Amendoeira Golf Resort, Morgado da Lameira, Alcantarilha, 8365-023, Portugal
Golf Course Says
Picture a traditional English course like Sunningdale but replace the heather with wild herb and cactus plants, put olive trees and ancient groves in place of the historic English woodland, and substitute sandy traps for crushed limestone bunkers. If you can imaging that then you will have some idea of the magic Nick Faldo has created at Oceanico Faldo Course in Amendoeira. Six time major winner, former world number one and Ryder Cup player and captain Faldo was delighted to get his hands on a landscape so perfectly tailored to the demands of championship golf. The course Oceanico Faldo Course is a tribute not only to that landscape but also to Faldo's dedication and brilliance as a course designer.
Golfalot Review of Oceanico Faldo
The Oceanico Faldo course at Amendoeria has the hallmark of Sir Nick all over it. Set on either side of the valley, the course starts on the hills around the clubhouse and the 2nd, 3rd and 4th holes are great fun with the holes clearly laid out in front of you. You then make your way through the valley where Nick's penchant for course management puts yours to the test, with bunkers to avoid in the middle of the fairway and bands of rough across fairways to prevent the bombers going too far. From there you go up the other pretty steep side of the valley and even though it is hilly, the Oceanico Faldo course still remains fair and challenging and the views are fantastic.
It's not all length though as the short downhill par-4 15th and par-3 16th rely more on accuracy than strength and poor shots are severely punished. Most of the greens are raised above you and set at an angle to the fairway and there are a few blind tee shots, especially down in the valley, so you will probably want to book in a couple of rounds as you will benefit from prior knowledge when playing the Faldo course. It has to be said that this is an out and out buggy course as the length and steepness of the paths between holes would prevent walking, alhough a quick nine from the 4th to the 10th and then the 18th in the valley would be fun in the evening. That is if you can stay away from the very good floodlight par-3 course by the sports centre. Overall we really enjoyed the Oceanico Faldo golf course and would recommend a visit if you are in the Vilamoura area.
|MIKE HIRST||09/06/2010 10:14:46|
Just returned from Faldo and O’Connor courses. The front nine of Faldo course is fantastic, very tough though with tight pins and fast greens. The average club golfer will enjoy the course but struggle to score well. The back nine is a let down, very hill, blind tee shots (the course guide does help a bit). Mr Faldo must have had a bad hair day when he designed this side of the course. Great views of a fine golf complex. Expected more from the 18th and as the green is blocked from view of the clubhouse no pressure or banter to finish your day from watching players or mates. Overall very disappointed with Mr Faldo – Mr O’Connor on the other hand will get my euros again, the O’Connor course is very enjoyable and playable.
|rory gray||26/05/2010 15:07:02|
The Faldo is a tough course asking you to place the ball both on Fairway and Green to get the result you want.
However, played in late April 2010 (high season) there were 5 greens under maintenance and heavily sanded. Really disappointing standard for €130. When we complained we were fobbed off by the reception desk staff but finally offered another round free when the Manager happened to overhear our very polite complaint.
High Season prices should be accompanied by the best condition the course can be in and neither Faldo or O'Connor reached the standard.
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