Today we played the Oceanico Faldo Course which was designed by none other than Sir Nick Faldo. It was one of those courses where you had to play strategically which is what he had in mind when he designed it. It looked more intimidating than it was. The land at Amendoeira is dramatic and he used the natural landscape well – the back nine is quite hilly with a lot of elevated tees.
As described on the website – it is a modern twist on a traditional recipe, cacti & wild herbs replace the role of Sunningdale’s heather, spartan Holm Oaks and ancient olive trees take the place of a lush English woodland, and desert scrub bunkers of crushed limestone replace Berkshire’s sandy tracts in a golf course that revels in the classic principles of strategic play.
The course reminded us of some of the courses we have played in Arizona with the red soil, scrub bunkers and cacti. Another great day on the golf course and a yummy lunch afterwards to boot : )
We also found a Pinehurst flag on the wall signed by Michael Campbell when he won the US Open back in 2005.