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The Old Course Golf Club

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The Course

In the heart of Vilamoura lies the Grande Dame of Algarve courses, The Old Course Golf Club. As one of the first-established layouts in the region, the Frank Pennink-design is well regarded throughout the golfing world. Although it is but a mere 20-minute drive from Faro Airport, the course finds itself situated amongst impressive pine trees and set out over gently undulating terrain. There can be no argument that, for all who are lucky enough to play here, this is a golf course that lives long in the memory.

The modernisation programme preserved the challenge of this magnificent layout for future generations and raised the quality of The Old Course Golf Club to new heights. An attractive new clubhouse and the putting green adjacent were the finishing touches to this renovation in the final years of the last millennium and still add much to the golfer’s experience.

As with each Vilamoura course, detailed management systems ensure environmental protection practices are strictly adhered to.

 

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

The Old Course Clube de Golfe 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 The Old Course Clube de Golfe

Leave the A22 at the Boliqueime /Vilamoura exit, then follow directions to Vilamoura. On entering Vilamoura, follow the signs to the  Old Course Clube de Golfe.

Contacts

Address
The Old Course Golf Club
Volta do Medronho
8125-548, Vilamoura
Telephone

+351 289 310 341

Gps Coordinates

Latitude: 37.101936 | Longitude: -8.115834

Hole By Hole

1
The Old Course Golf Club - First Hole
First Hole
Stroke Index 17 / PAR 4
Tee Metres
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310
302
296
282

Pro tip

This short downhill par 4 presents the choice of a risk/reward long drive as the fairway narrows at the landing area. The safe route is a shorter tee–shot, avoiding encroaching pine trees on either side, leaving a full short iron approach threaded between the greenside bunkers, to a 25m putting surface that slopes down from the front.

2
The Old Course Golf Club - Second Hole
Second Hole
Stroke Index 5 / PAR 5
Tee Metres
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435
417
407
375

Pro tip

The first of five par 5 holes is up a gentle slope with a generous fairway. Off the tee, stay clear of the single fairway bunker on the left. On the second shot the flag appears to be closer than it is but a small plateau before the green, not visible from a distance, can fool you into incorrect club selection. Keep your approach below the flag on the upward sloping green to improve your birdie chances.

3
The Old Course Golf Club - Third Hole
Third Hole
Stroke Index 9 / PAR 4
Tee Metres
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324
300
290
252

Pro tip

A well–placed drive away from the voluminous umbrella pine up on the left leaves the ideal route to the green on this short par 4. The main danger thereafter consists of two bunkers on either side of the entrance to the green.

4
The Old Course Golf Club - Fourth Hole
Fourth Hole
Stroke Index 15 / PAR 3
Tee Metres
-
163
149
139
113

Pro tip

This medium length par 3 is the most scenic hole. Played over the only pond on the course, the direct route to the green includes an umbrella pine plus a frontal bunker. The sizeable green is also flanked by three other sand traps, but a confident strike should overcome these mainly psychological hazards.

5
The Old Course Golf Club - Fifth Hole
Fifth Hole
Stroke Index 10 / PAR 5
Tee Metres
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485
449
440
400

Pro tip

The drive starts off through a menacingly narrow avenue of tall pines. The ideal landing area is right of centre without flirting with the first fairway bunker on the right. This takes a sole pine on the left out of play for the long second shot on this par 5. A further pair of lofty pines act as sentinels close to the subtly contoured green.

6
The Old Course Golf Club - Sixth Hole
Sixth Hole
Stroke Index 11 / PAR 3
Tee Metres
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212
196
181
164

Pro tip

At 212m off the raised back (white) tee with its fine view towards the ocean this is the longest par 3, although being downhill takes off some of the effective distance. The secret is dodging the bunkers at the entrance to the green.

7
The Old Course Golf Club - Seventh Hole
Seventh Hole
Stroke Index 7 / PAR 4
Tee Metres
-
393
344
334
312

Pro tip

This long par 4 is a dogleg right to left up the hill, the player really should draw the ball off the tee to assure that it doesn’t run out of fairway and finish in the bunker or in the trees. The player can hardly see the putting surface on the 2nd shot, an extra club will not hurt you because it´s a very long green.

8
The Old Course Golf Club - Eighth Hole
Eighth Hole
Stroke Index 1 / PAR 4
Tee Metres
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419
400
390
354

Pro tip

Stroke index 1 says it all. A long, gradual but not severely sloping uphill hole, it is close to maximum length for par 4’s. Aim left off the tee but away from the bunker since the fairway camber can deflect your tee-shot into the rough under the pines on the right. Two bunkers, one greenside, on the right guard the large sloping green. Usually you need three well executed strokes to set up a par here.

9
The Old Course Golf Club - Ninth Hole
Ninth Hole
Stroke Index 13 / PAR 4
Tee Metres
-
265
260
250
245

Pro tip

Unless you are a long straight hitter, tactical play off the tee on this short par 4 is required as the landing area close to the green is fraught with danger from trees, rough and bunkers. A mid’iron from the tee to the left side of the fairway will leave only a 9’iron or wedge approach to the sloping and generally fast amphitheatre green.

10
The Old Course Golf Club - Tenth Hole
Tenth Hole
Stroke Index 18 / PAR 3
Tee Metres
-
153
148
138
114

Pro tip

The back 9 starts with a teaser of a par 3 measuring 153m from the white tee. The shot is all 'carry' over a depression to the green so make sure you take enough club to land on the green or thereabouts since anything short is played from a steep slope with rough.

11
The Old Course Golf Club - Eleventh Hole
Eleventh Hole
Stroke Index 4 / PAR 4
Tee Metres
-
390
371
357
329

Pro tip

A tricky par 4 dogleg, stroke index 4. Plan the downhill drive carefully, avoiding the left and aiming to play between the two fairway bunkers. The difficulties on the uphill approach are mainly on the right with the omnipresent pines, a steep slope as well as bunker to catch errant shots. Take care with the breaks when reading the green.

12
The Old Course Golf Club - Twelfth Hole
Twelfth Hole
Stroke Index 6 / PAR 5
Tee Metres
-
487
482
472
359

Pro tip

This par 5 is an unusual dogleg right with the shorter section first. Long hitters can gain distance by cutting the corner over the pines close to the out of bounds fence. The second shot is straight up a gentle climb but demands precision due to the narrow pine tree lined fairway with a bunker on the right, 95m short of the green. Two other bunkers, one on each side, defend the entrance to the green. A good challenge.

13
The Old Course Golf Club - Thirteenth Hole
Thirteenth Hole
Stroke Index 16 / PAR 4
Tee Metres
-
348
342
332
296

Pro tip

This is a tricky par 4. A left to right dogleg and a fairway that runs from right to left into a small ditch along the fairway really demands extra attention. You really don´t need to be long off the tee; play for position and you will have a better shot in. The 2nd shot is slightly down hill into a small target, make sure you don´t hit it over the green, this will make some serious damage to you score card.

14
The Old Course Golf Club - Fourteenth Hole
Fourteenth Hole
Stroke Index 8 / PAR 5
Tee Metres
-
440
426
405
342

Pro tip

A short par 5 and potential birdie opportunity. This requires a drive threaded between the bunkers on either side of the fairway, followed by an accurate uphill fairway wood ending up on or close to the large green protected by three bunkers. A more conservative strategy should ensure a relatively simple par on this hole.

15
The Old Course Golf Club - Fifteenth Hole
Fifteenth Hole
Stroke Index 14 / PAR 3
Tee Metres
-
150
145
135
106

Pro tip

Similar to the 10th, this par 3 demands a medium to short iron over a depression direct from the tee to a wider green, albeit not so long from front to back. Bunkers right and left on the slope up to the green await any short offline shots.

16
The Old Course Golf Club - Sixteenth Hole
Sixteenth Hole
Stroke Index 2 / PAR 5
Tee Metres
-
514
494
484
428

Pro tip

The longest par 5 at 514m off the white tee down to 428m for the ladies, and rated stroke index 2. The ideal drive to the narrow landing area is on the left hand side, avoiding both the bunker and large pine tree just off the fairway. This will set up a downhill second shot to the wide part of the fairway some 110m short of the green, leaving a full short iron to the target. The green has bunkering on both sides.

17
The Old Course Golf Club - Seventeenth Hole
Seventeenth Hole
Stroke Index 12 / PAR 4
Tee Metres
-
353
348
338
312

Pro tip

This is a fascinating dogleg left par 4. Slightly uphill from the tee one can see two bunkers at the top of the slope. Longer hitters can clear these and get some run beyond the crest of the rise. A bail out area is available to the right, leaving a longer approach shot. The contoured green is on an upward slope and the putting lines can be awkward to read.

18
The Old Course Golf Club - Eighteenth Hole
Eighteenth Hole
Stroke Index 3 / PAR 4
Tee Metres
-
413
340
330
303

Pro tip

The par 4 closing hole is straightforward except for those playing from the 'tiger' tee — 73m behind the yellow one. The fairway narrows between a left hand bunker and a pine on the right between 110m and 130m from the green so precision off the tee will be rewarded. An off-line weak approach will flirt with two bunkers at the entrance to the green.