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Cut through majestic pine trees and around stunning blue lakes, Aroeira has two championship golf courses that were designed by some of Europe's most renowned architects, and have played host to a number of prestigious professional events. The resort benefits from an amazing microclimate that allows golf to be played in the sunshine all year round, and makes Aroeira an attractive option, particularly in the dark winter months.
Aroeira I opened for play in 1973, having been designed by Frank Pennink. Since then, the course has steadily built up an impressive reputation, culminating with the award of the Portuguese Open in 1996 and 1997 and more recently the International Portuguese Amateur Championship Gentlemen & Ladies (2010 & 2011). From the championship tees, Aroeira I reaches 6,609 yards, and set amidst some 900 acres of beautiful pines, is a stunning location for a game of golf.
With the inauguration of the second course in the year 2000, Aroiera was confirmed as one of Portugal's premier golfing destinations. Aroeira II was conceived by Donald Steel, the man responsible for so many outstanding projects both in the UK and abroad, and has been earmarked for future Portuguese Opens. The course winds its way around several lakes, and with a variety of tee markers on offer, it remains playable for golfers of all standards.Aroeira has an excellent golf academy, where you can seek the advice of the expert PGA professionals or simply work on a few of the game's finer points.
Within easy reach of Lisbon, Ribagolfe now has two championship golf courses, underlining its status as one of the best places to head for quality golf in this lovely part of Portugal.
Ribagolfe I opened for play in the summer of 2004, and is a stunning championship golf course. The par-72 layout is a formidable test from the championship tees, measuring 7,327 yards, and is one that will test even the most skilful players, demanding every shot in the bag.The natural landscape has great sweeping undulations that make for interesting holes as well as facilitating terrific views. Accuracy is the most valuable asset around Ribagolfe I, where the fairways are narrow, and the sloping greens are protected by fearsome bunkers, while the tricky lakes that are dotted around the course can wreak havoc on your scorecard.
Riabgolfe II lies adjacent to the formidable first course, and presents a more forgiving test. The fairways are more forgiving, and at 6,846 yards, the course is considerably shorter than its neighbour, but the array of lakes and pot bunkers makes it extremely interesting.Carved through beautiful groves of cork oak trees, Ribagolfe's second course is a real pleasure to play during a golf holiday in the Lisbon area of Portugal.
Quinta do Peru is a relatively new development, but in its short existence it has established a reputation as one of the best courses in Portugal. It has already been chosen to host a major ladies professional event, and there are plans afoot to develop the venue further to host the most prestigious championships.
The fairways and greens are crisply manicured, and are beautifully off-set by the crystal white sand of the expansive bunkers. The course measures 6,650 yards, and is a fair test, but the stunning beauty of the resort style layout will ensure that every single golfing visitor will leave satisfied.
Santo Estevao is an amazing new course that has been carved out of the unspoiled countryside in the Ribatejo region. The golf course itself is a high quality layout in the style of the modern American resorts, and was conceived by the great Donald Steel, who has created a number of the finest courses in the United Kingdom and beyond.
Located in the stunning pine forests that characterise the resort, the Aroeira Villas offer comfortable accommodation in a stylish and convenient environment. The apartments range in size to suit every demand, and all are complete with a fully-equipped kitchen, bathroom, living area with satellite television, and a private balcony. The accommodation is located perfectly for access to the golf courses, which are the real highlight of any stay at Aroeira, and with the attractions of Lisbon and the local area on the doorstep, there is no doubting the quality on offer here for your next golfing holiday on Portugal's Atlantic coast. Guests at Aroeira are free to make use of the fantastic outdoor swimming pool (open from June - mid September), while there are four well-surfaced tennis courts that are ideal for a knock around, while the more serious players can take a lesson from the resident professional. Na Ordem is one of Lisbon's most revered dining rooms, where chef Luis Suspiro creates masterful dishes that are as beautiful as they are tasty. For a quiet beer, head to Esplanada do Adamastor, where you can relax and enjoy the views of the river. Those in search of a more lively night out might enjoy Fluid Bar, whose stylish space is filled with designer chairs.