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AMARANTE

Located within the Quinta da Deveza and close to the town of Amarante after which the course is obviously named. The local scenery is most attractive with beautiful hills and vine planted terraced slopes on the River Tâmega. In accordance with the local topographical nature of the location and the fact that the course is 600 metres above sea level, the fairways tend to either slope upwards or downwards. Also, because of this governing factor there has been created seven par-3 holes and three par-5 holes.

The weather tends to be extreme, during summer is too hot to play from 12h till 17h, and during the winter season is usually windy and very cold.

As to be expected the first hole fairway slopes deeply downwards and it is 495 meters. The last 18th is somewhat shorter at 447 meters and this long fairway slopes upwards. The 12th is 445 meters and requires a strong shot to pass over its lake on the right and thus avoiding going left into out-of-bounds. Just to tease the golfer this green is well surrounded by four inviting bunkers!

ESTELA

The Estela Golf Club is located by the River Alto near Póvoa de Varzim. This course is a Links Course constructed on a three kilometres sandy base along the beach and with little vegetation. Golfers will find that they are exposed to the influencing winds. In an attempt to shelter from what can be at times a strong wind and at the same time to make the course more attractive some 400.000 shrubs and trees have been planted. Many golfers have commented that the greens are among the fastest to be found in Portugal.
In 1991 this course hosted the Portuguese Open and more recently was chosen for the European International Amateur Championships.

MIRAMAR

In 1931 the club was founded to particularly encourage the participation of Portuguese in their new found game of golf.
This course has some notable holes, the first being the second which is a par-3 with a split-level green. Another challenging hole is the 9th that requires a golfer to score a par-4 which becomes demanding due to its length.

OPORTO

The Oporto Golf Club is one of the oldest in Europe and the owners are bound in tradition and style. Founded by a group of the old British resident families trading in port wine and finding themselves in need of some active diversion from business or family. Located only 17 kilometres to the south of the town of Porto it is within convenient reach from this busy commercial city.
The course has narrow fairways and players may find it to be relatively short in length in comparison with today’s longer courses. The two most challenging holes are the fourth and the eleventh. The latter is a long par-5 and some 494 metres long.

The oldest competition in the golfing world is played here every year. The name of this competition is the "Skeffington Cup" that was first played in 1891. From its inception it is been since played yearly without any interruption and even during the last two World Wars! This competition is played during the "Espinho Golf Week" when the members compete for the three famous cups, the Skeffington, the Kendell and the Dockery. They are considered to be the ex-libris of Portuguese golf.

PONTE LIMA

This course is located inland and with some distance from the sea, due to this factor it is not so exposed to the strong winds of the Atlantic ocean and most players will find this course challenging but providing lots of natural pleasure. Designed in two nine-hole series this allows the opportunity for a player to enjoy two different ways of playing each hole.

QUINTA DA BARCA - ESPOSENDE

Located at Esposende which is between Porto and Viana do Castelo, this 9-hole course is supported by an Aparthotel and a Boat Marina. There are sufficient water hazards together with well placed bunkers to improve the strategy of most players. The course is also very suitable for the learner golfer to find his own stroke and feel for the game. The holes are laid out over undulating land and with decorated with many trees leaving an attractive view across the River Cávada.

QUINTA DO FOJO

This 6-hole course is located across the river from Porto which it makes it very convenient for golfers to play during the week and have fun practicing their strokes on the short holes. It is also a very inviting course on which to start the process of learning how to play the game of golf.

 


 
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