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The Course​

At the time of creation, the Victoria Golf Course was hailed as the most ambitious golf project Portugal had ever witnessed. Designed by true golfing legend, Arnold Palmer, there is absolutely no doubt that it has lived up to that lofty billing. Covering some 90 hectares, the venue encompasses one of the most complete golf complexes in Europe, and features an exceptional driving range and a putting green of some 2,500 m2. All of this has made it the obvious venue of choice for many of the top international tournaments to visit Portugal in recent times. Indeed, it has served as the host venue to the Portugal Masters on every occasion since 2007, while the World Cup Championship was staged there in 2005.

The Par-72 Championship layout, measuring 6.651 meters (7,273 yards) from the Palmer tees, incorporates and has ensured the preservation of natural wetlands on-site, as well as the typical vegetation of carob, olive and almond trees. A significant proportion of Victoria’s acreage is occupied by lakes, forming hazards to be avoided but which also have a strategic purpose in providing reservoirs for irrigation.

A number of teeing options on each hole (often as many as six are offered), accompanied by wide but undulating fairways, provide a fair test of golf, although water and cleverly-positioned bunkers pose a constant threat. 

 

The Facilities

  • Clubhouse

  • Golf Shop

  • Driving Range

  • Practice 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

Victoria Golf Course is just 20 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 Victoria Golf Course

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

Contacts

Address

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

Telephone

+351 289 320 100

Gps Coordinates

Latitude: 37.100036 | Longitude: -8.136884

Hole By Hole

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Victoria Golf Course - First Hole
First Hole
Stroke Index 9 / PAR 4
Tee Metres
408
393
360
344
320

Pro tip

To begin the round, it is necessary to hit a strait good drive, far away of the bunkers which protect the fairway each side. Then play a medium iron to the undulated green, protected on the left side by a bunker.

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Victoria Golf Course - Second Hole
Second Hole
Stroke Index 13 / PAR 4
Tee Metres
327
314
287
260
232

Pro tip

A good Tee off is the indicated to have a short and easy second shot to an elevated green, also protected by two bunkers. It is of a great importance to be aware of the flag position – in one of the two platforms.

3
Victoria Golf Course - Third Hole
Third Hole
Stroke Index 5 / PAR 5
Tee Metres
517
491
458
440
411

Pro tip

A good Tee off is the indicated to have a short and easy second shot to an elevated green, also protected by two bunkers. It is of a great importance to be aware of the flag positioThe tee shot is pretty easy, but it is convenient to be aware when playing the second and third shots, because of the fairway bunkers when approaching the green.n – in one of the two platforms.

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Victoria Golf Course - Fourth Hole
Fourth Hole
Stroke Index 3 / PAR 4
Tee Metres
372
354
334
315
290

Pro tip

This is a left dogleg, where the first preoccupation should be to make the ball fly over the fairway bunker. Then you will find a slightly elevated green, protected by only one bunker on the right side.

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Victoria Golf Course - Fifth Hole
Fifth Hole
Stroke Index 11 / PAR 5
Tee Metres
529
430
410
380
370

Pro tip

This is probably one of the course’s most difficult holes, where it is required a long and accurate Tee shot, since the descent of the drive to the right is protected by “Out of Bounds”. The entrance to the elevated green protected by three frontal bunkers represents another difficult shot.

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Victoria Golf Course - Sixth Hole
Sixth Hole
Stroke Index 15 / PAR 3
Tee Metres
199
160
149
134
112

Pro tip

The longest par 3 of the round has a large and slightly sinuous green, that requires to be played with a long iron, trying to avoid the two frontal bunkers.

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Victoria Golf Course - Seventh Hole
Seventh Hole
Stroke Index 1 / PAR 4
Tee Metres
466
391
354
321
307

Pro tip

A left dogleg where it is necessary to hit a 200m drive above the lake, as well as avoid the three bunkers on the right side, to have an easier shot to get the green. A wedge is a nice choice, but be aware of the bunkers on the right of the green.

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Victoria Golf Course - Eighth Hole
Eighth Hole
Stroke Index 17 / PAR 3
Tee Metres
154
134
119
102
91

Pro tip

This is the round’s shortest par 3 which hosts the biggest green – 900m² of a pretty flat green, which is defeated by a huge bunker.

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Victoria Golf Course - Ninth Hole
Ninth Hole
Stroke Index 7 / PAR 4
Tee Metres
404
365
345
315
293

Pro tip

The naturalized bunkers on both sides of the fairway require a straight and accurate drive. When attacking the green, it is also necessary to be aware of the two small but incommodious bunkers on the right side.

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Victoria Golf Course - Tenth Hole
Tenth Hole
Stroke Index 10 / PAR 4
Tee Metres
371
354
326
283
263

Pro tip

The undulating fairway creates the illusion that this 371m are shorter than they really are. After avoiding the bunkers of both sides of the fairway on the Tee off, get into the green by the right hand side – the bunker on the left side it’s a though one.

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Victoria Golf Course - Eleventh Hole
Eleventh Hole
Stroke Index 14 / PAR 4
Tee Metres
352
329
305
289
273

Pro tip

A hole to be played with intelligence – the drive’s descent is not easy since the hole is protected by water to the left and by two strategic bunkers to the right. The green is also protected by a beach bunker and water.

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Victoria Golf Course - Twelfth Hole
Twelfth Hole
Stroke Index 2 / PAR 5
Tee Metres
542
482
455
426
379

Pro tip

This is a highly complicated hole, requiring a straight drive between the water on the left side and the huge bunker on the right side. After a good Tee off it is possible to reach the green in two shots, flying over part of the lake and a beach bunker.

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Victoria Golf Course - Thirteenth Hole
Thirteenth Hole
Stroke Index 18 / PAR 3
Tee Metres
183
155
135
131
113

Pro tip

A highly complicated hole with a small green protected by a big frontal bunker and a smaller one on the left side. On the right side the sloping ground turns the approaching shot a hard work!

14
Victoria Golf Course - Fourteenth Hole
Fourteenth Hole
Stroke Index 6 / PAR 4
Tee Metres
388
363
314
302
262

Pro tip

One of the most beautiful holes of the course. It has two fairways separated by a water-line and a couple of waterfalls. If playing through the left fairway, there’s only a small bunker, but the second shot turns to be really tough – an elevated green with water on the left side. If playing through the right fairway, after making the ball fly over about 200m, the second shot is a much easier one.

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Victoria Golf Course - Fifteenth Hole
Fifteenth Hole
Stroke Index 16 / PAR 4
Tee Metres
288
275
257
241
224

Pro tip

As the shortest par 4 of the course, this is a relatively easy hole without any great obstacles. The fairway is protected by bunkers to the right of the drive’s descent, and once crossed, a wedge can be used for the second shot– be aware of the depression before the green, it gets difficult when approaching from there.

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Victoria Golf Course - Sixteenth Hole
Sixteenth Hole
Stroke Index 12 / PAR 3
Tee Metres
190
180
170
129
120

Pro tip

On the last par 3 of the course, it is required to hit a very accurate long iron, in order to reach the green. Aim to put the ball on the centre because of the frontal bunker and of the pronounced slopes in both sides.

17
Victoria Golf Course - Seventeenth Hole
Seventeenth Hole
Stroke Index 8 / PAR 5
Tee Metres
538
509
477
412
386

Pro tip

The “signature hole” chosen by Arnold Palmer is the longest hole of the course. All the dangerous sits on the right side, protected with water and several waterfalls. The approaching to the green, which is surrounded by water, is tough.

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Victoria Golf Course - Eighteenth Hole
Eighteenth Hole
Stroke Index 4 / PAR 4
Tee Metres
423
415
373
340
316

Pro tip

To play the most difficult and challenging par 4 of the course, with water on left side and several bunkers on right side of the fairway, it is required a good and long drive and a very accurate medium iron to get to the green, surrounded by water on the front and left side.