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Algarve Golf Holidays - Vilamoura - Laguna
 Opened in 1990 and designed by Joseph Lee, the course makes full use of the wet, marshy ground near the sea. It is the most recent of the Vilamoura courses.

The layout is very different from the two other Vilamoura courses. Here the golfer can drive off more confidently, because of the greater width of the fairways. On the Pinhal course, strategically-placed bunkers are the main difficulty, while on Marina and Lago water is near -permanent obstacle, not to mention the bunkers - 88 of them over a total of 27 holes.

Lee may have designed a course that is visually intimidating, but because it is not very long, the golfer may complete it without great difficulty. The result is that the satisfaction of the golfer, after finishing his holes, is even greater.

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The par 4 fifth strikes terror for even the staunchest player. Yes, the tee is nicely elevated,but the overhanging trees on your left narrow the line of drive which has a lake to carry: its about 160 meters. If you are lucky enough to strike the ball well, then there are waiting bunkers beyond the landing area. The approach must carry fingers of the lake to find a generous but sloping green. It is a great hole, worth a glance back over your shoulder to fix it in the mind's eye.

This second nine starts off with a fairly straightforward par 5. However, that categorically belies the demands for accuracy which this nine makes. None more so than the par 3 twelfth of some 178 meters, with carry over an extensive lake. The par 4 fourteenth will test the tee shot of every golfer. A right handed dog-leg determines the length and direction of the shot. The target is a very tight landing area between fairway bunkers and the lake on the right. The approach to a well protected green is then over the corner of the water. It is always a tough hole. The par 5 fifteenth is a "hop, skip and jump" hole, and needs a good drive, good second shot and accurate approach to the forward sloping green. With water intersecting the fairway, and to the right, the chances of a "Barnes Wallis" are more than likely.

The first hole here is an impressive par 5. You need a good drive and a second shot, but the crunch comes with the approach. You have to carry an impressive array of bunkers to find the stepped green. And that is the least of your worries, because the green slopes to its front, creating huge burrows, with the step to complicate the line.  
Vilamoura course details
Joseph Lee
6133 meters
Handicap certificate required
Dress Code:
Soft spikes
 Pro-Shop, Buggy Bar on the course, Putting Green, Driving Range with bunkers, Chipping Area.
Terraces overlooking the 9th and 18th greens in an attractive and modern building. Restaurant and bar with good selection.

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