The Tivoli Marina Hotel is not only high on quality, but ideally located for the restaurants and shops on the Marina front, and indeed all five courses are within a very short distance of the hotel.
With all of our events, we do our utmost to ensure that we have good quality accommodation an exciting and interesting golf courses to play. But we also put a huge emphasis on the social side of the tour and aim to ensure that everyone feels ‘part of the family’. We dine, drink, smile and laugh together and collectively enjoy what should be a fine social week of golf.
As with last year, we have two New Year tours, with David and Graham hosting the alternative week at the Dona Filipa Resort.
TIVOLI MARINA HOTEL, VILAMOURA
With the famous Marina on one side and its own beach on the other, excellent rooms and facilities, the Tivoli Marina Hotel provides the perfect base for the New Year Golf Tour. The restaurants, bars and shops of the Marina are a stroll away, and the hotel itself provides a wonderful range of leisure facilities, including the Angsana Spa, which is located in the gardens of the hotel. The hotel also hosts a number of restaurants and bars, which are all worthy alternatives to dining out in the evenings.
THE GOLF COURSES
Dom Pedro Golf Club – Pinhal
The second golf course to call Vilamoura home, the Pinhal course was opened for play in 1976 and owes its personality to both the original designer Frank Pennink, who also turned his hand to The Old Course nearby, and Robert Trent Jones Sr., who made a number of significant refinements in 1985. Traversing undulating parkland, many fairways are lined by pine trees. However, perhaps an even more significant challenge is presented by the Umbrella and Atlantic pines which present themselves on fairways and at times on the approach into greens. Length has recently been added on a number of holes, which ensure the test originally envisioned by Pennink is maintained. At a substantial 6,353 metres from the white tee markers, and with a par of 72, the Pinhal course is certainly no pushover, although you will be pleased to learn that the ponds and stream which come into play on five holes should not, for the most part, present a serious threat.
Vale do Lobo Golf Club – Ocean Course
The Ocean Course, composed of the two original 9-hole golf courses designed by Sir Henry Cotton, features gently undulating fairways which run alongside nature reserve before leading gently down to the shores of the Atlantic. Its emblematic holes are two challenging and spectacular Par 4s, the 11th and the 14th, and the Par 3 15th which runs alongside the beach.
Dom Pedro Golf Club – Victoria
At the time of creation, the Victoria course was hailed as the most ambitious golf project Portugal had ever witnessed. Designed by true golfing legend, Arnold Palmer, there is absolutely no doubt that it has lived up to that lofty billing. Covering some 90 hectares, the venue encompasses one of the most complete golf complexes in Europe and features an exceptional driving range and a putting green of some 2,500 m2. All of this has made it the obvious venue of choice for many of the top international tournaments to visit Portugal in recent times. Indeed, it has served as the host venue to the Portugal Masters on every occasion since 2007, while the World Cup Championship was staged here in 2005. The Victoria course quickly became one of the best golf courses in Portugal, with a layout that presents a challenge even for the most seasoned players.
Vale do Lobo Golf Club – Royal Course
The 18-hole championship Vale do Lobo Royal golf course, the sister course to the Ocean course, has combined several existing holes from the original Vale do Lobo course and introduced some special interesting new holes. The layout of the course is skilfully planned with a mixture of challenges slowly building up to a fine challenge on the 18th. The famous Par 3 7th hole from the old days is now the spectacular 16th on the new course. The closing 18th is a tricky hole on which to finish, with its narrow fairway and a deceptive green.
Dom Pedro Golf Club – Millennium
Boasting a unique position within the Vilamoura portfolio, it is often asserted that the creation of the Millennium course was pivotal in cementing the status of the Algarve as one of Europe’s most-visited and best-loved for golf. Opened in the year 2000 and comprising nine brand new holes and a refurbished inward half, which had previously formed part of the original 27-hole Laguna course, this is a more open course that its neighbours, although holes 3 to 7 wind between pine trees. The course is a super compliment to the other courses in Vilamoura that we will be playing.
Tuesday 29th December:
– Arrive Faro Airport
– Meet & Greet
– Transfer to the hotel
– Check in to the Tivoli Marina Hotel, Vilamoura
– Evening get together with Barney Puttick
– Dinner in the hotel
Wednesday 30th December:
– 18 holes DP Pinhal Golf Club
Thursday 31st December:
– 18 holes Vale do Lobo Golf Club – Ocean Course
Friday 1st January:
– Happy New Year!
– 18 holes DP Victoria Golf Club
– Dinner in the hotel
Saturday 2nd January:
– Non-golfing day
Sunday 3rd January:
– 18 holes Vale do Lobo Golf Club – Royal Course
Monday 4th January:
– 18 holes DP Millennium Golf Club
– Dinner in the hotel
Tuesday 5th January:
– Check out of the hotel
– Transfer to Faro Airport
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David or Barney will then meet you on the day of arrival.
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