One of the Leading Golf Academies in Southern Portugal

Situated in the beautiful surroundings of the Quinta do Lago Estate and a 15 minute drive from Faro airport lies the Pinheiros Altos resort. A friendly, picturesque Member/Visitor golf club established in the early 1990's.

Pinheiros Altos Golf Academy incorporates V1 and Flightscope technology to help you push towards your golfing goals. All run by experienced British P.G.A. golf professionals.

Algarve's Professional Golf/Teaching Facility

The Golf Academy at Pinheiros Altos includes two fully equipped teaching bays, a Titleist custom fit centre and a putting/fitness studio to help you find suitable equipment under professional guidance.

Our extensive practice facilities offer the chance for up to 30 players at a time to work on their long game, while two practice putting greens and a superb chipping/bunker area will ensure there'll be no excuse for not improving your game.

A private training area for groups is also available at the far end of our range, which can be used for a multitude of purposes and can be reserved in advance via our golf office.

V1 is the number one swing analysis system in golf and is the preferred swing analysis system of the world's top instructors.

V1 has been used at the Academy for several years with fantastic results and appraisals. With the continuing updates of the software, the V1 system still remains the best video analysis system available.

The system not only allows the client to analyse their swing through a comparison or overlay, it also allows a slow motion playback and various drawing tools to make understanding the problems and fixes far more simple. With the V1 system now installed in both of the teaching bays and also on our professionals apple devices, the analysis is fully portable. Whether it be in the teaching bays, on the range, chipping green, putting green or even the course. It is an excellent tool to help in your understanding of your faults.

Our end bay is a fully equipped Titleist fitting centre. Here we have an excellent selection of shafts and heads.

With the help of our fully qualified P.G.A. Professionals, we can find the right equipment for you. With a varied choice of irons, along with the latest range of hybrid/ fairway woods and drivers, we can fit you with the right clubs. We then take your product order, all part of a very straightforward process.

We also do Titleist Vokey wedge fittings with a selection of more than 20 wedge/ bounce types. You too can have a wedge game like the pros.

With an excellent selection of Scotty Cameron putters in our golf shop and a putting green 15 metres away. You can try our demo range before you purchase. With a excellent range of Footjoy clothing, a large selection of footwear and comprehensive choice of accessories available, be sure to pay us a visit today, you won't be disappointed.

South African engineer Henri Johnson used his background in radar to develop Flightscope.

The innovative technology is used on television and in golf tournaments around the world and can also help everyday golfers like you.

Ross and Kenny both use Flightscope ball flight analysis with their clients, to show the varying results of impact and ball flight relative to their swing .

It gives a clear picture of what your club and swing are doing and gives a precise indication of the changes that need to be made to help improve your golf. We also use this technology to help guide our players towards the most suitable equipment that they should use on a daily basis.

Meet the Team

At the Pinheiros Altos golf academy we are lucky to have 3 fully qualified British P.G.A. Professionals in Ross Sutherland(Head Professional) and Kenny Fairbairn ( Head of Tuition) and Peter Ashdown, who have been working in the Algarve for over a decade and have been helping all standards of golfers, from complete beginners to accomplished professionals. Whether it is the frustration of your handicap staying the same, you're practicing hard but seeing no improvement with your scores or even just to brush up on your fundamentals, you will find first class tuition and facilities.

Lesson packages are available for all ages and abilities, you can book your lesson today. It is also possible as a visitor to use our practice facilities. You pay a 25 euro day fee which allows you unlimited use and balls for that day. You also have the option of practicing after 1.30 p.m. for a fee of 15 euros with the same conditions as the day fee. We look forward to welcoming you to the Pinheiros Altos Golf Academy to help you become the golfer you have always aspired to be.

Kenny Fairbairn

Head of Tuition

Kenny Fairbairn has been a fully qualified British PGA Professional since 1995. He started his early career on the England/Scotland border at Goswick Links where he achieved international status for England at both youth and senior level.

Kenny then moved to Portugal at the end of 1995 to focus on advancing his teaching career. With sound knowledge and great experience, Kenny offers top class tuition in short and long game to enhance any golfers' level of play.

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Ross Sutherland

Head Professional

Ross Sutherland has been a British P.G.A Professional since 2001 and has been at Pinheiros Altos throughout this time as an assistant through to his current position as Head professional. Originally from Scotland, he was lucky enough to spend time shadowing his Director of Golf who was the coach to Sandy Lyle.Ross has Spent a significant amount of time with a number of the world's top coaches and top players on the European Tour and has used these various influences to help him develop his own teaching techniques to be more informative, effective and enjoyable. Ross is a qualified Titleist custom club fitter.

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Peter Ashdown

Peter Ashdown is a fully qualified British PGA Professional he began his career in Essex playing County golf whilst working as a junior apprentice at Ilford Golf Club. Arriving in Portugal in the early 90`s while working as an assistant pro in Lisbon he won the Portuguese National Championship at Troia Golf Club. His love for the game continued and this is where he began to further his teaching career. Alongside his regular teaching schedule he runs a junior clinic during half term holidays. Peter is also a highly skilled and qualified golf club repair specialist and custom fitter.

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Academy Shop

We have a fully stocked Titleist/Footjoy shop with all of the latest up to date equipment. Whether you are looking for Titleist golf clubs or an excellent choice on Footjoy shoes or clothing, we have it all right here. If you have any enquiries please contact the shop directly by Telephone (+351) 915 191 913 or e-mail They are waiting to hear from you.



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Individual Golf Tuition Rates

At Pinheiros Altos Golf Academy we offer individual, group and on-course lessons for all level of players.

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Packaged Golf Tuition Rates

The Pinheiros Altos Golf Academy offers 3 or 5 day packaged golf clinics for the basic or advanced golfer.

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Junior Golf Clinics

At the Pinheiros Altos Golf Academy we firmly believe in training and creating the next generation of golf players.

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Pinheiros Altos Golf Resort

Sitio dos Pinheiros, Quinta do Lago, 8135-863 Almancil, Algarve, Portugal
Kenny Fairbairn - | M: (00351) 919816038
Ross Sutherland - | M: (00351) 963118041
Peter Ashdown - | M: (00351) 919655527

Pinheiros Altos golf reception - T: (00351) 289359910
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