In Portugal there are undoubtedly some fantastic golf courses and Orizonte golf can take you to a fair few of the best in the Lisbon region.
Just under 15 minutes from the bustle and everyday life of the Lisbon streets sits Oeiras Golf Club with the rolling fairways it offers players an enjoyable as well as challenging game whilst enjoying some peace and quiet away from the city centre to enjoy a brilliant game of golf.
Only 20 minutes from Lisbon is the estate of Aroeira which hosts two fantastic golf courses – Aroeira I and Aroeira II. Aroeira I is set with undulating fairways running through a pine forest making it a classic golfing location which requires accuracy in order to stay on the fairway. This course is a stunning green course and the challenging game makes it a fun course to play. Aroeira II has water in play on no fewer than 9 holes making it a challenging and scenic course. As the fairways are also lined by pine trees on this second course accuracy is very much needed both for the water hazards and the trees.
With a backdrop of the Arrábida Natural Park and just 30 minutes’ drive from the centre of Lisbon is the Golf & Country Club at Quinta do Peru. Long established favourite with golfers to the Lisbon area originally built as an upmarket Lisbon member’s course but we are able to offer green fees here through Orizonte at very reasonable prices. The course is invariably in tip top condition and with a superb layout designed by Rocky Roquemore. Plenty of lakes and bunkers waiting for your errant shots and a warm welcome in the traditional clubhouse awaits you after a superb round.
The Ribagolfe Resort is one of Europe’s hidden gems and we don’t like to use this term lightly, carved between cork trees in the middle of a forest 30 miles from Lisbon sits this 36-hole complex. The Ribagolfe courses (both I and II) are firm favourites among golf escapes staff and clients. It is rare to experience golf in a fabulous natural surrounding with incredibly low green fees and you will wonder why a 36 hole was built literally in the middle of nowhere but after you have played you will realise that it is a truly brilliant complex and you will be desperate to return.
Just a bit further from Ribagolfe is Santo Estêvão which is the newest course in the Costa Azul region. This undulating greens and strategically-placed greens and bunkers will make sure than even the most competent golfer is tested on their round here.
Hotel Do Mar features a wide variety of stylish rooms from old traditional Portuguese rooms to the bigger modern rooms which all boast a fabulous sea view. This quirky hotel is actually two separate buildings joined together with the reception on the top floor. Just outside of the centre of town the hotel is surrounded by lots of fantastic bars and restaurants whilst in keeping with a quieter and more tranquil feel.
The Sana Sesimbra hotel is situated in centre of the town. Their sea view rooms are spectacular and feel as if you are right on the beach as this hotel sits just on the edge of the golden sands. All the rooms are modern and stylish. The hotel features a lovely restaurant and bar area. With this hotel a stones throw away from the beach and right in the centre of town there is plenty to do and see including a stunning castle on the beach. This hotel is ideal for those looking for fabulous food and drink in a calm and beautiful town with a fantastic beach.
The Sesimbra Hotel & Spa is a very impressive building with all their rooms featuring a stunning sea view from high up above the sand. Situated above a beautiful cobbled pedestrianised area near some lovely restaurants, bars, cafes and shops with spacious and modern rooms in which to enjoy the views nothing could be more ideal. We recommend Bar Ingles or La Villa Italian restaurant nearby!
Those looking to travel a bit further north should look no further than the Obidos region…
Just over an hour away from Lisbon sits the stylish and modern Evolutee Royal Obidos Hotel & Spa. Featuring spacious and contemporary rooms with fabulous views of the fantastic golf course, the Atlantic Ocean and the Lagoa de Obidos this hotel is ideal for those looking for a quieter golfing break with some great golf around. With several bars and their very own steak and sushi restaurant you will never be short of somewhere to relax after a day on the golf course.
Bom Sucesso is a short distance from the hotel with similar views of the Lagoa de Obidos and the Ocean as its backdrop. This course features fast and challenging greens and is recommended for all golfers looking for a challenge whilst in the Obidos region. With dense Mediterranean foliage, strategically placed bunkers and fabulous views there is no reason why this 18-hole Championship course should not be on your must-play list.