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The Course

Boasting a unique position within the Vilamoura portfolio, it is often asserted that the creation of the Millennium Golf Course was pivotal in cementing the status of this region as one of Europe’s most-visited and best-loved for golf. Opened in the year 2000 - comprising nine brand new holes and a refurbished inward half which had previously formed part of the original 27-hole Laguna Golf Course - this is a more open course that its neighbours, although holes 3-7 wind between pine trees.

For many, this stretch bears a resemblance to fairways of The Old Course Golf Club and Pinhal Golf Course, where landing areas grow narrower, requiring greater accuracy. A number of lakes, particularly interestingly on 17 and 18, enrich the remaining holes of the Millennium Golf Course, where a simple course strategy is always the best approach. 

 

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

Millennium 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 Millennium Golf Course

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

Contacts

Address

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

Telephone

+351 289 310 188

Gps Coordinates

Latitude: 37.101087 | Longitude: -8.135443

Hole By Hole

1
Millennium Golf Course - First Hole
First Hole
Stroke Index 9 / PAR 4
Tee Metres
-
325
300
292
250

Pro tip

A short par 4 opener that doglegs right about 100m before the green. The right hand side is defended by a copse and a ditch, as well as an out-of-bounds area which is the 9th hole. The bottom of the flag is not visible for the approach since the green is elevated. About 35m short of the green is a bunker at the foot of the slope and another guards the right front corner.

2
Millennium Golf Course - Second Hole
Second Hole
Stroke Index 7 / PAR 4
Tee Metres
-
391
386
377
345

Pro tip

At 391m off the raised back (white) tee this straight and flattish par 4 demands two long, accurate shots to reach the putting surface. A bunker just off the fairway can trap a hooked drive and two others are strategically placed at either side of the green.

3
Millennium Golf Course - Third Hole
Third Hole
Stroke Index 11 / PAR 3
Tee Metres
-
203
179
157
121

Pro tip

The longest par 3 on the card at 203m from the white tee, but only 121m for the ladies. A combination of length and precision is required to end up on the expansive roller-coaster green, with bunkers on each side, the left one being the larger of the two.

4
Millennium Golf Course - Fourth Hole
Fourth Hole
Stroke Index 3 / PAR 5
Tee Metres
-
502
470
450
404

Pro tip

A par 5 that is lined with pine-trees from tee to green. A small pond in front of the tee is merely a psychological hazard, and keeping to the fairway is the main secret. Mounds to the right of the speedy green can deflect a wayward approach away from that side.

5
Millennium Golf Course - Fifth Hole
Fifth Hole
Stroke Index 1 / PAR 4
Tee Metres
-
423
390
353
325

Pro tip

This 423m par 4 is stroke index 1 and is a slight dogleg left. Pines encroach on to the edge of the left hand side of the fairway and a long drive can reach a bunker to the right. A dip just before the green may hamper the long approach shot to an elongated green bunkered on either side.

6
Millennium Golf Course - Sixth Hole
Sixth Hole
Stroke Index 13 / PAR 6
Tee Metres
-
151
137
128
88

Pro tip

A tester of a par 3 as the green is set between a lake on the left and a bunker on the opposite side. The 26m long green which is narrow at the entrance accentuates the need for accuracy.

7
Millennium Golf Course - Seventh Hole
Seventh Hole
Stroke Index 5 / PAR 4
Tee Metres
-
393
383
350
306

Pro tip

Another challenging though not daunting par 4 and the last one in the pinewoods. Again a narrow fairway with some trees, especially on the left that can block out an errant tee-shot. On the approach the same difficulty arises on the right hand side and the green slopes generally from right to left where two small bunkers lurk in expectation.

8
Millennium Golf Course - Eighth Hole
Eighth Hole
Stroke Index 17 / PAR 5
Tee Metres
-
440
436
426
390

Pro tip

The wide open spaces tempt players to hit out on this par 5 that is reachable in two shots but the drive must be navigated clear of two bunkers on the left, between 218 and 187m from the green. A slight depression before the green can prevent a long second shot from rolling on to it.

9
Millennium Golf Course - Ninth Hole
Ninth Hole
Stroke Index 15 / PAR 4
Tee Metres
-
354
310
299
269

Pro tip

Short par 4 dogleg left where long hitters can clear both left hand side bunkers and set up a birdie chance by leaving a half wedge approach shot. Some danger with trees in the rough, mainly on the right. Also, take care with the undulations on the large, upward sloping green.

10
Millennium Golf Course - Tenth Hole
Tenth Hole
Stroke Index 8 / PAR 4
Tee Metres
-
339
335
319
274

Pro tip

Fairly straightforward par 4, 339m off the white tee. A drive with draw will steer away from the large bunker just off the fairway on the right, leaving a comfortable iron towards a green guarded by bunkers on either side.

11
Millennium Golf Course - Eleventh Hole
Eleventh Hole
Stroke Index 12 / PAR 5
Tee Metres
-
467
458
446
382

Pro tip

Tailored for the straight hitter, this par 5 includes three bunkers to trap off-line drives. Two more on the left, starting 58m from the front of the green, can force players to lay up short to allow for a full shot into the welcoming green that slopes up to the back.

12
Millennium Golf Course - Twelfth Hole
Twelfth Hole
Stroke Index 16 / PAR 4
Tee Metres
-
317
305
288
238

Pro tip

A fairway wood and mid- to short-iron shot are enough to land on the green on this par 4, only 317m from the back tee. Be careful with putts from the back down to the front as this green tends to be fast and has subtle breaks.

13
Millennium Golf Course - Thirteenth Hole
Thirteenth Hole
Stroke Index 14 / PAR 3
Tee Metres
-
188
142
132
95

Pro tip

It’s advisable not to under-club on this par 3 in order to clear the large bunker that fronts the green which has its widest portion up towards the back. The narrow entrance to the sloping green is protected on the right by another bunker.

14
Millennium Golf Course - Fourteenth Hole
Fourteenth Hole
Stroke Index 6 / PAR 4
Tee Metres
-
334
312
299
258

Pro tip

On this short par 4 it is an advantage to clear the two bunkers on either side of the fairway between 80 and 100m from the green as the approach must be played with a high-lofted iron. This is because the green is offset awkwardly to the right and the bunkering on both sides offers a narrow target.

15
Millennium Golf Course - Fifteenth Hole
Fifteenth Hole
Stroke Index 18 / PAR 3
Tee Metres
-
122
119
112
101

Pro tip

A short par 3 to a green surrounded by five bunkers, but an interesting challenge. Most players are content with two putts on the treacherous two-tiered putting surface which slopes from top right to bottom left.

16
Millennium Golf Course - Sixteenth Hole
Sixteenth Hole
Stroke Index 2 / PAR 4
Tee Metres
-
378
371
346
304

Pro tip

At stroke index 2, this 378m hole can cause problems to anyone playing it for the first time. The green is not visible from the tee as the fairway rises steadily for the first 230m and then slopes downwards. Aim to land your drive in the triangle formed by three bunkers just off the fairway. The gently undulating green is protected by three more bunkers but the narrow entrance will test your long approach play especially if the shot is blind.

17
Millennium Golf Course - Seventeenth Hole
Seventeenth Hole
Stroke Index 10 / PAR 4
Tee Metres
-
345
333
294
250

Pro tip

A large lake on the right or two bunkers on the opposite side can attract an off-line drive on this short par 4. The green, which is 41m from front to back, is within reach of an uphill 9-iron or wedge approach.

18
Millennium Golf Course - Eighteenth Hole
Eighteenth Hole
Stroke Index 4 / PAR 5
Tee Metres
-
504
454
438
367

Pro tip

A good challenging par 5 closing hole measuring 504m from the white tee. There is not much margin for error off the tee: out of bounds right and a tight landing area between a long lake left and a bunker at the edge of the fairway. The second shot must stay right to keep away from the water which extends close to the left hand side of the green. An iron shot is recommended until one can see the lie of the land and then it is a wedge approach to get home.