Travel News 15th Apr, 2020 by ukclubgolfer.co.uk
Although the Algarve continues to dominate the golf limelight in the country, the Portuguese capital offers a combination of some of Europe’s most-renowned golf venues, a fantastic, healthy lifestyle and flight times of only two hours from the UK, making this destination a must-visit for avid golfers.
Renowned for its white, sandy beaches, warm year round climate and stunning scenery, the nearby Costa Azul is a stellar region to enjoy an excellent standard of golf. Situated to the south of Lisbon and only a 40-minute drive from the Portuguese capital, the region features an array of outstanding value-for-money courses and accommodation to enjoy a relaxing break. The region boasts a wide range excellent courses, the best of which are arguably Troia Golf and Quinta Do Peru. The former is a stunning track that sweeps between pine trees and enjoys dashing views out across the Atlantic Ocean, while Quinta Do Peru has had the pleasure of being a host of multiple Challenge Tour events.
Elsewhere, the 7,000-plus yards challenge of Santo Estevão is a regularly recommended layout, while two more 18-hole testing courses are set within an ancient cork oak forest at Ribagolfe – a host to the European Tour qualifying school since 2009.
As well as enjoying a relaxing round in the Costa Azul, several courses are concentrated in the Cascais municipality of Portugal – a short drive to the west of Lisbon. Found in the region, Estoril Golf Club has played an instrumental role in the history of golf in Portugal, being one of the clubs to play a part in the creation of the Portuguese Golf Federation and is the twenty-time host of the national Open Championship.While history is in abundance at Estoril, one of the most recent additions to the golf offering is Oitavos Dunes, which features breathtaking views over the ocean and the stunning backdrop of the Sintra Mountains in the distance. Rewarded for its excellence, the Arthur Hills-designed course has been host of the Portuguese Open on four occasions.
With such fantastic golf options in such close proximity to Lisbon, it’s important not to forget the four great courses an hour to the north – West Cliffs, Guardian Bom Sucesso, Praia d’el Rey and Royal Obidos. Regularly ranked as the best in the region and one of the finest in the entirety of Europe, West Cliffs five-star golf resort is the pinnacle of golf in Portugal. The varied landscape and natural terrain has allowed for the creation of a unique and world-class 18-hole seaside links golf course alongside the Lisbon Golf Coast. Truly a championship course that features undulated greens, three lakes and unique bunkers of irregular shapes and native vegetation, making this must-play track worth your time travelling north for.
Away from the golf, there are a wide variety of areas to explore, activities for the whole family, restaurants and bars to frequent and excellent value for money accommodation options.
Dining and drinking in Lisbon is a gastronomer’s dream. Its strategic position at the seaside means a bounty of fresh seafood is available, while top-grade beef beckons with juicy steaks and gourmet burgers the order of the day in northern Portugal. Numerous bars and clubs line the streets of the historic city for later in the evening and by night, the narrow cobbled lanes transform into one of Europe’s most raucous drinking locales.
Ensuring that you can experience one of the best regions to explore in Europe, top travel company Golf Escapes provide excellent offers and packages, such as numerous discounts on courses and arranged travel to and from the airport, to suit your needs.
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