7) wander through ancient pine trees that provide a hint of that exceptional golf course, Augusta.
There’s also some water at Millennium, but not too much as to become frustrating. Play sensibly on the 6th, 17th and 18th to avoid it, and you have every chance of posting a good score on the day.
Per Night: £90
Dom Pedro Laguna Golf Course is ranked fourth on our list. Laguna now has 18 holes to call its own, ever since Millennium opened over 20 years ago.
As the name suggests, what you’ll find a lot of here is water. Some have argued that it reminds them more of a links course, such is how it plays, and that’s no bad thing.
If you have a tendency to be erratic off the tees or are prone to the odd wayward iron shot, make sure to pack a few spare balls, as the water will punish you if you’re not accurate.
With that being said, the ground is very flat here, and it will suit mid-handicapper golfers. As long as you’re straight, you have every chance of posting a decent score.
Holes 11 and 12 are particular highlights at Dom Pedro Laguna. You’ll need to make your way around and over a large lake to make par.
Millennium and Laguna share the same clubhouse, making them a perfect pairing for any golf holiday for mid-high handicappers.
Per Night: £90
Coming in at number three is Dom Pedro Pinhal Golf Course. Designed by Frank Pennick and opened in 1976, Pinhal has received several updates You’ll now find a quirky course that meanders through some rather stunning villa complexes.
They say that variety is the spice of life, which you get with Pinhal. You're hitting over a ravine one minute and on the flat the next. There are doglegs left and right, a bit of water, and everything in between. You can be forgiven for not knowing if you’re coming or going at certain points around Laguna and it makes for a truly challenging experience.
Pinhal is a course where you need to stop and think about many of your shots. There are some risk-reward opportunities here that will suit both mid and low-handicapper golfers.
One final word on Pinhal. Make sure you take a buggy. Some of the tee boxes can be a bit of a walk and it will make life a lot easier on those tired legs.
Per Night: £90
It was a close call whether to put the Dom Pedro Old Course in number 1, but it just misses out on the top spot.
Dom Pedro Old Course is the second oldest golf course in the Algarve and has that classic feel to it. Designed by Frank Pennick and opened in 1969, hazards are intelligently placed to catch any golfer who gets lazy with shot placement.
Water doesn’t play a big role at the Old Course, but plenty of trees bring a different challenge to any round you play here. In a way, they can be more frustrating. There’s nothing worse than finding a big fat tree blocking what would have been the perfect approach shot to the green.
The signature hole on the old course is the 8th. This hole, which measures more than 400 metres from the Medal tee, gradually descends to a fairway bunker before rising to a small green that is well-defended on all sides by trees.
Per Night: £90
At number 1 is the Dom Pedro Victoria course, designed by none other than Arnold Palmer. Victoria, plays host to the European Tour Portuguese Masters and has done so since 2007.
As a championship course, you’ll find everything you’d expect from a venue geared up for hosting major events, including a large swanky clubhouse.
On the course, you can expect fast, manicured greens and inviting fairways that let the big hitters really attack many of the holes that present themselves here.
Victoria’s signature hole is the 17th selected by Palmer himself. There is water lurking all the way down the right side of this area, and there are a few beautiful waterfalls for dramatic effect.
Dom Pedro Vilamoura Golf Packages
Dom Pedro Vilamoura golf packages are available from many specialist golf travel agents. Most can tailor your package to include the specific courses that you want to play.
Accommodation will usually include a stay in one of the Dom Pedro hotels located in the Vilamoura area, meaning travel times to and from the courses is short. All Dom Pedro hotels provide a complimentary shuttle service to and from all of their golf courses too, resulting in a stress-free commute to the first tee.
Recommended Travel Agents
It's important that you use only established golf specialist travel agents when booking your golf holiday. Below are our recommendations.
Golfbreaks offers Dom Pedro golf packages to suit all budgets. They can customise a package for you, whether you want to play the easier Millennium or Laguna courses or the more difficult Victoria and Old Course. Some of the packages that we’ve highlighted are below
Dom Pedro Millenium and Pinhal Package
3 nights bed and breakfast at dom Pedro Vilamoura and 2 rounds at either Dom Pedro Millennium & Dom Pedro Pinhal from £269 per person excluding flights
Dom Pedro Victoria, Old Course and Laguna Package
3 nights' accommodation at Dom Pedro Vilamoura on a bed and breakfast basis and 3 rounds of golf at each of the following courses: Dom Pedro Victoria, Old Course and Laguna. Prices start at £455 per person, excluding flights.
Your Golf Travel was founded in 2005 and is one of the largest golf travel agents in Europe. they offer a wide range of golf packages for Dom Pedro golf courses, with stays ranging from 2 nights – 2 weeks. Their customer service and package options are excellent.
Dom Pedro Laguna, Millennium or Pinhal Package
Your Golf Travel offer 3 nights bed and breakfast at Dom Pedro Portobelo with 3 rounds of your choice at either Dom Pedro Laguna, Millennium, or Pinhal starting at £315 per person, excluding flights.
Dom Pedro Old Course, Millennium and Pinhal Package
Stay for 5 nights at Prado Villas on a self-catering basis. This package includes 3 rounds at the following courses: Dom Pedro Old Course, Millennium and Pinhal. Prices start from £459 per person, excluding flights.
Best Dom Pedro Hotels in Vilamoura
Dom Pedro owns three hotels in Vilamoura. All offer very comfortable accommodation and are within a short distance of all of their golf courses. Dom Pedro also offers a free shuttle service to and from each of their golf courses, making travel to and from the hotel very easy and hassle-free.
Many of the Dom Pedro hotels are featured in golf package deals available from specialist golf travel agents, but they are very easy to book independently, and you can often get better rates booking separately.
Dom Pedro Golf Course Deals
Depending on how often you want to play, you can choose from a variety of promotions run by The Dom Pedro Group at their golf courses, including twilight rounds, multiple-round packages, and frequent player cards.
Victoria Dom Pedro Twilight Golf
Dom Pedro Frequent Player Card
A Dom Pedro Frequent Player card membership might be worthwhile if you intend to stay in Vilamoura for an extended period of time. Price points for memberships range from €600 for three months to €1,200 for a full year.
The Dom Pedro Frequent Player card offers discounted membership rates at all Dom Pedro golf courses, along with significant buggy and club rental cost savings. See the full list of rates for Dom Pedro Frequennt Player Card.
As an illustration of the money you'll save, consider that off-season green fees at Dom Pedro Victoria cost €83 per person. With a Dom Pedro Frequent Player card, it costs €48.
During peak season, a regular round at Dom Pedro Victoria will set you back €176, but with a Frequent Player card, you'll only have to pay €43.
Dom Pedro Multiple Rounds Packages
Dom Pedro Golf offers Multiple Rounds Packages for visitors who are only in Vilamoura for a short time but would like to play on multiple courses.
Depending on your group size, you may be eligible for a discounted rate when you book a minimum of three rounds of golf at either Laguna, Millennium, Old Course, Pinhal, or Victoria.
Where are Dom Pedro Golf Courses Located?
Dom Pedro golf courses are all located in Vilamoura. All golf courses are within a 10 minute drive of the Marina where the company’s hotels are located.
Vilamoura has an active bar and restaurant scene, ensuring that you’ll be well fed and watered during your stay.
The gorgeous BBQ meat skewers at Restaurante Retinto are just what you need after a long day on the golf course, so make sure to reserve a table there during your stay in Villamoura. They also offer lighter tapas bites if you have less of an appetite.
If you want to try traditional Portuguese dishes, where the seafood is the main attraction, check out O Marisco on the Marina. It’s reasonably priced and delicious. The setting is pretty special too.
Closest Airport to Dom Pedro Vilamoura Golf Courses
The nearest airport to the Dom Pedro Golf Courses is Faro, 28 kilometres away, and it will take you around 35 minutes to get there by car.
Other Nearby Golf Courses
Vilamoura has one of the tightest concentrations of golf courses in Portugal, making it a perfect base for any golf holiday. Some other courses that are very close by are:
Per Night: £83
Pestana Vila Sol, is a 27-hole golf course providing 3 loops of 9 holes, the Prime Loop, the Challenge Loop and the Prestige Loop. Each has its own character and unique set of challenges.
Pestana Villa Sol hosted the Portuguese Open in 1991 and 1992, indicating the course's quality and the tests that face any golfer that decides to take it on.
Per Night: £86
Vale Do Lobo Royal Course is one of the Algarve’s most highly prized golf courses. The 16th hole is probably one of the most photographed holes in Portugal. Golfers tee off over a ravine with the cliffs and ocean stretching out to your left. It’s worth playing just for this hole alone.
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.
Per Night: £86
The Vale do Lobo Ocean Course is located along the coast at the same resort as the Royal golf course.
The highlight of the Ocean Course is, unsurprisingly, the ocean holes. These are 3-5-6-11-14-15. Prepare for breathtaking views as the course opens up and meanders down to the sea and the beautiful sandy beaches.
Per Night: £157
Located a few minutes drive due west from Vilamoura, is Pine Cliffs Golf Course. While there are only nine holes, Martin Hawtree has carefully designed each one to present a unique set of challenges.
The priority here was to maintain the Pine trees in their natural environment, leaving the landscape as undisturbed as possible. A feat that he has largely accomplished.
Pine Cliffs Golf Course is famous for its sixth hole par 3, golfers must carry a 200 yard drive over a ravine aptly named “Devils Parlour”. Shorter hitters may want to dig out their slazenger ball for this hole. Land it short and you’re not finding it.
Mark is the founder of Getaway Golfer. He loves to play golf and travel the world. He is passionate about sharing his knowledge of the best golf courses and providing travel suggestions for golfers.
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