When you think of golf in Portgual, your first thought will almost certainly be of the Algarve region. However, the Lisbon area is starting to be recognised as a real rival to the famous destination. At just over thirty minutes from Lisbon airport, Oitavos Dunes is regarded as the best course in Portugal and number 55 in the world according to Golf World magazine. It was also the host course of the European Tour Golf Sixes event in 2019 and has seen the tour visit multiple times before.
The rugged coastline and great facilities make it the perfect destination for an active getaway for couples. If you like to mix your golf with some adventure and relaxation then you are on to a winner with Oitavos.
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.
|Designed by||Arthur Hills|
|Opened for play||2001|
|Previously hosted||Portuguese Open (2005, 2007-9), Ladies Open (2006), Euro Pro Tour (2002-3), Challenge Open (2004), Seniors Open (2003-4, 2006)|
|Championship||6,372 metres (6,969 yards)||SSS 74|
|Members||5,967 metres (6,526 yards)||SSS 72|
|Dunes||5,605 metres (6,130 yards)||SSS 70|
|Ocean||5,180 metres, (5,665 yards)||SSS 73|
|Pine||4,488 metres, (4,908 yards)||SSS 69|
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.
Pretty good a bit scappy in palces
For an event on the professional tour I was disappointed with the overall experience. Extremely expensive for anything & it seemed the club was only interested in making money. There were no marshals on the course, hence a large group managed to hold us up throughout our round taking 5 1/2hrs to complete. Far far too long & it should have been managed by the club. Not as impressed as I thought I would have been & will not be going back.
Amazing course great views, Shane we played it in 40 mph winds. Also no buggies which again made the round slower.
Very good golf course 4 of the greens had been oversanded hence the low mark of the greens. Hospitality was very poor was told to sit outside to eat before round and then told afte 1 drink that the bar was closed due to an event , although no-one had turned up by the time we left
A very few demanding shots,typical holiday golf into wide open spaces,greens very slow,buggies 58 euro and totally necessary . Very bad value for money.
We were delayed flying out and the staff were very helpful to facilitate later tee times. Lovely restaurant. Had heard so many good reports about this supposedly 3rd best course in Portugal.It really was in poor condition with lots of unattractive waste areas. Bit open double fairways which were congested. Greens not great. Very disappointing.
great course sadly the weather was very bad when we played and the world amateur championship was being played the next day they were out practicing that day so the pins were in very tough possitions, all in all it was too diricult for us off our handicaps mid to high teens, although this didnt stop us loving it and wanting to play it again
Tough course when the wind blows, can be long for high handicappers. Fairways and tees needed a bit of tidying up but greens excellent.
Overpriced and unwelcoming although it was a Monday
Another fine course with some excellent holes and views across the Atlantic. A good test
Bar and restaurant closed on Mondays in clubhouse, however staff ferried us all to hotel in buggies, so all fine in the end.
Fairly open course in places with confusing layout at times, difficult to know sometimes where fairway was. Unfortunately we were told buggies were not available even though pre booked? Worth a return visit as nice club house.
Stunning views of the sea from most holes. Greens are difficult to read
Fabulous course, open inviting fairways and terrific ocean views. Blustery conditions on the day added to the challenge. Would play this course again.
Club house disappointing. Bar Restaurante doesn’t open until 11! Overpriced overrated food. We called bus back early.
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