Golf Courses

ALGARVE -  Dom Pedro Laguna - Presentation



On the way to the east of Algarve, a large property was transformed into a tourist resort, as the result of the imagination and power of a man who believed in the potential of the southern-most province of Portugal, showing the methodical, integrated and controlled ways that should be emulated by our tourism. This man was Cupertino de Miranda, who laid the foundations of Vilamoura in a way to be regarded as an example to be followed. We owe the benefits of Vilamoura to him, no matter what ups and downs this resort has been through.

The Vilamoura golf courses are a reality that have turned it into one of the popular golfing destinations in Europe, with three separate layouts one of them with 27 holes, and a further one still in the planning process.

The architect of the Laguna golf Course (ex. Vilamoura 3) was Joseph Lee, together with William Roquemore. They designed three nine-hole courses, the main difficulties being water hazards - ten different lakes. Bermuda grass was chosen for the fairways.

The Laguna Golf Course is a par 72 in all three 18-hole combinations, with the second par 3 of the «Este» course being one of its best holes, as well as the 9th of the first, on the «Norte» loop, where water is always a threat, from tee to green.

[In O Golfe em Portugal - Fernando Nunes Pedro - Texto Editora-Andersen Consulting]