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Dom Pedro Golf Vilamoura to renovate Old Course

11.47am 9th July 2024 - Course Development

Dom Pedro Golf Vilamoura, recently crowned 2024 IAGTO Portugal Golf Resort of the Year, is undertaking an extensive renovation of the iconic Old Course to cement its place among the best courses in Europe.

The second oldest course in the Algarve has undergone a fundamental and sustainable series of updates over the last few months, with a new state-of-the-art clubhouse set to open in November.

The new clubhouse will include upgrades to the entrance, golf shop, living room, restaurant, bar, and the terrace area, giving it a classic and elegant look and feel that compliments the overall legacy of the course.

As a result of the renovations, the Old Course will be transformed into a premium gated club with an elevated experience, offering a personalised service, VIP concierge and world class playing conditions. Dom Pedro Golf Vilamoura have also incorporated a vast range of on-course improvements to one of the Algarve’s most renowned layouts.

The renovations have focused heavily on sustainability, introducing a new long-term strategy to make it one of Europe’s most environmentally friendly courses. Several key initiatives will be introduced such as new sprinkler systems and water-resistant grass varieties to reduce water consumption, hydropressor stations to reduce energy consumption, and new 100% electric machinery.

The changes are being made without the course, first opened in 1968, having to close and hopefully minimising the impact and enjoyment of visiting golfers. All on-course developments are due to be completed by the end of August.

Nuno Sepúlveda, co-CEO of DETAILS, the management platform which oversees all Vilamoura’s golfing assets, said: “The renovations of the Old Course align with the long-term vision of enhancing quality, sophistication, and an effortless guest experience. These improvements specifically target maintaining high standards in golfing facilities and service and reinforcing Vilamoura’s image as a premier golf destination.

“The renovations are meticulously planned to respect its classic design and rich heritage, while still introducing improvements that enhance the overall golfing experience. By carefully balancing the old with the new, the renovation ensures that the course remains a cherished destination for golfers.”

Greens and fairways will all receive careful maintenance, bunkers will be sharpened with new sand, lips and slopes, and tee boxes will have Bermuda grass planted, their roots sanitized, levelled, and some will be occasionally reoriented, making the tees environmentally sustainable and of premium quality.

The overall appearance of the course will have more definition between the grassed play areas and the iconic landscape of pine trees. This will have a massive impact on both the appearance and quality, with the fairways receiving more sunlight.

Off the course and away from the clubhouse, there will be requalification to the driving range and additions of the most modern technology, enabling various training sessions and experiences, catering for all golfers.

For more information on Dom Pedro Golf Vilamoura and the Old Course, click here.

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