Amendoeira (Faldo)

Amendoeira (Faldo)

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“I like my courses to be challenging to anyone who plays them. There might be easy holes in some places, but you still have to think about them, and that is what I am after.

“The best compliment you can get as a designer is players saying ‘wow, that was a challenge,’ when they finish. That’s what I wanted at Amendoeira.”

It’s fair to say the six-time major champion succeeded.

This is one of the most challenging courses not just in our Portuguese ranking but also our Continental European one.

While Playability is hardly a strength, The Faldo has enough about it to get in though, especially in terms of its Presentation and Consistency.

It is close to being on the same level as Les Bordes and Troia in terms of difficulty and off the back tees is an absolute brute.

In our Continental ranking process, the Faldo was marked much lower than the average in Playability, and when a course suffers in one category in such a competitive ranking, it can easily miss out altogether.

While playability is hardly a strength, The Faldo has enough about it to get in though, especially in terms of its Presentation and Consistency.

Yet this course in the sun-scorched hills of the Algarve can unquestionably be enjoyed… as long as you are honest about your ability and select tees that reflect it.

Do that, and you will enjoy the challenge, the serenity, the expansive views and the whole decadent experience of a Top 100 course that is the epitome of a robust, well-groomed championship venue.

“We were given beautiful undulating land at Amendoeira and any time you have natural terrain like that, it is great fun to work with,” adds Sir Nick, and he is correct to point out the nature of the terrain.

“The land at Amendoeira is quite dramatic, with the back nine especially hilly and that gives you some great views to complement the course. It also let us design holes of real character throughout.”

Its significant elevation changes affords it panoramic views of the whole resort and surrounding open countryside – with virtually no real estate to spoil the scene.

There is also a better mix of holes than its reputation suggests, because while the 1st is a brutal uphill opener where the approach is all carry onto an elevated green, the 2nd is a mid-range short hole and the 3rd  a relatively short par 4 by today’s standards.

One of Sir Nick’s philosophies is to set the golfer visual challenge, to tell them what is required and ask them if they are up to the task. The Faldo does that in spades; do what it tells you and you are rewarded. But if you don’t, you’re penalised.

Its significant elevation changes affords it panoramic views of the whole resort and surrounding open countryside – with virtually no real estate to spoil the scene.

The back nine that unfolds on the other side of the quiet road between Alcantarilha and Silves is significantly more hilly but otherwise the halves have a similar character. Whether up on the hill or lower in the the valley, holes snake over burnt-orange undulating terrain hue that is punctuated by rocky outcrops and water hazards and populated by desert scrub, olive trees, cacti, wild herbs, holm oaks.

Amendoeira enjoys a tranquil mountainous setting 15 minutes inland from the golden beaches of the Algarve, the resorts sits on the outskirts of the town of Alcantarilha, with the pretty town of Silves 10 minutes west and the bustling resort of Albufeira 25 minutes to the south east. Chris Bertram

 

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Sir Nick Faldo

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Amendoeira Golf Resort , Morgado da Lameira , Alcantarilha , Portugal , 8365-006