Vale Do Lobo – A Chance for Sunshine and Golf the Year Round

Vale do Lobo was the first development built in the Southern region of Portugal, the Algarve, in 1962.  At that time the Algarve was mainly inhabited by locals for farming and fishing.  It was only after the establishment of Vale do Lobo that Faro International Airport was built allowing for substantial growth in the area.

Vale do Lobo is home to two superb golf courses, The Royal and The Ocean.  Based on original ideas by Sir Henry Cotton and updated by American golf architect Rocky Roquemore, the Vale do Lobo courses have twice held the Portuguese Open.

Vale do Lobo - Royal Course
Vale do Lobo - The Royal Course

Both courses take players through umbrella pine and fig tree-lined fairways.  The Royal course plays along the cliff’s edge looking over the Atlantic Ocean.  This combination of links and parkland golf provides an enjoyable game for golfers of all standards.

Having previously stayed in the resort on a few occasions, I would recommend a visit to Vale do Lobo for fantastic golf, nice restaurants overlooking the ocean, a good game of Tennis on the ATP tour court (I was fortunate enough to play on centre court), beautiful spa/ fitness facilities and fabulous walks along the beach with a dip in the sea.

By Alan Bowman.  Alan joined the PerryGolf team earlier this season.