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The best golf courses for golf holidays in Estoril, Cascais and Lisbon.

Oitavos dunes  Architect: Arthur Hills. 18 holes: 6,303m: par 71.

On the sandy soils of the Cascais hinterland.  Oitavos Dunes is a smouldering beauty, waiting on the rocky coastline like a Siren to passing golfers. This links style course is undoubtedly one of the finest courses in Portugal: we would say Europe.

Penha Longa Golf Club Penha Longa  Architect: Robert Trent Jones Jr. 18 holes: 6,290m: par 72.

Hand a tract of virgin bush (and a large budget) to Mr. Trent Jones and it is not surprising that he has created another visual masterpiece. Stunning scenes of neatly groomed fairways, closely cropped bunkers and distant Greens.  An absolute must (as is a buggy for most!).

Quinta da Marinha  Architect: Robert Trent Jones Jr. 18 holes: 5,845m: par 71.

A classical Portuguese design with intricately shaped bunkers and dense rows of Parasol Pines lining every hole.  Here and there on the back nine there are glimpses of the Atlantic, elsewhere some generous water hazards and teasingly borrowed Greens will keep you entertained.  A reasonably level course for walkers, although buggies are in good supply should you require it.  The old colonial style Clubhouse has now been replaced with a modern two-storey affair, in keeping with the new Onyria hotel and villas that surround it.

Belas Golf ClubBelas Clube de Campo Architect: R. Roquemore. 18 holes: 6,380m: par 72.

The first five holes run through wild open country, then the course takes on a more “residential” connotation.  However all of the building work is now completed and the houses are neat and tidy, so there is little intrusion into your game.  Length is not paramount off the Tee: position vital.  Quite a few long walks between Greens and Tees over hilly terrain, however there are plenty of buggies available.

N.B.  Great value 36-hole day with Lisbon S.C. (right next door) available - including buggy!
Estoril golf courseEstoril Architect: McKenzie Ross. 18 holes: 5,313m: par 69.

Estoril is another member of the Portuguese “Old School”.  A fine course that swoops through the pine, mimosa and eucalyptus clad hills just behind Estoril.  Twenty times host to the Portuguese Open, the course has seen its fair share of drama.   Although now split into two sections by a road, Estoril retains most of its peaceful nature and olde worlde charm.

Quinta da Beloura Golf Club Quiinta da Beloura  Architect: Rocky Roquemore.  18 holes: 5,774m: par 73.

A very approachable course, where pars fours are always reachable in two and par fives provide some birdie opportunities. This is a fair course that twists and turns amongst brightly coloured houses that are never intrusive in your game; what is intrusive sadly is the motorway that now cuts through the course.  That apart, Beloura provides a relaxed, well rounded game of golf.

Lisbon Golf Club Lisbon Sports Club Architect: Hawtree & Son. 18 holes: 5,233m: par 69.

A step back in time to the first Golf Club to be created in Portugal. As one might imagine, a course of this vintage is fairly short by today’s standards, but a great fun course, where the hills and valleys have dictated the layout of these fairly tightly-knit holes.

N.B.  Great value 36-hole day with Belas C.C. (right next door) available - including buggy!

Other courses to consider - see our Obidos and Setubalpages for details of:

Praia d'el Rey, Royal Obidos, Golden Eagle, Troia, Ribagolf, Quinta do Peru and Aroeira.

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Sample Itinerary

3 nights at Onyria Marinha****
3 rounds of golf at: Quinta da Marinha, Oitavos Dunes and Penha Longa
Hhire-car between two -
£515.00 per person

5 nights at the Baia Hotel*** in Cascais
3 rounds of golf at: Quinta da Marinha, Oitavos Dunes and Penha Longa
Hire-car between two -
£636.00 per person


Guest Comments

"Oitavos was probably the best course I have ever played."
Mr. G. Graham - London

"8/10 Estoril - Good challenge! Need caddies first time round.
9/10 Oitavos - Great facilities, well looked after, good course.
7/10 Quinta da Marinha - More "traditional" but still good, Greens "old" style."
Mr. D. Mercer - Herts.

"10/10 for your booking service - very responsive and helpful."
Mr. D. Chadwick.



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