West Cliffs Golf Course has recently opened for play in June 2017 and is already being tipped to feature in The Top 100 Golf Courses in Europe. It measures as a Par-72 just under 7,000 yards from the back tees but with a strong sea breeze, it more than plays it’s length. Fortunately with 5 tee boxes to choose from, it’s playable for all levels and handicap.
For golfers looking for a unique experience then West Cliffs is the course to play as the course combines the greenery of natural vegetation with sand dunes, and a variety of elevation changes to provide exceptional views of the Atlantic Ocean. One hole could be narrow, shadowed by tall pine trees and the next wide open with a strong sea breeze. It’s an incredibly diverse round of golf that combines the best of links and parkland, that certainly won’t be forgotten.
After your round, you can enjoy a drink or a meal in the stunning modern clubhouse which offers views across the course and towards the sea beyond. Regardless of how you’ve played, some time in the 19th hole at West Cliffs is sure to be a memorable experience.
West Cliffs is the perfect destination for those that want to play the best courses in Portugal and could be a particular favourite for those that enjoy links courses in the sunshine. Although, the Silver Coast in Lisbon doesn’t have the same amount of options as in the Algarve, it definitely has the quality as with the likes of the already acclaimed Praia D’el Rey and now West Cliffs neighbouring each other, it’s a destination that could match any in Europe.
Tee to green was very good but when you got to the greens it was just crazy hard - undulating, seriously fast and it took most of the pleasure out of playing the course, it added at least 9/10 shots to the round. Some of the hazards and carries were very hard, but managed most of them (average handicaps) but overall I came away not wanting to go back. The very natural sand dune links layout and vista didn't do it for us. Preferred D'el Rey. I guess it's a great challenge for the low handicap golfers, but not for anyone over 15.
This course is something extra special, the most stunning setting spectacular views. It’s the best I’ve ever played. Quite demanding off of the back tees. A course you have got to play massive wow factor
Course too hard for holiday golf. Greens almost unfair. Off the fairway then certainly play a provisional. Most weren't and that's why it was slowish. (4 1/2 ) with a buggy. Would avoid playing course if ever went back to resort. American club pro on holiday said it was a " shame because the scenery is superb but course too difficult ". Agree.
Fantastic course but difficult not suitable for high handicapped players
A real test of golf, even from the shorter tee positions. Very penal just off the fairways and greens not particularly receptive and very quick. Scoring in our Group at least 10 points lower than Praia del Rey the day before.
Fabulous views. Fast greens. Need a buggy unless you are extremely fit!
Great course but difficult
A true beast of a course. A magnificent championship course but to difficult for the average golfer even off the middle yellow tees. Our high handicappers couldn’t make the carries.There was a good three club wind blowing which made some holes unplayable. Do not walk ! buggies essential on this vast area of outstanding beauty. I’d definitely recommend it but nearby Praia D’Rey more enjoyable.
We played West Cliffs twice and it was challenging as any stray shots usually resulted in a lost ball such is depth and severity of the plants. That said, you find as many balls as you lose! Greens very fast with some very tricky pin positions.
A brilliant new addition to the Portuguese rota. Beautiful setting on the coast, but with limited views of the sea until the (better, in my opinion) back nine. Eighteenth is a delight! The course sets up tough, with plenty of shrubbery lining the rough to guarantee the pro shop makes plenty of ball sales throughout your stay. If the wind blows, it can be savage! Greens true and quick, but very tough to read, with plenty of bumps and undulations. If you play to anywhere near your handicap you'll be doing very, very well!
Best course, best views, tough holes, very windy, scenic, not very lady friendly, as it is very hard. Greens were great but a lot of undulations, a top 50 course in the world in my opinion, based on the experiences I have had in playing 675 courses worldwide including top ocean view courses such as Cypress Point, Pebble Beach, Cape Kidnappers, Kingsbarns, Cabot Cliffs, Bandon Dunes, Whistling Straits. This course is there with them all.
What a great course. we did have a breeze on the cliff tops but that said caused no problems the green are very fast and some long par fours and lots of thinking to do, none more so than the par 5 second with the seve monogram bunker in the distance over the water, a tremendous course and facilities
Great course. We played it 4 times. So many fantastic holes. Big undulated greens, very difficult to avoid 3 puts. But even if you leave a green with a tripple, you still look forward to the next hole. More value for money than playing Praia D'el Ray and Royal Obidos. A lot more.
We played in December so it was nice and quiet but the greens had been scored and sanded. We were bothered by mosquitos and my husband was bitten even through shirt and jumper. Chose to swap second round to Praia del Rey as it was in better condition and no mosquitos. Did not enjoy it as mipuch as last year.
stunning looking course, but extremely tough. fantastic test for lower low handicap players, but others will struggle if you cannot hit long and straight as you will spend a lot of time looking for balls. anything even slightly off the fairway is likely to be lost. long walks between green and next tee so buggy is recommended. course is relatively new so condition not quite as good as praia del rey, but can understand why people rave about this course and will get even better as it matures. some beautiful looking holes
Tough but great course
Stunning, enough said.
Nice course but still has a lot of sand banks and lacks green trees. Etc. In time this course will be super.
I'm not a fan of courses that penalise for missing the fairway by a yard, and not just at certain spots, but everywhere. Course architects need to know that golfers don't enjoy searching for or losing balls. Touted as a links course, I was disappointed as there is not a blade of long grass around, rather spikey shrubbed wasteland. It may mature over the years, but PDR and RO are superior in almost everyway, imho.
2nd Best golf course I have played other than the West course at Wentworth! I must play for everyone!! Amazing set up, greens perfect, layout perfect and the views are amazing!! Even thinking of buying a place when I retire to be able to play it all the time!!
Amazing golf course - one of the best I have played and the view is second to none!
Hot day and no buggies, power caddies available. Walking was hard.
Although only open for a year will be in time in the top 100 courses. will visit again
Great course just showing its relative newness. The greens had been dressed so not really as they would be normally. Overall a cracker and worth a visit. It'll be wonderful in a few years. Clubhouse is great.
A fantastic course, very tough with unforgiving rough and in great condition. A number of tee boxes ensure only the lower handicaps use the longer tee positions with grading forwards for higher handicaps of 16 and above. The Starter knows what he is talking about some long carries from the tee and quick greens with undulations stick in the memory. Even though our stableford points were low it was a joy to play and a second round would have been even more enjoyable having learned a lot from the first. The Clubhouse is a futuristic glass box on stilts and matches is superb offering large sports screens in the bar and restaurant.
This will get better as it beds in. The combination of us never having played it before, multiple blind tee-offs, and the fact that aerial imagery is not yet available on most apps made it very challenging.
Challenging and highly enjoyable course with some truly memorable holes
A great challenge
Poor tee boxes and condition from green to tee, but great potential. Could be done really well with minor tweaks, but until they do it makes for an experience marginally below expectations. Course staff also seemed poorly trained as would often find ourselves waiting for several minutes whilst they continued to do things in the greens or fairways between groups. Buggies were basic for what one would expect nowadays in a top course.
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