Episode Insider: Adventure Golf Portugal

Have you seen our episode Adventure Golf Portugal? Read on for more information on the best golf courses and places to stay during our journey.

Episode Insider: Adventure Golf Portugal

Obidos

Golf Course

West Cliffs

Estrada do Rio Cortiço, 4
2510-665 VAU
Óbidos
Portugal

+351 262 249 880

https://www.westcliffs.com/en/

The West Cliffs course is a recently opened course, designed by the Dye Designs Group, and is on the same site as the famed Praia D’El Rey Resort situated only 1 hour North of Lisbon. The course plays as a stunning links course along the Silver Coast and is already being talked about as the best golf course in Portugal. Occupying arguably some of Europe’s most impressive golfing real estate, this incredible stretch of coastline is home to a host of fantastic golf courses but West Cliffs looks set to become the jewel in the Silver Coast’s crown.

Where To Stay

Praya Del Rey Hotel

Estrada do Rio Cortiço, 4
2510-665 VAU
Óbidos

(+351) 262 905 100

https://www.praia-del-rey.com/en/home

The exclusive Praia D’El Rey Golf & Beach Resort is home to miles of golden beaches, a world-class golf course and long days of plentiful sunshine.

Set along the pristine shores of Portugal’s Silver Coast, the resort offers a host of spectacular villas, holiday residences and of course, the luxury accommodation of the 5-star Marriott Hotel.

The championship golf course is the centrepiece of the resort and maintains its reputation as one of the top courses in Europe. Only 50 minutes from cosmopolitan Lisbon, Praia D’El Rey is world-class resort in the Portuguese sun!

Cascais

Golf Course

Penha Longa Resort

Estrada da Lagoa Azul – Linhó
2714-511
Sintra
Portugal

+351 219 249 015

http://www.penhalonga.com/

Ranked in the top 30 Courses in Continental Europe, the 27-hole course at Penha Longa Resort designed by the famed Robert Trent Jones, Jr. is escapist golf at its best.

With its bold drives, courageous approaches and artful greens, it is both an adrenalin rush and a soothing journey through one of Portugal’s most inspiring landscapes. Exciting at every turn, this championship challenge and host to the Portuguese Open, is a master test of variety and thrills.

Penha Longa Golf courses offer three different circuits: Atlantic Championship, Atlantic North and Atlantic South, providing completely different experiences throughout the amazing hills of Sintra and Penha Longa Resort.

Where To Stay

Penha Longa Resort, Ritz Carlton Hotel

Estrada da Lagoa Azul – Linhó
2714-511
Sintra
Portugal

+351 219 249 015

Set among rolling hills, lush gardens and serene mountain lakes, Penha Longa Resort, one of the most stunning luxury resorts in Portugal, offers a rare opportunity to visitors to explore a breathtaking beauty of Sintra mountains and enjoy elegant accommodations, world-class restaurants, Golf Championship, luxurious spa and wellness centre. Let us help you plan your getaway in a stunning retreat enjoyed by royalty since the 14th century.

Algarve

Golf Course

Monte Rei

Sí­tio do Pocinho,
Sesmarias Apartado 118, 8901-907
Vila Nova de Cacela
Portugal

+351 281 950 950

http://www.monte-rei.com/

The superb Monte Rei Golf Course is located in the interior area of the Algarve and lies near to the town of Tavira. This new outstanding signature course by Jack Nicklaus offers everything a player would expect of this international golfer and designer. The Monte Rei Course is laid out in the rolling hills to the north of the Via Infante (A22) motorway. Each hole presents an attractive visual challenge combining a variety of testing factors to ensure golfers of most standards can play the course with enjoyment and challenge at every hole. Detail combined with natural aspects, already existing or specially created, provides a course to be remembered. Upon arrival you will be given attentive 5 Star services, valet parking, and the Buggy which is included in the cost of the green fee.

Where To Stay

Monte Rei Resort

Sí­tio do Pocinho,
Sesmarias Apartado 118, 8901-907
Vila Nova de Cacela
Portugal

+351 281 950 950

Situated in the picturesque foothills of the Eastern Algarve between the mountains and ocean, is the world-renowned Monte Rei resort. Offering outstanding golfing facilities, an exquisite collection of restaurants and personalised service from our dedicated concierge team, it caters to all tastes and offers an unforgettable holiday experience.

Golf Course

Vale do Lobo, Resort Turistico de Luxo, S. A.

8135-864 Vale do Lobo
Algarve
Portugal

T: +351 289 353 261

https://www.valedolobo.com/en/

Vale do Lobo is a gated community and golf resort in the Algarve region of southern Portugal. Vale do Lobo comprises one of the three corners of the Golden Triangle of the Algarve’s most affluent and expensive communities.

The community hosted the Portuguese Open, part of the PGA European Tour, in 2002 and 2003.

Vale do Lobo was among the first tourist resorts to be built in Portugal, having been catalysed by the Estado Novo’s decision in 1962 to build Faro Airport following the success in the 1950s of luxury Spanish resorts such as Torremolinos. In 1962, Trust House Forte acquired the land which became Vale do Lobo with the intention of turning it into a luxury resort. At the time, the region was a stone pine forest with a sand beach. Townhouses and villas were built for tourists and permanent foreign residents. An 18 hole golf course designed by Henry Cotton was built and Vale do Lobo quickly become a popular destination with the British market. In 1968, Trust House Forte and Costain Group opened the first five-star hotel in the Algarve, the Dona Filipa, named after Philippa of Lancaster, whose marriage to John I of Portugal confirmed the 700-year-old Anglo-Portuguese Alliance.

In 1977 the, Venlo-born, Dutch entrepreneur Sander van Gelder acquired the resort out of receivership, after it had struggled financially following the 1974 Carnation Revolution. He had originally intended to acquire just a small plot of land in the area, but ended up taking the opportunity to acquire the whole resort. The resort was run under van Gelder’s ownership for the next thirty years, adding another eighteen hole golf course and many facilities including bars, restaurants, and shops. The resort hosted the Portuguese Open in 2002 and 2003.

In 2006 a combination of Portuguese and international investors together with the Portuguese state-owned bank Caixa Geral de Depósitos acquired the development from van Gelder, installing Diogo Gaspar Ferreira as CEO. Over the next four years, they took out twelve loans to further develop the resort, for a total new debt of 249 million euros. By the summer of 2015 all of these loans were in arrearage. Because five of these loans were from Caixa, at a time when Armando Vara was the bank’s administrator, they were investigated as part of Operation Marquis,and figured in the charges against José Sócrates and other Operation Marquis defendants.

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