Designed by Sir Nick Faldo with strategic play in mind this 6598m par
72 championship course demands careful positioning to score well.
"The land at Amendoeira is dramatic and the project has the potential
to be a real talking point in the Algarve. With so many courses in the
region, that’s no mean feat," pointed out Nick Faldo, during his visit
In a modern twist of a traditional recipe, cacti and wild herbs
replace the role of Sunningdale’s heather, spartan Holm oaks and ancient
olive trees take the place of a lush English woodland, and desert scrub
bunkers of crushed limestone replace Berkshire’s sandy tracts in a golf
course that revels in the classic principles of strategic play.
Nick said: "This was a very exciting project, which gave me a great
opportunity to exploit my passion for design the same way I exploited my
passion for playing. You have incredible views, beautiful undulating
land and any time you have natural terrain like this, it is great fun to
"The real skill is that when you stand on the tee, the golf hole
tells you what to do and if you do what it tells you there is reward but
if you don’t you’re penalised. The back nine is quite hilly, which is
fantastic because we’ve got some great views to complement the course."
"I like my courses to be challenging to whoever plays them. There
might be easy holes in some places, but they are a challenge because you
have to think about them, and that is what I am after. The best
compliment you can get in the design business is when players come off
the course and say ’wow, that was a challenge,’ and that’s just what I
planned at Amendoeira Golf Resort."