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All You Wanted To Know About The Nick Faldo Golf Course In Portugal

Often referred to as the ‘Nick Faldo golf course’, the Oceanico Faldo Course in the Algarve region of Portugal is one of the most popular in the area. The Algarve itself remains the foremost golfing destination for locals and foreign golfers alike and many of them choose the Oceanico, partly due to the fact that it was designed by a golfing legend and partly because it remains a terrific challenge for any golfer to undertake. The course is located near the Algarve village of Amendoeira and is set in a beautiful natural location, something Faldo himself noted when designing the course.

Layout

The Oceanico Faldo course is a par 72 layout playing over 6598 meters from its longest tees. Although it does play fairly long, perhaps the most important consideration is accuracy when it comes to your approach play. If you are having an off day with your irons and short game, expect some high scores during your round. The course itself is set in some very hilly terrain, so expect lots of elevation changes as you play. The scenery itself is also spectacular, with naturally occurring rocky formations, beautiful bodies of water, orange groves and the mountains of the Monchique providing a backdrop in the distance.

Greens

With the sun beating down on this region of Portugal, expect the greens at the Oceanico Faldo course to be extremely fast, particularly when kept short and during season. This is not always the case however, and some golfers have reported far slower greens due to the presence of wind-driven sand found on them. Before your round, pay attention to how the practice greens play to get a good idea of what to expect out on the course. When out on your round, it helps however to note the condition of the greens to try to determine how they will react.

Best holes

No doubt, this course is an excellent challenge for all golfers, no matter which tee you play off. From the first hole, an uphill par 4, you will be tested but Oceanico is known to reward golfers willing to take a risk. In fact, playng long off the tee at the 4th, a downhill par 5 can reap some rewards. Just be careful for the first of many water hazards out on the course. On the back nine favorite holes include the 13th, another downhill par 5 where the wind is normally at your back, the 14th, and 15th where hazards include many rocky outcrops and the final hole, another par 5, the final place to improve your score.

Oceanico Faldo is a spectacular course and well worth a visit to anyone on a golfing trip to the Algarve.

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