Pestana Vila Sol Golf Course is a stunning 27 hole layout within the Vilamoura Nature Reserve, right in the heartland of Algarve golf. This former host of the Portuguese Open has be on the play list for your next golf holiday in Portugal.

The Pestana Vila Sol Vilamoura Spa & Golf Resort occupies 150 hectares in a truly revitalising natural setting.  The fabulous 27-hole layout, designed by the architect Donald Steel, occupies a valley sculpted by nature and it is divided into three courses of different levels of difficulty: Prime, Challenge & Prestige.

Golfers are able to enjoy, in a unique natural setting, excellent conditions from the first to the last shot.  A vast team of professionals is at your disposal from the 1st tee to the Clubhouse, to ensure that each moment is an unforgettable experience.

The Clubhouse is the starting and finishing point for each one of the 9-hole courses; the first course extends to the east, the second to the west and the third extends to the south. There is also a 300-metre driving range next to the Clubhouse.  The course staged the Portugal Open (in 1992 and 1993).

The Prime course, composed of holes nos. 1 to 9, is Vila Sol Golf’s toughest course. The length and narrow width of the fairways on its first four holes, as well as it being famed for the Algarve’s “most difficult start”, make this course an appealing challenge.

The Challenge course (the “second round”) consists of holes nos. 10 to 18, where the difficulties lie in its greens being naturally more undulated than those of the Prime and Prestige courses, which means that greater accuracy is required of players in their green approach shots.  The first five holes are accessible and offer players the chance to set up a good score before getting to the final four holes, which comprise a difficult par 3 (hole 15), and three very challenging par 4 holes. Hole no. 18, next to the Clubhouse, finishes off with an approach shot where the players have the chance to excel in front of the audience watching from the terrace. The ball has to land on the fairway in these final holes in order to avoid high scores, even if this means playing an iron from the tee.

The Prestige course completes the set of 27 holes at Vila Sol Golf. This course is shorter but, to offset this fact, it is narrower. Accuracy and not distance is the decisive factor on this course.  The first four holes are “friendly”, and they do not prepare the player for the difficulties that lie ahead on reaching tee 23 and being faced with quite a narrow fairway. The course becomes difficult from this tee shot onwards. The ball has to land in the right places so as not to run the risk of ending up behind the trees, out of bounds or in the water hazard beside hole 26, which even provides entitlement to a waterfall shower.

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Par: 72
Max Length (Men): 6393m
Max Length (Ladies): 5406m
Slope (Men): 133
Slope (Ladies): 131
Year Opened: 1991
Designer: Donald Steel
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  • Use Faro Airport in Portugal for the Algarve and also the Huelva region of the Costa de la Luz
  • Use Jerez/Seville/Gibraltar/Malaga airports for the Cadiz/Jerez region of the Costa de la Luz
  • Use Alicante/Murcia/Almeria airports for the entire south eastern region of Spain
  • Use Girona or Barcelona airports for the north east of Spain including the Costa Brava
  • Use Antalya Airport in Turkey for golf holidays in Belek, Turkey
  • Use Las Palmas Airport for golf holidays in Gran Canaria
  • Use Tenerife South Airport for golf holidays in Tenerife, unless you can source any flights to Tenerife North for Melia Hacienda del Conde and other resorts in the north of the island.
  • Use Tenerife South Airport for golf holidays in la Gomera and use the excellent Fred Olsen ferry service from Los Cristianos to San Sebastian port in La Gomera


Stay & Play Packages always available to include Pestana Vila Sol Golf Club.

Choice of hotel and apartment options available across the Algarve including the Pestana Vila Sol Resort, the Pestana Delfim, the Pestana Dom Joao, the Pestana Carvoeiro Resort and many more excellent Pestana Hotel options.


Pestana Vila Sol Golf Course

  • 27 holes of Vilamoura golf
  • Artworks dot the course!
  • On-site 5 star hotel
  • Combine with 4 more Pestana courses
  • A hidden gem!

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