Faldo Course, Amendoira:
Wow, what a course, the majority of the well travelled party felt this was the best course they’d ever played and was totally different to anything they’d seen before. The perfectly manicured tee boxes look over a desert style course with waste areas and orange rocky outcrops which contrasted with the green fairways and white bunkers.
The course meanders through the hills with a number of winding fairways and blind tee shots punctuated by a myriad of bunkers, often right at the landing area and sometimes in the middle of the fairways.
The course plays a lot longer than its yardage due to the elevation changes and unless you are a low single figure handicapper I wouldn’t suggest venturing past the yellow tees and would definitely recommend taking a buggy as there are some long walks between greens and tees.
This is undoubtedly a course you have to plot your way round as the tight fairways, fast greens and well placed bunkers place a premium on ball striking and accuracy.
The highlights for me were the par 3’s which although not long required precise placement and the long winding par 5 13th which has a drop of about 100 yards and plays over 670 yards from the back sticks. (10/10 the whole of the party were blown away by the course from the 1 to last hole, Mr Faldo does like his bunkers).
O’Connor Course, Amendoira: The course is situated at the same resort as the Faldo Course, about 25 minutes drive from the Victoria Hotel and shares the same brilliant practise facilities. The course is in total contrast to its sister course with water on most holes and covering fairly flat terrain, the fairways are wide but feed towards the lakes which are generally positioned on the right hand side.
We felt that although a lot of the individual holes were very good the course suffered from the way the holes played being very similar, surprisingly a lot of the people we spoke to thought this the better course of the 2. (6/10 least favourite of the majority of the party, possibly due to being golfed out on the 4, one of the more capable golfers lost 8 balls on the back nine alone).