The Orizonte Collection

This week’s blog is a blog on the Orizonte Experience and the courses that the Orizonte Collection offers to keen golfers. In the Lisbon area sits the Orizonte Collection courses: Aroeira I and II, Ribagolfe I and II, Quinta do Peru and Santo Estevao. Each of these courses offers golfers something a bit different and the access to all of these brilliant courses is easy from a hotel like the Sesimbra Hotel and Spa where you can find everything you need from a hotel to base your exciting golf escape from…

The Sesimbra Hotel and Spa is a fantastic four-star hotel that boasts an excellent location just two minutes’ walk from the beach. The hotel is situated within the lovely fishing village of Sesimbra where you can find plenty to see, do, eat and drink in this lovely village. There is much to explore including the castle, the fishing harbour and the beach promenade. As the hotel is situated on the beachfront, all of the rooms boast private balconies from which you can enjoy stunning views out across the Atlantic Ocean. All of the rooms are spacious and light with all of the amenities that you would expect from a hotel of this standard including a flat-screen TV, free Wi-Fi, a safe and a minibar.

During the day, whilst you are not enjoying a round of golf on one of the fantastic Orizonte Collection golf courses, you can spend time relaxing on the beach, around the pool or in the spa. The spa offers guests a wide range of different health and beauty treatments as well as extensive facilities including a Turkish bath, a sauna, a Tropical shower and a Vertical Hydromassage.

Of course, as you are situated within the lovely village of Sesimbra, you have a variety of great bars and restaurants on your doorstep but the brilliant Aquarius Restaurant within the hotel boasts delicious Portuguese fish and shellfish dishes. The Sesimbra Hotel and Spa is a fantastic hotel and it is no surprise that we recommend this hotel as your base for your next golf escape playing the brilliant Orizonte courses.

Aroeira Golf Resort stretches over 900 acres and boasts two brilliant golf courses. Aroeira I was designed by Frank Pennink and opened in 1973, since then the course has gained a brilliant reputation and played host for the Portuguese Open in 1996 and 1997 as well as other notable events including several Ladies’ European Tour events and the prestigious European Men’s Club Trophy in 2013. The course is not long by any means as it is just over 6,000 yards from the back tees, but it is still tricky due to the narrow, tree-lined fairways and 18 different but equally exciting holes. Aroeira II was designed by Donald Steel to meet European Tour recommendations and opened in 2000. This is a much longer course at over 7,000 yards from the back tees and is made even more challenging due to there being water hazards on no fewer than nine of the holes on the course. Both of the Aroeira courses were carved through heavily wooded and gently undulating terrain and they both offer golfers of any ability a brilliant round of golf.

Ribagolfe I has been previously described as the “Valderrama of Portugal” and proves to be a stern test of golf for those with even the lowest of handicaps. However, those with higher handicaps can play from the more forward tees and have an equally exciting and challenging round of golf. The course measures 7,370 yards from the back tees and plays longer and much tighter than its sibling, Ribagolfe II. Treacherous lakes come into play during the back nine holes and these lakes can damage your scorecard heavily if you are not playing accurately and strategically. Both Ribagolfe I and Ribagolfe II were carved out within a huge cork oak forest. Ribagolfe II is a shorter course than its sibling and was designed by former Ryder Cup player Michael King. The course boasts huge and moderately contoured greens which pose a stern test to golfers of all abilities.

Quinta do Peru boasts a beautiful location as it is framed by the stunning Arrabida Natural Park. The course was designed and crafted by Rocky Roquemore and is considered to be one of the best courses in Continental Europe. The course is set within a pine forest and has the Arrabida Mountains as its backdrop which means that from any point along the course, you can have the fortune to enjoy beautiful views. This course is a serious test of golf from the back tees with its huge American-style bunkers and many water hazards, but its natural beauty can make up for a poor scorecard.

Last, but certainly not least, is the brilliant Santo Estevao course which was designed by Donald Steel and opened for play in 2004. The course is set within the rolling landscape of the Northern Alentejo region and boasts more than 7,000 yards of brilliant golf from the back tees. The course features many strategically placed bunkers and greens which means that the layout of this course will challenge golfers of all abilities but because the land is only gently undulating, you can enjoy the round on foot. Santo Estevao will provide you with a scenic and enjoyable round of golf for most months of the year due to the mild climate here.

 

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog and that when you are thinking about your next golf escape, remember these brilliant courses as there are very few places where you can go and stay and enjoy so many fantastic golf courses that have such high rankings.

Lisbon Special

This week’s blog is dedicated to the fantastic region of Lisbon and its brilliant golf. The region of Lisbon is the perfect destination for your next golf escape for many reasons. There is a vibrant culture and rich history for you to soak up, both within the city of Lisbon and its surrounding towns and villages.

Lisbon City is just a short flight away from any of the UK’s major airports which makes it easily accessible whether you are looking to go away for a week or two or just for the weekend. There are numerous golf courses to be enjoyed within the Lisbon area. The city of Lisbon is a great holiday destination with history, culture, great nightlife and many brilliant golf courses within close proximity of the city to enjoy such as Lisbon Sports Club and Belas.

Many of the courses in the Lisbon region are concentrated in the Estoril, Sintra, Cascais triangles on the coast to the north-west of Lisbon and there are many other brilliant courses situated to the south of Lisbon on the Costa Azul. Alternatively, you can travel an hour north of Lisbon to the fantastic Praia d’el Rey resort and Royal Obidos.

Upon arriving in Lisbon for your great golf escape, we recommend that you travel just 20 minutes outside of the city to the fantastic Lisbon Sports Club. The Lisbon Sports Club course is a brilliant 18-hole parkland course which was designed by Hawtree and Sons and serves as a brilliant way to unwind and relax straight from the plane as this is a short course as at only 5,278 metres off the back tees so suitable for a great warm-up round and for those who prefer the easy life! The 18-hole circuit is one of the most original in the whole country with an interesting layout of holes situated nested in a valley with a rich and beautiful forest biodiversity and an impressive brook which runs throughout 12 of the 18 holes and can pose a hazard to those with higher handicaps. If you are looking for a great warm-up course with a beautiful and natural setting, then you definitely could not be disappointed with Lisbon Sports Club’s course just 20 minutes’ drive from the airport and bustling city of Lisbon.

Just 30 minutes’ drive south from Lisbon is the four-star Montado Hotel and Golf Resort which boasts an impressive 18-hole golf course as well as seven different golf courses in the area which are all less than 30 minutes’ drive from the hotel. The resort is situated within a tranquil location and is surrounded by the region’s best vineyards just 15 minutes’ drive from the historic city of Setubal. Whilst you are not enjoying a round of golf on the lovely Montado golf course or on one of the other golf courses in the area, you can relax within the hotel’s spa which offers a large indoor pool as well as an extensive treatment list for you to choose from. The hotel’s restaurant offers a brilliant menu which is full of both regional and international dishes, alternatively, you can enjoy a light meal and a few drinks at the Pitch and Putt bar. This is a brilliant resort in a lovely location which serves as great access to the spectacular golf courses that are situated in the local area. 

One of the superb golf clubs in the local area of Montado Hotel and Golf Resort is Ribagolfe Golf Club. There are two excellent 18-hole courses situated at the club and both offer an interesting and challenging round of golf. Both of the Ribagolfe courses are laid out within a huge cork oak forest and so boasts lovely surroundings.

Ribagolfe I is a long and challenging course at 7,370 yards from the back tees but can be played by golfers with higher handicaps from the forward tees. This is the more challenging of the two courses as it plays both longer and tighter than Ribagolfe II. The course’s fairways are very narrow which means that any wayward shots will not be forgiven. During the back nine of the course, you have to navigate your ball around and over the treacherous lakes. This course boasts a top-class layout with 18 memorable holes and each of the holes poses a stern challenge to golfers of all abilities – a brilliant addition to any golf escape to Lisbon.

The second course at Ribagolfe, Ribagolfe II opened for play in 2004 and is also routed through cork oak and poses a fair challenge to golfers of all abilities. The course is shorter, and the fairways are more open on this course which can make the round a little easier, despite the fact that there is more water in play than on Ribagolfe I. This is another brilliant warm-up course that you could enjoy when on a golf break to Lisbon before taking on the stern challenge of Ribagolfe I…

If you are looking for a more resort-feel golf course, then look no further than Montado which is a Florida-style course, flat with many water and sand hazards. Although the course is entirely flat, it has a very interesting layout with several dog-leg holes to contend with. The 18th hole is of particular note as the green is situated on an island which can sometimes be tricky to reach. It is no surprise that this is an up-and-coming course which is now included on most golfer’s itinerary for a fantastic golf break to Lisbon.

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog and next time you are looking to have a long weekend somewhere great with excellent golf, keep Lisbon in your mind as you are sure to have a great golf trip with excellent courses, quick flights and beautiful accommodation.

Golf On-site

This week’s blog is a guide to the great hotels and resorts that you can enjoy which boast an incredible 18-hole golf course onsite. Stay-and-play holidays are perfect if you have an excellent resort and a great golf course that you can enjoy for a few rounds and these recommendations are not exceptions to that criteria.

La Cala Golf Resort has established itself as being the premier golf resort on the Costa del Sol and it isn’t hard to see why with its luxurious accommodation, brilliant facilities and no less than three excellent golf courses onsite. The resort is up in the hills just ten minutes from the bustling town of La Cala which makes it the perfect destination for a great stay and play golf escape as you have the luxury of playing on three different golf courses – La Cala America, Asia and Europa – as well as being just ten minutes from a great town where you can find the beach and an array of different bars and restaurants to enjoy. La Cala America is a hilly and brilliant course which is built high up in the hills around La Cala Resort and boasts excellent views because of this marvellous position but, don’t be distracted by the views as you must hit straight in order to score well. La Cala Asia is similar to the America course except that it is narrower and shorter, but this doesn’t mean that it is easy, as it is actually the most difficult course out of the trio. La Cala Europa was the third and final course to be built at La Cala and boasts the same excellent features including elevated tees, rolling fairways and big, undulating greens but is a little easier with wider fairways and less penal rough. With three excellent courses, a superb location and lovely accommodations to enjoy it is no surprise that we recommend this resort for your next stay and play golf break.

Next up, we have the fantastic La Manga resort which boasts a whole range of different leisure activities as well as two excellent options for accommodation and three excellent golf courses. You can choose to stay at the five-star hotel – La Manga Club Principe Felipe – which boasts stunning public areas, beautiful guest rooms and a lovely pool area and pool bar which you can enjoy after a tough morning out on one of the golf courses. Alternatively, you can choose to stay in the four-star La Manga Club Las Lomas Village where you can find excellent apartments which are fully-fitted with a kitchen and living area each to make your break an easy one with self-catering options. These apartments are built into the hillside and are a great option whether you are travelling as a group, a couple or with your family. At La Manga, you can enjoy access to their impressive spa which is built across two floors and boasts all of the facilities that you would expect from a spa on a resort as impressive as this one. The three La Manga courses offer you enjoyment right from the first tee with stunning views and tricky shots to contend with. This is another excellent resort, but this time situated in Murcia, that we highly recommend for your next golf break.

Precise Resort El Rompido is a fabulous and luxurious five-star hotel situated overlooking the two El Rompido courses just a short drive from the picturesque fishing village of El Rompido. The hotel offers excellent facilities including a brilliant spa which boasts an indoor swimming pool, Turkish baths and a sauna. There is also a lovely outdoor pool which you can relax around after enjoying a round or two on the excellent 36-hole golf course situated on-site of the hotel. The rooms are all beautifully decorated and boast all of the facilities that you would expect from a hotel of this standard including a satellite TV and a minibar. You can enjoy rounds on both the El Rompido North and El Rompido South whilst you are here, but this hotel is in a great location for golfers as there are so many other great golf courses in the area that you can enjoy as well. If you are looking for a beautiful hotel in which to enjoy an excellent stay and play golf escape, then look no further then Precise Resort El Rompido.

Last, but certainly not least, is the Dolce Campo Real Golf Resort and Spa which is a stunning five-star hotel set in the stunning Portuguese countryside and is surrounded by vineyards and lovely villages. The resort is located just 30 minutes’ drive from Lisbon and the airport, the model hotel offers a wide range of facilities including the excellent 18-hole Camp Real golf course, tennis courts, a lovely spa and a variety of different restaurants to enjoy. Nearby to the hotel, you can reach the stunning beaches of the Silver Coast which are perfect to relax on after a difficult round on the golf course if you can drag yourself away from relaxing in this luxurious hotel. This is an excellent location for your next stay-and-play golf escape and it isn’t hard to see why with its excellent golf course, great facilities and superb location.

Lisbon Special

This week’s blog is a Lisbon special and will give you the details of some of the best hotels and golf courses that you can enjoy if you decide to take your next golf break to Lisbon. Lisbon is the perfect place for an unforgettable golf escape with vibrant culture, rich history, brilliant hotels and superb golf courses. With brilliant weather almost guaranteed between spring and autumn, this is the ideal destination for your next golf break to Portugal…

The Sesimbra Hotel and Spa is a brilliant modern four-star hotel which boasts a fantastic location surrounded by the Arrabida Natural Reserve, situated on the beachfront with direct access to Sesimbra’s beautiful sandy beach and within walking distance of the town of Sesimbra’s bars and restaurants. The hotel was refurbished in 2015 which means that all of the guestrooms boast a stylish and modern décor and are fitted with all of the amenities and facilities that you could possibly need including a flat-screen cable TV, free Wi-Fi, a minibar and a private balcony from which you can enjoy views over the stunning surroundings of the hotel and maybe even the Atlantic Ocean. Whilst you are not enjoying a round of golf on one of the excellent local golf courses like the Aroeira courses or Quinta do Peru then you can either venture into town to soak up the atmosphere and enjoy a few drinks and a meal or relax at the hotel. The spa within the hotel offers its guests a wide range of health and beauty treatments including a hot stone massage or you can just enjoy the facilities which include a heated swimming pool, a Turkish bath, a sauna and a Tropical Shower. Besides the spa, the hotel boasts a large outdoor infinity pool for you to relax around and soak up some of the Portuguese sunshine. It is so easy to venture into town to explore the restaurants there but if you prefer to eat within the hotel then the Aquarius Restaurant won’t disappoint with its lovely traditional Portuguese menu featuring some delicious fish dishes. 

If you are looking for a fantastic golf club to visit when you are next taking a golf break to Lisbon then have a look at The Lisbon Sports Club which boasts a brilliant 18-hole parkland course situated in a stunning location just 20 minutes’ drive from the city. As the course is such a short drive from the city and the airport, even if you don’t decide to stay near the course, it is easy to stop at the course and enjoy a superb round if you are on your way to your hotel or the city and is a great way to begin your golf break straight off of the plane. The course was designed by Hawtree and Sons and was founded in 1922 which is brilliant as you can really enjoy playing an excellent course in an untouched location with picturesque surroundings. The course is by no means long at 5,278 metres off the back tees which makes it the ideal holiday course as besides from the stream that comes into play on no fewer than 12 of the holes, the course is not too challenging. Make sure that you make a round here your priority when you are planning your next golf escape to Lisbon…

The four-star SANA Lisboa boasts a central location just 400 yards from the famous Marques de Pombal Square and is a perfect base from which you can easily enjoy some of the best golf courses which surround Lisbon. The hotel is situated in the centre of one of Lisbon’s best nightlife areas and boasts an excellent range of bars and restaurant within a short walking distance from the hotel and many of the best golf courses of the region are within 45 minutes’ drive from the hotel. Each of the rooms is spacious and modern and boasts incredible views of the Old City, Tagus River or Eduardo VII Park. You can enjoy a large buffet breakfast each morning and if you decide not to venture out to one of the many bars and restaurants in the local area then you can enjoy the hotel’s traditional Portuguese restaurant Contemporaneo for both lunch and dinner. Whilst you are not on one of the local golf courses then you can relax in the hotel’s spa by enjoying a massage or lounging in the hot tub, sauna or steam bath. This is a brilliant hotel which offers excellent value for a hotel situated in the city centre with local bars and restaurants to enjoy and excellent transport links within the city.

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog and that you will consider one of these fantastic hotels when you are planning your next golf escape and currently, we are offering an exclusive Callaway super-dri Polo Shirt with every booking to the Lisbon area which shouldn’t be missed out on…

The Insider’s Guide to Palacio Estoril & Golf do Estoril

This week’s blog is a guide to the brilliant five-star Palacio Estoril Hotel Golf and Spa which is situated in the heart of Estoril, Portugal. This is a lovely hotel which boasts a fantastic location in Estoril which is a great beach resort located to the west of Lisbon. Here, you can find a wide array of different bars, restaurants and shops which means that you are never far from some great entertainment or food if you don’t want to stay in the hotel.

Being situated in Estoril also means that the weather is warm almost all year round which makes it the ideal destination for your next golf break, especially when the weather in the UK isn’t as good as you would like it to be…

 

Palacio Estoril Hotel, Golf and Spa really does occupy a brilliant location just a few minutes’ walk from the lovely sandy beach and adjacent to the casino. Both golfers and non-golfers alike will find plenty to love about Palacio Estoril Hotel as for golfers, you can take advantage of the fantastic unlimited golf packages whilst staying here which entitles you to unlimited golf on the fantastic Golf do Estoril. Whilst golfers are out enjoying a round on the golf course, non-golfers can enjoy relaxing in the hotel’s wonderful spa and fitness centre where they can enjoy a range of different treatments, work out in the gym, enjoy the sauna and Turkish bar or swim in the indoor pool. There is also a lovely outdoor pool area which is perfect for the summer months of the year when you can soak up the sun and of course, the beach is just a short walk away so you have endless options of relaxation areas.

From the moment that you arrive at Palacio Estoril Hotel, you will be greeted with a warm welcome and get to experience the wonderful old charm and character that this hotel emits. The service that you will receive whilst staying here is befitting of its five-star status and the staff will do everything they can to make sure that your stay is as luxurious as possible. All of the rooms here at Palacio Estoril Hotel are spacious and decorated with warm colours, they are all fitted with all of the amenities that you would expect from a luxury five-star hotel such as this including a flat-screen TV and a marble bathroom.

Being situated in the heart of Estoril means that you will never be far from a great restaurant or bar to enjoy but the hotel boasts two lovely restaurants and a great bar for you to enjoy without even leaving the hotel. The Bougainvillea Terrace Restaurant is situated on a terrace and is somewhere that you can enjoy a meal or just relax with a drink whilst overlooking the beautiful gardens of Estoril on one side and the Palacio’s limpid pool on the other. Whilst the Bougainvillea Terrace Restaurant provides a more chic and cool atmosphere, the Grill Four Seasons Restaurant boasts a more sophisticated atmosphere and is somewhere that you can enjoy a delicious meal from a menu filled with both traditional Portuguese dishes as well as international cuisine. Last but certainly not least, Bar Estoril is famous for being a haunt of spies during the Second World War but now it boasts a lovely, stylish atmosphere and is somewhere that you can truly relax and enjoy a few drinks whilst enjoying views of the poolside gardens.

If you are looking for a luxurious golf break, you really need to look no further than the five-star Palacio Estoril Hotel, Golf and Spa especially when within two kilometres there is the fantastic Golf do Estoril. Whilst staying here, you must take advantage of the unlimited golf that is available to you on Golf do Estoril as well as the free transfers between the hotel and the golf course which makes your life very easy and enjoyable as you have no worries about transportation and you can play as much golf as you like.

Golf do Estoril is a well-known and prestigious golf course which has hosted The Portuguese Open no less than 20 times. It is one of Portugal’s oldest courses and although it is a little shorter than most other brilliant golf courses at just over 5,200 metres, it should not be underestimated just because of its length. This course is filled with well-designed and challenging holes, tight, tree-lined fairways, undulating terrain and small greens which makes it a very challenging course and one that you may want to get a buggy for!

There are many notable holes which will leave long-lasting memories within you for long after you putt your final ball on the 18th. A particularly good hole is the downhill 3rd hole which is a par 4 and requires you to be wholly accurate if you are going to score well. Another terrific hole is the 14th which is a stunning 359-metres long dogleg and this along with the 16th which is widely considered to be one of the best par 3s in the whole country helps to round of your fantastic round before tackling the two finishing holes. This is a beautiful and challenging course with a fantastic layout and is well-worth adding to your itinerary when you are staying anywhere near to Estoril but staying at the Palacio Estoril Hotel will give you unlimited rounds on this course during your stay which really cannot be beaten…

We hope that you enjoyed this week’s blog and that when you are next booking a golf holiday to Portugal, you consider the luxurious five-star Palacio Estoril Hotel, Golf and Spa!

The Insider’s Guide to the Orizonte Collection

This week’s blog is an insider’s guide to the Orizonte collection. The Orizonte courses are all situated in the Lisbon region and each of them offers you something different so that you will have a variety of rounds of golf when you play the Orizonte courses. The Lisbon region is an excellent destination for your next golf break and with its great weather, fantastic golf and brilliant accommodation it isn’t hard to see why.

The lovely four-star Sesimbra Hotel and Spa is situated in the beautiful fishing village of Sesimbra and is just two-minutes’ walk from the beach. Whilst you are not out playing one of the great Orizonte golf courses, you can relax by the pool or on the beach or even in the well-equipped spa here. Non-golfers are catered for well here with the spa as there are many different facilities there including a hot tub, a sauna, a Jacuzzi and a range of different treatments available. Whilst you are here, you can venture into Sesimbra to explore the local bars and restaurants but the hotel’s own restaurant, Aquarius, boasts excellent traditional Portuguese dishes including delicious fish and shellfish dishes. This is a stunning hotel which boasts all of the amenities that you would expect from a hotel of this rating as well as a brilliant location as not only are you in a lovely little fishing village but you can also easily venture out to many of the great Orizonte courses.

Quinta do Peru is one of the most exclusive golf courses in the region but by booking far enough in advance you will be able to get tee times here. This is a stunning course which is a perfect addition to your holiday itinerary as it cannot be described as the most challenging course but there are still a few fair tests along the course including American-style bunkers as well as water hazards! Make sure that you especially watch out for the 8th and the 16th holes as you have to carry your ball over a large lake to reach the well- guarded greens. There are a great range of different holes here but the back nine are simply superb with a great set of finishing holes to complete your round here with. Make sure to add Quinta do Peru to your itinerary for your next golf break to Lisbon…

Up next is Aroeira I which has been widely claimed to be one of the finest courses in the whole of Europe which means that you must make sure that you play here if you are ever in the Lisbon region. As you play the course, you travel through a pine forest along undulating fairways whilst tackling a wide variety of different holes with unique layouts. There is no doubting that this course is a tricky one as it is difficult to navigate through the pine forest without losing a few balls to the trees, however, besides from the trees there are very few hazards in your way. The 11th hole is arguably the best hole on the course on which you have to navigate around the water which sits to the left of the green before you get to tackle the pine tree lined fairway before you can even get to the green! Aroeira I will provide you with a spectacular round of golf and is a course that should not be missed out on.

The younger sibling of Aroeira I is Aroeira II which was built to European Tour recommendations so is an interesting and challenging course to play. Like its sister course, the layout of this course is fantastic and throughout your round you will have to navigate through heavily wooded land whilst learning to control your ball to not let the undulating fairways affect your score. This course blends effortlessly into its surroundings with the long holes which have been cleverly shaped out using the natural landscape here which makes this a very scenic course. There is no doubt that the shining stars of this course are the finishing holes, the 18th in particular. To finish your round, you will be required to avoid the water which sits to the right of the fairway as well as stretches out to the left of the finishing green! Make sure that both Aroeira courses are on your itinerary for your next golf holiday to the Lisbon region.

Ribagolfe I is another superb course from the Orizonte collection. This course is a long one at 7,370 yards from the back tees but despite its length, this is a course that is playable by those of all handicaps – as long as they play from the further forward tees! The landscape of this course and its surroundings is simply stunning and there are a wide range of different layouts. Make sure that you look out for water hazards on the back nine as that can severely impact your score! Arguably one of the best holes on the course is the 15th hole which is a par03 and requires for you to avoid the water which is sat to the left of the raised green and for you to also avoid the bunkers which surround the rest of the green! There is no denying that the Ribagolfe complex is a little out of the way but it is definitely worth the trip in order to play the two courses here.

Ribagolfe II is the sister course of Ribagolfe I and is also routed through interesting scenery including stands of cork oak. This is a shorter and slightly easier course than its sister because there are less water hazards along the course. However, when water hazards do come into play, they make the hole much more interesting. For example, one of the best holes is the long par-5 13th hole where the stream cuts through the fairway and becomes a small lake which sits just to the right of the hole. This course completes the Ribagolfe complex and is well worth the journey to play.

Last, but not least, is Santo Estevao which is in the same area as the Ribagolfe complex. This is a superb holiday course as it is very much suited to those players with a higher handicap as you have more room for error here with very wide fairways and big greens. For when you are looking for a fun round of golf with some beautiful scenery and landscapes this is the ideal course.

We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog and that when you are planning your next golf break you will think about the draw that the fantastic Orizonte collection of courses has and consider the Lisbon region

 

The Insider’s Guide to Lisbon

This week’s blog is a guide to some of the best options for both hotels and golf in and around the Lisbon region. Lisbon is a fantastic golfing destination and one that has to much to offer in terms of some world-class golf and stunning, luxurious hotels. One of the great things about Lisbon is the weather and there is still prime golfing weather into autumn so it really isn’t too late to start thinking about your golf break to Lisbon this year…

First up we have the four-star Montado Hotel & Golf Resort and boasts a tranquil and idyllic location set amongst vineyards and just 30 minutes’ drive south of Lisbon. The guestrooms are decorated with a contemporary theme and have their own flat-screen TVs, coffee rooms and a private balcony with views across the golf course. Whilst you are not playing around on the fantastic Montado golf course, you can relax in the spa or around the pool. The hotel’s own restaurant, All in One, serves delicious regional and international dishes for you to enjoy and the Pitch and Putt bar is great for a few cold drinks and a lighter meal. On-site of the resort is the 18-hole Montado golf course. The course is a fairly flat course but that doesn’t make it easy, it provides all golfers with a great challenge with the amount of strategically placed hazards throughout the course. This course has recently been upgraded and is definitely one to add to your itinerary if you are in the Lisbon area

Dolce Campo Real Golf Resort & Spa is a beautifully designed five-star hotel located in the Portuguese countryside amongst vineyards and small villages. All of the rooms are individually decorated and boast either courtyard or golf course views. There are three different restaurants at the hotel and two bars as well as many Portuguese towns and villages nearby that you could venture out to find a great restaurant there too. You will never be short of things to do whilst staying here as the hotel has indoor and outdoor swimming pools, an extensive spa, tennis courts, horses. a football pitch and the beaches of the Silver Coast are also very nearby! On top of all of that of course, there is the brilliant Campo Real course. The course is surrounded by rolling hills and vineyards and fits into its surroundings well with its dramatic hills along the course and wooded valleys. The views are spectacular from both the clubhouse and the course, especially the 17th hole where you can see right across the resort and the vineyards. This is another fantastic Lisbon special…

The five-star Praia d’el Rey Marriott Golf and Beach Resort is another top choice for your next golf holiday to Lisbon with so many golf courses in its surrounding area as well as the fabulous Praia d’el Rey course on-site of the resort. All of the rooms provide you with beautiful views across the Atlantic Ocean and the golf course. Asides from the brilliant golf here, there are other activities for you to enjoy besides relaxing by the pool such as using the spa facilities or venturing into the nearby town of Obidos. There are two restaurants and a bar at the hotel which offer you beautiful views of the ocean or the pool whilst you are dining. The Praia d’el Rey course is a classic links course with a variety of holes through lush forests to coastal dunes where you can enjoy tremendous sea views. It is no surprise that this is one of the most popular golf courses with fantastic conditions and an interesting layout as well as beautiful surroundings. With one of Europe’s finest courses on-site you cannot really go wrong with booking your next Lisbon getaway to the Praia d’el Rey Marriott

Last but not least we have the four-star Sesimbra Hotel and Spa which is located just two minutes’ walk from the beach and in the fishing village of Sesimbra. The rooms are luxurious and stylishly decorated with Atlantic views from the private balconies as well as flat-screen TVs. Whilst you are not enjoying one of the fantastic Orizonte courses which are all within a short distance from the hotel, you can spend your time relaxing on the beach, by the pools or in the spa where there are a wide range of treatments offered. At the hotel’s restaurant you can enjoy some delicious traditional Portuguese dishes. Within such a short distance from the hotel are five fantastic golf course which can each offer you something unique and interesting.

The Orizonte courses are fantastic holiday courses which you must take the time to play. Aroeira I and Aroeira II are situated on the same resort close to the hotel, Aroeira I’s undulating fairways run through pine forests and so you have to make accurate shots in order to avoid the pine trees, it is a challenging and fun course. Aroeira II features strategically placed water hazards on nine of its holes and with the fairways also lined with pine trees there is no room for error. Quinta do Peru was built as an upmarket Lisbon members course but through Orizonte the green fees aren’t too steep but you can tell that you are playing an upmarket course. Along the way there are plenty of water and sand hazards waiting to catch your errant shots. Last but not least when you are staying at the Sesimbra Hotel and Spa is the Ribagolfe golfing resort. Both Ribagolfe I and Ribagolfe II are firm favourites with us here and if you give them a chance we are sure that you will see why as you get to play a superb round golf in such a natural surroundings!

We hope that you enjoyed this week’s blog and that it has provoked some of your thoughts for your next Lisbon golfing getaway…

Insider’s guide to Campo Real & Royal Obidos

This week’s blog is a guide to two fantastic hotels and their superb golf courses which are situated in the Lisbon region. Lisbon is a great destination for a spring golf escape where you are much more likely to get the sunny, dry weather expected of spring than you are in the UK! With the weather as atrocious as it is at the moment here in the UK make sure that you have something to look forward to for early 2017 and book your next golf break away today…

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Evolutee Royal Obidos Hotel & Spa is located on the beautiful Silver Coast just an hour away from Lisbon and was the winner of the IAGTO Best Resort in Europe 201. This stunning hotel only opened in 2014 and has fast become a favourite of ours and it isn’t hard to see why. All of the beautifully designed guest rooms have private balconies that you can enjoy views out to Obidos Lagoon from or if you are on the West side of the hotel, you get infinite views over the Atlantic Ocean and of the world-class Royal Obidos golf course. The hotel’s main restaurant is the Kobe Steak & Sushi Restaurant where you can experience a superb meal in a lovely setting with fantastic views to enjoy whilst you are sipping on fine wine. There are three bars, one of which is a poolside bar, where you can enjoy a range of different cocktails, wines and beers either after 18-holes on the golf course or before you sit down for a fine meal in the hotel’s restaurant. If you are less into golf and more into relaxation then although during the spring months you might not get to do as much sunbathing by the outdoor pool as you may like to, the hotel boasts a great spa where you can enjoy a range of different treatments, a Finnish sauna or the heated indoor pool. This is a stunning hotel which is perfect for your next spring golf holiday to the Lisbon region.

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Royal Obidos Golf Course will present a test to golfers of all abilities with around 7,300 yards (from the back tees) of stunning views and a range of different challenging holes. The signature hole on the front nine is the par-3 3rd hole where the green is on an island with spectacular views out to the Obidos lagoon as its backdrop. The 18th hole is definitely an impressive finish to the round, it’s a par-5 hole and you have stunning views across the back nine, the ocean and the clubhouse as you play the hole. With a variety of different challenges as well as beautiful views and an interesting round it is no surprise that this course won the Best Course in Portugal award in 2015.

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Dolce Campo Real Golf Resort & Spa is also situated on the Silver Coast in the middle of the countryside, surrounded by vineyards but is just 30 minutes’ drive from Lisbon airport. The guestrooms are all individually decorated and have stunning views of either the courtyard or the golf course. The hotel features three great restaurants that you can enjoy as well as two different bars to enjoy a post-round cold beer at! There are plenty of activities to enjoy on-site if you are not into playing golf like tennis and horse-riding or just relaxing in the spa. The resort is in a great location as you have easy access to two fantastic golf courses – Royal Obidos and Campo Real as well as several traditional Portuguese villages nearby. This hotel is perfect if you are looking for a quieter golf break as there are some great deals here and not a lot of noise! This is another fantastic location for your next golf break to the Lisbon region – especially if you are looking to play a couple of different courses and explore some of the traditional Portuguese villages in the area.

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Campo Real Golf Course is another challenging golf course that will test all golfers regardless of how low their handicap score is and once you start to see the deep inclines, blind shots and hills you will understand why. This course is well-manicured and the service here is very high which always makes a round more enjoyable! This course is well integrated into its surroundings and makes use of the valleys and hills to make this course more challenging and interesting. The par-5 5th hole demonstrates this as you tee off downhill but then you have to get back up to a raised green after a sharp left turn in the course. The course has beautiful surroundings with rolling hills and vineyards surrounding the fairways and at the penultimate hole you can experience panoramic views across the whole of the course. This is another great but challenging course and when you are staying at Dolce Campo Real you get the chance to play both this course and Royal Obidos which makes for a perfect golf break!

 

We hope that you enjoyed this week’s blog and it has made you think about your golf break for spring 2017 so that you can escape the dreary English weather and go somewhere like the Lisbon region to experience fabulous golf and stay in a beautiful hotel in a wonderful location!  nav-logo-bg-square

Review of the Orizonte golf course collection

The Orizonte Golf collection of courses is a brilliant group of courses in the Lisbon region in Portugal. This week’s blog is a guide to these Orizonte courses and will show you why, on your next trip to the Lisbon area, these courses are a must-play on your itinerary.

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First up is Quinta do Peru which is one of the most exclusive golf courses in the area but tee-times are still available if you book far enough in advance. The course is set in a pine forest with the Arrabida Mountains as a backdrop. The course its self is set out over a high, undulating plateau which means that there are some superb views to be enjoyed when you can see over the treetops. Although this course may not be described as the most challenging, it is a great one to play for a relaxing holiday-style round but there are still the American-style bunkers and the occasional water hazards which you still need to look out for! The front nine holes are great, but the back nine are superb with a great set of finishing holes to end the round with. Both the 8th and the 16th holes are played across large lakes to well-guarded greens making them potentially the hardest holes on the course. This is a great, enjoyable course for those of all handicaps for sure.

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Aroeira I is next up on the list and has been claimed to be one of the finest courses in Europe. The course travels through a pine forest along undulating fairways and prides itself on the array of different holes that you will come face to face with. This course is a tricky one due to its setting with the many pine trees often obstructing the path of play but a noticeable fact about this course is that there are no bunkers on the fairways trying to catch errant balls. The 11th hole is one of the shining stars of the course as you have to avoid water which cuts into the left of the green on your approach shot before tackling the stretch of fairway (avoiding the pines) to the green. You then have to avoid the same water hazard in the fun par-3 14th hole too. This is another superb course by Orizonte golf and this unique array of holes can provide you with an unforgettable round of golf.

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Next up is the (younger) sibling of Aroeira I – Aroeira II. This course was built to European Tour recommendations to potentially host some major tournaments. This course has a superb layout like its sister course and you have to navigate carefully through heavily wooded and gently undulating terrain to reach the well-guarded greens. The holes are long here and cleverly shaped using the natural landscape and bunkers. A stand out hole is the par 5 4th hole where a large stand of pine trees about 100 yards short of the green need to be overcome in order to reach the centre of the green. This course also has a spectacular few finishing holes which will make you wish that the round wasn’t ending. The 18th hole is a par 5 with water up the right of the fairway and stretching into the left of the finishing green. Don’t come to Aroeira and only play the first course – this is also a spectacular course and one which you will come to love.

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Ribagolfe I is another great Orizonte course, this is a magnificent course and the Ribagolfe complex is arguably one of the best on the Iberian Peninsula and is definitely the best value. Although the course measures 7,370 yards from the back tees, the course is very playable for those with slightly higher handicaps from the front tees. Water hazards come into play a few times throughout the back nine of the course. Each of the holes are memorable in their own way and its landscape is simply stunning – a must play. One of the best, and the shortest hole on the course is the par 3 15th hole where water sits to the left of a raised green that’s surrounded by bunkers making it tricky to even get your ball on to the green without it being caught! Although the Ribagolfe complex is not in the best location accessibility wise it is definitely recommended that you play at least one round here and you won’t regret it.

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Ribagolfe II is the sister course and makes up the other 18-holes of Ribagolfe’s 36-hole complex. This course is also routed through stands of cork oak and has beautiful surroundings. This is a shorter course, with more open fairways which lead to large greens and water hazards are less prominent on this course. Where water does come into play it really completes the holes. The best is the long par 5 13th hole where the same stream slices through the fairway into a small lake which is set to the right of the hole. The 3rd hole is definitely one to look out for as it is a long par 3 where trees block part of the route to the green on the right-hand side of the fairway which means that you need a lot of concentration to keep your shots on course! This is a superb course and a perfect partner for Ribagolfe I – these two courses are certainly not to be missed out on.

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Last, but certainly not least on the list is Santo Estevao which is in the same area as the Ribagolfe complex. This course is suited to those who have a higher handicap as there is more room for error with the wider fairways and the bigger greens. This is a great, fun course which is perfect for those looking for a light round with some great views and can be used as preparation to play one of the harder courses in the area – perhaps Ribagolfe? This is another superb Orizonte golf course and is well worth the trip to play.

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We hope that this week’s blog opened your eyes to the great courses that you should have on your list to play when you are next taking a golf holiday to the Lisbon area!

 

 

 

 

The insider’s guide to Praia d’el Rey

If you’re looking for your next luxurious golfing break to Portugal there is nowhere better than the Praia d’el Rey Marriott Golf and Beach Resort which is situated near the fabulous medieval town of Obidos and just an hour’s drive from Lisbon. This week’s blog is an insider’s guide to this great resort.

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This stunning resort is just a stones throw away from one of the most beautiful beaches in Europe as well as being right next to an 18-hole championship golf course – what could be better? All the rooms at the hotel are decorated with a traditional Portuguese theme and are fitted with all the amenities you would expect from a five-star hotel as well as breathtaking views on to the Atlantic Ocean and the Praia d’el Rey golf course. Not only can guests enjoy round of golf on a world-class golf course but also other golf courses in close proximity such as Bom Sucesso and Royal Obidos. Guests can also enjoy the Kalyan Spa which features a fitness centre, a Turkish bath and two pools. The hotel boasts three restaurants where guests can enjoy spectacular buffet dishes or a la carte restaurants which serve traditional Portuguese dishes as well as other delicious cuisines. With two fantastic cities just a fifteen-minute drive away (Peniche and Obidos) it is no surprise that this is a prime location for your next golf break to Portugal where there are countless activities to enjoy and three superb golf courses within close proximity which means that golfers and non-golfers alike will be thoroughly spoilt for choice!

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The Praia d’el Rey course is regularly ranked within the top 20 courses in continental Europe and it really isn’t hard to see why. The course is a well-designed mixture of parkland and links holes which makes it an enjoyable and interesting round for golfers of all abilities. The course is laid out across dunes and cliffs and is set out as two loops of nine holes through lush vegetation as well as many running along the coastline. The course features spectacular views of the nearby Berlenga islands and of the Atlantic Ocean but golfers shouldn’t be distracted by these views as this course requires concentration and accurate shots. The stretch from the 12th hole to the 15th hole is a beautiful coastline one as well as a stern challenge which can be made worse with a strong Atlantic breeze! With strategically placed bunkers and pines waiting to catch errant shots this is definitely not a course to miss out on when next in the region.

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Royal Obidos golf is close by and is another well-known and well respected course in the region. Right from the first tee this is a tricky course with the first hole being a difficult dogleg which sets up for the rest of the holes which look over the beautiful Lagoa de Obidos. This course is entirely different from the Praia d’el Rey course but is no less fantastic or any less of a challenge. Throughout this course you will get to experience holes that you will with you could play over and over again. The tee shot for the 2nd hole is truly spectacular as you face the lagoon to take your shot. Another beautiful hole is the 7th which is a long par five and boasts views over the massive lagoon making is a scenic hole just like many of the others. Watch out for the 10th hole where even the most discerning golfer has been known to lose a few golf balls in the many water hazards that are so prominent on this hole. With the back nine being a stern finish to the course but definitely a beautiful one this course is a perfect play for your next golf break to the Obidos area.

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The third and final course that golfers usually choose to play when staying at the Praia d’el Rey resort is the fabulous Bom Sucesso golf course. This course features more of an old fashioned layout but fits perfectly in with its surroundings. The first nine holes are played out on fairly level terrain but when you embark on the back nine the greens are much faster and undulate throughout the last nine holes. The course is well-designed with strategically placed bunkers and other hazards making it difficult to score well on unless you are consistently hitting accurately! The closing holes are the most spectacular on this course with the 16th being a tough uphill hole which leads to the highest point on the course before you come crashing down during the 17th hole before finishing up with the 18th over a couple of lovely water hazards! This course is what could be described as a fine but fair challenge and is definitely not to be missed when staying in the area.

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Within 15-minutes’ drive of the Praia d’el Rey resort is the lovely town of Obidos. This town is full of history and spectacular architecture that really isn’t to be missed. It is one of the most picturesque towns in Portugal with cobbled streets and traditionally painted houses as well as lovely, little bars where visitors must try the cherry liqueur which Obidos is famous for called Ginja de Obidos. There are also some great restaurants in the town and some beautiful monuments to be enjoyed such as walking the town walls or visiting the Porta de Vila. Make sure to try A Nova Casa de Ramiro which is decorated beautifully and serves some of the finest traditional Portuguese food which all will definitely enjoy! With this interesting town so close it is no surprise that Praia d’el Rey is a favourite destination for a great golf holiday to Portugal!

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We hope that this blog has opened your eyes to the resort of Praia d’el Rey but also your golfing options and the lovely town of Obidos which is so close by! This really is the perfect resort for your next golf break to Europe and not one to be missed out on.

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