From the back tees, the par 71 Oitavos Dunes plays 6,970 yards which is plenty when the coastal winds get up. Sitting on the dramatic Atlantic Coast, this Arthur Hills course makes full use of the wonderful panoramas on offer from the ocean. Not only is the course beautiful, it is one of the most environmentally friendly courses in the world.
The course was carefully crafted within the Sintra-Casacais National Park and uses the pines and sand dunes of the land to perfectly compliment the coastline. The course is set-up like a classic Scottish links with nine outward holes and nine back.
|Opened for play
||Portuguese Open (2005, 2007-9), Ladies Open (2006), Euro Pro Tour (2002-3), Challenge Open (2004), Seniors Open (2003-4, 2006)
||6,372 metres (6,969 yards)
||5,967 metres (6,526 yards)
||5,605 metres (6,130 yards)
||5,180 metres, (5,665 yards)
||4,488 metres, (4,908 yards)
The 14th hole is arguably the most memorable one on the course, although it is not an easy choice. A dramatic tee shot over a sandy gorge will test your nerve. This gorge stays with the hole and creates some danger to avoid on the right side of the hole. This 167 yard hole plays longer than the scorecard suggests so take an extra club.
The clubhouse offers a modern, warm and welcoming experience. The Verbasco restaurant is a wonderful place to have a bite to eat and a drink whilst reminiscing over the amazing course you just played. Sip on some local wine whilst taking in the views of the umbrella pines and the Atlantic Ocean.
You should take advantage of the well-stocked pro shop and take your chance to take home a souvenir of the trip. At the club you can also arrange for hire clubs, buggies and trolleys. You can even arrange yourself a caddy for your round if you call ahead before the day of your game.
When you arrive at Oitavos Dunes, the caddie master and other staff will take care of every detail of your visit. Upon arrival, simply drop your clubs off then relax as the staff get your clubs ready for you. This gives you time to go to luxurious changing rooms to prepare yourself for your upcoming golf.
The attention to detail involved in every part of your stay at Oitavos Dunes makes visiting truly unforgettable. Many people who have been before talk of being able to remember the entire course long after playing. Treat yourself to some golfing luxury and arrange a trip.