Vale da Pinta Golf Course is one of the best-designed courses in Europe. It has earned a deserved reputation for the outstanding level of maintenance of the course, and its design, which makes it a challenge to golfers of all standards.|The rolling terrain is dotted with carob, fig, almond and olive trees, some of which are more than 600 years old, and a very special feature of this course is one olive tree that dates back more than 1200 years.|The size of the greens is specifically matched to the length of the approach shot. It is certain to be appreciated by experienced golfers, for whom a round on this course will provide genuine excitement and a memorable and enjoyable days play.
Max De Groot2018-11-29
excellent golf course, please allow less flights per hour or activate slow play marshall.
Very nice golf course with beautiful and fast greens
A feature of Pinta is the bunkers - the sand in them however was more like clay. Otherwise we enjoyed the course.
Always enjoy playing here. Interesting course with good greens and space to enjoy your round however you are playing! One of NY small favourites.
Played Vale da Pinta a few times now and always enjoy the course. Very friendly staff, a good choice of menu and great views from the clubhouse. Course in good condition, particularly the greens and good pace of play, which was nice as it can get busy over there.
Great course. One of my favorites . The fairways and greens were in really good condition. This course is well worth the challenge.
Paul Michael Pheby2018-05-14
Very nice course, well kept and nice to see they had a Slow play Marshall. Spectacular par 3’s and interesting layout. Friendly welcome with good buggies. Will return.
Martin Mapplebeck 2019-03-15
Played this course many times. The greens were probably the fastest I've known them. Generally the course was presented very well.
Very enjoyable and a taxing course
Lots of ups and downs (we like it!). Buggy recommended. The battery of our buggy was empty on hole 12; after a phone call, it was exchanged within 5 minutes! That was really quick.
4 hours 45 mins too long. Finished in pitch dark. Greens super. Fairways ok. Need course Marshall to keep slow play under control.
Very nice course and good condition. Quite short from yellow tees, white are normal club tees there.
Fred Zickmantel 2018-11-03
Love this course,but it always takes 5 hours to get round!
Course was in decent condition and was interesting. Play is slow with tee times very close together.
Everything ran Very well as usual
A wonderful course!! But teetime 07:21 too early on a cloudy day...!! It was 07:45 when we could start! But anyway - a great course!
Great course. Played here a few times, always very busy but moves along well.
Excellent and testing course.
We really like the course at Vale da Pinta, hence us playing it for the 3rd time this month. However, the greens were really poor, particularly the back nine, so slow and not cut like the greens on the front nine. That’s the worst condition we’ve seen the greens this year over there.
Greens were very poor and pace of play was slow
Always a great course, service excellent, greens in poor condition (slow and very patchy) considering the usual high standards but assume this has something to do with the seriously high temperatures of late!
Enjoyed the course but the greens were not very good being quite patchy
Beautiful course friendly staff spoiled by extortionate price of 45 euros for an out of date buggy and 23 euros for an electric trolley. Also no halfway house or drinks cart in operation!!!
Nice course and good service from both the course and from teetimes.pt
Barry McNally 2018-07-15
Very happy with course
Course in good condition, with the greens running well. Pace of play today was good, we’ll marshalled. Only criticism I have is the lack of sand in many of the bunkers. Good menu on the 19th hole and staff always friendly.
Very nice course, the clubhouse felt very industrial and the staff not the most friendly
Club house, pro shop and staff all very friendly and helpful. The course is a must for any golfer to play.
More challenging than Gramacho or Silves and probably the best maintained, fast and true greens
Eammon Ryan 2018-05-28
Good course and enjoyable experience
Very enjoyable course. Greens were good.
Good course, greens could be quicker. Many well maintained bunkers which we visited too frequently.
Pinta is a challenge
Loved the course and we received a warm welcome. Read a review somewhere that the clubhouse was a "shed". Not sure what kind of shed that person has but it certainly was not like the shed I have at home. Very nice and the food was good too.
Lots of blind tee shots due to numerous dog legs. Greens have less breaks than Gramacho. Restaurant didn't open until 10am so had to have breakfast at Gramacho 3 minutes away but no great problem. Less busy than Gramacho so you can play as a 2 ball.
Nice course in good condition, very busy and round was very slow.
One of the prettiest courses we have ever played. Difficult greens and good exercise walking the course. Stunning views!
Punta was in good condition despite the heavy rain making the bunkers unplayable. Suited to all level of golfers. A slightly cheaper buggy rate would add to experience.
Mr N Suffolk2018-04-15
The staff were helpful, and I was paired accordingly. The pace of play was very slow (5 hours), due to people playing who just weren't good enough for this course.
Course extremely busy but to be expected at this time of year, staff friendly and efficient, course was looking a bit tired but greens running fast and true. Still good value.
Super golf course unable to finish the 18 holes because of 3 lady golfers in front which held up the whole course. Suprised no course ranger to move them along
I found the customer satisfaction very high with Telma...well done.
On time start and course in excellent condition
Pinta, like Gramachio, is an excellent course for all standards of play. I have taken a group of my former colleagues to play golf at these courses many times. On every occasion we have found the course in excellent condition and we, as a group were completely satisfied with the greens and the general upkeep of the course. I would frecommend the course to anyone and we fully intend to play the course within the next few months.
very good golf course , but bad tees
We thoroughly enjoyed playing at Vale da Pinta. It is a great golfcourse, which we will certainly play more often. Fortunately we could
It's always great to play this course
Susan Crawford 2017-11-01
Course was in great condition considering the lack of rain.
Too slow did not finish before dark, course condition satisfactory
Played many times normally in better condition
Excellent... well maintained course.
Friendly service - will come back
Excellent course. A joy to play. The nicest of the Pestana courses I played.
max de groot2017-10-22
Course is Nice but play is far too slow. Either play with three-balls instead of four-Balls or allow more time between flights
Didn't really like the course, course condition was quite poor & the sandwiches we ordered took 45 mins & it wasn't busy.
Nice course with lots of raised greens and nice clubhouse/bar area.
Mr Ian Littlejohn2017-10-02
Nice course. We played on a Saturday, and although the course was busy, the tee times are well spread from the first tee so there was no delay during the round
Love the course and in good condition as well
Best course of the 3, excellent.
Great layout but was in very poor condition. The greens were terrible. I emailed Pestana last week to let them know of our opinion of the greens and got a reply the following day stating that the greens were behind schedule due to the warm summer. I mentioned to them that we would not have booked it if we had known how bad they were. On top of that they charged more for lager than the other courses which was surprising as I assumed it would be standard pricing across the board
Fair but challenging course
Very helpfull and good let's us tee off on the 10th as it was all 4 balls teeing of on the 1st
Vale do Pinta is a really nice course. One or two blind tee shots so it's always better if you know your way round. Yesterday the greens were in great shape. Quick and true. Not one to miss.
Beautiful course, thoroughly enjoyed
A bit busy and the starter was a bit lost
Great course and in fab condition. Hope to return
Difficult to play and very busy. Play was much to slow, caused by non-handicappers (or very high-..)
very pleasand holiday golfcourse
Along with Gramacho this was another favourite. Beautiful vistas, very hilly, fun to play.
An enjoyable course.
Not as good as Gramacho. But OK
Great course, interesting contours, albeit some holes are too adjacent to villas and their 'noisy-in-peak-summer' gardens. After experiencing 5.5+-hour rounds, suggest the 'golf police' patrol more effectively to make slow players maintain a good pace.
We could see from the coach that there was water on the greens, in the bunkers and on the fairways at this course as we arrived to play on Thursday 16 March 2017. As the water was extensive and the rain continued to fall heavily, many of us considered the conditions to be unsafe for play. Yet we were informed that the course was open as it had been deemed playable by the Greenkeeper. We decided not to play mainly because it would not have been enjoyable due to the weather, but we were concerned that the course would have allowed us to play in what looked like unsafe conditions. My fellow travellers asked me to relay this message to you.
Beautiful course in great condition, enjoyed by all
Similar to Gramacho but thought some of the course was a bit scruffy compared to last year. Again excellent greens and well bunkered.
The speed of the greens was a little too fast i.e. as on the first hole, where the placement of the flag on the lower tier meant that if you landed on the upper tier, any putt down the hill ran off the green and ended up 20 metres from the green. The rest of the course was in good condition.
very good course
Always enjoy playing this course. Only spoiled this year by a scary thunder and lightning storm. No one told us at reception whether we were to come in if there was lightning but we made that decision ourselves!! Maybe they knew something because after the downpour following the flash and thunder right overhead, the weather cleared up and some of our party played on. The course dried out very quickly, again a testament to the maintainance that goes on at Pestana courses.
Had not played for some years but in excellent condition better than i expected
Very very slow...otherwise good
Our favorite corse was Boavista, it was more relaxed and not so busy. Gramachio & Vale da Pinta was overbooked and a round could take 5 Hours. PS could not select Boavista as favorite above, Regards Ray
Very enjoyable course, not a driver each time off the tee and strategy needed. Great service and friendly staff
Helpful staff good course Enjoyed the round
Great course, up there with the best deep bunkers loved the 7th par 3, a real challenge.
poor condition of greens
Very good and efficiant
We love Vale Da Pinta. Seems to be some problem with the Greens at the moment, hopefully that will be rectified for next year.
Always one of our favourites and again did not disappoint.
Well received and welcoming. Loved the golf course.
robert craig rea2016-06-20
Too crowded. Very slow.
Good golf course with a good clubhouse.
HAD SOME DELAYS NOT SURE EXACTLY WHY
Really liked this course. Course in good condition. Play a bit slow but maybe to be expected when using buggies.
Excellent course, the best of the four in my opinion. I will definitely be returning to play it again.
Bad organization !!! When we arrived no trolleys were available, got it in last second. Four flights ahead of us 12 people had much fun but were very slow, so that we had to wait on each whole and gave up totally frustrated after 13 wholes.
Jonathan Lloyd 2016-03-19
Nice course but a very slow round
Nice course. Always very enjoyable to play there
Penny Dawson 2016-02-26
Zu viele Flights, kein Ranger, der sich um viel zu langsame Gruppen gekümmert hat. wir haben dadurch ca. 5.40 Stunden gebraucht. nie wieder Pinta.
Challenging course, good greens and would play again.
Dominik L. Zuhorn 2016-01-11
ebenfalls gut gepflegt, abwechslungsreich, mittelschwer
We had a nice experience, course was 1st class
We had a nice experience, course was 1st class
Always love Pinta, was in great condition.
Good course. Played here a few times, fairly short off the yellows
Course in excellent condition
Tournament Review – Pestana Vale da Pinta, 4th January 2014 Vale da Pinta is located in Lagoa, Algarve, just a short drive from the seaside village of Carvoeiro. The course opened in 1992 and has since hosted the European Tour and Seniors Tour Qualifying Finals, and that fact alone can confirm the quality of the course. At 6127m this is not a particularly long course even off the championship tees but it is quite undulating, with Bermuda fairways, Penn Cross Bent greens, strategically placed bunkers and lakes amidst the local flora, which includes an olive tree that is over 1200 years old! Overall a challenging but very pleasant course. Our field of 20 this week consisted of a mixture of Chez Carlos members and regular visitors. With 7 lady players we offered prizes this week for the leading two players from both sexes! Nearest the Pin at the 5th was Marie Stradling and at the 15th, Neil McNeill, both winning the usual bottle of wine. Marie also won the Ladies competition. Playing off 16 handicap she pipped Mary Strutt (18) by just one point. Mary won 2nd place on the better back 9. For the Men, it was a family affair! Brothers Gerry(12) and Tony McInerney(20) finishing 1st and 2nd. Gerry scored a remarkable 41 points with Tony 5 back on 36, again due to a better back 9. Whilst it was a windy day, that helped restrict the threatening clouds to just one outburst for little more than a few minutes and it was a particularly enjoyable round. We returned to Chez Carlos for tasters of chicken curry and French fries washed down by everyone’s favourite tipple. Thanks to Felipe and his team.
Chez Carlos Golf Society2012-09-26
We had played Vale da Pinta course last June but it seemed eveyone liked it so much that it made sense to repeat this Algarve golfing experience. It is in fact quite a varied Algarve golf course with no two holes alike and set on beautiful undulating landscape close to the fishing village of Carvoeiro. Host to a number of pre-qualifying events for the PGA seniors’ school, it is no walk in the park. A good entry of lady golfers meant we were able to mix the sides up and this week we returned back to our usual format of individual stableford. After the enjoyable golf, we headed off to our local nest, the Caddyshack in Carvoeiro, where we socialised and had a pleasurable time chatting around a few nibbles and drinks. Always a day well spent!
Chez Carlos Golf Society2012-06-09
A visit by the Algarve Golf Society to Vale Da Pinta Golf Course has been long overdue. Hosting the European Seniors Tour Qualifying final for a consecutive 8 years the course has all the credentials to make for an enjoyable game and many of the today’s Chez Carlos Golf Society 16 strong field had never played it before. Designed by the American golf course architect Ronald Fream and inaugurated in 1992 Vale de Pinta Golf Course has earned its place as one of the best designed courses in the Algarve and in Europe. Rolling terrain crafted through an old olive grove (including one tree over 1200 years old!), carob, fig and almond trees are all there in play. Recent construction around the course has sadly spoilt its original effect nevertheless it is still worth a visit as is its neighbouring sister Golf Course Gramacho. The new clubhouse overlooking the first two holes completes the picture for this delightful course. Pairs betterball stableford was the chosen format today off 7/8 handicap and with forward yellow tees high scores in the forties was always on.