Where to Stay: Dom Pedro Marina
The Pinhal golf course is located on the outskirts of Vilamoura just a short five-minute taxi journey back to the ever-popular Marina.
The Pinhal golf course was the second golf course in Vilamoura and was inaugurated in 1976. The original golf course was designed by Frank Pennink, also the architect of the Old Course Vilamoura. Several refinements were incorporated over the years, the most significant one by Robert Trent Jones Sr. in 1985. Trent Jones re-designed and improved the original layout to make the Pinhal golf course more playable for the average golfers and giving the travelling golfer yet another good excuse to play golf in the Algarve.
The golf course is typified by rolling parkland terrain covered with numerous umbrella and Atlantic pines that line many of the fairways and a few even stand out on fairways or near greens. Ponds and a stream come into play on five holes but are not serious threats to above-average golfers.
To keep up with modern technical advances in clubs and balls, several holes have recently been lengthened and the par 72 course now measures 6353m off the white tee markers. The clubhouse was completely renovated and modernized at the turn of the millennium and from the large veranda, one can enjoy a panoramic view of the excellent driving range and practice facilities.
The popularity of all golf courses in Vilamoura has continued to grow over many years, along with the quality, with Vilamoura now having six golf courses in total and an incredible 117 holes of golf to play in Vilamoura alone.
Pinhal is another classic from the Robert Trent Joines Snr portfolio and a must-play when in Vilamoura.