Thomas Pieters reopens Dom Pedro Laguna Course

by | Nov 16, 2021 | Golf Resorts

Dom Pedro Hotels & Golf Collection invites the newly crowned Portugal Masters Champion Thomas Pieters to officially reopen the Dom Pedro Laguna Course after a requalification to improve its general playability and ecological sustainability.

Portugal’s master champion in 2021, Thomas Pieters

Pieters will reopen in the summer of 2022 and will hit a memorial tee at a special ceremony to mark the pitch’s official unveiling before being invited to play and set a new course record on the newly elevated Dom Pedro Laguna.
After completing the Portugal Masters 2021, Thomas Pieters said: “I am really happy to have won my fifth European Tour title here on the Dom Pedro Victoria golf course. It was a long final day but it felt great to take some good shots on the course and make the winning putt on the 18th green. Those are the moments that I play golf for.
“It’s always great to win on a course on which I’ve played so many great rounds. I felt like I knew the course pretty well at the start of the week and every area of ​​my game just seemed to click at the right moment. I knew I needed a strong result to secure my position at the DP World Tour Championships in Dubai and I am proud to have achieved that by winning here. Hopefully that prepares me well for a strong last weekend of the season. “

Originally designed by American golf course architect Joseph Lee, the Headline Upgrade will install a new state-of-the-art Rain Bird IC irrigation system on Dom Pedro Laguna to increase coverage efficiency and reduce water consumption by up to 30%. The course is expected to be supplied with purified water (ApR) from the Vilamoura sewage treatment plant when it reopens.
Under the direction of Rui Grave, the resort’s head greenkeeper, the bunkers are being restored with a fresh new layer of white sand to improve their overall structure and turned into natural grassland.
Changes are planned to make Dom Pedro Laguna the first golf course in Portugal to use 100% Bermuda grass on all greens, fairways and tea boxes. rejuvenate them with improved aesthetics and increased water consumption to provide optimal playing conditions all year round.
Special attention is also paid to all tea boxes, which are being realigned and leveled to present a flawless, flat finish that allows the greenkeeping team to keep the tees at a lower cutting height and enhance the gaming experience for all guests.

Dom Pedro Laguna, the first golf course in Portugal to use 100% Bermuda grass

Finally, the requalification will aim to improve the integration of animals across the course by creating an artificial island in the lake between the fourth and fifth holes so that birds and other species can create new nesting sites and expand the existing biodiversity that is already there a colony of otters.
Commentary on the renovation of the Dom Pedro Laguna Course, Eng. Luis Correia da Silva, Chief Executive Officer of Dom Pedro Golf, said: “First of all, we would like to thank the European Tour for hosting another great tournament in Dom Pedro and Thomas Pieters for his great win. We are proud to host the Portugal Masters and, as the current champion, we would be honored to invite him back to the resort next summer to reopen our newly improved Dom Pedro Laguna Course.
“The team, led by our Head Greenkeeper Rui Grave, is confident that these improvements will not only improve the overall golf experience for all of our guests at the resort, but will also help bring the Laguna up to the standards of our other four golf courses. We strive to attract the world’s best golfers to the resort and to do that we need to improve and enhance the Dom Pedro experience year after year. “

The Dom Pedro Laguna Course is scheduled to reopen in summer 2022

At the beginning of the year, the resort was ranked 9th in the “Top 100 Best Golf Resorts in Continental Europe” in Golf World and 3rd in the “Top 25 Golf Resorts in Portugal”, which confirms its position among the best golf resorts in Europe.
The Dom Pedro Old Course, designed by the renowned Frank Pennick, was recently placed 36th in the new list “Top 100 Golf Courses in Continental Europe” 2022-23, in addition to fourth place in the “Top 50 Best Golf Courses in Portugal”. .
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