Hole 01

hole-01

Par 4

A strong starting hole, with a sharp dogleg right to left.

A decision regarding how close to hit the tee shot down the left has to be made, to shorten the approach.

The landing area is generous at the point of the curve of the hole.

The approach to the green is made difficult by the length of the green, which can make as much as a 3-club difference from front to back, with guarding bunkers left and right.

Hole 02

hole-02

Par 5

A classic “risk & reward” Par 5. Cut the corner over the lake and you will be left with a relatively short second to take on the raised, flat green.
A good birdie opportunity but only if liberties are taken.

However, if a mistake is made, the hole will certainly bite back.

Hole 03

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Par 3

A simple-looking hole that can cause many a problem.

The tee shot can be anything from a wedge to a fairway wood.

A generous “bail out” left of a very long green, with dunes and thick rough to the right.
Club choice and distance control is key on this hole. Merely hitting the ball on the green does not guarantee a par, as players may still have to negotiate one if not both of the big rollers that certainly add teeth to this green.

Hole 04

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Par 4

A great natural-looking hole, with a raised green, large primary sand dune that doubles as a waste sand bunker to the left and a rolling fairway with a large fairway bunker on the right.

The secret here is to hit a tee shot left of centre and not be tempted to go down the right.
Leaving the ball below the hole with your approach is crucial, at the risk of having one of the fastest putts to be found on the whole course.

Hole 05

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Par 4

Probably the toughest Par 4 on the course, long enough off the yellows and a true monster off the whites.

The tee shot needs to be played with confidence towards the middle right of the fairway, in order to leave the best angle for the approach onto a raised amphitheatre-like green.

A par on this hole should be considered an accomplishment.

Hole 06

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Par 4

A wonderful contrast, moving from a semi-links layout to the parkland section of the course. The slight dogleg right and the raised tee tempts one to hit a drive down the right side.

This could mean a bogey at best. The ideal line is down the middle of the fairway. The approach is with a short to medium iron to a tricky green, with a ridge in the centre, making putting a challenge.

The bail out area is left of the green, with trees and sand dunes on the right.

Missing the green left will result in having to play a flop shot to recover your par.

Hole 07

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Par 5

A beautiful rolling Par 5, which is out of range in two for the majority of golfers.

The tee shot is intimidating with trees on both sides. The approach is made tricky by the long green, guarded on the right by slopes and bunkers.
The long green requires careful club selection, at the risk of ending up with a 40m (120 ft) putt down the length of the green.

Hole 08

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Par 3

A signature short hole, that normally plays into wind. Crucial is getting the club choice correct, with a lake from tee to green and steep slopes and bunkers at the back. From the yellow tees it’s no “gimme” and from the back tees it’s a real handful.

Hole 09

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Par 4

Another strong Par 4, to finish the front nine. This hole usually plays into the wind.

The heavy rough left and right down the length of the hole requires a good drive. The landing area is actually much larger than can be seen from the tee.

The green is wide and shallow, making the approach shot play longer than it looks.
Always take an extra club for your approach into the green.

Hole 10

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Par 5

A truly fantastic-looking hole with its elevated tee, giving players a panoramic view of the resort and the Atlantic Ocean in the background.
Out of bounds down the entire left side is helped by plenty of space to the right.

A long drive gives you the option to go for the green, but be aware of the lake on the front right of the green. The safer option is to hit a mid-iron to the wide landing area about 70 m (77 yds) short of the green and follow it with a distance-controlled wedge shot, due to the green’s long length. The green is one of the flattest at Praia D’El Rey.

Hole 11

hole-11

Par 3

The toughest Par 3 at Praia D’El Rey. Straight uphill, making the hole play longer than its distance and therefore placing a premium on club selection.

With slopes and bunkers guarding the sides and the rear, the only place to miss this green is short, leaving a testing pitch to a raised green.

Hole 12

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Par 5

A wonderful links-style hole, dog-legging to the left. A good birdie opportunity, even though it normally plays into the wind.

A good tee shot, favoring the left hand side, needs to find the fairway for a chance to reach the green in two. Should you choose to lay up, your pitching skills will be tested to the full, especially if the flag is placed to the right, behind the bunker.

The green is also guarded by bunkers at the back and on the left, making this a great all-round golf hole.

Hole 13

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Par 4

A wonderful links-style hole, dog-legging to the left. A good birdie opportunity, even though it normally plays into the wind.

This tempting short hole welcomes you to the Atlantic oceanfront. With its unparalleled view, this short Par 4 is a good birdie opportunity, but can end in tears if one gets greedy with the tee shot.

The green is narrow and very long, so distance control is required to take advantage of this hole.

Hole 14

hole-14

Par 3

A testing short hole, open to the sea breeze, with a narrow long green protected by numerous bunkers on either side. Depending on the wind, one may hit anything from a short iron to a fairway wood.

Hole 15

hole-15

Par 4

A great seaside hole, the beach and out of bounds on the left, with bunkers and deep rough on the right, greets the player on the tee. A long tee shot can be helped further by the steep downward slope, leaving a short iron into a large challenging undulating green.

Hole 16

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Par 4

A visually daunting Par 4 that plays a little shorter than it looks. The uphill fairway makes the approach to the long unbunkered green difficult to judge, especially when the flag is placed on the back plateau.

Hole 17

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Par 5

The longest hole at Praia D’El Rey and also stroke index 1.

However, due to the dogleg left and the normally prevailing wind behind, it is unwise to hit a driver off the tee as it is easy to run out of room and finish in the heavy rough that protects this hole along its entire length.

Three good shots will get you to the green, the last of which is the most testing, onto Praia D’El Rey´s smallest green, guarded on the left by a large naturally vegetated sand dune and bunker. A Par here feels like a Birdie.

Hole 18

hole-18

Par 4

A stunning way to finish your Praia D’El Rey experience. A right to left dogleg means you have to aim over the trees to obtain the shortest route. Many a safe shot aimed at what seems to be the centre of the fairway ends up in the left rough or fairway bunker.

The green is tucked away in a corner guarded by trees and bunkers on the right and a natural dune on the left, making the back flag position one of the hardest on the course.