Are you familiar with Amendoeira Golf Resort Faldo Course in the Algarve? We bet so! Would you like to know more about the man behind the course? Sir Nick Faldo, the most successful European golfer in history, was responsible for our award-winning golf course name and design.
Sir. Nick Faldo was born on July 18th of 1957 in England. As a former World No. 1 player and six-time Major Champion, Faldo represented Europe a record eleven times in the Ryder Cup, establishing his place as one of golf’s all-time greats with his three Open Championship and three Masters victories at esteemed venues such as Muirfield, St. Andrews and Augusta National.
Top 7 Curiosities about Sir. Nick Faldo
1. World Golf Hall of Fame
Located at World Golf Village in Florida, United States, and supported by a consortium of 26 golf organizations from all over the world, the World Golf Hall of Fame honors both men and women golfers. Sir Nick Faldo became a World Golf Hall of Fame Member in 1997.
2. Made it to the ‘Greatest Golfer of All-time’ List (Golf Digest)
In 2000, Sir Nick Faldo was ranked 18th place on the “Greatest Golfer of All Time” list provided by the Golf Digest magazine.
3. IAGTO Honorary Award
In 2006, Sir Faldo won the Honorary Lifetime Achievement Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Golf Tourism Industry (IAGTO).
4. Knighted by Queen Elizabeth II
Sir. Nick Faldo is the only British golfer in the modern era who was awarded a knighthood by Queen Elizabeth II. This honor was given to him in 2009 for his services to golf.
5. Considered one of the ‘Most Powerful People in Golf’ (Golf Inc.)
In 2011, Golf Inc. magazine’s annual “Most Powerful” list highlighted the 35 most powerful people in golf and Sir Nick Faldo was ranked 15th place.
6. Ambassador of Golf
In 2012 Sir Faldo was nominated as Ambassador of Golf by the PGA Tour for fostering the ideals of the game on an international level.
7. And last, but not least… Best golf course designer!
In 2016, Sir Nick Faldo was considered the best golf course designer of the year, and his course at Amendoeira Golf Resort won the title of Portugal's Best Golf Course by World Golf Awards.
About our golf course
Faldo Course reflects the vision of one of the sport’s most celebrated champions. He designed unique courses on five continents and in twenty countries, including our world-class Faldo Course.
With 6598m, this Par 72 championship course demands careful positioning to score well. It is surrounded by cacti and wild herbs that 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.
So, now that you are familiar with Sir Nick Faldo and with his high international profile, you can gather some friends, give us your best shots and enjoy the award-winning golf Faldo Course designed at Amendoeira Golf Resort!