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By Shreena Patel
With over 200,000 rounds played annually, Dom Pedro Hotels and Golf Collection has long been recognised as Europe’s most complete offering, comprising five world-class championship golf courses located within just three kilometres of each other
Home of the Portugal Masters since 2007, with the latest edition set to run from 24-27 Oct this year, the Victoria Course also witnessed the European Tour’s first round of 59 just 12 months ago, when Englishman Oliver Fisher signed for the record score.
Those lucky enough to visit Dom Pedro can also take advantage of the four other 18-hole layouts – the Old Course Golf Club, Pinhal Golf Course, Laguna Golf Course and Millennium Golf Course – each offering something a little bit different for anyone teeing it up.
The destination is currently in the middle of a €4.5 million investment programme that has seen improvements made across all five courses, including the addition of 60 brand-new GPS-enabled Club Car golf carts, improved practice facilities and on-course renovations, in addition to a new, 23-per cent more efficient irrigation system.
Working closely with Grundfos, a market leading supplier of water pump solutions, Dom Pedro has been able to save on water, energy and man hours after developing a new variation on Grundfos’ WHOLE-IN-ONE system. As an example of the new efficient performance, the latest system will save 61.26 tonnes of CO2 and a staggering 177,000 kW at the Victoria Course every 12 months.
Away from the golf, Dom Pedro boasts three 4-star hotels – Dom Pedro Vilamoura, Dom Pedro Marina, and Dom Pedro Portobelo – all located in the centre of Vilamoura, next to the marina, casino and just a few minutes from the pristine beach and restaurant, Buzios Beach Club. Vilamoura’s finest seafood experience with a relaxed and pleasant atmosphere, it is the perfect place to wind down after a long day on the course.
Overall, Vilamoura is a stylish resort town situated in the heart of the Algarve. To the south are pristine beaches and, within the sprawling developments of Vilamoura, you will find all five of Dom Pedro’s championship golf courses within just three kilometres of each other, making it the ideal location for any European golf holiday.
Dom Pedro Golf, visit www.dompedrogolf.com