Laguna Golf Course

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The Course

The Laguna Golf Course has earned a reputation as being a somewhat unique offering within the Vilamoura golf portfolio. While its many water hazards and few trees set it apart, it truly finds its individuality in the number of holes which convey characteristics of a traditional links layout. American golf course architect Joseph Lee was given the responsibility for setting out the Laguna Golf Course over low-lying coastal terrain, and in this setting was able to establish 18 holes which offer a wide variety of playing conditions.

The course has been continually improved since the first ball was struck in 1990, although it retains all of the appeal of a modern test of golf, through which the strategic positioning of bunkers and a number of water obstacles demand accuracy of play. The Laguna Golf Course shares a well-proportioned and welcoming clubhouse with the neighbouring Millennium Golf Course. 

 

The Facilities

  • Clubhouse

  • Golf Shop

  • Driving Range

  • Putting Green

  • Bar/Restaurant

  • Buggy Bar

  • Valet Service

  • Free Wi-Fi

Golf Rules and Etiquette

  1. Dom Pedro Golf S.A. enforces a strict dress code and etiquette  -   sports shorts, beach ware, blue denim trousers or cargo shorts and t-shirts are not allowed on the premises  (if you are not properly dressed you will not be allowed on the course).
  2. Dress code must include trousers or tailored shorts, polo shirts, golf shoes and socks.
  3. The use of shoes with soft spikes is compulsory.
  4. When a player is preparing to strike the ball, his/her partner(s) should remain in silence.
  5. A player should not play until the players in front are out of range.
  6. Players must leave the green as soon as they finish playing the hole.
  7. Players searching for a lost ball should give way to the next group, if the ball is not found promptly.
  8. All players must play without unjustifiable delay and, whenever they have a free hole ahead, they must allow the group behind to play through.
  9. During busy periods, the players should mark the ball on Par 3 greens and move aside, so that the next group can tee off.
  10. In the interest of all, the game should go on without delay. All players should:
  1. Have prepared the ball, tee and tee club in advance;
  2. Not leave trolleys too far from the green or in the wrong direction for the following tee;
  3. Not mark the scorecard on the green;
  4. Not make more strokes than necessary when playing Stableford. 
  1.  Before leaving a bunker, players should carefully fill up and smooth over all holes and footprints made by them and any nearby made by others, repair pitch marks on greens and divot holes on the fairways.
  2. Club tests must not be carried out on greens, tees and fairways.
  3. Priorities on the golf course:
  • 3 and 2 ball over 4 ball;
  • 2 ball over 3 ball;
  • 1 ball has no priority;
  1. Players must be at the starting tee, at least 5 minutes before teeing off.  
  2. Any player that has not booked in advance is subject to starting time availability.
  3. Dom Pedro Golf S.A. golf courses starting times consist of 4 balls.  Players will always be paired to form groups of 4 balls.  In case player (s) refuse (s) to be paired in order to complete the formation, or vice-versa, access to play the course will be denied and refunds will not be issued.  Dom Pedro Golf SA can only guarantee closed groups - when the number is not multiple of 4 -  providing request is made in advance and subject to payment of the greens fees that are needed in order to complete the 4 ball formation.
  4. Players must always follow the starter and marshall’s indications;
  5.  Pace of play – a game of 18 holes must not exceed 04h40m of duration;
  6. In the event of golf course closure due to adverse weather conditions, green fees are not refundable.  Dom Pedro Golf S.A. will, however, will award players that have seen their game interrupted/suspended as a result, a personal and non-transferable rain voucher, valid for 1 year. In order to be awarded, "rain vouchers" players are requested to address reception desk  immediately after the game has been interrupted/suspended.
  • Players with 18-hole green fees who are unable to complete their game, having played less than 9 holes, will be awarded a 18-hole "rain voucher";
  • Players with 18-hole green fees who are unable to complete their game, having played more than 9 and less than 18 holes, will be awarded a 9-hole “rain voucher”.
  • Players with green fees "all you can play" or "9 holes" that do not complete the 9-hole course, will be issued a 9-hole "rain voucher".
  • Rain vouchers issued in low and mid Season can not be used in high Season.

Rules and Regulations

 “The Old Course Golf Club”, “Pinhal Golf Course”, “Laguna Golf Course”, “Millennium Golf Course” and “Victoria Golf Course”

Vilamoura, Algarve, Portugal

 

The Rules and Regulations herein, are set up to establish the operational rules for Dom Pedro Golf S.A. golf courses, in the municipality of Loulé, namely “The Old Course Golf Club”, “Pinhal Golf Course”, “Laguna Golf Course”, “Millennium Golf Course” and “Victoria Golf Course”.

I

Golf Course and Clubhouse

  1. The operating hours of the golf courses vary throughout the year, depending on the characteristics of each golf course and also the season of the year. The opening and closing hours are on display, at each golf course’s clubhouse.
  2. All players are requested to “check-in” at reception desk, located in the respective golf course clubhouse facility, prior to the game.
  3. Dom Pedro Golf S.A. requires valid Handicap Certificates.  Maximum allowed, 28 for Men and 36 for Ladies. Players with higher handicaps or beginners can only play with the authorization of  the  golf course Manager.
  4.  Practicing must only take place on the golf course, practice range and/or putting green facilities.
  5. Chipping must only take place at the chipping area available.
  6. Only Dom Pedro Golf S.A.’ owned buggies are allowed on the golf courses.
  7. The instructions for buggies and electric trolleys usage must be observed at all times.
  8. Club bags and trolleys must be kept away from greens.
  9. Buggies must be kept on buggy paths, or in the “roughs”, when there are no paths available.
  10. Only two players and two club bags are allowed per buggy.
  11. The golf course Manager may interdict the use of buggies onto the golf course, whenever he/she considers necessary, in order to protect the playing conditions of the courses.
  12. Every player must have his or her own bag of clubs.
  13. Children under 12 years of age are only allowed on the golf courses, providing a  “Term of Responsibility” has been read, agreed and signed by an overseeing adult, with legal competence for that purpose.
  14. Pets are not allowed on the practice range, golf course and/or Clubhouse facilities.
  15. Only food and beverage purchased on site can be consumed on the golf course, driving range facilities and Clubhouses.
  16. Only personal equipment or equipment rented from Dom Pedro Golf, S.A. are permitted on the golf course and driving range facilities.
  17. Dom Pedro Golf, S.A. can not be held responsible for the guard or loss of equipment,  goods or values,  on their facilities, including the golf courses, Clubhouses, changing/locker rooms, caddy-master warehouses  and car parks.
  18. Access to or permanence on the golf courses premises, driving ranges and Clubhouses may be denied to those persons whose behavior disturbs its normal activity or the activity of its users, namely:
  1. those who do not show any intention of using services nor consuming goods in the facilities;
  2. those who refuse, without lawful cause, to pay for the services used or for consumed goods;
  3. those who do not present nor conduct themselves in an appropriate manner;
  4. those who cause disturbances or scenes of violence;
  5. those who cause damage;
  6. those who disturb other users;
  7. those who are accompanied by animals or carrying firearms, sharp instruments, toxic chemicals, explosives, unhealthy and decaying products.
  8. those who present themselves intoxicated with alcohol or are under the influence of drugs.
  1. Dom Pedro Golf, S.A. offers civil liability and personal injury insurance, with legal coverage, for protection of its guests/players. Damage or loss caused by guests/players on other guests/players or any other third party or their belongings are not included in our insurance coverage.
  2. Dom Pedro Golf, S.A.  can not be held liable for physical damage caused to non-golfers visiting the course;
  3. Dom Pedro Golf S.A.  may decide to close the golf courses for maintenance, whenever considered necessary.

II

Golf Rules And Etiquette

  1. Dom Pedro Golf S.A. enforces a strict dress code and etiquette  -   sports shorts, beach ware, blue denim trousers or cargo shorts and t-shirts are not allowed on the premises  (if you are not properly dressed you will not be allowed on the course).
  2. Dress code must include trousers or tailored shorts, polo shirts, golf shoes and socks.
  3. The use of shoes with soft spikes is compulsory.
  4. When a player is preparing to strike the ball, his/her partner(s) should remain in silence.
  5. A player should not play until the players in front are out of range.
  6. Players must leave the green as soon as they finish playing the hole.
  7. Players searching for a lost ball should give way to the next group, if the ball is not found promptly.
  8. All players must play without unjustifiable delay and, whenever they have a free hole ahead, they must allow the group behind to play through.
  9. During busy periods, the players should mark the ball on Par 3 greens and move aside, so that the next group can tee off.
  10. In the interest of all, the game should go on without delay. All players should:
  1. Have prepared the ball, tee and tee club in advance;
  2. Not leave trolleys too far from the green or in the wrong direction for the following tee;
  3. Not mark the scorecard on the green;
  4. Not make more strokes than necessary when playing Stableford. 
  1.  Before leaving a bunker, players should carefully fill up and smooth over all holes and footprints made by them and any nearby made by others, repair pitch marks on greens and divot holes on the fairways.
  2. Club tests must not be carried out on greens, tees and fairways.
  3. Priorities on the golf course:
  • 3 and 2 ball over 4 ball;
  • 2 ball over 3 ball;
  • 1 ball has no priority;
  1. Players must be at the starting tee, at least 5 minutes before teeing off.  
  2. Any player that has not booked in advance is subject to starting time availability.
  3. Dom Pedro Golf S.A. golf courses starting times consist of 4 balls.  Players will always be paired to form groups of 4 balls.  In case player (s) refuse (s) to be paired in order to complete the formation, or vice-versa, access to play the course will be denied and refunds will not be issued.  Dom Pedro Golf SA can only guarantee closed groups - when the number is not multiple of 4 -  providing request is made in advance and subject to payment of the greens fees that are needed in order to complete the 4 ball formation.
  4. Players must always follow the starter and marshall’s indications;
  5.  Pace of play – a game of 18 holes must not exceed 04h40m of duration;
  6. In the event of golf course closure due to adverse weather conditions, green fees are not refundable.  Dom Pedro Golf S.A. will, however, will award players that have seen their game interrupted/suspended as a result, a personal and non-transferable rain voucher, valid for 1 year. In order to be awarded, "rain vouchers" players are requested to address reception desk  immediately after the game has been interrupted/suspended.
  • Players with 18-hole green fees who are unable to complete their game, having played less than 9 holes, will be awarded a 18-hole "rain voucher";
  • Players with 18-hole green fees who are unable to complete their game, having played more than 9 and less than 18 holes, will be awarded a 9-hole “rain voucher”.
  • Players with green fees "all you can play" or "9 holes" that do not complete the 9-hole course, will be issued a 9-hole "rain voucher".
  • Rain vouchers issued in low and mid Season can not be used in high Season.

III

Tournaments Rules and Regulations

  1. All competitions held at Dom Pedro Golf S.A. owned golf courses are played in accordance with “The Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews" Rules and Local Rules .
  2. The use of buggies in competitions will only be permitted if so decided by the Tournament Committee, or upon presentation of a medical certificate;
  3. The decisions of the Committee of each tournament are irreversible.
  4. Golf Course marks:

Tees:

  • White – Professional
  • Yellow – Men
  • Blue – Junior and Ladies
  • Red – Ladies
  • Gold - Senior players (only available at Victoria);

 

 

Golf Course:

  • White stakes – Out of bounds
  • Yellow stakes – Frontal water hazard
  • Red stakes – Lateral water hazard
  • Blue stakes or white line – Ground under repair

IV

Driving Range

  1. Players must comply with the instructions and information provided by starters, caddies and marshalls.
  2. Ball striking is only allowed within the areas limited by the bays.
  3. Dom Pedro Golf, S.A. reserves the right to close the driving range if considered necessary.
  4. Dom Pedro Golf, S.A. will not be held responsible for accidents in the driving range.
  5. It is strictly forbidden to take away practicing range balls.
  6. It is strictly forbidden to use practicing range balls on the golf course.
  7. It is not permitted to teach golf lessons on the driving range without the authorization of the Golf Course Manager.

V

 Golf Lessons

  1. Lessons  are available to both male and female gender, from beginners level with or without previous experience, to improvement lessons to all levels of play.
  2. Lessons are available from January through to December, including national bank holidays, with the exception of 25th December and 1st of January, winter season from 07h00 until 17h00, summer season from 07h00 until 19h00 and spring and autumn seasons between 07h00 and 18h00.  
  3. Lessons attendance must be preceded by the acquisition of tuition titles, which terms and prices are available to all interested, at golf receptions.
  4. The use of the golf course and driving range facilities for learning purposes or for improvement of the level of play, are only allowed to those who have purchased lessons and are accompanied by an authorized golf professional from Dom Pedro Golf, S.A.
  5. Golfers and accompanying guests must respect the guidelines given by the golf professional, and generally conduct themselves with respect for the values of silence, natural environment and be courteous to all.
  6. Adults accompanying children on the premises are responsible for ensuring that they comply with all norms present in the “rules and regulations” herein.
  7. Pets are not allowed anywhere in the golf premises nor driving range.
  8. No-shows or cancellations of lessons with a warning of less than 48 hours in advance, are not refundable.

VI
Security Instructions

Safety Instructions (Self Protection Measures) are contained in an autonomous document and are available and on display at the respective facility.

VII

Emergency Plan

The Emergency Plan is contained in an autonomous document and is available and on display at the respective facility.

Location

Laguna Golf Course is just 25 minutes drive from Faro Airport along the A22 motorway.

View the course on map.

Driving instructions:

Faro airport to A22 motorway

Exit Faro on the main road alongside the airport roundabout and follow the signs for Faro and A22. Continue along this road for approx 2.5 km and take the second exit on the right signposted A22 Lisboa & Portimão to join a dual carriageway. After approx 4 km move to the left hand lane and take the left fork on the dual carriageway following the sign A22/Lisboa/ Portimão/ Albufeira. After a further 3 km take the right hand exit off the dual carriageway following the sign for A22 Lisboa/Portimão/Albufeira.

A22 motorway to Laguna Golf Course

Leave the A22 at the Boliqueime /Vilamoura exit, then follow directions to Vilamoura. On entering Vilamoura, follow the signs to the Laguna Golf Course.

Contacts

Address

Laguna Golf Course
Caminho da Fonte do Ulme,
8125-406, Vilamoura

Telephone

+351 289 310 180

Gps Coordinates

Latitude: 37.101087 | Longitude: -8.135443

Hole By Hole

1
Laguna Golf Course - First Hole
First Hole
Stroke Index 16 / PAR 5
Tee Metres
-
480
460
443
403

Pro tip

This opening PAR 5 at 470 metres off the white tee may require a drive with draw to avoid a single fairway bunker to the right. A lay-up second shot may be advisable as five bunkers starting 85 metres from the green can trap off-line shots. More sand awaits errant approaches at each corner of the large, split level green.

2
Laguna Golf Course - Second Hole
Second Hole
Stroke Index 12 / PAR 3
Tee Metres
-
133
121
115
103

Pro tip

A short slightly downhill PAR 3 follows, but take enough club to carry over the huge bunker guarding the left front of the putting surface. Two further greenside bunkers are located to the right and back.

3
Laguna Golf Course - Third Hole
Third Hole
Stroke Index 4 / PAR 4
Tee Metres
-
357
342
336
323

Pro tip

Now we come to a sequence of three complicated holes due mainly to water hazards. This medium PAR 4 accompanies a lake on the right starting about 160 metres short of the green and the fairway slopes down towards the water. A bunker left can hamper those favouring that side from the tee. The fairway funnels towards the slightly elevated green flanked by a bunker and the lake. 

4
Laguna Golf Course - Fourth Hole
Fourth Hole
Stroke Index 6 / PAR 3
Tee Metres
-
196
150
140
135

Pro tip

At 196 metres off the white tee (but only 150 from the yellow) this PAR 3 is a test of nerves as another lake looms closely on the right. The narrow entrance at the left of the upward sloping green is guarded by two bunkers so a high trajectory tee-shot is normally needed.

5
Laguna Golf Course - Fifth Hole
Fifth Hole
Stroke Index 8 / PAR 4
Tee Metres
-
315
298
289
220

Pro tip

This is an unusual 315 metres dogleg right PAR 4 and a memorable hole where both the tee-shot and approach demand almost pinpoint accuracy. A long iron or short fairway wood shot over the lake is recommended in order to land short of three fairway bunkers. This leaves an approach over the edge of the same lake that encroaches into the fairway. There are twin bunkers left and back of the green that rises up to the back.

6
Laguna Golf Course - Sixth Hole
Sixth Hole
Stroke Index 18 / PAR 4
Tee Metres
-
300
280
273
221

Pro tip

Another short PAR 4, and potential birdie hole provided the tee-shot stays clear of two bunkers to the left and the short wedge to the green is on target. Two sand traps guard the rear of the narrow green.

7
Laguna Golf Course - Seventh Hole
Seventh Hole
Stroke Index 10 / PAR 4
Tee Metres
-
321
303
293
235

Pro tip

A fairway wood played right of centre should steer away from the cross bunkers on this 321metres hole. This will set up the required approach with a lofted club to clear the bunker defending the front of the raised green which narrows as it rises toward the back where bunkers lie ominously on either side. 

8
Laguna Golf Course - Eighth Hole
Eighth Hole
Stroke Index 14 / PAR 5
Tee Metres
-
474
456
446
374

Pro tip

Gradual dogleg left PAR 5 where the drive must negotiate three bunkers at the top of a gentle slope. The fairway then turns downwards, exposing the job in hand: staying out of three more bunkers from about 50-90 metres short of the elevated saucer-shaped green which is almost encircled by four more traps.

9
Laguna Golf Course - Ninth Hole
Ninth Hole
Stroke Index 2 / PAR 4
Tee Metres
-
378
364
358
320

Pro tip

With out-of-bounds and a bunker left together with water to the right, a well positioned drive on this PAR 4 is a must. An ancient scoop-wheel well has been retained as a mid-fairway hazard 68 metres short of the green but the lake extends threateningly up to a few metres from the right hand front of the putting surface. A limited bale-out area exists to the left but take care again to stay in bounds.

10
Laguna Golf Course - Tenth Hole
Tenth Hole
Stroke Index 17 / PAR 5
Tee Metres
-
484
464
454
419

Pro tip

The hole stretches away from the high tees to the plain below, and appears to encourage two long draws to attack the green which is bunkered all along the left approach. The wind helps the draw on the tee shot to set up the best angle into the green. But drawing of the approach shot must not be overdone for the green, 45 metres long, is narrow and slopes down to the left. When any cross breeze is blowing a controlled fade is a better option to hold the second shot up on the green.

11
Laguna Golf Course - Eleventh Hole
Eleventh Hole
Stroke Index 7 / PAR 4
Tee Metres
-
372
356
346
304

Pro tip

This 372 metres PAR 4 has a large fairway bunker on the right, shared with the 16th hole, that includes two grassy islands, and another small bunker left to restrict the landing area. Although reachable in two, the second shot requires plenty carry to clear a centrally placed bunker close to the green. There is more sand at each side of the back of the green.

12
Laguna Golf Course - Twelfth Hole
Twelfth Hole
Stroke Index 5 / PAR 3
Tee Metres
-
181
148
138
124

Pro tip

The stroke index of 5 is indicative of the difficulty of this PAR-3, 181 metres from the back tee. Most of the distance to the upward sloping green is over a lake, and a pair of bunkers left and right await wayward shots. 

13
Laguna Golf Course - Thirteenth Hole
Thirteenth Hole
Stroke Index 1 / PAR 4
Tee Metres
-
405
389
379
320

Pro tip

Rated stroke index 1, this is the longest PAR 4 at 405 metres. An out-of-bounds fence and single bunker on the left are the only hazards from the tee but the long second to the raised green really needs to be drawn round a large bunker fronting the green as the carry for average players is well-nigh impossible without a good following wind. The lake on the right near the green rarely comes into play.

14
Laguna Golf Course - Fourteenth Hole
Fourteenth Hole
Stroke Index 3 / PAR 4
Tee Metres
-
334
319
308
272

Pro tip

A conservative tee-shot is normally the key on this short PAR 4 which bends round to the right alongside a lake. There are however a couple of bunkers to dodge on the left, within short iron distance of the green. Once you are in a suitable position, the approach only needs to clear the edge of the lake and of course keep out of the three greenside bunkers.

15
Laguna Golf Course - Fifteenth Hole
Fifteenth Hole
Stroke Index 13 / PAR 5
Tee Metres
-
507
491
481
443

Pro tip

To score well on this unconventional PAR 5 the drive must be long enough and away from two right hand side bunkers to enable you to clear the water on the second shot. The lake starts on the left but later narrows and crosses to the right under a bridge about 170 metres from the green and then accompanies the right hand side very close to the putting surface. The second should be placed left for the ideal approach shot. 

16
Laguna Golf Course - Sixteenth Hole
Sixteenth Hole
Stroke Index 15 / PAR 4
Tee Metres
-
354
334
324
282

Pro tip

Although there are bunkers to attract errant tee-shots right and left on this 354 metres PAR 4, they are off the wide fairway. The best angle in is from the right as this opens up the long green guarded by two bunkers left and right.

17
Laguna Golf Course - Seventeenth Hole
Seventeenth Hole
Stroke Index 11 / PAR 3
Tee Metres
-
153
140
130
107

Pro tip

A somewhat daunting PAR 3 with the severely sloping green nestled between a lake on the left and a bunker opposite. Although only 153 metres off the white tee, many golfers play short and right, hoping for a good chip and putt to score PAR.

18
Laguna Golf Course - Eighteenth Hole
Eighteenth Hole
Stroke Index 9 / PAR 4
Tee Metres
-
377
360
352
295

Pro tip

A straightforward PAR 4 finishing hole although a few trees on the right can obstruct an off-line tee-shot. Without too much of a head wind you can risk going for the green in two although four bunkers around it leave only a small entrance at the right hand side.