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Golf do Estoril Championship

Buracos 18
Par 69
Metros 5.200

Localização e Contactos

Concelho :

Cascais

Distrito :

Lisboa

  • Telefone

    +351 214 680 176

    Telefonar
  • Website

    www.palacioestorilhotel.com

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Serviços

Rest

Academia

Pro Shop

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Sobre o Campo

ARQUITECTO:
Mackenzie Ross

INAUGURAÇÃO:
1929 & 1936

Descrição

O championship course do Estoril é um dos mais antigos campos portugueses e foi durante muitos anos o palco do Portugal Open. Os primeiros nove buracos foram inaugurados em 1929 e eram destinados a servir o crescente turismo de Estoril e Cascais, em 1936 é aumentado, com destaque para a contribuição do renomado designer Mackenzie Ross, tornando-se um campo de championship de 18 buracos. Situado bem próximo do Estoril, é um campo relativamente pequeno e com um ambiente caracteristicamente britânico, com os seus fairways verdejantes estendendo-se por entre eucaliptos e pinheiros. É bastante estreito e exige um certo grau de estratégia de forma a atingir os seus greens ondulantes. O complexo dispõe ainda de um percurso de 9 buracos, o campo Azul, que é ideal para principiantes.

Review

Pro User

Early October 2017

Official Reviewer: David Jackson

HCP: 16

You’ll never forget some of the more memorable holes!

Estoril Palacio Golf Course, as it should correctly be called, is one of the oldest courses in Portugal. It dates back to 1929, and was indeed a Golf Club with Members – like numerous traditional courses in the UK, Ireland etc. In fact in Portugal and the Autonomous Regions (Madeira and the Azores) I believe there are only five or possibly six “Members Golf Clubs”.

The course, which is situated about 15 minutes from the centre of Cascais, sits on elevated ground that swirls around the hills - up and down and around and around - and it offers some stunning views. The course is abundant in trees and shrubs of all shapes and sizes and, depending where you put your ball, they’re either extremely beautiful or not!

Many a President, ex-President, member of Royalty or Dignitary has graced the fairways of Estoril. It’s a par 69 course which has hosted many Portuguese Opens - the last time was in the late 1980´s. Par 69 sounds very inviting, and indeed if the course is played with the correct course management, it will make many a golfer happy. Once you’ve played Estoril you’ll never forget some of the more memorable holes:

Hole 5: an uphill par five to an undulating green which probably has more grain than any other on the course (the local saying goes: If you play this hole well you’ll have a good round).
Hole 8: a long par three with a bowl shaped green.
Hole 12: a tight dog-leg par four (there’s a refreshment bar near the tee).

The tee boxes are generally in quite good shape although there is the odd one that must be studied. Almost all the fairways are perfect although it appears that a little over-irrigation has left a couple of them a bit soggy. Just off the fairway the ground is more uneven and less well kept, and consequently more difficult to play from. But you need to take your punishment and just put the ball back in play. There are not too many hazards on the course but the ones that do exist are strategically placed: tall trees, bunkers, ditches or the odd water hazard.

The greens are firm but seldom guarded by bunkers, so it’s best to play for the gap at the entrance and roll the ball onto the green, or up as many of the greens are elevated. Once on the green they’re really a putter’s heaven: they meander like a links course but are much more player friendly, and most of them don’t have a lot of grain. A confident putter will reap a rich dividend.

The whole facility is very professional and there are Caddies available as well – a rare sight these days. When you finish, the Clubhouse absolutely oozes tradition. Its construction, both inside and out, and the feeling you get when you enter takes you back in time. The bar-staff are exemplary, expedite and the bar food is varied, well priced and very tasty.

Rating out of 5: 4


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