16 reviews of Oceanico Pinhal Golf Course
Just returned from a wet week in Portugal. Played Pinhal, Millennium and Quinta do Lago Sth. We liked Pinhal. Its long and narrow. Greens where good but some tees and fairways needed a little tlc. Buggies at 40 euro is dear, but this is long course with many long green to tee traverses acrosses the local estate roads. Buggies were allowed on the fairways.
The course is challenging with great dog legs and elevation changes. Get in the trees is almost always a chip out penalty, but finding your ball is easy.
We were a bunch of mid handicappers and all enjoyed it.
Definitely worth a trip.
Played a week at the end of October - 5 courses
Quinta do Lago N - 92 Euro
Quinta do Lago S - 92 Euro
Pinhal - 74 Euro
Vale do Lobo Ocean - 98 Euro
Vila Sol - 90 Euro
Portugal is getting pricey and the golf operators appear content to scale back green keeping and up the prices. Noticable a year on from a similar tour that the state of many courses has been allowed to decline.
Pinhal was probably the best VFM. I enjoy having a good outdoor range and a degree of variety. Cutting over the roads is a bit of a pain, and there was a noticable decline in trade. The low green fee also seems to attract the less competent golfer, so rounds can be slow.
Played this course on 29th Oct 2009 along with 4 courses further west. This was by far the most expensive course and was in a dreadful condition. The greens had been treated and not cut, fairways were being hollow tyned and top dressed. Certainly not what was expected. Last year we were moved to the Old Course because the condition of Pinhal was poor - so this seems to have become a habit. We were not informed about the conditions before starting and afterwards we spoke to the assistant in the pro shop - she was not interested. A later email to the Oceanico group was ignored. This is not good for customer relstiond.
On the positive side, the layout is great and overall impression is of a quality course (shame about the work being carried out in peak season!) I would recommend this course but only if you are assured that the course is in good condition. However, I would recommend more strongly the courses further west.
Given the steady increase in prices for courses in Portugal I rated this very highly in terms of value for money. One of four courses played over half term in October - Salagados, Quinta do Lago - North ans South. I played another Oceanico course last year and was not that impressed. Pinhal was good. 74 Euros. The little extras like a card with the pin positions doesn't cost much but adds to the experience.
Nice club house and excellent facilities. Outdoor range but wide and off grass - felt like a pro. Not crowded at all on a mid week morning and played reasonably quickly. COurse was in good condition and although not overly tough was a good challenge and very enjoyable. Signature par 3 8th was very tricky. Elongated green protected by a lake and bunkers. Other parts of the course were equally deceptive the 10th and 18th both play over a blind crest. The 10th then drops to a green which appears as an optical illusion where the slope goes in the opposite direction to what you think.
All in a very pleasant experience - will return. Tip - stroke saver can be printed out from their web site.
Following an earlier comment made on this website, I selected this course to start our tour of the Algarve [others played were Quinta Do Ria, Quinta Do Lago, Old course, Vale do Lobo]
Really pleasently surprised. Beautiful club house and course in pretty good condition. Tight and tree lined however lost very few balls and most of our group scored well. Greens quick and true. Would play againg in a heartbeat.
Have played Pinhal in may for the last 2 years and, although it is not the best in the area and the comments on the slight lacking course maintainance are true, I feel that it is a very good layout and a very tough test. Tree lined near all the way and with generally smaller greens that the other courses in the area, it requires a lot of thinking and accurate execution to get round in a decent score. Club house is one of the best in the area and club cleaning service (10 euro i think) was a nice touch. Not playing it this year on our trip and i'm quite disapointed.
played Pinhal last week it was the 1st course of four oceanico courses we were playing during our weeks stay,although some decent holes a lot of our party were a little bit disappointed,maybe our expectation was to high on our 1st visit to portugal,as someone already said if Pinhal is included in a package deal play it first,out of 15 of 16 players in our party this was the weakest course we played during our stay.
When youre not working, youve got the sun on your back, your tummy is full of Madeira cake and youve got your shorts on, then its difficult to write any bad comments about a golf course. However, in my own personal opinion and after many years of playing all courses here, Pinhal is the poorest course in the area. The course is at its best condition from November to April so anyone playing outside these months may not be impressed. The sheer weight of tourist golfing traffic, especially too many with high handicaps, has taken its toll on this tree line course that meanders through the villa estate. Its not a bad course but theres better outside the area that the Dutch, German and British golfing parties have not trampled and hacked. If you are playing Pinhal for the first time then its name may give away the key to shooting low here, and thats stay away from the umbrella pines. The opening par 5 1st needs two straight shots and the par 4 2nd has a tree to carry for your approach. Theres a couple of tricky par 3s, acute dog-leg holes and some blind tee shots. Pinhal does have its share of nice wild-life whilst walking around, in particular nearly every hole has Hoopoes, Bee-eaters and Rollers. It a challenging test of a overall nicely laid out 18 holes but the course could now do with some TLC maintenance.
Played Pinhal, Laguna and the Millenium in Setember this year, for me Pinhal was definitely the best. Nice layout, lovely clubhouse, a great course!
16 of us had a thoroghly enjoyable round. took us about 5 hours which we didn't think too bad, quicker than the last reviewer although they asked for handicap certs so that might be why. tree lined fairways and good quality greens. buggies quite dear at 50 euro's.
Thought the course was in pretty good condition and enjoyed the layout. We started at 1.30pm and had only played the 14th by 6.00pm when we had to leave for the airport. The general standard of the other golfers was incredibly poor - no request for handicap certificates at all and most players showed no etiquette regarding playing through. I was later advised that the earlier you can tee off the better otherwise it could take up to 6 hours to get round...
Played Pinhal twice last week and can only say that 80% of the Fairways on the course were awful. We also played Vila Sol which did not have the same problem so I can only assume it is lack of maintenance. Apart from that, the course layout was great with plenty of trees either side of the Fairways which were generously wide on some holes but required course management on other holes. The Greens were in great condition as were the bunkers. The Clubhouse was nice. Save your money until they have sorted the Fairways out.
Our Society (14 of us) visited late June 2001. Undoubtedly the 2nd best course in Vilamoura, pity about the on-going maintenance work ( although this only affected 3 holes at the time, the starter informed us that the back 9 will shortly all be revamped).
The course is a true test of golf for all standards, club selection and ball placement being paramount in avoiding the myriad of trees.
Greens perhaps a little to slow for our liking, but that's just nitpicking.
(Lostock Arms GS)
Played in March 01. Green Fee about £32inc local hotel discount. Nice course, nice surroundings and some water hazards. Some difficulty in making par 4 greens in 2 shots and if your off fairway by a yard there is usually atree between you and the green. Although I'm usually a stranger to sand, I made 7 shots out of bunkers during my round. Overall a very enjoyable round with pleasant new aquaintances. Vilamoura with its 5 courses within a couple of miles is ideal fo a golf holiday, weather permitting.
Aug 2000. A nice course, but currently limited to only 9 holes. A lot of work seemingly ongoing on and around course i.e. new clubhouse, large areas of GUR
Excellent course, lush green fairways and well kept greens. Course is quite long, it will take even the experienced player around 3 hours to get round. It is one of the most popular golf courses around the area so booking is recommended, especially in the high season. Club and cart hire is available, typical price is around £15 for each. Discounts are available for play after 4pm at night or if you stay in the area. The long, long 14th is a testing hole - all uphill. Water hazards play their part in around 5 holes, so watch for the turtles! Course fees are around £15-£20, depending when you play. Excellent VFM, recommended!
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