Portugal’s chances of securing the 2018 Ryder Cup have been boosted by heavy backing from the Portuguese government.
Prime Minister, José Socrates, met top European Tour officials last week to confirm the Portuguese State’s full support for Portugal’s bid.
Socrates met with Ryder Cup Director, Richard Hills, European Tour Chief Operating Officer, Keith Waters, Bid Chairman, Manuel Pinho, and Manuel Agrellos, the President of the Portuguese Golf Federation, at São Bento Palace and declared the bid had the full backing of the Portuguese Government.
The Portuguese bid is based at the new €1 billion golf and leisure development at Herdade da Comporta, close to the village of Comporta on the idyllic Alentejo coastline, where acclaimed American designer, Tom Fazio, has combined with European Golf Design, to build a brand new purpose-built Ryder Cup championship course that sits on rolling land close to the sea.
The Comporta Links will become the focal point in Portuguese plans to develop the Alentejo Coast alongside the Algarve, home to classics such as Penina, San Loranzo and the courses at Vilamoura, and the Lisbon Coast, which is home to superb links including Praia D’El Rey, Pehna Longa and Aroeira.
The development of the Alentejo Coast has already started but the Portuguese see a successful Ryder Cup bid as the ideal way to accelerate it and to reinforce its reputation as one of the foremost golfing destinations in the world.
The new Herdade da Comporta development is situated 110 km from Lisbon and 140 km from the Algarve, and is owned by the Espírito Santo Group, one of the largest corporate groups in Portugal and shareholders of the country’s second largest private bank, Banco Espírito Santo.