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The luxurious Royal Obidos Spa and Golf Resort is set in an ideal location on Portugal’s silver coast just a few hundred meters from a stunning sandy beach. With a luxury spa, impressive leisure facilities and a Seve Ballesteros golf course, Royal Obidos is perfect for families and golfers alike and should be at the top of the list for any golf break in or around Lisbon.
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The Royal Obidos golf course was designed by the late great Spaniard Seve Ballesteros whose previous projects include the stunning Alhaurin and Quinta do Vale. Measuring 7,318 yards from the back tees, this course is set to test even the most talented golfers but like any good resort course a number of tee positions make the course accessible to a great variety of golfers.
The sumptuous clubhouse features a restaurant, spike bar and a well stocked pro shop and is ideally located overlooking no fewer than 9 of the 18 holes. Sitting out on the generous terrace, golfers can enjoy a cool glass of beer after a round while looking out over the spectacular golf course, the cascading lakes and streams and the Atlantic Ocean. If you tee off in the later afternoon be sure to stick around for majestic sunsets that are common to the region.
Designed by: Seve Ballesteros
Opened for play: 2012
Awards: 2016 European Golf Resort of the Year at the IAGTO Awards, "The Best National Touristic Resort of 2012", ‘Outstanding certificate’ by LeadingCourses (2014, 2015)
Black: 6692 metres (7318 yards)
White: 6416 metres (7017 yards), SSS 73
Yellow: 5968 metres (6527 yards), SSS 71
Blue: 5450 metres, (5960 yards), SSS 74
Red: 5024 metres, (5494 yards), SSS 72
Signature Hole: Hole 2, Par 5, 503 metres (550 yards) (White Tees), SI 3
This glorious hole has Seve’s signature all over it. The hole is played from a spectacular elevated tee within the woods and overlooks a fairly narrow fairway, guarded both by water on the left, and ‘S’ shaped bunkering (for Seve) on the right. However, although this hole may be pleasing on the eye, it also has the potential to make you never want to look at your scorecard again! While the cautious player may choose to lay up before the lake, the more aggressive player may attempt to drive the ball over the lake, leaving for a choice as to whether to attack the green. A fantastic hole, with the ability to wreck your round before it’s even got going.
This eco-friendly resort offers a range of magnificently appointed properties, comprising a mix of two and three bedroom apartments with communal pools and three and four bedroom villas with private pools. All of the apartments and villas are stylishly designed, well appointed and boast stunning views over the Atlantic Ocean and the golf course.
Dining options are extensive with bars and restaurants that serve sumptuous fare dotted across the resort. Guests are also treated to an extensive array of leisure facilities that include a gymnasium, spa, tennis courts, cycle trails, and an outdoor swimming pool meaning that time spent away from the golf course will be as fun filled or relaxing as you would like.
Away from the resort guests can visit the charming medieval town of Obidos which is replete with shops, bars restaurants and cafes and for the intrepid explorer Lisbon is only a short drive away.