Lisbon is becoming a major destination for golfing holidays, combining as it does the attractions of a major city combined with beach options and of course, some great golf. With the chance to enjoy some Portuguese culture, from fine dining to the ever popular Fado, not so much a music form but an opening of the heart typical of the city, there is a lot to do away from the golf course, and further north, a wine tasting tour in the Douro valley is a great way to enjoy the fantastic scenery with a visit to a winery. The beaches on the Atlantic in Estoril or Cascais are another option for a centre to stay while enjoying the golf in the area.
A visit to the Troia peninsular allows the chance to play on the excellent Troia golf course. A trip on the ferry is well rewarded by the Championship course designed by Robert Trent Jones SR, with narrow fairways and small immaculate greens. Since it’s opening in 2001, Oitavos Dunes has become a standout golf course, rated number 55 in the world by Golf World magazine. The ocean provides a stunning backdrop (as well as challenging winds on occasion) and combines stunning beauty with an environmentally friendly set up. It’s one to visit in it’s own right, and makes a great addition to a golf holiday in Portugal. Another ‘must play’ is the excellent Praia D’El Rey resort, with a course designed by American specialist Cabell Robinson. A five star hotel combines with the excellent golf on offer makes this an option for a stay in it’s own right, and a minimum one round each in Praia D’El Rey and West Cliffs is obligatory when you are here.