Laid out over low-lying coastal terrain, Dom Pedro Laguna, with its many water hazards and few trees, is considerably different from the other golf courses in Vilamoura.
Designed by US golf architect Joseph Lee and opened in 1990, previous visitors may recognise it as part of the former 27-hole Vilamoura III course.
It has been subject to continual improvements over the years, and many of its holes convey a links atmosphere.
Measuring 6,121m from the white tees, this par-72 course includes several lakes which influence play on a total of 11 holes.
In addition to acting as hazards and emergency water reservoirs, these lakes serve a useful purpose in attracting a variety of aquatic birds, both resident and migratory, as well as amphibians, otters and terrapins.
Apart from the lakes and an impressive total of 79 bunkers, another hazard is the wind that frequently blows over this somewhat exposed location.
Location: Vilamoura, Algarve, Portugal
Designer / Opened: Joseph Lee, 1990
Holes / Par: 18 Holes, Par 72
Length (mt): 6121 m / 5774 m / 4900 m
An open course with wide fairways and lots of water. High handicap players are advised to have plenty of balls with them.
Big fairway bunkers give the holes shape.
Drive it into position from the tee and take plenty of club for your approach shots as the greens are soft and hold the ball well.
The final hole is one of the best, a long par 4 to an elevated green. A par to finish is always good.
The Dom Pedro Laguna course shares a large, welcoming clubhouse with the neighbouring Millennium course and is only a couple of minutes away from Vilamoura centre.