To celebrate its place alongside the world’s greatest golf courses, Portugal’s Oitavos
Dunes invites you to take advantage of a very special offer and experience its unique
‘Natural Links’ golf course in a breathtaking natural setting.
Have you ever dreamed of playing one of only three courses in
Continental Europe to have been ranked among the Top 100 Golf
Courses in the World – and at a very special price? A golf course
that boasts a quaint village location and yet one that is within minutes
of an international airport? A truly majestic links course playing
alongside the ocean? Well, pack your clubs. Because Oitavos
Dunes, just 30 minutes from the sophisticated city of Lisbon,
Portugal, is waiting to book your tee-times!
Situated within Quinta da Marinha Original, Oitavos Dunes is
considered the most exclusive and innovative golf and leisure
development in Portugal. The Natural Links Golf Course was
recently voted 88th on GOLF Magazine's (USA) 'Top 100 Golf
Courses in the World' ranking – joining in such illustrious company
as the Old Course at St Andrews, Pebble Beach, Augusta
National and Valderrama. GOLF Magazine does not take its ranking
lightly: from its panel of 100 independent experts – including
major champions, celebrated architects, historians and connoisseurs
– from 17 countries, no fewer than 24 made extended visits
to Oitavos Dunes between 2005 and 2009 and their appreciation
was reflected in their vote. Oitavos Dunes is the only GOLF
Magazine world-ranked course in Portugal.
To celebrate this remarkable accomplishment, Oitavos Dunes
is offering a special 'Top 100 Golf Package'. Book to play on any
weekday between now and February 14, 2010, and you can
enjoy 18 holes of golf, with a buggy included, followed by lunch at
the award-winning Verbasco Restaurant for just €88 per person
(reflecting the course's world ranking). After that date, the special
offer will continue throughout the rest of the season with golf and
lunch offered for €100 per person. Tee times can be booked online
at www.oitavosdunes.pt or by calling +351 21 486 0600.
Alternatively, contact your local travel agent.
Testament to the quality of the course is the fact that in its
short history it has staged fully-fledged events in all five of the
main professional tours – competitors on the European Tour,
Seniors Tour, Ladies European Tour, Challenge and EuroPro
have all enjoyed the facilities Oitavos Dunes has to offer.
“Oitavos Dunes compares to the best courses we play on the
European schedule,” says two-time Portuguese Open winner
Paul Broadhurst. And three-time Ryder Cup player Paul
McGinley has no doubt about the quality of the links layout: “This has the potential to be the best course in Europe,” says
the popular Irishman. Praise indeed.
Fully utilising the the dramatic natural landscape at his disposal,
respected American golf course architect Arthur Hills carefully crafted
a classic out-and-back test that echoes some of the great
Scottish courses.With a design brief to maintain and preserve the
unique characteristics of the land, Hills has magically woven three
distinct landscapes: the forested area of beautiful Iberian umbrella
pine trees, sand dunes deposited by years of coastal wind erosion,
and the more open, rocky and rugged coastal transition areas.
Routed to take advantage of all three forms, the course can be
stretched to 6,303 meters (or 6,893 yards) with a testing par of 71.
The setting is certainly dramatic, with
unobstructed ocean views present all
along the course to the west and the
Sintra Mountain sloping to the Atlantic
Ocean on the north. Cabo da Roca, the
westernmost point of mainland Europe
can be seen from several holes.
Hills took special care
to protect the local flora
and fauna to create a
genuine masterpiece that mixes links and parkland, and shortly
after it opened Oitavos Dunes was awarded status as a Certified
Gold Audubon Signature Sanctuary. This is the highest designation
awarded by Audubon International's Signature Sanctuary
Program, golf's strictest and most prestigious environmental management
program. Oitavos Dunes is the first course in Europe
and only the second in the world to boast Gold Signature status.
Quinta da Marinha Original, one of the most prestigious
addresses in the Lisbon area, has been a Champalimaud family
passion for 100 years. Miguel (the third generation owner along
with his children) is following in the footsteps of his grandfather
who discovered the property 100 years ago and preserved the
natural habitat and sand dunes, and his father, who built roads and
developed a source of water. Today, in addition to the fabulous golf
course, the property includes a health and fitness facility, equestrian
centre, villas, tennis courts and a gourmet restaurant – the
Verbasco Restaurant, often referred to as 'Portugal's best kept
secret'. Serving modern Portuguese cuisine, Verbasco is set in the
contemporary style clubhouse and offers guests a choice of covered
veranda dining where the natural environment envelops you,
or an elegant indoor setting.
The next stage in the development is a 5-Star luxury hotel The
Oitavos, located adjacent to the 18th fairway, which is due to
open in late 2010. Until then, guests should take advantage of the
lodging alternatives in the nearby seaside village of Cascais,
which also boasts authentic restaurants, shopping and nightlife.
So, what are you waiting for? Less than three hours' flying time
from the UK, one of the world's finest resorts awaits your attention
– pick up the phone and make your reservation today to experience
the natural playground that is Oitavos Dunes.
Tee times can be booked online at www.oitavosdunes.pt
or by calling +351 21 486 0600.
Reproduced with kind permission of Golf International Magazine