The magnificent Vila Sol Golf Resort, located in an estate of some 150 hectares, is characterised by its beautiful natural surroundings with a vast range of fauna, animal and plant life. The 27 holes are arranged in three loops of nine (Prime, Challenge & Prestige) and all starting and finishing at the clubhouse.
The Prime loop is regarded as the most difficult of the three - the fairways long and narrow and it is not for nothing that it is known as “the most difficult start” on the Algarve.
TheChallenge loop is generally played as the back nine of any 18 hole round. Here the greens are more hilly than either Prime or Prestige, because of the natural terrain, which means that players need to be more accurate when approaching the greens.
The Prestige loop is shorter, but narrower. Accuracy and not length is by far the deciding factor on this loop. This loop only has five bunkers, but course architect Donald Steel managed to integrate natural obstacles to challenge the player, and you have to play the course various times to familiarise yourself with the best places for opening shots.
Vila Sol has twice played host to the Portuguese Open, in 1992 and 1993. In addition it was presented with a Green Flag award from the Green Globe organisation in 1996 in recognition of the environmental sensitivity and in 2001 it won the prize for Best Golf Development.
Visitors are always welcome.
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