Palmer Course Design announces the opening of The Victoria Clube de Golfe, a new 7,176-yard championship golf course in Vilamoura and the company’s first design in Portugal. The Victoria Clube de Golfe is the longest 18-hole layout in the country and will host the 2005 World Cup Championships – Algarve World Cup.
“In our design of The Victoria Clube, we took our cue from the area’s natural environment and created something that looks as if it has always been there,” Palmer Course Design vice president, senior golf course architect and director of environmental services Vicki Martz said. “Having the course recognized by European Tour and PGA Tour officials as a tournament calibre course and selected as host for the Algarve Cup and future tournaments, even before its opening, is an exciting honour for us.”
Designed with balanced nines, the front takes advantage of the Algarve’s native topography and utilizes natural drainage swales while the back nine at The Victoria Clube offers an open feel with soft rolling fairways of lush Bermuda and flowing natural streams. This par-72 course has an abundance of challenging water features meandering through the tract designed to complement and preserve the surrounding area’s hilly terrain.
With 32 acres of lakes, The Victoria Clube capitalizes on the Palmer risk/reward philosophy and provides an unparalleled combination of stunning natural beauty and demanding play. Palmer Course Design incorporated water on the 11th, 12th and 13th known as “The Victoria Corner” and utilized the location of a large lake between holes 14 and 18, creating a menacing but attractive challenge for golfers. Cascading waterfalls on the par-5 17th offer a unique hazard for players to navigate and provide a spectacular lasting impression of this new course.
Each hole at The Victoria Clube has a minimum of five tees, allowing golfers of every level and handicap the opportunity to play this picturesque new design in Europe, which is the epitome of the Palmer standard.
For more than 35 years, Palmer Course Design Company has been a worldwide leader in golf course architecture, creating some of golf’s most memorable and awe-inspiring courses. With more than 250 active projects and open golf courses in 38 states and 23 countries, Palmer Course Design provides comprehensive golf course planning and design. Founded on the philosophy and standards of excellence set forth by the game’s ambassador, Arnold Palmer, Palmer Course Design applies traditional design elements to every course whether private, public or resort.
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