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Oceanico Old Course

Situated in the heart of Vilamoura a mere 20 minute drive from Faro airport, this Frank Pennink designed parkland style layout is one of the oldest in the region and renowned all over the golfing world.

Often described as the Grande Dame of Algarve courses, it meanders throughout impressive pine trees - the principal hazard - over gently undulating natural terrain. Although it opened in 1969, the course was completely renovated and modernised 27 years later although no major changes were made to the magnificent layout.

In addition to raising the Oceanico Old Course to new heights of quality, an attractive new clubhouse and adjacent putting green were also built at that time. As with all Oceanico courses, environmental protection practices are strictly adhered to by means of detailed management systems in line with guidelines established by ISO 14001 standards, Green Globe and Committed to Green programmes.

This is one of the courses in Portugal that will always stay in the memory of visiting golfers.

The Facilities

  • Clubhouse
  • Golf Shop
  • Driving Range
  • Putting Green
  • Bar/Restaurant
  • Buggy Bar
  • Valet Service

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Rules & Etiquette

Rules

  • 1Every player must have his or her own bag of clubs.
  • 2Single players are allowed on the golf courses during less busy periods, subject to starter’s decision.
  • 3Club bags and trolleys are not allowed on the greens.
  • 4Buggies are not allowed on the tees, greens and avant-greens.
  • 5 Only two players and two club bags are allowed per buggy.
  • 6Dogs are not allowed in the Clubhouse or on the grounds of the golf course.
  • 7Softspikes are mandatory at all courses.
  • 8Children under 12 are only allowed on the golf course when specifically authorized and after Terms & Conditions have been read, agreed and signed.
  • 9Practice is only allowed within the practice areas.
  • 10Putting areas cannot be used for pitching.
  • 11Handicap Certificate required. Recommended handicaps: 28 for Men and 36 for Ladies.

 

Etiquette

  • 1Bathing attire, jeans, T-shirts, sleeveless tops and training shoes are not allowed in the Clubhouse, on the practice areas and the golf course itself. Shirts must be worn at all times.
  • 2Dress code must include trousers or tailor shorts, polo shirts and golf shoes and socks.
  • 3Single players should give way to groups.
  • 4Any group with a free hole ahead should give way to the next group.
  • 5The players looking for a lost ball should give way to the next group if the ball is not found quickly.
  • 6During busy periods, the players should mark the ball on greens par 3 so that the next group can tee off.
  • 7When finished on a hole the players should leave the green immediately.
  • 8In the interest of all, the game should go on without delay. So please:
  • Prepare your ball, tee and tee club in advance.
  • Do not leave your trolley too far from the green or in the wrong direction for the following tee.
  • Do not mark your scorecard on the green.
  • Do not make more strokes than necessary to score when playing Stableford.
  • 9Before leaving a bunker please make sure you leave it as smooth as you found it.
  • 10Please repair the divots on the fairways.
  • 11Please repair the pitch and spikes marks on the greens.
  • 12Greens and fairways should not be damaged by clubs tests.
  • 13Please follow the instructions for buggies usage.

Recommendation

Do not leave money, valuables or golf equipment in the locker rooms or in the car.

Note: The golf course management does not accept any responsibility for loss of and/or damage to valuables, personal effects or golf equipment.