27holes golf course of the Pestana Golf Resort between Carvoeiro and Lagoa
Location and access
The Pestana Golf Resort with the Gramacho and Vale da Pinta courses is situated away from the coast between Carvoeiro and Lagoa. The undulating terrain is liberally dotted with carob, fig, palm, almond and olive trees. It is less than a five kilometre drive from the En125 in the centre of Lagoa and around seven from the A22 motorway (exit 6).
While designing and constructing the golf courses, Pinta and Gramacho, Ron Fream and Nick Price, did the impossible, they combined the picturesque and slightly hilly course with the artistic fairways and incorporated the ancient olive trees, some 600 years old, all over the courses.
The use of existing features of the land, like outcrops of rock and dry stone walls have been augmented by well positioned bunkers and lakes. These hazards, combined with the shaping of the fairways and greens, have produced a wonderful array of challenging but fair golf holes. From the first tee shot to the pitch to the final green, the player must not only strike the ball and putt well, but also utilize the best strategy, to produce a good score. Experienced golfers will certainly acknowledge that they have played a very fine golf course with a testing par of 71 and a more than sufficient length of 6107 metres.
Services & facilities
The head coach for the Gramacho, Pinta and Silves courses is Carlos Ribeiro, a member of the Portuguese PGA. As a David Leadbetter certified instructor he has vast experience in teaching all levels of players, from beginners to advanced. Lessons can be given in Portuguese, French, English and German.
The Gramacho course has a layout that is unique on the European continent with 27 greens on 18 holes: holes 1 through 4 and 14 through 18 have two greens which may change your game plan depending on which greens are in play