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Essential Characteristics of the Pinheiros Altos Golf Course

The crown jewels of Algarve consist of one more mesmerizing place called Pinheiros Altos Golf Course in Quinta do Lago. The strategically placed hazards of this course give significant mental challenge to the golfers. This golf course borders more than 14,000 hectares of Ria Formosa Natural Park, which is a haven for endangered and rare migrating as well as nesting birds.

Three formats of 9-holes

In Pinheiros Altos, you will find 3 formats of nine holes christened after the most symbolic trees of the country: Olives, Pines or Pinheiros and Corks or Sobreiros. The design of Pinheiros Altos is designed with opposing characteristics.

A lot of variety in all formats

The original course of Pinheiros Altos was drafted by Ronald Fream. It gives a nice distinction among the nines. A famous student of the architect, Jorge Santana da Silva was chosen to draft the 3rd ring of nine holes. All these loops begin and conclude near the area of clubhouse.

  • The red course or the Pines is christened after the profusion of pine trees. They define the course in a beautiful manner. The signature hole of the Pines is the 9th one, a stunning par 3 over a valley.
  • The yellow course or the Corks is a bit longer than the three holes. It is typically considered as the most demanding course. Similar to the Pines, it is also a combination of new holes and previous front nine holes. The course also offers breathtaking views over a valley as well as to the mountains beyond. You will find the 1st tee shot most arduous but the views throughout the course will console you.
  • The blue course or the Olives was previously 9 and was not changed since the 8th hole in the island green was created in 1995. This hole has since then become the signature hole of the place and is definitely a “must play” if you are visiting Algarve.

The Pinheiros Altos Golf Course in Quinta do Lago is a must visit if you are looking for quality golf with noteworthy challenges. Your itinerary cannot afford to miss this course. Some of the beginners might find it a bit more challenging than they expected. But, the mesmerizing views of the place will not disappoint them. You will have an album full of memories when you leave this place.


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