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COVER
For the past 40 years Portugal Travel News (PTN) has been deve...
ast October an international golf
tournament gathered the best pro-
fessional golf players, thousands of
viewers and dozen...
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Belas Clube de Campo
Turismo de Portugal has
been stimulating and
supporting structuring events
for this sport such as E...
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ously program the touristic options on offer.
However, in addition t...
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with the local and regional communities, guaranteeing profitability ...
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Aldeia dos Capuchos
New golf course just outside Lisbon
The practic...
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players can learn and improve their game at classes coordinated by ...
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Algarve
“We will promote golf
in new markets”
The opening of new ai...
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and as soon as they get approved we will make them public.
How many...
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Algarve
‘ Boavista Golf
Phone (+351) 282 000 111
Site www.boavistag...
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Algarve
‘ Oceânico Faldo Course
‘ Region
Location
Director
Holes
Pa...
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Algarve
‘ Oceânico Laguna Golf
‘ Region
Location
Director
Pro’s
Gre...
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Algarve
‘ Quinta de Cima
‘ Region
Location
Director
Pro’s
Holes
Par...
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Algarve
‘ Quinta do Vale Golf Resort
‘ Region
Location
Director
Pro...
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Algarve
Algarve golf courses
Palmares Golf
Phone - +351 282 790 500...
Where to Stay? Try these...
ALGARVE
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LAGOS
Tivoli Lagos****
R. António Crisógono dos Santos,
8600-876 Lagos
Tel. (+351) 2...
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Lisbon
Lisboa Golf Coast
The Lisboa Golf Coast brand is responsible...
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Lisbon
Which golf courses are promoted by Lisboa Golf Coast?
We are...
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Lisbon
‘ Golf do Estoril
‘ Region
Location
Director
Pro’s
Holes
Par...
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Lisbon
‘ Montado Golf Course
‘ Region
Location
Director
Pro’s
Holes...
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Lisbon
‘ Bom Sucesso Golf Course
‘ Region
Location
Director
Profiss...
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Lisbon
‘ Penha Longa Atlântico
‘ Region
Location
Director
Pro’s
Hol...
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Lisbon
‘ Golden Eagle
‘ Phone (+351) 243 940 040
Site www.goldeneag...
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advertising
Bom Sucesso
Golf Resort
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advertising
famous golf architect once said “ To create a
great golf course requires...
advertising
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Steel, has made superb use of the terrain, providing a challenging
test ...
advertising
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The course has a par of 72, with the classic mixture of four par 5’s,
fo...
Lisbon golf courses
Belas Clube de Campo
Phone - +351 219 626 640
Site - www.belasgolf.com
golfe@planbelas.pt
Belavista Go...
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Lisbon City
Corinthia Lisboa Hotel*****
Tel. - (+351) 217 236 363
www.corinthiahot...
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North & Centre
‘ Oporto Golf Club
‘ Region
Location
Director
Pro’s
...
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North & Centre
Phone (+351) 22 969 21 22
Site www.valepisao.com
E-m...
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North & Centre
North & Centre
golf courses
Amarante Golf
Phone - +3...
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Where to Stay? Try these...
NORTH & CENTRE
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AMARANTE
Casa da Calçada Relais & Châte...
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António Carmona Santos - Managing Partner of the company Carmona Santos, Lda.; Managing Director of Aldeia dos Capuchos ...
was pleasant to spend the summer months in the beach, but also
as the new destination to play golf. The Algarve began stre...
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What can we do?
It seems clear that it is necessary to make some ch...
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Positive factors:
- First-class golf courses, enough in number to b...
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Azores & Madeira
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Azores
Ever heard of rustic golf?
Come to the Azor...
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the fields where their herds graze. Others envision the creation of a per-
manent golf c...
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Azores & Madeira
‘ Batalha Golf Course
Phone (+351) 296 498 559 / 6...
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Azores & Madeira
Azores & Madeira
golf courses
Campo do Clube de Go...
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Where to Stay? Try these...
Azores & Madeira
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AZORES
S. MIGUEL
Hotel Príncipe do Mó...
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  1. 1. Golf in Portugal GOLF - 2010 - PORTUGAL TRAVEL NEWS 3 COVER For the past 40 years Portugal Travel News (PTN) has been developing a silent work far from fait-divers and focusing on being an important tool to promote Portugal as a destination. Portugal was still plunge into dictatorship when the international edition emerged from Publituris newspaper, the first English publication focused on our tourist destination. Tourism was still tak- ing its first steps and the country was coming out of the dark period that last- ed four decades. Golf was seen as an elite sport, an activity for the “rich” always linked to major businessmen and a certain right-wing political vision. Let’s not forget that left-wing parties were reinforced in the first post-revo- lution years. Today we cannot help but smile when we recall those times, they were almost amusing events. For example, Sir Henry Cotton, the British golf hero, winner of three editions of the British Open, arrived in the Algarve in the 60s with the mission to design and follow up the construction of Penina, the first golf course in our tourist destination. He also decided to settle here with his fam- ily. He was unquestionably the major promoter of golf in the Algarve after 1967 through the movie and TV show “Wonderful World of Golf” and many articles in golf magazines. Sir Henry not only motivated the tourists but also important players. One of the delightful details of Sir Henry was his caddy, Pacífico, a fine Algarve donkey. Portugal and especially golf have many delightful stories. Currently our coun- try is one of the most accomplished golf destinations in the world. These are not my words but the conviction of the players. In this edition we have select- ed some of the best greens so you can check them out for yourself. Ruben Obadia - Director Golf… with history 4 - 8 Turismo de Portugal 12 - 13 Portugal Masters 14 - 22 Algarve Courses 24 - 39 Lisbon Courses 40 - 44 North & Centre Courses 52 - 53 Azores Rustic Golf 54 - 58 Azores & Madeira Courses 52 - 5326 - 27 ‘ Lisboa Golf Coast ‘ Rustic Golf
  2. 2. ast October an international golf tournament gathered the best pro- fessional golf players, thousands of viewers and dozens of journalists and national and foreign opinion makers in one of the main interna- tional tourist destinations. The event was the third edition of Portugal Masters. It took place in the Algarve, which reinforced its status as an all year-around golf destination par excellence. The result was the projection of Portugal’s image for hun- dreds of thousands of fans and potential tourists in several countries. The attending golfers, prominent players in the European and International Top, the nearly 40 thousand viewers that watched the tournament onsite and over 650 hours of international TV broadcasts provided by the event established Portugal as an undeniable destina- tion of the international route for the sport. But all this also proved the success of the strategy of the official entity for tourism. Turismo de Portugal decided the tournament would take place for at least three years, placed Portugal Masters as one of the largest events in the touristic and sports calendar in Europe and provided the Algarve and businessmen of the industry with yet another event, for them to previ- L Golf in Portugal 4 PORTUGAL TRAVEL NEWS - GOLF - 2010 Golf The key to the sustainability of tourist destinations Portugal as an undeniable destination of the international route for the sport ‘ Luis Patrão, president of Turismo de Portugal
  3. 3. ‘ Belas Clube de Campo Turismo de Portugal has been stimulating and supporting structuring events for this sport such as Estoril Open de Portugal, Ladies Open, Madeira Islands Open, Portugal Nations Cup or the venue Portugal Golf Show ‘ Quinta do Vale Golf Course, Algarve Golf in Portugal GOLF - 2010 - PORTUGAL TRAVEL NEWS 5
  4. 4. Golf in Portugal 6 PORTUGAL TRAVEL NEWS - GOLF - 2010 ously program the touristic options on offer. However, in addition to guaranteeing its continuity it is also essential to assure a structured level and approach to golf. Hence in addition to Portugal Masters, Turismo de Portugal has been stimulating and sup- porting other structuring events for this sport such as Estoril Open de Portugal, Ladies Open, Madeira Islands Open, Portugal Nations Cup or the venue Portugal Golf Show. The official entity perceives golf as an anchor for development, it helps in the struggle against seasonability in tourism, it sponsors a balanced expansion of the country and promotes abroad the exceptional condi- tions of the country to practice the sport simultaneously with the unique quality of the touristic options and hotel offer. Moreover it is the engine for regional and local economies that generates and expands business opportunities for companies located in the areas influenced by the golf resorts and golf courses, which thus extend the greens, create and main- tain jobs, originate and share wealth. Besides appealing to tourists with an elevated purchasing power and for prolonged stays, golf bestows the destination with a perception of high- quality, valuing the environment as well as the associated facilities and services. Portugal also has unique conditions provided by the weather, the land and the private investments carried out in recent years to attract golfers in the so-called low season and hence increase the occupancy rates in hotels and sustain the demand for support services. However the major challenge for golf and the engaged agents – com- mon to the tourism industry all over the world in the next few years – will be to guarantee the sustainability of the activity. By preserving and avoid- ing the excessive use of the natural resources, eliminating any potential environmental threats, promoting the creation of qualified and stable jobs throughout the year, finding new ways to create and share wealth A golf villa at Parque da Floresta, Algarve Golf is seen as an anchor for development, it helps in the struggle against seasonability in tourism ‘ Oceânico O’Connor Jnr. Course, Algarve
  5. 5. Golf in Portugal 8 PORTUGAL TRAVEL NEWS - GOLF - 2010 with the local and regional communities, guaranteeing profitability but also taking even more responsibility as an employer and development potentiating agent. In this case, Portugal already has a new generation of golf facilities that entailed the design of more efficient golf courses, the setting up and conversion of the sprinkling systems that significantly reduce energy consumption, the creation of structures with a better incorporation in the landscape and the conservation of the surrounding fauna and flora, thus increasing the development together with other products such as bird watching activities in the same area of the golf course. Turismo de Portugal is promoting the creation of a Product Club with the purpose of contributing to that sustainability, which will allow not only for the agents to share good practices in golf course management but also to contribute to the creation of integrated products with a higher added value and extended advertisement, leading to the increase of the num- ber of golfers and a larger profitability of the investment. Besides the investment made in the last three years (2007-2009) included in “Plano de Golfe” (Plan for Golf), which allowed to support the hosting of events and its international promotion, the Autoridade Turística Nacional, the national tourism authority, is partner in business with several tourist and hotel investments that comprise the construction of golf facilities and is also taking part in the construction of the new public golf course at Jamor, with the aim of making the access to golf easier for all citizens. In this product, similarly to the remaining strategic directions, Turismo de Portugal is not limited therefore to watching but also making it happen. San Lorenzo golf course The national tourism authority is partner in business with several tourist and hotel investments that comprise the construction of golf facilities
  6. 6. Golf in Portugal 10 PORTUGAL TRAVEL NEWS - GOLF - 2010 Aldeia dos Capuchos New golf course just outside Lisbon The practice course is comprised of 10 tees where golfers can improve and learn the skills of the sport, individually or in group classes isbon Golf & Spa Coast Resort, the golf course of the largest integrated resort in Lisbon, Aldeia dos Capuchos, has recently inaugurated the new driving range. The practice course is comprised of 10 tees where golfers can improve and learn the skills of the sport, indi- vidually or in group classes. The golf course at Aldeia dos Capuchos, located in Caparica, just 15 minutes away from Lisbon downtown, opened the new driving range last November. With a putting green, the 9-hole golf course now has a golf school for initiation, designed for all types of golfers. Here golf L
  7. 7. Golf in Portugal GOLF - 2010 - PORTUGAL TRAVEL NEWS 11 players can learn and improve their game at classes coordinated by pro- fessional golf trainers. Next to the driving range there’s an inviting area where golfers can enjoy a drink and socialise. The golf course is already approved to host official events; with 1402m total length, this is considered an executive course, it can be played in one round of 9 holes or in two, and cover up 2804m (7 PAR3 holes and 2 PAR4 holes). And it’s perfect to test the skills of the several types of players. Each hole has 2 tees (white and yellow) for men and 1 tee (red) for ladies. Slight slopes, a large lake included in the game, well dimensioned greens with minor rises, as well as bunkers strategically placed to pro- vide a pleasant challenge compel golfers to switch their skills in a per- manent test throughout the course. According to António Carmona dos Santos, manager of the Golf Course Aldeia dos Capuchos, “these executive 9-hole courses close to the cities are great to promote golf since players can play one round in a short period of time, even during lunch time, with no disturbance to the work- ing hours”. Golfers can also enjoy the Club House, an area with a beautiful land- scape over the Atlantic Ocean, the mouth of Tagus River, the lake, and Holes 1, 2 and 9 combined with the fine quality service. “These executive 9-hole courses are great to promote golf since players can play one round in a short period of time, even during lunch time”
  8. 8. Golf in Portugal 12 PORTUGAL TRAVEL NEWS - GOLF - 2010 Algarve “We will promote golf in new markets” The opening of new air routes through Ryanair starting March 2010 will expand the promotion of this product in other markets such as the Spanish, Italian and French olf is still one of the touristic products of the Algarve region with a special focus on the British, Irish, German, Dutch and Scandinavian markets. How many golf courses does the Algarve regiona currently have and how many are under construction? Presently, there are 35 golf courses in the Algarve. This year two new courses were inaugurated from Oceânico Group, Amendoeira and O'Connor, and among those still under construction I would like to emphasize Almada de Ouro Resort in Azinhal, Castro Marim, an 18-hole golf course foreseen for 2012, Corte Velho by Six Senses, also in Azinhal and also an 18-hole course, for 2011/2012, and Terras Verdelago Resort, in Altura, an 18-hole for the first trimester 2012. There are other projects anticipated from east to west in the Algarve, G Daniel Queirós, ececutive director Algarve Promotion Bureau
  9. 9. Golf in Portugal GOLF - 2010 - PORTUGAL TRAVEL NEWS 13 and as soon as they get approved we will make them public. How many rounds did the golf courses registered in the Algarve? Up until October, around 900 thousand rounds. How much does golf represent in the tourism revenue of the Algarve region? I don’t have the exact figures for the Algarve, but I can tell you that it’s about 1,8 billion Euros in Portugal annually, it mobilizes about 300 thou- sand players, that is, around 1,4 million rounds and 1,1 million overnight stays. What tournaments were hosted this year in the Algarve? Throughout the year many tournaments are hosted by the golf courses, however the highlight goes to Portugal Masters in Oceânico Victoria golf course, in Vilamoura, hosted in October. It is considered one of the best golf tournaments in Europe. ATA welcomes a European tournament in several strategic issuing countries for the Algarve (UK, Ireland, Germany, the Netherlands, Scandinavia) called Algarve Golf Trophy, the final is hosted annually in the region. The entity also supports tournaments organised by some international golf federations such as the Irish and Danish. The Algarve is still continuing to receive awards as a golf destination. In addition to the two distinctions/prizes awarded by IAGTO in 2000 and 2006 for best golf destination in the world, the Algarve was recently recognised in 2008 and 2009 in the category "Destination with best golf courses in Europe" at the Golf Magazine Awards that took place in Cologne, Germany. The prize was awarded by Golf Magazine. How will the promotion of this touristic product be carried out by the ATA in 2010? In which markets, and what is the budget for that advertising? ATA will continue the strategy set in the current arrangement model with a special focus on the British, Irish, German, Dutch and Scandinavian markets. The opening of new air routes by Ryanair will expand the adver- tising of this product in other markets such as the Spanish, Italian and French. The budget will be similar to that of 2009, that is, around 1 mil- lion Euros. When will an application be made to welcome the International Golf Travel Market (IGMT)? The 2010 edition is already confirmed for Valencia in Spain; therefore, we are currently considering the possibility to make an application for the Algarve to host the event in 2011 or 2012.
  10. 10. Golf in Portugal GOLF - 2010 - PORTUGAL TRAVEL NEWS 15 Algarve ‘ Boavista Golf Phone (+351) 282 000 111 Site www.boavistagolf.com E-mail golf.reception@boavistagolf.com How to go there From Faro Airport (Algarve), take the EN 125 towards Lagos, where you will see signs for the Clube de Golfe Boavista on your left. ‘ Region Location Course Pro’s Green Keeper Holes Par Course Distance Architect Opening Facilities Algarve Lagos António Castelo Almerindo Sequeira Joaquim Costa 18 71 White tees 5737m Howard Swan 2002 Driving Range, Academy area, Health Club & SPA, Golf shop and Restaurant ‘ Parque da Floresta Golf Phone +351 282 690 054 Site www.parquedafloresta.com ; www.vigia-resorts.com E-mail golf@vigiasa.com How to go there Follow EN125 towards Sagres. After Budens, turn fight at the traffic lights before the Selena crossroads. ‘ Region Location Director Pro’s Green Keeper Holes Par Course Distance Architect Opening Facilities Algarve Vila do Bispo Alan Hodson Luís Barroso Nelson Candeias 18 71 5712m Pepe Gancedo 1987 Pro shop, driving range, Vigia Golf Academy, 3 putting greens, short game practice area, changing rooms and lockers, club hire, shoe hire, buggies
  11. 11. Golf in Portugal 16 PORTUGAL TRAVEL NEWS - GOLF - 2010 Algarve ‘ Oceânico Faldo Course ‘ Region Location Director Holes Par Course Distance Architect Opening Facilities Central Algarve Silves Scott Christenson 18 72 6598m Nick Faldo 2008 Clubhouse, pro-shop with extensive range of products, greenside bar & café, spike bar and restaurant, banqueting room, luxurious changing rooms, putting- green and driving-range. Phone (+351) 289 310 333 Site www.oceanicogolf.com E-mail bookings@oceanicogolf.com How to get there The Resort is just 35 minutes´ drive from Faro Airport along the A22 motorway, 4 kilometres inland from the beach resort of Armação de Pêra. ‘ Oceânico Pinhal Golf Course ‘ Region Location Name Director Pro’s Holes Par Course Distance Architect Opening Facilities Central Algarve Vilamoura Oceânico Old Course Eduardo de Sousa Manuel Pardal, Francisco Pontes 18 72 6353m Frank Pennink 1976 Clubhouse, pro-shop, valet service, restaurant, bar, bar on the course, putting green and driving range with chipping area. Phone (+351) 289 310 333 Site www.oceanicogolf.com E-mail bookings@oceanicogolf.com How to get there From the EN125, take the road for Vilamoura and turn left when you see the sign for the club. ‘ Oceânico O'Connor Golf Course ‘ Region Location Director Holes Par Course Distance Architect Opening Facilities Central Algarve Silves Scott Christenson 18 72 6708m Christy O'Connor Jr. 2008 Clubhouse, pro-shop with extensive range of products, greenside bar & café, spike bar and restaurant, banqueting room, luxurious changing rooms, putting- green and driving-range. Phone (+351) 289 310 333 Site www.oceanicogolf.com E-mail bookings@oceanicogolf.com How to get there The Resort is just 35 minutes´ drive from Faro Airport along the A22 motorway, 4 kilometres inland from the beach resort of Armação de Pêra. ‘ Oceânico Old Course ‘ Region Location Director Pro’s Green Keeper Holes Par Course Distance Architect Opening Facilities Central Algarve Vilamoura Maria de Jesus Beltrão Joaquim Sequeira José Maria Cristina 18 73 6254m Frank Pennink 1969 Clubhouse, pro-shop, valet service, restaurant, bar, buggy bar in the course, putting green and driving range. Phone (+351) 289 310 333 Site www.oceanicogolf.com E-mail bookings@oceanicogolf.com How to get there From the EN125, take the road for Vilamoura and turn left when you see the sign for the club.
  12. 12. Golf in Portugal GOLF - 2010 - PORTUGAL TRAVEL NEWS 17 Algarve ‘ Oceânico Laguna Golf ‘ Region Location Director Pro’s Green Keeper Holes Par Course Distance Architect Opening Facilities Central Algarve Vilamoura Eduardo de Sousa Abílio Coelho Virgolino Santos 18 72 6121m Joseph Lee 1990 Clubhouse, pro-shop, restaurant, bar, buggy bar in the course, putting green, driving range with bunker and chipping area. Phone (+351) 289 310 333 Site www.oceanicogolf.com E-mail bookings@oceanicogolf.com How to get there From the EN125, take the next two rights. You will see the signpost for the club on your right. ‘ ‘ Region Location Director Pro’s Green Keeper Holes Par Course Distance Architect Opening Grass Type Facilities East Algarve - Castro Marim Castro Marim António Cavaco David Holder (Head Pro ) and Markus Thim (Assistant Pro) Luis Fialho 3x9 27 holes 36+36+35 two daily combinations of 18 holes 71 and 72 grouse/guadiana - 5574 m and guadiana/atlantic – 5265 m Terry Murray 2001 Bermuda - Fairways - PA4 - Greens Driving Range, Short game area, putting green, looker rooms, Gym, Sauna, Bar, Restaurant, Acomodation on course Phone +351 281 510 330 Site www.castromarimgolfe.com. E-mail golfe@castromarimgolfe.com How to get there Taking the IP1 from Vila Real de Santo António/Castro Marim, continue towards Beja-Mértola. After two km, you will see signs for the course on your right. ‘ Oceânico Millenium Golf Course ‘ Region Location Director Pro’s Green Keeper Holes Par Course Distance Architect Opening Facilities Central Algarve Vilamoura Eduardo de Sousa Abílio Coelho Armando Santos 18 72 6157m Martin Hawtree 2000 Clubhouse, pro-shop, restaurant, bar, buggy bar in the course, putting green, driving range with bunker and chipping area. Phone (+351) 289 310 333 Site www.oceanicogolf.com E-mail bookings@oceanicogolf.com How to get there From the EN125, take the road to Vilamoura and take the next two rights. You will see the sign- post for the club on your left. ‘ Oceânico Victoria Golf Club ‘ Region Location Director Pro’s Green Keeper Holes Par Course Distance Architect Opening Facilities Central Algarve Vilamoura Romeu Gonçalves José Dias João Fernandes 18 72 6609m Arnold Palmer 2004 Clubhouse, pro-shop, valet service, restaurant, bar, buggy bar in the course, putting green, driving range with bunker and chipping area. Phone +351 289 310 333 Site www.oceanicogolf.com E-mail bookings@oceanicogolf.com How to get there From the EN125, take the road for Vilamoura and turn left when you see the signpost for the club. Castro Marim Golfe and Country Club
  13. 13. Golf in Portugal 18 PORTUGAL TRAVEL NEWS - GOLF - 2010 Algarve ‘ Quinta de Cima ‘ Region Location Director Pro’s Holes Par Course Distance Green Keeper Architect Opening Facilities Algarve Vila Nova de Cacela José Manuel Ferreira Terry Pinner 18 72 6586m Paulo Dias Rocky Roquemore 2002 Driving range (300 x 100 meters), Golf Academy, Putting Green; Reception and Pro-shop, Hire of: Buggies, Pull trolleys, Electric Trolleys, Clubs and Golf Sets; Locker Rooms and Snack Bar in the Clubhouse. Phone (+351) 281 950 580 Site www.quintadariagolf.com E-mail info@quintadaria.com ‘ Benamor Golf ‘ Region Location Director Pro’s Holes Par Course Distance Green Keeper Architect Opening Facilities Central Algarve Tavira João Paulo Sousa Keith Ashdown 18 71 5497m Nuno Conceição Sir Henry Cotton 2000 Driving Range, Putting Green, Putting Course, Chipping Area, Bar/Restaurant, Pro Shop Phone (+351) 281 320 880 Site www.benamorgolf.com E-mail reservas@benamorgolf.com How to get there Take the EN 125 from Faro towards Vila Real Santo António. 3 km after Tavira turn left, where you see the sign for the course. ‘ Quinta da Ria ‘ Region Location Director Pro’s Green Keeper Holes Course Distance Opening Architect Facilities Algarve Vila Nova de Cacela José Manuel Ferreira Terry Pinner Paulo Dias 18 6053m 2002 Rocky Roquemore Driving range (300 x 100 meters), Golf Academy, Putting Green; Reception and Pro-shop, Hire of: Buggies, Pull trolleys, Electric Trolleys, Clubs and Golf Sets; Locker Rooms and Snack Bar in the Clubhouse. Phone (+351) 281 950 580 Site www.quintadariagolf.com E-mail info@quintadaria.com ‘ Monte Rei Golf & Country Club ‘ Region Location Director Pro’s Holes Par Course Distance Green Keeper Architect Opening Facilities Algarve Vila Nova de Cacela Iain McInally Iain McInally ans David Shepherd 18 72 6567m João Goulão Jack Nicklaus 2007 Driving range, putting area, chipping area, golf academy, pro shop, restaurant, club house. Phone (+351) 281 950 960 Site www.monterei.com/golf Email golf@monterei.com
  14. 14. Golf in Portugal 20 PORTUGAL TRAVEL NEWS - GOLF - 2010 Algarve ‘ Quinta do Vale Golf Resort ‘ Region Location Director Pro’s Holes Par Course Distance Green Keeper Architect Opening Facilities Algarve Castro Marim José Olea Jose Olea 18 72 6511mts Luis Carrilho Severiano Ballesteros 2008 Restaurant, Bar, Locker Rooms, Buggys, Trolleys, Academy, Practice Area, 9 holes Pitch&Putt, Pro Shop, Golf Club. Phone +351 281 531 615 Site www.quintadovale.com E-mail golf@quintadovale.com ‘ Vale do Milho Golf ‘ Region Location Director Pro’s Holes Par Course Distance Green Keeper Architect Opening Grass Type Facilities Central Algarve Lagoa Mark Stilwell Anthony Verbunt 9 27 919m Fernando Luz Dave Thomas 1990 Greens: Penn Eagle; Fairways: Paspalum Mini Training Course, Putting Green, Chipping practice area, Practice Bunker, Golf Shop, Snooker, Restaurant and Bar, with terraces and Internet Access. Phone (+351) 282 358 953 Site www.valedomilhogolf.com E-mail reservas@valedomilhogolf.com How to get there Take the EN125 to Lagoa and turn south towards Carvoeiro at the roundabout. From Poço Partido or Carvoeiro, just follow the signs to Vale do Milho Golf.
  15. 15. Golf in Portugal GOLF - 2010 - PORTUGAL TRAVEL NEWS 21 Algarve Algarve golf courses Palmares Golf Phone - +351 282 790 500 Site - www.palmaresgolf.com E-mail - golf@palmaresgolf.com Sir Henry Cotton Penina Championship Golf Course Phone - +351 282 420 223/4 Site - www.lemeridien.com/penina E-mail- golf.penina@starwoodhotels.com Penina Academy Golf Course Phone - +351 282 420 223/4 Site - www.lemeridien.com/penina E-mail - golf.penina@starwoodhotels.com Pestana Alto Golf Phone - +351 289 460 870 Site - www.pestanagolf.com E-mail - info@pestanagolf.com CS Morgado Golf Phone - +351 282 402 150 Site - www.cshoteis.com E-mail - bookings@golfedomorgado.com CS Álamos Golf Phone - +351 282 402 150 Site - www.cshoteis.com E-mail- bookings@golfedomorgado.com Pestana Gramacho Phone - +351 282 340 900 Site- www.pestanagolf.com E-mail - info@pestanagolf.com Pestana Vale da Pinta Phone - +351 282 340 900 Site - www.pestanagolf.com E-mail - info@pestanagolf.com Central Algarve Pestana Silves Golf Phone - +351 282 440 130 Site - www.pestanagolf.com E-mail - info@pestanagolf.com Oceânico Academy Phone - +351 289 310 333 Site - www.oceanicogolf.com E-mail- bookings@oceanicogolf.com Herdade dos Salgados Phone - +351 289 583 030 Site - www.herdadedossalgados.com E-mail - geral@salgadosgolf.com Pine Cliffs Phone - +351 289 500 100 Site - www.luxurycollection.com/golfalgarve E-mail - golf.algarve@starwoodhotels.com Vila Sol Golf Phone - +351 289 300 505 Site - www.vilasol.pt E-mail- golfreservation@vilasol.pt Royal Golf Course Phone - +351 289 353 464 Site - www.valedolobo.com E-mail - golf@vdl.pt Ocean Golf Course Phone - +351 289 353 464 Site - www.valedolobo.com Email - golf@vdl.pt Quinta do Lago Norte Phone - (+351) 289 390 700 Site - www.quintadolagogolf.com E-mail - geral@quintadolagogolf.com Quinta do Lago Sul Phone - (+351) 289 390 705 Site - www.quintadolagogolf.com E-mail - geral@quintadolagogolf.com Pinheiros Altos Golf Course Phone - +351 289 359 910 Site - www.pinheirosaltos.pt E-mail - golf@pinheirosaltos.pt San Lorenzo Golf Course Phone - +351 289 396 552 Site - www.lemeridien.com/donafilipa E-mail - san.lorenzo@starwoodhotels.com Colina Verde Aparthotel & Golfe Phone - +351 289 790 110 Site - www.golfcolinaverde.com E-mail - reservations@golfcolinaverde.com
  16. 16. Where to Stay? Try these... ALGARVE ‘ LAGOS Tivoli Lagos**** R. António Crisógono dos Santos, 8600-876 Lagos Tel. (+351) 282 790 079 Web - www.tivolilagos.com Hotel Belavista da Luz***** Praia da Luz - Vila da Luz, 8600-147 Lagos Tel. (+351) 282 788 655 Web - www.hotelbelavista.com Vila Galé Lagos**** Lagos 8600 Lagos Tel. (+351) 217 907 610 Web - www.vilagale.pt Le Meridien Penina Golf & Resort ***** PO Box 146, 8501-952 Alvor Tel. (+351) 282 420 200 Web - www.starwoodhotels.com/lemeridien Hotel Algarve Casino***** Avenida Tomás Cabreira - Praia da Rocha, 8500-802 Portimão Tel. (+351) 282 420 000 Web - www.solverde.pt PORTIMÃO Tivoli Arade**** Rua Marinha, 8500 Portimão Tel. (+351) 282 460 201 Web - www.tivoliarade.com Hotel Júpiter**** Avenida Tomás Cabreira - Praia da Rocha, 8500-802 Portimão Tel. (+351) 282 415 041 E-mail - hoteljupiter@mail.telepac.pt Estrela do Vau Alto do Vau - Sítio das Delgadas, 8500-308 Portimão Tel. (+351) 282 401 160 Web - www.turimhoteis.com Victor Plaza*** Quatro Estradas, 8500 Portimão Tel. (+351) 282 470 200 E-mail - rochalgarve@mail.telepac.pt ALVOR Pestana Delfim**** Praia dos Três Irmãos, 8501-904 Alvor Tel: (+351) 282 400 800 Web - www.pestana.com Iberotel Alvor**** Sítio da Dourada 8500-053 Alvor Tel. (+351) 282 400 525 Web - www.iberotel.pt Tivoli Almansor**** Apartado 1299 Vale do Covo - Praia do Carvoeiro 8401-911 Carvoeiro LGA Tel. (+351) 282 351 100 E-mail - htalmansor@tivolihotels.com Hotel Carvoeiro Sol**** Largo Praia do Carvoeiro, 8400-560 Carvoeiro Tel. - (+351) 282 357 211 Web - www.carvoeirosol.com Pestana Palm Gardens**** Vale de Centeanes - Praia do Carvoeiro, 8400-525 Lagoa Tel.(+351) 282 350 200 Web - www.pestana.com Hotel Cristal**** Vale de Centeanes - Praia do Carvoeiro, 8400-525 Lagoa Tel. (+351) 282 358 648 Web - www.cristalalgarve.com Grande Real Santa Eulália Resort & Hotel Spa***** Praia de Santa Eulália, PO Box 2445, 8200-916 Albufeira Tel. (+351) 289 598 000 Web - www.grandereal .com Hotel Vila Galé Serro Alagoa***** Rua do Município, Lote 26, 8200-916 Albufeira Tel. (+351) 289 583 100 Web - www.vilagale.pt Sheraton Algarve at Pine Cliffs Resort***** Praia da Falésia 644, 8200-909 Albufeira Tel. (+351) 289 500 100 Web - www.sheraton-algarve.com Hotel Vila Galé Praia**** Praia da Galé, Lote 33 - Apartado 2204, 8201-917 Albufeira Tel. (+351) 289 590 180 Web - www.vilagale.pt VILAMOURA Vilamoura Beach Hotel***** Rua do Oceano Atlântico, 8125-478 Vilamoura Tel. (+351) 289 381 600 Web - www.vilamourabeach.pt Tivoli Marina Vilamoura***** Marina de Vilamoura, 8125-901 Vilamoura Tel. (+351) 289 303 303 Web - www.tivolimarinotel.com Dom Pedro Golf & Resort Rua Atlântico 8125 - 478 Vilamoura Tel. (+351) 289 300 700 Dom Pedro Marina**** Rua Tivoli, Lote H 4, 8125-901 Vilamoura Tel. (+351) 289 381 000 Web - www.dompedro.com Vila Sol Algarve, a Renaissance Spa & Golf Resort***** Morgadinhos, 8125-307 Vilamoura Tel. (+351) 289 320 320 Web - www.vilasol.pt Vila Galé Marina**** Avenida da Marina, 8125-401 Vilamoura Tel. (+351) 217 907 610 Web - www.vilagale.pt ALMANCIL Dona Filipa & San Lorenzo Golf Resort***** PO Box 1 - Vale do Lobo, Almancil, 8135-901 Almancil Tel. (+351) 289 357 200 Web - www.starwoodhotels.com/lemeridien Vale do Lobo de Luxe Resort***** Vale do Lobo, 8135-864 Almancil Tel. (+351) 289 353 000 Web - www.valedolobo.com Hotel Quinta do Lago***** Quinta do Lago, 8135-024 Almancil Tel. (+351) 289 350 350 Web - www.quintadolago.com Ria Park Hotel & Spa**** Vale do Garrão, PO Box 3410, 8135-951 Almancil Tel. (+351) 289 359 800 Web - www.riaparkhotels.com Hotel Pinus Ria*** Val Verde - Quinta do Lago, 8135-037 Almancil Tel. (+351) 289 359 160 Web - www.hotelpinusria.com Formosa Park Hotel**** Praia do Ancão, 8135-172 Almancil Tel. (+351) 289 352 800 Web - www.formosapark-hotel.com FARO Hotel Faro**** Praça D. Francisco Gomes, 2, 8000-168 Faro Tel. (+351) 289 830 830 Web - www.hotelfaro.pt Colina Verde Aparthotel & Golf**** Sítio da Maragota - Moncarapacho, 8700-078 Moncarapacho Tel. (+351) 289 790 110 Web - www.golfcolinaverde.com PORCHES Vila Vita Parc Resort & Spa**** Alporcinhos 8400 - 450 Porches Tel. (+351) 282 310 100 Web - www.vilavitaparc.com Pestana Viking**** Praia Senhora da Rocha - Lagoa 8400 - 450 Porches Tel. (+351) 282 320 500 www.pestana.com TAVIRA Hotel Porta Nova**** Rua António Pinheiro, 8800-323 Tavira Tel. (+351) 281 329 700 Web - wwwhotelportanova.com Vila Galé Tavira**** Rua 4 de Outubro, 8800-362 Tavira Tel. (+351) 281 329 900 Web - www.vilagale.pt Vila Galé Albacora**** Quatro Águas, 8800-901 Tavira Tel. (+351) 281 380 800 Web - www.vilagale.pt MONTE GORDO Hotel Casablanca Inn**** Praceta Casablanca, 8900-426 Monte Gordo Tel. (+351) 281 511 444 Web - www.casablancainn.com 22 PORTUGAL TRAVEL NEWS - GOLF - 2010
  17. 17. Golf in Portugal 26 PORTUGAL TRAVEL NEWS - GOLF - 2010 Lisbon Lisboa Golf Coast The Lisboa Golf Coast brand is responsible for the promotion of over two dozen golf courses in Lisbon area “Let us start to pay more attention to the Scottish market”
  18. 18. Golf in Portugal GOLF - 2010 - PORTUGAL TRAVEL NEWS 27 Lisbon Which golf courses are promoted by Lisboa Golf Coast? We are currently promoting all golf courses in Lisboa area. But of course we are actively promoting those associated with Lisbon’s tourism association, Lisbon Golf Coast, namely, Ribagolfe I & II, Santo Estévão, Tróia, Quinta do Peru, Aroeira I, Montado, Campo Real, Bom Sucesso, Golden Eagle, Praia d’El Rey, Estoril, Oitavos Dunes, Quinta da Beloura and Belas. How many rounds have been performed in those golf courses? According to the data available, 388 thousand rounds were played. How much does golf represent in Lisbon’s tourism revenue? Golf represents about 6% of direct revenues for Lisbon. A golfer spends on average about 205 Euros a day, and that is why golf players are such good customers. What tournaments were hosted this year in Lisbon? There were many tournaments, but the most important are always those relat- ed to the European Tour such as the Portugal Open at Oitavos golf course and the Ladies Tour at Golden Eagle golf course. Apart from these major international events other smaller ones were hosted for national and interna- tional amateur players. Were there any noteworthy distinction in magazines? Lisboa Golf Coast is one of the few destinations that has 3 golf courses on the "Top 100 Continental Europe" of the English magazine Golf World. How will Lisboa Golf Coast promote this touristic product abroad in 2010, and in which markets will the advertising take place? What is the budget for that support? The promotion will be carried out as in previous years with some changes/adaptations to the increasingly competitive market. We will probably start to pay more attention to the Scottish market. From March 4th onwards we will have direct low cost flights between Edinburgh and Lisbon three times a week, through EasyJet. Until now there were no direct flights between these two cities, and without direct flights it is difficult to attract golfers. We will be promoting Lisboa Golf Coast in the UK, Ireland, the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Finland and Norway. We will spend 600 thousand Euros in advertising Lisboa Golf Coast in 2010. “Golf represents about 6% of direct revenues for Lisbon” ‘ Benjamin Oosterveer, Golf Product Manager
  19. 19. Golf in Portugal 28 PORTUGAL TRAVEL NEWS - GOLF - 2010 Lisbon ‘ Golf do Estoril ‘ Region Location Director Pro’s Holes Par Course Distance Green Keeper Architect Opening Facilities Lisbon Estoril Francisco Pinheiro Daniel Grimm, Carlos Aleixo, Henrique Paulino, Joaquim Rodrigues, Gordon Young 18+9 69 18 holes: 5313m / 9 holes 2371m Francisco Pinheiro Jean Gassiat (1929) + Mackenzie Ross (1936) 1929 + 1936 Training Course, Professional Instructors, Putting Green, Chipping Area, Trolleys and Caddies, Clubhouse with Bar and Restaurant Service. Phone (+351) 214 680 176 Site www.clubegolfeestoril.com Email reservas@golfestoril.com How to get there Take the A5 from Lisbon and then the access road for Sintra/Estoril and turn right into the EN9 towards Sintra. The course is 200 metres ahead on your. ‘ Ribagolfe I/II ‘ Region Location Director Pro’s Holes Par Course Distance Green Keeper Architect Opening Facilities Lisbon Samora Correia José Maria Cazal-Ribeiro João Pedro Sousa 36 72 Ribagolfe I – 6707m / Ribagolfe II - 6214m Martijn Huinink Ribagolfe I – Peter Townsend / Ribagolfe II – Michael King Ribagolfe I – 2004 / Ribagolfe II – 2004 Pro-Shop, Putting Green, Practice Bunkers, Driving Range, Chipping Green, Electric Buggies, Manual Trolleys, Electric Trolleys, Changing Rooms, Renting Lockers, Towels, Parking and Restaurant Phone (+351) 263 930 040 Site www.ribagolfe.com E-mail geral@ribagolfe.pt How to get there After Vasco da Gama bridge, turn on your right hand side to IC3 direction Porto Alto and follow this road. 10,8 km after the bridge exit, turn on yor right hand side to N 119 direction Coruche. 500 meters before the Infantado roundabout is the main gate of Ribagolfe (km 23) Phone (+351) 212 979 110 Site www.aroeira.com Email golf.reservas@aroeira.com How to get there From Lisbon, take the 25 de Abril bridge and turn right for Costa da Caparica and turn left at the second set of trafic lights. From there, follow the “Golfe” signposts. ‘ Aroeira I & II ‘ Region Location Director Pro’s Holes Par Course Distance Green Keeper Architect Opening Facilities Lisbon Charneca de Caparica Carlos Fonseca and Francisco Pinto Leite Joaquim Moura 18 72 Aroeira I – 6090m Aroeira II – 6377 mts Aroeira I - João Cabral Aroeira II – João Cabral Aroeira I – Frank Pennink Aroeira II – Donald Steel Aroeira I – 1973 Aroeira II – 2000 Restaurant, Golf shop, School, Buggies and Trolleys.
  20. 20. Golf in Portugal 30 PORTUGAL TRAVEL NEWS - GOLF - 2010 Lisbon ‘ Montado Golf Course ‘ Region Location Director Pro’s Holes Par Course Distance Green Keeper Architect Opening Facilities Lisbon Palmela Marco Andrade João Pedro Carvalhosa 18 72 6224m Carlos Vieira Duarte Sottomayor / Jorge Santana da Silva (Remoldated Course Architect in 2006) 1996 Aparthotel in 2008, bar, Restaurant, Spa, Driving Range, Putting Green, Chipp & pitch area and Pro shop. Phone (+351) 265 708 150 Site www.golfdomontado.com Email geral@golfdomontado.com.pt How to get there From Lisbon, take the southbound motorway and exit at Setúbal. When you reach the traffic lights, turn left towards the Alentejo /Algarve. At Pontes, there are signposts for the course on the left of the road. Follow these indications. ‘ Aldeia dos Capuchos Golf Course ‘ Director Pro’s Holes Par Course Distance Green Keeper Architect Opening Facilities Filipa Filiol de Raimond Manuel Brito 9 29 1402 /1184/ 1053 Área Golf Jorge Santana da Silva 2008 Driving range, putting green, golf classes, Pro Shop, buggies, trolleys, bags and clubs rental, 4-star hotel, restaurant and spa. Phone (+351) 212 909 000 Site www.aldeiadoscapuchos.com Email: golf@aldeiadoscapuchos.com Address Largo Aldeia dos Capuchos, 2825-017 Caparica ‘ CampoReal ‘ Region Location Secretário de golf Pro’s Holes Par Course Distance Green Keeper Architect Opening Green Fee Grass Type Facilities Phone (+351) 261 960 899 Fax (+351) 261 960 894 Site www.camporeal.pt Email golf@camporeal.pt How to get there 30km from Lisbon, after the Sul exit for Torres Vedras, take the A8. Oeste Turcifal - Torres Vedras Rui Rodrigues Jonas Jakobsson 18 72 6009 m Vera Quintas Rebelo Donald Steel 2005 55€ Greens: *Agrostis stolonifera*, variedade L-93; Tees, Fairways e Roughs: 30% *Lolium perenne* (Perennial Ryegrass); 20% *Poa pratensis* (Kentuchy Bluegrass); 40% *Festuca rubra rubra* (Red Fescue); 10% *Agrostis castel- lana* (Highland Bent). ClubHouse, Golf Shop
  21. 21. Golf in Portugal GOLF - 2010 - PORTUGAL TRAVEL NEWS 31 Lisbon ‘ Bom Sucesso Golf Course ‘ Region Location Director Profissional Holes Par Course Distance Green Keeper Architect Opening Facilities Lisboa Óbidos Francisco Pinto Leite Vasco Espírito Santo 18 72 6234m Duarte Beltrão Donald Steel 2008 Driving range, Putting green, Chipping area, Clubhouse, Restaurant and Bar, Store, Lock Rooms, Buggies, Electric Trolleys and Trolleys rent Phone (+351) 262 968 562 Site www.bomsucesso.net Email golf@bomsucesso.net How to get there Take Segunda Circular in direction to A8 Oeste. Head Towards A8 Leiria during 65 km. Take Exit 13 to A-Da-Gorda. Head towards Amoreira (follow the Bom Sucesso red signs) during 3 km. At Amoreira, turn right in direction to Vau/Bom Sucesso.
  22. 22. Golf in Portugal 32 PORTUGAL TRAVEL NEWS - GOLF - 2010 Lisbon ‘ Penha Longa Atlântico ‘ Region Location Director Pro’s Holes Par Course Distance Green Keeper Architect Opening Green Fee Price of classes Facilities Lisbon Sintra Jason King Robert Judd and António Dantas 18 72 5955 m Joaquim Marmelo Robert Trent Jones Jr. 1992 €90,00 / € 120,00 HOUR – € 58,00 restaurant; driving range; chipping green; putting green; pro-shop; buggy bar; halfway bar. Phone (+351) 219 249 031 Site www.penhalonga.com Email reservas.golf@penhalonga.com How to get there Take the EN9 towards Estoril-Sintra and turn left towards Lagoa Azul. The course is on your left.
  23. 23. Golf in Portugal GOLF - 2010 - PORTUGAL TRAVEL NEWS 33 Lisbon ‘ Golden Eagle ‘ Phone (+351) 243 940 040 Site www.goldeneagle.pt E-mail golf@goldeneagle.pt How to get there Drive out of Lisbon on the A1 motorway towards Porto, exit at junction 5 - Aveiras. Drive along the IC2 and follow the golf course directions signs. ‘ Vimeiro Golf ‘ Region Location Director Pro’s Holes Par Course Distance Green Keeper Architect Opening Facilities Lisbon Vimeiro Pedro Ascenso Pedro Ascenso 2x9 68 4814 m Rui Neiva Correia Frank Pennick 1963 Driving Range, Academy, Clubhouse, Restaurant, Bar and Shop. Phone (+351) 261 980 800 Site www.golfvimeiro.com E-mail golfvimeiro@eav.pt How to get there From Lisbon, take the A8 to exit no. 9 (Vimeiro) and continue towards Vimeiro. Then continue on to the Porto Novo beach, exiting at the signpost for “Marinha Grande / Lisbon A8”. Take the A8 to exit no. 9 (Vimeiro) and the rest of the journey is the same. Region Location Pro’s Holes Par Course Distance Green Keeper Architect Opening Grass Type Facilities Lisbon Rio Maior David Ashington 18 72 6623m James Cassidy Rocky Roquemore 1994 Greens and Tees - Bent Grass (Penn Cross) Fairways – Bent Grass (Penn Eagle) Driving range, Putting Green, Golf Academy, Pro-Shop, Clubhouse, Restaurant and Bar
  24. 24. 34 PORTUGAL TRAVEL NEWS - GOLF - 2010 advertising Bom Sucesso Golf Resort
  25. 25. GOLF - 2010 - PORTUGAL TRAVEL NEWS 35 advertising famous golf architect once said “ To create a great golf course requires a great piece of land.” Bom Sucesso fulfils this statement to the highest degree. The Resort sits in a val- ley with views to mountains in the West, the sea in the East and forested slopes to the North and South. The golf course features a first nine holes in the valley plain, whilst the second nine holes meanders through more undulating land. The Architect, Donald A
  26. 26. advertising 36 PORTUGAL TRAVEL NEWS - GOLF - 2010 Steel, has made superb use of the terrain, providing a challenging test of golf and also a sectacular ‘Nature Walk.’ Bom Sucesso has an environmental, green theme which the golf course upholds in every way. The Eucalyptus trees removed during construction have been replaced by a mixture of Olive and Pine trees, while the fairways, rough and tees have been carpeted with a mixture of Bent, Fescue and Rye grasses which give a perfect green surface to play from, all year round. The large, undulating greens are sown with Penn A4 bent grass, which offer a fast, true surface to putt on, their con- struction features the USGA specification, which makes them hold well struck shots and allows for pitch and run strokes as well. They also have the benefit of immediate drainage, so that play is always possible in any weather. As well as the natural heath land ground cover, hazards include several large lakes and beautifully maintained sand traps, filled with white sand. To prepare for your game, the practice facilities are first class and again offer sublime views. The Range features three grass tees, from which balls can be hit down to the base of a valley or across it to a plateau at the same height as the tees, six greens provide targets at varying distances. The pitching green hás a large sand trap and then a variety of places to play from fairway or rough grass, with the options to play lob, pitch or pitch and run shots. Two putting greens allow players to practice this skill or just simply to learn the green speed, which is kept bewteen 9 and 10.5 on the stimpmeter. The permanent Clubhouse is currently under construction in it’s location next to the site of the Hilton Hotel, due to open in 2012. In the meantime, a temporary clubhouse provides excellent service of food & beverage, locker rooms and storage for the buggies, trolleys and rental clubs. At check-in, there is a small shop which can supply golfing requisites and logoed golf clothing.
  27. 27. advertising GOLF - 2010 - PORTUGAL TRAVEL NEWS 37 The course has a par of 72, with the classic mixture of four par 5’s, four par 3’s and 10 par 4’s. Each hole has four tees, the Championship, Players, Signature and Elegance, which offer a range of distances from 6,400 metres/7,040 yards down to 4,842 metres/5,326 yards, so anyone can enjoy a game to suit their ability. The location is blessed with an idyllic climate for golf, with soft gen- tle breezes cooling the player in summer time and the valley setting helping to hold heat and afford protection from the cooler north wind in the winter. The Stuart Woodman Golf Academy provides the highest level of coaching, with Stuart holding the dual qualifications of Advanced Fellow and Honorary Memberof the PGA and the Resident Professional Filipe Gonçalves being a fully qualified PGA of Portugal Member. Visiting professionals are welome to bring their own groups to play and learn here by prior arrangement with the Golf Operations Manager. For those wishing to stay on site, the choice of accommodation is of 5 star quality, featuring T1, T2 and T3 units which are the reason for the fame of Bom Sucesso. Each street has beendesigned by a dif- ferent, internationallty known architect, 23 in total. The Browns Restaurant provides breakfast, lunch and dinner service, while the Commercial Centre offers several choices for relaxing food and drink, aswell as the typical facilities of a world class resort, including a super-market. Golf is not the only sport available, other facilities include tennis, pad- dle tennis, football, cycling, a childrens’ play park and the nearby sea where our own Rio Cortiço Restaurant provides fresh sea food in a relaxed atmosphere. At any time of the year and whether a group or an individual, Bom Sucesso provides the idyllic stay in unspoiled surroundings. S. Woodman
  28. 28. Lisbon golf courses Belas Clube de Campo Phone - +351 219 626 640 Site - www.belasgolf.com golfe@planbelas.pt Belavista Golf Phone - +351 218 310 860 Site - www.golfebelavista.com florbela.goncalves@golfebelavista.com Botado Golf Club Phone - +351 262 757 700 Site - www.atlanticogolfehotel.com atlanticogolfehotel@atlanticogolfehotel.com Lisbon Sports Club Phone - +351 214 310 077 Site - www.lisbonclub.com geral@lisbonclub.com Oitavos Dunes Phone - +351 214 860 600Site - www.oitavosdunes.ptE-mail - info@oitavosdunes.pt Paço do Lumiar Phone - +351 217 591 719 Site - www.golfepacodolumiar.pt golf@golfepacodolumiar.pt Praia D'El Rey Golf Phone - +351 262 905 005 Site - www.praia-del-rey.com golf@praia-del-rey.com Pestana Beloura Golf Phone - +351 219 106 350 Site - www.pestanagolf.com beloura.golfe@pestana.com Quinta da Marinha Phone - +351 214 860 180Site - www.quintadamarinha.comE-mail - golf@quintadamarinha.com Quinta do Perú Golf & Country Club Phone - +351 212 134 320 Site - www.golfquintadoperu.com play@golfquintadoperu.com Santo Estevão Golf Phone - +351 263 949 492 Site - www.vnsantoestevao.com santoestevaogolfe@mail.telepac.pt Tróia Golf Championship Course Phone - +351 265 494 024Site - www.troiagolf.com troiagolf@sonae.pt Golf in Portugal 38 PORTUGAL TRAVEL NEWS - GOLF - 2010 Lisbon
  29. 29. GOLF - 2010 - PORTUGAL TRAVEL NEWS 39 ‘ Lisbon City Corinthia Lisboa Hotel***** Tel. - (+351) 217 236 363 www.corinthiahotels.com Dom Pedro Palace***** Tel. - (+351) 213 896 600 www.dompedro.com Eurostars das Letras***** Tel. - (+351) 213 573 094 www.eurostarsdasletras.com Four Seasons Hotel The Ritz Lisboa***** Tel. - (+351) 213 811 400 www.fourseasons.com/lisbon Hotel Altis***** Tel. - (+351) 213 106 000 www.altishotels.com Hotel Avenida Palace***** Tel. - (+351) 21 321 8100 www.hotel-avenida-palace.pt Hotel Bairro Alto***** Tel. - (+351) 213 408 288 www.bairroaltohotel.com Hotel Lapa Palace***** Tel. - (+351) 213 949 494 www.lapa-palace.com Hotel Real Palácio***** Tel. - (+351) 213 199 500 www.hoteisreal.com Tiara Park Atlantic Lisboa***** Tel. - (+351) 213 818 700 www.lemeridien-lisbon.com Pestana Palace***** Tel. - (+351) 213 615 600 www.pestana.com Sheraton Lisboa Hotel & Spa***** Tel. - (+351) 213 120 000 www.sheraton.com/lisboa Vip Grand Lisboa Hotel & Spa***** Tel. - (+351) 210 435 000 www.viphotels.com Tivoli Lisboa***** Tel. - (+351) 213 198 900 www.tivolihotels.com Altis Park Hotel**** Tel. - (+351) 218 434 200 www.altishotels.com Belver Príncipe Real**** Tel. - (+351) 213 407 350 www.hotelprincipereal.com Heritage Av Liberdade Hotel**** Tel. - (+351) 213 404 040 www.heritage.pt Holiday Inn Lisboa**** Tel. - (+351) 210 044 000 www.holiday-inn.com/lisbonprt Holiday Inn Lisbon Continental**** Tel. - (+351) 210 046 000 www.holiday-inn.com/lisbon-contine Hotel AC Lisboa**** Tel. - (+351) 210 050 930 www.ac-hotels.com Hotel Açores Lisboa**** Tel. - (+351) 217 222 920 www.bensaude.pt Hotel Aviz**** Tel. - (+351) 210 402 000 www.hotelaviz.com Hotel Britania**** Tel. - (+351) 213 155 016 www.heritage.pt Hotel Dom Manuel I**** Tel. - (+351) 213 593 000 www.hoteldmanuel.com Hotel Fénix Lisboa**** Tel. - (+351) 213 862 121 www.hoteisfenix.com Hotel Lisboa**** Tel. - (+351) 213 500 000 www.hotelisboa.com.pt Hotel Florida**** Tel. - (+351) 213 576 145 www.hotel-florida.pt Hotel Lisboa Plaza**** Tel. - (+351) 213 218 218 www.heritage.pt Hotel Lisboa Regency Chiado**** Tel. - (+351) 213 256 100 www.regency-hotels-resorts.com Hotel Lutécia**** Tel. - (+351) 218 411 300 www.luteciahotel.com Hotel Marquês de Pombal**** Tel. - (+351) 213 197 900 www.hotel-marquesdepombal.pt Hotel Mercure Lisboa**** Tel. - (+351) 217 208 000 www.mercure.com Hotel Mundial**** Tel. - (+351) 218 842 000 www.hotel-mundial.pt Hotel Olissippo Castelo**** Tel. - (+351) 218 820 190 www.olissipohotels.com Hotel Olissipo Oriente**** Tel. - (+351) 218 929 100 www.olissipohotels.com Hotel Tryp Oriente**** Tel. -(+351) 218 930 000 www.tryporiente.solmelia.com Hotel Real Parque**** Tel. - (+351) 213 199 000 www.hoteisreal.com Hotel Sofitel Lisboa**** Tel. - (+351) 213 228 300 www.sofitel.com Hotel Vila Galé Ópera**** Tel. - (+351) 213 605 400 www.vilagale.pt Hotel Villa Rica**** Tel. - (+351) 210 043 000 www.hotelvillarica.com Hotel Vip Executive Art's**** Tel. - (+351) 210 020 400 www.viphotels.com Hotel Vip Executive Barcelona**** Tel. - (+351) 217 954 273 www.viphotels.com Hotel Vip Executive Diplomático**** Tel. - (+351) 213 839 020 www.viphotels.com Hotel Vip Executive Madrid**** Tel. - (+351) 213 191 760 www.viphotels.com Hotel Zenit Lisboa**** Tel. - (+351) 213 102 200 www.zenithoteles.com Lisbon Marriott Hotel**** Tel. - (+351) 217 235 400 www.marriott.com/lispt Novotel**** Tel. - (+351) 217 244 800 www.novotel.com NH Campo Grande**** Tel. - (+351) 217 917 600 www.nh-hotels.com NH Liberdade**** Tel. - (+351) 213 514 060 www.nh-hotels.com Radisson SAS Hotel**** Tel. - (+351) 210 045 000 www.grupo-continental.com Sana Lisboa Hotel**** Tel. - (+351) 210 064 300 www.sanahotels.com Sana Malhoa Hotel**** Tel. - (+351) 210 061 800 www.sanahotels.com Sana Metropolitan Hotel**** Tel. - (+351) 217 982 500 www.sanahotels.com Tivoli Jardim**** Tel. - (+351) 213 591 000 www.tivolihotels.com Tivoli Oriente**** Tel. - (+351) 218 915 100 www.tivolihotels.com Turim Europa Hotel**** Tel. - (+351) 210 330 800 www.turimhotels.com Turim Lisboa Hotel**** Tel. - (+351) 213 139 410 www.turimhotels.com Jerónimos 8 Hotel**** Tel. - (+351) 213 600 900 www.jeronimos8.com Fontana Park Hotel**** Tel. - (+351) 213 576 212 www.fontanaparkhotel.com Hotel Vincci Baixa**** (+351) 218 803 190 www.vinccihoteles.com Estoril & Sintra Grande Real Villa Itália Hotel & Spa***** Tel. - (+351) 213 199 500 www.hoteisreal.com Farol Design Hotel Te.- (+351) 214 823 490 www.farol.com.pt Hotel Albatroz***** Tel. - (+351) 214 847 380 www.albatrozhotels.com Hotel Cascais Miragem***** Tel. - (+351) 210 060 600 www.cascaismirage.com Hotel Fortaleza do Guincho***** Tel. - (+351) 214 870 491 www.guinchotel.pt Palácio Estoril Hotel & Golf***** Tel. - (+351) 214 648 000 www.palacioestorilhotel.com Penha Longa Hotel & Golf Resort***** Tel. - (+351) 219 249 011 www.penhalonga.com Tivoli Palácio de Seteais***** Tel. - (+351) 219 233 200 www.tivolihotels.com Hotel Quinta da Marinha Resort**** Tel. - (+351) 214 860 100 www.quintadamarinha.com Hotel Atlantis Sintra Estoril**** Tel. - (+351) 214 690 721 www.graopara.pt Riviera Hotel Carcavelos**** Tel. - (+351) 214 586 600 www.rivierahotel.pt Hotel Praia Mar**** Tel. - (+351) 214 585 100 www.almeidahotels.com Hotel Vila Galé Ericeira**** Tel. - (+351) 261 869 900 www.vilagale.pt Hotel Atlântico**** Tel. - (+351) 214 680 270 www.hotelatlanticoestoril.com Hotel Inglaterra**** Tel. - (+351) 214 684 461 www.hotelinglaterra.com.pt Hotel Vila Galé Estoril**** Tel. - (+351) 214 648 400 www.vilagale.pt Amazónia Jamor Hotel**** Tel. - (+351) 214 175 638 www.amazoniahoteis.com Lagoas Park Hotel**** Tel. - (+351) 211 109 700 www.tdhotels.pt Hotel Real Oeiras**** Tel. - (+351) 214 469 900 www.hoteisreal.com Pestana Sintra Golf**** Tel. - (+351) 214 825 900 www.pestana.com Tivoli Sintra**** Tel. - (+351) 219 237 200 www.tivolihotels.com Oeste Hotel Westin CampoReal SPA & Golf***** Tel.- (+351) 261 960 900 www.camporeal.pt Praia D'El Rey Marriott Golf & Beach Resort***** Tel. - (+351) 262 905 100 www.marriottpraiadelrey.com Hotel Real D´Óbidos**** Tel. - (+351) 262 955 090 www.hotelrealdobidos.com Atlântico Golfe Hotel**** Tel. - (+351) 262 757 700 www.atlanticogolfehotel.com Leiria / Fátima Hotel Miramar **** Tel. - (+351) 262 550 000 www.hotelmiramar.pt Hotel de Fátima **** Tel. - (+351) 249 533 351 www.hotelfatima.com Templários Hotel dos Templários**** Tel. - (+351) 249 310 100 www.hoteldostemplarios.com Ribatejo Estalagem Vale do Manso Tel.- (+351) 241 840 000 www.estalagemvalemanso.com Hotel Lusitano - Golegã**** Tel. - (+351) 249 979 170 www.hotellusitano.com Santarém Hotel**** Tel. - (+351) 243 309 500 www.santaremhotel.pt Costa Azul Hotel do Mar – Sesimbra **** Tel. - (+351) 212 288 300 www.hoteldomar.pt Sana Sesimbra Hotel**** Tel: (+351) 212 289 000 www.sanahotels.com Melia Aldeia dos Capuchos**** Tel. - (+351) 212 909 000 www.solmelia.com Sesimbra Hotel & Spa**** Tel: +351 212 289 800 www.sesimbrahotelspa.com Riviera Hotel Setúbal**** Tel. - (+351) 265 550 700 www.rivierahoteis.com LISBON Where to Stay? 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  30. 30. Golf in Portugal GOLF - 2010 - PORTUGAL TRAVEL NEWS 41 North & Centre ‘ Oporto Golf Club ‘ Region Location Director Pro’s Green Keeper Holes Par Course Distance Opening Facilities North Paramos - Espinho Manuel Violas Eduardo Maganinho / José Maganinho José Granja 18 71 5551m 1890 Driving Range, Putting Green, Pitch & Putt, Bar and Restaurant. Phone (+351) 227 342 008 Site www.oportogolfclub@oninet.pt Email oportogolfclub@oninet.pt How to get there From the A1 Porto-Lisboa motorway, turn on to thre EN109 and continue to Espinho. The course is south of the city. From the A1 Lisboa-Porto, exit for Vila da Feira. Take the IC1 towards Espinho to the Miramar exit. The course is signposted. ‘ Miramar Golf Club ‘ Region Location Director Pro’s Green Keeper Holes Par Course Distance Architect Opening Facilities North Vila Nova de Gaia Álvaro Teles de Meneses Sérgio Ribeiro e Nelson Ribeiro Miguel Câncio 9 70 2759 (white); 2393 (red) Frank Gordon 1932 Golfshop, Restaurante, Bar, Driving range and Putting green Phone (+351) 227 622 067 Site www.cgm.pt Email cgm@cgm.pt How to get there Take the A1 Porto/Lisboa and exit on to the EN 109 towards Miramar. Turn right when you see a yellow sign for the course. Oporto – 12 Km. Oporto airport – 20 km. ‘ Quinta da Barca Golf Course ‘ Region Location Director Pro’s Green Keeper Holes Par Course Distance Architect Opening Type of Grass Facilities North Esposende Joana Osório André Teixeira João Pedro 9 62 3914m Jorge Santana da Silva 1997 Greens: Penncross; Fairways: LF Driving Range, Putting Green, Chipping Green, Golf Academy, Pro shop, Buggies, Trolleys, Clubhouse, Restaurant and Bar. Phone (+351) 253 966 723 Site www.golfebarca.com Email info@golfebarca.com How to get there Take the IC1 from Oporto towards Viana do Castelo and exit for Esposende. At the firs roundabout you will see for the course.
  31. 31. Golf in Portugal 42 PORTUGAL TRAVEL NEWS - GOLF - 2009 North & Centre Phone (+351) 22 969 21 22 Site www.valepisao.com E-mail www.valepisao.com ‘ Vale do Pisão Golf Course ‘ Region Location Director Pro’s Holes Par Course Distance Green Keeper Architect Opening Facilities North Santo Tirso Stuart Woodman Jorge Couto e Ouroso 9+9 74 6532m João Pinto Abreu Jorge Santana da Silva 2009 Academy, Driving Range, Putting Green, Golf shop, C-swing, tomi putter, Bunker Practice, Chipping Zone, Explanar, restaurant & Bar Phone (+351) 253 591 916 Site www.rilhadas.comgolfe E-mail clubegolf@rilhadas.com ‘ Rilhadas Golf Course ‘ Region Location Director Pro’s Holes Par Green Keeper Architect Opening Facilities North Fafe Ricardo Gonçalves Paulo Teixeira 9 30 José Manuel Costa José Lencastre 2008 Pro shop, driving range, academy, school, putting green, chipping green, changing rooms, bar and restaurant
  32. 32. Golf in Portugal GOLF - 2010 - PORTUGAL TRAVEL NEWS 43 North & Centre North & Centre golf courses Amarante Golf Phone - +351 255 446 060 Site - www.golfedeamarante.com E-mail - geral@golfedeamarante.com Curia Golf Club Phone - +351 231 516 891 Site - www.curiagolfe.com Email - reservas@curiaclube.com Estela Golf Club Phone - +351 252 601 567 Site - www.estelagolf.pt Email - reservas@estelagolf.pt Montebelo Golf Phone - +351 232 856 464 Site - www.golfemontebelo.pt Email - golfemontebelo@visabeiraturismo.pt Áxis Ponte de Lima Golf Phone - +351 258 743 414 Site - www.axishoteisegolfe.com Email - reservas@axisgolfe.com Quinta da Barca Golf Course Phone - +351 253 966 723 Site - www.golfebarca.com Email - info@golfebarca.com Quinta das Lagrimas Golf Academy Phone - +351 239 802 388 Site - www.quintadaslagrimas.com Email - hotelagrimas@mail.telepac.pt Quinta do Fojo Phone- +351 227 727 070 / 80 Site - www.golfojo.com Email - geral@golfojo.com Vidago Golf Phone - +351 276 90 96 62 Site - www.vidagopalace.com E-mail - vidagopalace@unicer.pt
  33. 33. 44 PORTUGAL TRAVEL NEWS - GOLF - 2009 Where to Stay? Try these... NORTH & CENTRE ‘ AMARANTE Casa da Calçada Relais & Châteaux**** Largo do Paço, 6 4600-017 Amarante Tel. (+351) 255 410 830 Web - www.casadacalcada.com Hotel Navarras*** Rua António Carneiro 4600- 049 Amarante Tel. (+351) 255 431 036 Web - www.maisturismo.pt/hnavarras BAIÂO Douro Palace Hotel Resort & Spa**** Santa Cruz do Douro 4640-423 Baião Tel. - (+351) 254 880 000 Web - www.douropalace.com BRAGA Meliã Braga Hotel & Spa**** Avenida João Paulo II 4715 Braga Tel. - (+351) 707 299 707 Web - www.meliabraga.com ESPINHO Hotel Solverde Spa & Wellness Center***** Avenida da Liberdade São Félix da Marinha 4410-154 Espinho Tel. (+351) 227 338 030 Web - www.solverde.pt PraiaGolfe**** Rua 6 4500-357 Espinho Tel. (+351) 227 331 000 Web - www.praiagolfe.com ESPOSENDE Axis Ofir Beach Resort Hotel**** Avenida Raul de Sousa Martins - Ofir 4740-405 Esposende Tel. - (+351) 253 989 800 Web - www.axishoteisegolfe.com PONTE DE LIMA Hotel Ponte de Lima Golfe*** Quinta de Pias, Fornelos 4990-620 Ponte de Lima Tel. (+351) 258 900 250 Web - www.hoteldogolfe.com OPORTO HF Ipanema Park***** Rua de Serralves, 124 4150-702 Porto Tel. - (+351) 225 322 100 Web - www.hoteisfenix.com Infante Sagres***** Praça Dona Filipa de Lencastre, 62 4050-259 Porto Tel. - (+351) 223 398 500 Web - www.lagrimashotels.com Sheraton Porto Hotel & Spa***** Rua Tenente Valadim 146 4100-476 Porto Tel. +351 220 404 000 Web - www.sheratonporto.com Porto Palácio Congress Hotel & Spa***** Avenida da Boavista, 1269 4100-130 Porto Tel. - (+351) 226 086 600 Web - www.hotelportopalacio.com Tiara Park Atlantic Porto***** Avenida da Boavista, 1466 4100-114 Porto Tel. - (+351) 226 072 500 Web - www.tiara-hotels.com Bessa Hotel**** Rua Dr. Marques de Carvalho, 111 4100-325 Porto Tel. - (+351) 226 050 000 Web - www.bessahotel.com Best Western Hotel Inca**** Praça Coronel Pacheco, 52 4050-453 Porto Tel. - (+351) 222 084 151 Web - www.hotelinca.com Quality Inn Portus Calle Avenida da Boavista, 1060 4100-113 Porto Tel. - (+351) 210 046 320 (Sales Center) Web - www.choicehotelseurope.com Pestana Porto Praça da Ribeira, 1 4050-513 Porto Tel. - (+351) 223 402 300 Web - www.pestana.com Hotel Vila Galé Porto**** Avenida Fernão de Magalhães, 7 4300-190 Porto Tel. (+351) 225 191 800 Web - www.vilagale.pt POVOA DO VARZIM Hotel Novotel Vermar Póvoa do Varzim**** Rua da Imprensa Regional 4490-518 Póvoa do Varzim Tel. (+351) 252 298 900 Web - www.novotel.com VILA NOVA DE GAIA Casa Branca Beach & Golf Hotel**** Rua da Bélgica, 86, Praia de Lavadores 4400-044 Vila Nova de Gaia Tel. (+351) 227 727 400 Web - www.casabranca.com Holiday Inn Porto Hotel**** Avenida da República - Apartado 368 4401-997 Vila Nova de Gaia Tel. (+351) 223 742 600 Web - www.holidayinn.com Mercure Porto Gaia**** Manuel Moreira Barros, 618 D 4400-346 Vila Nova de Gaia Tel. (+351) 223 740 800 Web - hoteis.hotelopia.pt/portugal/porto LAMEGO Aquapura Douro Valley Quinta Vale de Abraão - Samodães 5100-758 Lamego Tel. (+351) 254 660 600 Web. - www.aquapurahotels.com
  34. 34. ‘ António Carmona Santos - Managing Partner of the company Carmona Santos, Lda.; Managing Director of Aldeia dos Capuchos Golf Course; and President of the Portuguese Association of Golf Managers. Golf in Portugal 46 PORTUGAL TRAVEL NEWS - GOLF - 2010 Golf and Tourism in Portugal Golf is played in our country since the 19th century, but contrarily to what happened in most countries, it only developed recently as a result of the tourism thrust ur privileged climate as well as the creation of several hotels oriented to the Sun & Beach market caused a problem related to season- ability. Hotels would be full during the summer but had low occupancy rates for the rest of the year. After the creation of Le Méridien Penina Hotel & Golf in the 50s, and the hiring of renowned professional Sir Henry Cotton to design and manage the entire complex, everything started to change. Attracted by the status and prestige of the English golfer, guests from the UK started to see the Algarve not only as a peaceful and protected destination where it O
  35. 35. was pleasant to spend the summer months in the beach, but also as the new destination to play golf. The Algarve began strengthen- ing its position thanks to the quality of the golf courses, the pro- motional activities that the organisation of major international events brought about and also the considerable increase of the number of accommodation units. In 2007 about 250 thousand tourists visited the Algarve as a result of this sport. Everything seemed secure. Demonstrating annual increases over 7%, life was easy and nobody thought of assessing if the adapted model was everlasting or if some changes should be made to pre- vent any alarming situations. When it was least expected, a global financial crisis came to happen. The crisis affected many countries, among which the UK. It is easy to point fingers after mistakes are done, but it is crucial to learn something from it. The golf oriented market did not cease to exist. There are current- ly 60 million golf players around the world, among those about 20 million enjoy travelling to play the sport. In Europe, golf has been strengthening its position, in addition to the 3, 5 million British, there are also around 700 thousand golfers from Northern Europe, 500 thousand German players, 400 thousand from France and 320 thousand from Spain. However there is a strong decline in the num- ber of visitors. “There are currently 60 million golf players around the world, among those about 20 million enjoy travelling to play the sport” ‘ Aldeia dos Capuchos Golf Course Golf in Portugal GOLF - 2010 - PORTUGAL TRAVEL NEWS 47
  36. 36. Golf in Portugal 48 PORTUGAL TRAVEL NEWS - GOLF - 2010 What can we do? It seems clear that it is necessary to make some changes to the exist- ing model in order to maintain or increase the occupancy rates of our golf courses. We need to take urgent measures, for example: 1. To create a national strategic plan for golf. All interested entities should participate in the development of the golf industry in Portugal. 2. To perform integrated promoting actions, by region or even nation- wide. 3. To diversify the offer compared to the traditional markets, taking action in the Northern European countries and more assertively in the Spanish market. 4. To promote without further delay the practice of golf on a national level, attracting more players through training programs to be per- formed in the several golf courses. Without the domestic market, it is not possible to consolidate our golf industry. 5. To improve the current trading systems turning to the direct sale through the Internet (it is essential to rely on an excellent national website in which all Golf Courses should participate). 6. To get advantageous deals with different airlines, especially with the national airline, in order to get special tariffs for golfers. Conclusion It is necessary to face the crisis as an ordinary event that will be repeated every so often and understand that there are no indis- putable systems. Those who adapt manage to survive. Given the current conditions of the market, our position can be characterised by: In 2007 about 250 thousand tourists visited the Algarve as a result of this sport
  37. 37. Golf in Portugal GOLF - 2010 - PORTUGAL TRAVEL NEWS 49 Positive factors: - First-class golf courses, enough in number to become a golf desti- nation. - We exist in the market for many years, and we are acknowledged for our quality. - We have been promoting our destination through major events. - We have an exceptional climate. - We have fine-quality hotels, enough in number for the market. - We have a high-quality offer for supplementary and cultural pro- grams. Negative factors: - We are very dependant from the British market. - We need to considerably improve the level of our services. - We must show a better commercial assertiveness. - We have to improve the cooperation between the various golf courses. - We need to define strategies through a global plan for the indus- try of golf. - We have a domestic market that is very small. - Transportation costs are very high from and to the foreign markets. Moreover there is the most determining factor to succeed: “Quality/price ratio”. If there is the means to take advantage of the many benefits and if we adapt the necessary measures that put an end to or lessen our weaknesses, it will be possible to go through this difficult period and maybe come out of it bearing a reinforced posi- tion. “We exist in the market for many years, and we are acknowledged for our quality”
  38. 38. Golf in Portugal Azores & Madeira 52 PORTUGAL TRAVEL NEWS - GOLF - 2010 Azores Ever heard of rustic golf? Come to the Azores… uch has been written about golf and much more will be written, from the perpetual and methodical question about its origin to which players can say they had the pleasure to be the first to play the game. Maybe the Chinese? And why not the Flemish or the French? And where are the Scottish in the middle of the controversy? Guias Essenciais – Golfe, by Arnold Palmer, Ed. D.K./Civilização “… the only fact in the entanglement of rumors and theories is that the first printed reference to golf dates back from 1457, in an Act of Parliament issued by James II, King of Scotland. It stated: ‘football and golf should be utterly outcast and must not be practiced’, and in fact he managed to banish the game. The king was worried that many of his countrymen were at the golf courses improving their swing when they should be practicing target shooting. It was unlikely that using a club would keep away invaders, whereas a straight flying arrow would…” M History proves that in Scotland all social classes “used clubs to strike anything available” and played in courses created at their own judg- ment, thus there was the need to have a standard regulation. The reg- ulation would be introduced in 1764 by William St. Clair of Roslin, head of the golf clubs of Leith and St. Andrews. From this date on, treaties including the rules and its interpretations never stopped. Thousands of golf courses appeared worldwide. Millions of golfers practice their swing and fail at the putt, and think: “Tomorrow I’ll hit the perfect score”. Arnold Palmer once said: “What other people may find in poetry or art museums, I find in the flight of a good drive". Let us be level-headed and combine all this in the pleasure of art. Millions of players breathe in healthy atmospheres in the 4 to 8km when roaming the green fields, enjoying a quietness that is crucial to a good stroke and the tranquilli- ty and richness of the human relationships that sports provide, either with other people or privately. But where does the Rustic Golf of Azores that was mentioned earlier comes from? These are nine islands, coincidentally one island for each tee and pin, a perfect first round of golf. In December 2006 at S. Miguel we conducted the first experience with five pioneer golfers. The mingling sessions are still taking place and we have played 17 times in almost all the islands, except Graciosa and Terceira
  39. 39. Golf in Portugal Azores & Madeira the fields where their herds graze. Others envision the creation of a per- manent golf circuit and are preparing to train and challenge the next door neighbour for a play. Rustic Golf of the Azores - 1st Circuit of the Forest Recreational Reserve in S. Miguel With the cooperation of the Direcção Regional dos Recursos Florestais (forest resources department) and the Direcção Regional de Turismo, the tourism entity for the Azores, we are currently preparing the “Rustic Golf of the Azores – 1st Circuit of the Forest Recreational Reserve in S. Miguel” in 2010. The circuit will be comprised of the 6 events, one for each municipality, and will take place between March and October. The activity will be included in a promotion and development strategy for golf and also aimed to advertise the Forest Recreational Reserves and its suitability for integrated leisure activities to enjoy and respect Nature. To talk about golf is exciting. It’s a game played in the sand of the desert or the snow of the mountains. Golf is (special) strokes in cities, towns or villages. Golf is Imagination! And our own very “serious” joke: “Life is a game, the important is golf!” Enjoy your clubs. Text by Luis Venâncio Silva Resendes Carlos Manuel P. Teixeira da Silva Four islands are PAR3 – Sta. Maria, Graciosa, Flores and Corvo Three islands are PAR4 – Terceira, S. Jorge and Faial Two islands are PAR5 – S. Miguel and Pico At Azores there are only three golf courses, two in S. Miguel Island, one of them, created in 1939, is one of the oldest in Portugal, and another in Terceira. The islands provide endless pastures sided by wonderful trees and flowers, creeks, exuberant landscapes including challenging fog, stone walls and “corraletas”. At Azores we also have a passion for Nature and an immense pleasure for golf. Let us return to the origin and like the Scottish start to walk the fields to see if we hit the small hole signaled by a flagpole with the fewest amount of strokes. In December 2006 at S. Miguel we conducted the first experience with five pioneer golfers. The mingling sessions are still taking place and we have played 17 times in almost all the islands, except Graciosa and Terceira. We’ve played in several areas, but in Caldeirão in Corvo Island or on top of the ashes of the Capelinhos volcano it was a grand and unforgettable experience since we felt small, reduced to our real dimension. At all events we worried that the villages promoted the game together with our cooperation and we wished to develop initiation activities for children and adults. And our wish became true, a satisfac- tion for us. In the rustic greens of the Azores 97 golfers have already played. Many already purchased the equipment and started on tournaments across GOLF - 2010 - PORTUGAL TRAVEL NEWS 53
  40. 40. Golf in Portugal 54 PORTUGAL TRAVEL NEWS - GOLF - 2010 Azores & Madeira ‘ Batalha Golf Course Phone (+351) 296 498 559 / 60 Fax (+351) 296 498 284 Site www.azoresgolfislands.com Email info@azoresgolfislands.com How to get there Two hours by plane from Lisbon to Ponta Delgada. Upon leaving Ponta Delgada, follow the highway in the direction of Capelas. Before reaching Fenais da Luz turn right to Aflitos ‘ Region Location Director Pro’s Holes Par Course Distance Green Keeper Architect Opening Green Fee Grass Type Price of classes Facilities Azores Aflitos – Ponta Delgada Pilar Melo Antunes Rui Índio, André Medeiros 27 72 Pros: A+B - 6435m, B+C - 6395m, C+A - 6574m Men: A+B - 6120m, B+C - 6001m, C+A - 6209m Ladies: A+B - 5366m, B+C - 5311m, C+A - 5463 Manuel Peixoto Cameron & Powell 1996 80€ - 18 holes; 49€ - 9 Holes Fairways: Bermuda; Greens: Penn Links; Ruoghs: Festuca arundinacea Upon Request ClubHouse with covered 3.000 square meters with Bar, Restaurant for Golfers only. Social Bar, Luxury Restaurant, Meeting Room for 300 people, Pro- Shop and TV/Video Room. Driving Range (for 80 players), Chipping Area and 2 Putting Greens with 2.000 square meters. ‘ Furnas Golf Course Phone (+351) 296 584 341 - 296 584 651 Site www.azoresgolfislands.com Email info@azoresgolfislands.com How to get there Two hours by plane from Lisbon to Ponta Delgada. Upon leaving Ponta Delgada follow the north coast in direction to Furnas ‘ Region Location Director Pro’s Holes Par Course Distance Green Keeper Architect Opening Green Fee Grass Type Price of classes Facilities Azores Achada das Furnas - 9675 Furnas - São Miguel Pilar Melo Antunes Rui Índio, André Medeiros 18 72 Pro: 6232m / Men: 5955m / Ladies: 5256m António Peixoto Mackenzie Ross and Cameron & Powell 1936 / 1986 80€ - 18 holes; 49€ - 9 Holes Fairways: Loliuons, Festuca, Poa pratensis; Greens: Penn links; Roughs: Loliuons, Festuca, Poa pratensis Upon Request ClubHouse with Bar, Restaurant, Pro-Shop and TV Video Room. Two Putting Greens with 950 square meters; Practice Tee and Chipping Area for 20 players.
  41. 41. Golf in Portugal 56 PORTUGAL TRAVEL NEWS - GOLF - 2010 Azores & Madeira Azores & Madeira golf courses Campo do Clube de Golfe Ilha Terceira Phone - +351 295 902 299 Site - www.terceiragolf.com Email - info@terceiragolf.com Palheiro Golf Phone - +351 291 790 120 Site - www.palheirogolf.com Email - reservations.golf@palheiroestate.com Porto Santo Golf Phone - +351 291 983 777 Site - www.portosantogolfe.com Email - spds@netmadeira.com Clube de Golf Santo da Serra Phone - +351 291 550 100 Site - www.santodaserra.com Email - reservations@santodaserragolf.com
  42. 42. 58 PORTUGAL TRAVEL NEWS - GOLF - 2010 Where to Stay? Try these... Azores & Madeira ‘ AZORES S. MIGUEL Hotel Príncipe do Mónaco***** Avenida Infante D. Henrique S/N 9500-000 Ponta Delgada Web - www.principedomonaco.com Furnas Spa Hotel**** Avenida Dr. Manuel de Arriaga, S/N - Furnas 9675-022 Povoação Tel. - (+351) 296 549 000 Web - www.furnasspahotel.com Bahia Palace Hotel & Resort**** Praia da Água d'Alto 9680-365 Vila Franca do Campo Tel. (+351) 296 539 130 Web - www.hotelbahiapalace.com Hotel Marina Atlântico**** Avenida João Bosco Mota Amaral, 1 9500-767 Ponta Delgada Tel. - (+351) 296 307 900 Web - www.bensaude.pt Hotel Açores Atlântico**** Avenida Infante Dom Henrique, 113 9500-150 Ponta Delgada Tel. (+351) 296 302 200 Web - www.bensaude.pt Hotel Holiday Inn*** Avenida Dom João III, 29 9500-310 Ponta Delgada Tel. (+351) 296 630 000 Web - www.holidayinnazores.com Terra Nostra Garden Hotel*** Rua Padre José Jacinto Botelho 9675-061 Furnas Tel. - (+351) 296 549 090 Web - www.bensaude.pt Royal Garden Hotel**** Rua de Lisboa 9500-216 Ponta Delgada Tel. (+351) 296 307 300 Web - www.investacor.com Estalagem Senhora da Rosa**** Rua Senhora da Rosa, 3 Fajã de Baixo 9500-450 Ponta Delgada Tel. (+351) 296 630 100 Web - www.estalagemsenhoradarosa.com Hotel Caloura Resort**** Rua do Jubileu, Caloura 9560-206 Lagoa Tel. (+351) 296 960 900 Web - www.calourahotel.com Hotel Avenida**** Rua Dr. José Bruno Tavares Carreiro 9500-119 Ponta Delgada Tel. - (+351) 296 209 660 Web - www.bensaude.pt São Miguel Park Hotel*** Rua Manuel Augusto Amaral 9500-222 Ponta Delgada Tel. - (+351) 296 306 000 Web - www.bensaude.pt Estalagem dos Clérigos**** Rua dos Clérigos, 1 9630- Nordeste S. Miguel - Açores Tel. (+35) 296 480 100 Web - www.bensaude.pt TERCEIRA Hotel do Caracol**** Estrada Regional 1, Silveira 9700-901 Angra do Heroísmo Tel. (+351) 295 402 600 Web - www.hoteldocaracol.com Terceira Mar Hotel**** Portões de S. Pedro, 1 9700-967 Angra do Heroísmo Tel. (+351) 295 402 280 Web - www.bensaude.pt FAIAL Hotel do Canal*** Largo Dr. Manuel de Arriaga 9900-026 Horta Tel. - (+351) 292 202 120 Web - www.bensaude.pt MADEIRA Estalagem Serra Golf**** Casais Próximos - Santo da Serra 9100-255 Santa Cruz Tel. (+351) 291 550 500 E-mail - estalagem@serragolf.com Hotel do Santo**** Santo António da Serra Sítio dos Casais Próximos 9200-160 Machico Web - www.enotel.com Hotel Vila Galé Santa Cruz**** Rua de S. Fernando 9100-157 Santa Cruz Tel. (+351) 291 529 000 Web - www.vilagale.pt Hotel Santa Catarina**** Rua Bom Jesus, 22 9100-152 Santa Cruz Tel. (+351) 291 520 000 E-mail - hotelscatarina@iol.pt Estalagem Casa Velha do Palheiro***** Rua da Estalagem, 23, São Gonçalo 9060-414 Funchal Tel. 8+351) 291 790 350 Web - www.palheiroestate.com Choupana Hills Resort & Spa***** Travessa do Largo da Choupana 9060-348 Funchal Tel. (+351) 291 206 020 Web - www.choupanahills.com PORTO SANTO Pestana Porto Santo***** Estrada Regional 120 9400-015 Porto Santo Telefone: (+351) 291 239 577 Web - www.pestana.com Hotel Porto Santo**** Campo de Baixo 9400-015 Porto Santo Tel. (+351) 291 980 140 Web - www.hotelportosanto.com Hotel Torre Praia**** Rua Goulart Medeiros 9400-164 Porto Santo Tel. 291 980 450 Web - www.torrepraia.pt Hotel Quinta do Serrado**** Sítio do Pedegral 9400-010 Porto Santo Tel. (+351) 291 980 270 E-mail - quintaserrado@oninet.pt Hotel Vila Baleira Thalassa**** Sítio do Cabeço da Ponta, Apartado 243 9400-090 Porto Santo Tel. (+351) 291 980 800 Web - www.vilabaleira.com BOARD OF DIRECTORS Pedro Corrêa Mendes and Pedro Fino GENERAL MANAGER Ruben Obadia - robadia@publituris.workmedia.pt EDITOR Carina Monteiro - cmonteiro@ptn.workmedia.pt TRANSLATORS Ana Isabel Matos GRAPHIC DESIGN José Teixeira- zteixeira@workmedia.pt GRAPHIC EDITING Paulo Coelho - pcoelho@workmedia.pt ADVERTISING Paula Noronha - Sales Manager pnoronha@publituris.workmedia.pt Sales Executive Rui Lourenço - rlourenco@publituris.workmedia.pt SUBSCRIPTIONS Ana Barra- abarra@workmedia.pt PHOTOGRAPH João Reis, Hugo Gamboa, Photo4press, AFMF - Associação de Fotógrafos e Modelos Profissionais (pages 57-58) PRINTERS SOCTIP - Estrada Nacional 10, Km 108,3 - 2135-114 Samora Correia EDITORIAL & ADVERTISING R. General Firmino Miguel, N.º 3 - Torre 2, 3º Piso - 1600-100 Lisboa Tel. - (+351) 210 410 300 / Fax - (+351) 210 410 304 PUBLISHERS Publiotel - Empresa de Publicações Turísticas e Hoteleiras, Lda. PUBLIOTEL also publishes PUBLITURIS, Portugal’s leading travel trade newspaper, awarded APAVT’s Medal of Merit in 1979 and the Portuguese Government’s Silver Merit Medal in 1986 (published fortnightly on the 1st and 15th of every month, sold by subscription only); PUBLITURIS HOTELARIA, Portugal’s leading hotel management and catering magazine (monthly) I.C.S. registry number: 123386 DISTRIBUTED IN ALL THE MAJOR TOURISM FAIRS WITH THE SUPPORT OF ITP

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