Oceanico Faldo Course

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The Course

Designed by Sir Nick Faldo with strategic play in mind this 6598m PAR 72 championship course demands careful positioning to score well.

"The land at Amendoeira is dramatic and the project has the potential to be a real talking point in the Algarve. With so many courses in the region, that's no mean feat", pointed out Nick Faldo, during his visit in 2007.

In a modern twist of a traditional recipe, cacti and wild herbs replace the role of Sunningdale's heather, spartan Holm oaks and ancient olive trees take the place of a lush English woodland, and desert scrub bunkers of crushed limestone replace Berkshire’s sandy tracts in a golf course that revels in the classic principles of strategic play.

Nick said: "This was a very exciting project, which gave me a great opportunity to exploit my passion for design the same way I exploited my passion for playing. You have incredible views, beautiful undulating land and any time you have natural terrain like this, it is great fun to work with."

"The real skill is that when you stand on the tee, the golf hole tells you what to do and if you do what it tells you there is reward but if you don't you're penalised. The back nine is quite hilly, which is fantastic because we've got some great views to complement the course."

"I like my courses to be challenging to whoever plays them. There might be easy holes in some places, but they are a challenge because you have to think about them, and that is what I am after. The best compliment you can get in the design business is when players come off the course and say 'wow, that was a challenge,' and that's just what I planned at Amendoeira Golf Resort."

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The Facilities

  • Magnificent Clubhouse
    • Pro-Shop with extensive range of products
    • Greenside bar & café
    • Bar and restaurant
    • Luxurious changing rooms
  • Oceanico Academy - 9 hole, PAR 3 floodlit course
  • Practice Putting Greens
  • Driving Range
  • Long & short game practice areas

Rules

  1. Every player must have his or her own bag of clubs.
  2. Single players are allowed on the golf courses during less busy periods, subject to starter's decision.
  3. Club bags and trolleys are not allowed on the greens.
  4. Buggies are not allowed on the tees, greens and avant-greens.
  5. Only two players and two club bags are allowed per buggy.
  6. Dogs are not allowed in the Clubhouse or on the grounds of the golf course.
  7. Softspikes are mandatory at all courses.
  8. Children under 12 are only allowed on the golf course when specifically authorized and after Terms & Conditions have been read, agreed and signed.
  9. Practice is only allowed within the practice areas.
  10. Putting areas cannot be used for pitching.
  11. Handicap Certificate required. Recommended handicaps: 28 for Men and 36 for Ladies.

Etiquette

  1. Bathing attire, jeans, T-shirts, sleeveless tops and training shoes are not allowed in the Clubhouse, on the practice areas and the golf course itself. Shirts must be worn at all times.
  2. Dress code must include trousers or tailor shorts, polo shirts and golf shoes and socks.
  3. Single players should give way to groups.
  4. Any group with a free hole ahead should give way to the next group.
  5. The players looking for a lost ball should give way to the next group if the ball is not found quickly.
  6. During busy periods, the players should mark the ball on greens par 3 so that the next group can tee off.
  7. When finished on a hole the players should leave the green immediately.
  8. In the interest of all, the game should go on without delay. So please:
    • Prepare your ball, tee and tee club in advance.
    • Do not leave your trolley too far from the green or in the wrong direction for the following tee.
    • Do not mark your scorecard on the green.
    • Do not make more strokes than necessary to score when playing Stableford.
  9. Before leaving a bunker please make sure you leave it as smooth as you found it.
  10. Please repair the divots on the fairways.
  11. Please repair the pitch and spikes marks on the greens.
  12. Greens and fairways should not be damaged by clubs tests.
  13. Please follow the instructions for buggies usage.
  14. Buggies and trolleys are not allowed on greens and surrounding areas.

Recommendation

Do not leave money, valuables or golf equipment in the locker rooms or in the car.

Note: The golf course management does not accept any responsibility for loss of and/or damage to valuables, personal effects or golf equipment.

Location

Amendoeira Golf Resort is just 35 minutes drive from Faro Airport along the A22 motorway, 4 km inland from the beach resort of Armação de Pêra.

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 Amendoeira Golf Resort

Continue for approx 45 km and leave at junction 7/Alcantarilha, where you will come to a large roundabout. Take the first right, signposted Silves, and continue on the road (EN529) for approx 2 km and at the second roundabout the entrance to Amendoeira Golf Resort is on your right.

Contacts

Address
Amendoeira Golf Resort
Morgado da Lameira, CX Postal 361-L
8365-302 Alcantarilha
Telephone

+351 282 320 820

Gps Coordinates

Latitude: 37.146991 | Longitude: -8.358728

Hole By Hole

1
Oceanico Faldo Course - First Hole
First Hole
Stroke Index 7 / PAR 4
Tee Metres
415
410
388
362
320

Pro Tip

After a drive from elevated tees, keeping right side of the fairway is a better line into a green fringed left by five olive trees. A bunker front right, and bunkers set into the foreground ridge protect against an under clubbed approach, while two gnarled carob trees frame the rear. The intent is to then avoid these varied hazards with either a bump and run from off the right edge of the green or a shot carried full to the receptively sloped putting surface

2
Oceanico Faldo Course - Second Hole
Second Hole
Stroke Index 17 / PAR 3
Tee Metres
174
169
147
126
96

Pro Tip

This short hole, the first of the course’s four par 3 holes, is played downhill to a shallow green which poses the player some serious questions, falling steeply off to the right, backed by a rocky outcrop and surrounded threateningly on the left by a large desert bunker studded with clumps of flowering cacti.

3
Oceanico Faldo Course - Third Hole
Third Hole
Stroke Index 11 / PAR 4
Tee Metres
324
319
310
268
214

Pro Tip

Here the golfer is presented with a commanding tee shot, filled with strategic options. The most dynamic route is to cut the dogleg to reach the green 300m away in one glorious shot, the other options require varying combinations of precision and length before hitting the approach shot up to a two-tiered green which sits poised over 360 degree views of Amendoeira. An extraordinary row of five intertwined Holm oaks guard the right side of the carry.

4
Oceanico Faldo Course - Fourth Hole
Fourth Hole
Stroke Index 3 / PAR 5
Tee Metres
546
520
478
433
388

Pro Tip

The length of this long hole presents the golfer with another demanding tee shot, which has to be played downhill and downwind to a turn point a full 300m away; a draw is the right shape for your opening shot. The dilemma for the second shot is whether to carry the bunkers and the barranca (a dry ditch filled with rocks) in going for the green in two, or whether to play a "safer" route to a fairway that is threatened only by that barranca.

5
Oceanico Faldo Course - Fifth Hole
Fifth Hole
Stroke Index 9 / PAR 4
Tee Metres
365
336
309
281
236

Pro Tip

Here, the golfer is presented with a tricky choice of tee shot: a heroic carry across the largest lake on the golf course, or, alternatively, opting for strategic fairway positioning. The rationale and reward for pursuing either route will vary depending entirely on the pin location of the day. The carry is over water and a scrub bunker, the safer line is all about precision and position, placing the ball precisely to the right side of the dogleg left fairway.

6
Oceanico Faldo Course - Sixth Hole
Sixth Hole
Stroke Index 5 / PAR 5
Tee Metres
541
517
489
461
414

Pro Tip

Options abound for each shot from tee to green; various sections of fairway are protected or defined by changes in levels and the arrangements of traps. The result presents innumerable strategic subtleties. Similar in length to the 4th hole, it plays in the opposite direction, quartering into an unhelpful prevailing breeze. With the wind up it is a full three shots to a green that slopes to favour an approach from the more evasive left side of the fairway.

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Oceanico Faldo Course - Seventh Hole
Seventh Hole
Stroke Index 13 / PAR 3
Tee Metres
199
194
181
154
125

Pro Tip

A variation on the North Berwick's Redan hole, the green can be reached by either a fully flighted ball or a bump and run shot feeding down onto the putting surface from the high right side of the approach ground.

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Oceanico Faldo Course - Eighth Hole
Eighth Hole
Stroke Index 1 / PAR 4
Tee Metres
388
363
335
317
276

Pro Tip

Again this tee shot offers options, an arrow straight drive down a narrow channel between the barranca and a central fairway bunker leads to a shorter second shot taking you onto a long, shallow, oblique green. A tee shot to the right leaves a longer approach which carries defending bunkers and asks the ball to be stopped quickly on a surface that slopes away from this direction of approach.

9
Oceanico Faldo Course - Ninth Hole
Ninth Hole
Stroke Index 15 / PAR 4
Tee Metres
355
350
325
264
218

Pro Tip

A sweeping, rolling fairway rewards a long tee shot which climbs the step to a plateau from which the green is spied on a natural platform beyond a narrow valley.

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Oceanico Faldo Course - Tenth Hole
Tenth Hole
Stroke Index 8 / PAR 4
Tee Metres
458
445
433
418
373

Pro Tip

The hole stretches away from the high tees to the plain below, and appears to encourage two long draws to attack the green which is bunkered all along the left approach. The wind helps the draw on the tee shot to set up the best angle into the green. But drawing of the approach shot must not be overdone, for the green, 45m long, is narrow and slopes down to the left. When any cross breeze is blowing a controlled fade is a better option to hold the second shot up on the green.

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Oceanico Faldo Course - Eleventh Hole
Eleventh Hole
Stroke Index 16 / PAR 3
Tee Metres
149
132
115
105
96

Pro Tip

Back into the hills this, the shortest hole on the course, plays up to an angled green. The hole may be short but the green is stretched long - so long that three clubs’ distances cover the front to back pin placements. A waste bunker sprawls down from the right, while a cascading stream runs along the left side.

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Oceanico Faldo Course - Twelfth Hole
Twelfth Hole
Stroke Index 6 / PAR 4
Tee Metres
319
314
299
286
253

Pro Tip

Another spectacular tee shot must fly over a wooded valley to a ridge of fairway still showing the ancient terraces formed by walls of large boulders and hewn rock. The green is perched higher still, guarded by a magnificent cork oak tree.

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Oceanico Faldo Course - Thirteenth Hole
Thirteenth Hole
Stroke Index 2 / PAR 5
Tee Metres
613
591
521
485
449

Pro Tip

From here, the highest point on the golf course, at 50m above the plain, the view over the entire property is commanding - and the view to the fairway is daunting! Although, as ever, safer and easier alternative routes are available, the temptation is to carry as far across the tree tops in the valley below as possible to a distant section of fairway buttressed by cliff walls. The fairway sweeps down and down with cliffs high to the left and a rock wall low to the right. The second shot carries a large area of scrub and the players must decide whether to be short of, carry, or thread through a pair of offset fairway bunkers in the approach area. The need for precision is heightened by the location of the green which juts out on a thin promontory which falls away on all sides.

14
Oceanico Faldo Course - Fourteenth Hole
Fourteenth Hole
Stroke Index 10 / PAR 4
Tee Metres
348
343
327
281
259

Pro Tip

Traversing uphill, the fairway slopes across from the high right. Waiting below its left edge is a cavernous desert scrub area from where sand was once extracted. The tee shot should be faded into the fairway’s slope to set up a second shot to a green nestled on a terrace beyond the quarry.

15
Oceanico Faldo Course - Fifteenth Hole
Fifteenth Hole
Stroke Index 14 / PAR 4
Tee Metres
367
332
303
267
244

Pro Tip

The ball to the centre or left of the fairway is gathered in benignly, a ball ‘lost’ on the breeze to the right side is deflected down and away from the green. Given that the green is ledged precariously into the hillside with a steep bunker below it is vital that the tee shot has been accurate. There is precious little margin for error for this second shot and every advantage of stance, elevation and lie from the fairway will be repaid in full.

16
Oceanico Faldo Course - Sixteenth Hole
Sixteenth Hole
Stroke Index 18 / PAR 3
Tee Metres
138
124
112
106
83

Pro Tip

This is a lovely par 3. There is no big mounding, and a lake runs along the right hand side guarding the hole because it is quite a wide fairway. Anybody playing up the left hand side is going to have a free run at this golf hole. Just watch out for the lake; it runs all the way along the right hand side and up to the right hand side of the green. So anybody hitting the ball safely must keep it up the left-hand side to keep out of trouble.

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Oceanico Faldo Course - Seventeenth Hole
Seventeenth Hole
Stroke Index 4 / PAR 4
Tee Metres
403
372
353
315
286

Pro Tip

The split-level fairway is divided by a central bunker 265m from the back tee. This bunker blocks the left channel if hit too long, while a very full drive along the right side climbs to a plateau which then drops down to usher the ball still further up the fairway. Due to the shape and orientation of the green the shorter left side of the fairway can be a preferable position and angle from which to make the second shot, though more often a shorter and easier approach shot is accomplished by staying long and to the right.

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Oceanico Faldo Course - Eighteenth Hole
Eighteenth Hole
Stroke Index 12 / PAR 5
Tee Metres
496
465
433
405
373

Pro Tip

To stand a chance of getting up in two the drive must thread the pinch point of bunkers left and right at 265m and have enough fade to hold the right edge of the fairway against the contradictory slope. Letting it go left leaves a very awkward angle home. The green sets up in an amphitheatre in the hillside 235m beyond and requires a superb strike to rise up to and settle on the green. Opting only to reach the green in a regulation three strokes brings the barranca into play. Decision time! Lay up short to leave a mid iron in or carry the hazard for a short pitch up to the green. Under clubbing either shot, or over spinning the pitch risks the humiliation of the ball trickling backwards 50m, all the way, down to the lower fairway level. The clubhouse balcony gives a fabulous view of play from tee to green - no pressure then!

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