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It is easily accessible from nearby Faro International Airport and located a mere 750-meters from the famous Ancão Beach and located in the heart of the Ria Formosa Nature Reserve, a protected area of outstanding beauty that encompasses the endless beaches nearby. The Formosa Park Apartment Hotel is partners with San Lorenzo Golf Couse and the Pinheiros Altos Golf Course, allowing golfers staying at the hotel to play these two great courses. With two outdoor pools, children’s playground and babysitting services, and fresh local and international cuisine served in the restaurant, it is the ideal family resort location for a relaxing family holiday. PINHEIROS ALTOS GOLF RESORT Pinheiros Altos Golf Resort is established as one of the most prestigious and successful premier golf and leisure resorts in Europe. The resort is located in the heart the Ria Formosa Nature Reserve, a nationally protected area known for its outstanding splendour; 15-minutes from Faro International Airport; and 5 minutes from extensive unspoilt beaches. Pinheiros Altos occupies the prime position in Quinta do Lago, and holds the most prestigious location in the ‘Golden Triangle’ (Quinta do Lago, Vale do Lobo and Vilamoura). Pinheiros Altos is an independent 27-hole course designed by Ronald Fream and Jorge Santana. The course has an unusual layout with three nines of contrasting character - ‘The Pines’, ‘The Corks’ and ‘The Olives’. The Pines, meanders through typical Algarvian pine woods, with tactically placed water features throughout the course. Due to its flat land and many lakes and water features, golfers require accuracy from tee to green and strong iron-play throughout. The greens have a reputation for being the most difficult to read and to hit because they are small, undulating and in very good condition. The course embraces part of the Ria Formosa Natural Park, making this another challenging course of outstanding beauty for players of all standards. Although there is no on-site accommodation, Pinheiros Altos is partnered with both Dona Filipa Hotel and Formaza Park Apartment Hotel giving the players a place to stay over the course of their holiday. Pinheiros Altos has a wide range of facilities to suit the enthusiastic golfer with four indoor teaching bays, custom fitting incorporating Titleist, putter fitting, fitness and individual tuition. Inaugurated by Lee Westwood, in 2003 and recently refurbished 2016, the Pinheiros Altos Golf Academy offers V1, flight scope launch monitor technology and practice facilities that allow up to 30 players to work on their long game simultaneously. FURTHER READING dona filipa hotel Formosa Park hotel apartamento Volume 3 • Issue 35 41