THE VILA GALE AMPALIUS HOTEL, VILAMOURA (4 Star)
The 4 star Vila Gale Ampalius Hotel is centrally situated in Vilamoura, just a short stroll away from the Praia da Marina and the Marina de Vilamoura. We have booked ‘Superior Sea-View’ rooms thus ensuring fine accommodation for the week. The facilities of the hotel include an indoor and outdoor swimming pool, a tennis court, and a spa and wellness centre. The hotel is also ideally located for all five courses that will be played during the Portugal golf week.
THE GOLF COURSES
Oceanico Golf Club – Pinhal Course
The Pinhal course was the second golf course built in Vilamoura and inaugurated in 1976, having originally been designed by Frank Pennink, the architect of the nearby Oceanico Old course. Several refinements were incorporated over the years, the most significant one by Robert Trent Jones Sr. in 1985. The course is typified by rolling parkland terrain covered with numerous umbrella and Atlantic pines that line many of the fairways and a few even stand out on fairways or near greens. Ponds and a stream come into play on five holes and to keep up with modern technical advances in clubs and balls, several holes have recently been lengthened and the course now measures 6,353 metres off the white tee markers
Oceanico Golf Club – Laguna Course
Laid out over low lying coastal terrain, the Laguna course with its many water hazards and few trees, is considerably different from the other ones in Vilamoura and many of its holes convey a links atmosphere. U.S. golf architect Joseph Lee designed this course which opened in 1990 and many previous visitors will recognise it as part of the former 27 hole Vilamoura III course. It has been subject to continual improvements over the years. The Oceanico Laguna course shares a large, welcoming clubhouse with the neighbouring Oceanico Millennium course.
Oceanico Golf Club – Millennium Course
This conventional Par 72 course opened in the year 2000, although the original back nine was formerly part of the 27-hole Laguna course. Refurbishment to the existing nine holes commenced in May 1999 and included the complete rebuilding of the tees, greens and bunkers, particularly for holes 8 and 9, the only ones on this loop with water hazards, with the aim to simplify the strategy of the course to make it more golfer friendly. The renovated 9 holes were joined together with the new 9 hole loop to offer a layout of different character, style and playing quality. The work was undertaken by the well established UK golf Architects Hawtree & Sons which culminated in the creation of the new, exciting 18-hole Oceanico Millennium golf course.
Oceanico Golf Club – Old Course
Situated in the heart of Vilamoura this Frank Pennink designed parkland style layout is one of the oldest in the region and renowned all over the golfing world. Often described as the Grande Dame of the Algarve courses, it meanders throughout impressive pine trees, the principal hazard, over gently undulating natural terrain. Although it opened in 1969, the course was completely renovated and modernised 27 years later although no major changes were made to the magnificent layout. This is one of the courses in Portugal that will always stay in the memory of visiting golfers
Oceanico Golf Club – Victoria Course
The Oceanico Victoria course, which covers some 90 hectares, is the most recent golf course project of Arnold Palmer in Portugal. As one of the best and most sophisticated golf courses in Europe, every care has been taken to ensure the preservation of the wetlands and the typical vegetation of carob, olive and almond trees. Several lakes, occupying 13 hectares, provide mirrors of water and strategic reservoirs for irrigation. The Oceanico Victoria golf course is an 18-hole, Par 72 championship layout, measuring 6,651 metres from the back tees. Opened in 2004, the Oceanico Victoria course is a unique, unforgettable experience for all who play here, and is a major venue for top international tournaments such as the Portugal Masters 2007-2015 and the PGA World Cup 2005.
Saturday 5th March:
– Arrive at Faro Airport
– Private transfer to the hotel
– Check in to the Hotel Vila Gale Ampalius Hotel, Vilamoura
– Meet with Barney for a welcome and introductions
Sunday 6th March:
– 18 holes Oceanico Golf Club – Pinhal Course
Monday 7th March:
– 18 holes Oceanico Golf Club – Laguna Course
Tuesday 8th March:
– 18 holes Oceanico Golf Club – Millennium Course
Wednesday 9th March:
– Non golfing day
Thursday 10th March:
– 18 holes Oceanico Golf Club – Old Course
Friday 11th March:
– 18 holes Oceanico Golf Club – Victoria Course
Saturday 12th March:
– Check out and departures
To book a place or places on any of the David Short Golf events, please just use the Enquire Now button and complete the Online Enquiry form.
Iain and his team will then book your place(s) and send your confirmation details within 24 hours. With the initial confirmation details, will come a request for a deposit, which is £50.00 per person for UK events, £150.00 per person for European overseas events and £250.00 per person for longer haul holidays.
Two months prior to the commencement of each event, you will be sent an invoice for the balance of your booking, with an acknowledgement of the payment once received. Two weeks prior to commencement of the event itself, you will be sent a Travel Pack, which will include the contact details for David or Barney, the transport arrangements where applicable, the itinerary for the event, contact details for the accommodation, as well as the names of the other members attending the event.
David or Barney will then meet you on the day of arrival.
Please feel free to contact Iain at any time with any queries or amendments that you may have.
We commence our European Spring season with a Portugal golf week playing the five Oceanico courses in Vilamoura in the Algarve. Barney will be your host for the week, as you play some of the best courses the Algarve has to offer, such as the Old Course and the Victoria Course for example. The accommodation for the week is the ever popular 4 star Vila Gale Ampalius Hotel, where we spend our New Year week every year. The hotel is ideally located within a stroll of the Marina and it’s plethora of restaurants and bars. As with all of our golf tour events, the aim is to provide a week of quality of golf, but also a wonderful social week too, in the company of like-minded players.