Here comes the West Cliffs in Silver Coast – Óbidos, Golf Course brother of Praia D’El Rey.


West Cliffs Golf Course - Óbidos

Here comes the West Cliffs in Silver Coast, in Óbidos, Golf Course brother of Praia D’El Rey.

Did you know that on North of the Algarve, Praia D’El Rey Golf & Beach Resort in Óbidos is the golf course which receives more golf players in Portugal?  According to data of the CNIG, Praia D’El Rey Golf Course had 38,000 rounds of golf in 2016. In the last 10 years has never been below the 35,000 golf rounds and has already surpassed some times the 40,000 golf rounds, and the large majority of golf players are from north european countries, including Uk and Ireland.

The 18 holes of the nearby West Cliffs Golf Links and clubhouse are scheduled to open in June. Offering a prime location and exclusivity , the golf course will be in the heart of a new 200-acre resort, West Cliffs Resort, adjacent to a stretch of 2.5 kilometres of Golden cliffs and Atlantic coast, with five-star hotel and villas, but with a density of construction of one third compared to that of Praia D’El Rey Golf Resort in Óbidos.

West Cliffs Golf Course, been design in a manner that , players will have the privilege of , overlooking the sea in all golf holes, with the signature of Cynthia Dye, niece of one of the sacred monsters of design of golf courses, the American Pete Dye. It is the first track “Dye” in Portugal and only the fourth in Europe, came to strengthen the golf cluster in this part of the coast with four golf courses (Royal Guardian Bom Sucesso, Óbidos, Praia D’El Rey and now West Cliffs) five minutes of distance between them.

“Our vision was to build a golf course that fits perfectly into the natural environment and that offers a truly wonderful golfing experience,” explains Francisco Cadet, Director of Praia D’El Rey Golf Course in Óbidos and West Cliffs. “So, we haven’t touched in almost anything. We kept the dunes and vegetation – we have also some holes with vegetation in the middle of the fairway, “he adds.

Cynthia Dye corroborates it. She never imagined until a year and a half, that the project ever move forward: “With the Atlantic visible from every hole, West Cliffs is the most natural field imaginable (…)”.

With five tees on each golf hole, Fescue grass in the fairways and , agrostis on the greens West Cliffs Golf Course will be a par-72 with a  maximum of 6382 metres (from black tees), so it’s not a long golf course. “It’s exciting and dramatic, but at the same time has been designed in such a way that it can be enjoyed by players of all skill levels. In one of the most spectacular golf course in Europe, will be a lot of fun to play and I can’t wait to see the reactions of golfers when they get here and see what we have created, “says the director.

As a golfer, Francisco Cadet  believes that West Cliffs Golf Course will be easier than Praia D’El Rey, because as soon as you get to the fairway, there will be no great difficulty – players will have relatively short shots to the greens.

Physical requirement? “It’s not hard to do on foot, but we estimate that nearly half of the players will use buggies, against 25% in Praia D’El Rey. The more complicated are the links between the 15 and 17, which are somewhat uneven, “explains the director.

West Cliff Golf Course started to be promoted in November last year only on the operators and at the moment is already being released to the public. “We started to appear in English, German, Swedish magazines,” explains, the Golf Director.

Be ready to enjoy this fantastic new golf course in June, with Tee Times Golf Agency.

Palheiro Casa Velha and Palheiro Golf Course in Madeira – the perfect destination for Golf Holidays

The Casa Velha do Palheiro Madeira celebrates this year 20 years of hospitality operation with a series of special offers and events under this theme.

It is a five-star hotel, Member of Relais Chateaux located in subtropical & Palheiro gardens and part of the Homestead Palheiro Estate, a comprehensive tourist society that includes an award-winning 18-hole golf course and a resort with luxury apartments and villas. Just perfect for a golf holiday in Madeira.

The celebrations start in April with a competition within the Palheiro Estate, intended for local professional photographers, who will compete with each other, to achieve the best images of different areas of this estate with 213 years.

Recurring loyal guests who have visited 10-20 times will benefit from discounts of 30 to 70%.

On July 16 the Casa Velha do Palheiro 2017 will hold a golf tournament for international and local players, at Palheiro Golf Course, which was highlighted recently in Golf World’s TOP 100 European Resorts.

Other attractions include 20% discount on all the celebrations in the dining room of the Casa Velha do Palheiro.

“We have an extraordinary story in the Palheiro Estate, dating back to 1804 and we hope that, in this special year, we can share with you our wonderful hospitality during your golf holidays in Madeira and, together, create new memories …” suggests the Director of Casa Velha do Palheiro, Celeste Monteiro Ringertz. ” With your landscape and stunning views of the sea and the mountains, Madeira Island is a beautiful place to visit at any time of the year. “

Tee Times Golf Agency In addition to their “Taylor Made Package”, proposes a great golf holiday in Madeira with a stay of 3 nights with 2 rounds of golf or 7 nights with 5 rounds of golf on the Palheiro Golf Course and Santo da Serra Golf Course, through here.

Azores Ladies Open 2017 | 21st to 23rd April | Terceira Island Golf Club

The 7th Edition of the Azores Ladies Open, which was yesterday presented at BTL, has two great news: a new date and the increase in prize money, returning again to Terceira Island Golf Club, and to its famous Terceira Golf Course, where the tournament took place also in 2013 and 2015.

After being born in 2011, on the island of São Miguel, in Batalha Golf Course, with 25000 euros in prize money, the Azores Ladies Open distributes in 2017 35000 euros in prize-money, an increase of 5000 € from 2016.

Although the Ladies European Tour Access Series (ROSHAN) presente tournaments with  40000 and  even 50000 euros, the ability of the Azores Ladies Open to follow the general rise in prize money consolidates their position in the second division of the European Ladies professional golf association .

Azores tourism and the golf courses, such as Terceira Golf Course, can show the whole world that follows these tournaments by the media that it is possible to play golf in the Azores in April, at a time of year when this practice is prohibited in many countries still subject to harsh winters».

British Diana Barnard, Director of the LETAS tournaments, pointed out:

«The Ladies European Tour Access Series, which will now celebrates his eighth year, is pleased to return to the stunning  Terceira Island Golf Club, for the seventh edition of the Azores Ladies Open.

«The Terceira Golf Course is both overwhelming and a fabulous test to golf. The players and I would like to thank the Club for receiving us again on this spectacular stage.

«My sincere thanks to the Regional Secretariat of energy, environment and tourism of the Azores, SATA/Azores Airlines and all other sponsors for your continued support to LET Access Series and women’s golf in Europe.

«This tournament contributes to the development of the careers of young professional golfers and we checked earlier that participants reached later, a huge hit on the Ladies European Tour and even to represent their countries at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.»

Portugal only have three golf tournaments counting for world rankings of professionals and to the Olympic rankings. The Azores Ladies Open is the only women’s tournament with this status. The others are masculine: the Open of Portugal @ Morgado Golf Resort, from 11 to 14 may, and the Portugal Masters, from 21 to 24 September. The change of date causes the Azores Ladies Open to be the first major golf event of the year in our country.

In sporting terms, the Azores Ladies Open has brought to Portugal a few players that end up later by shine in main circuits of Europe and the United States, and last year there were several Olympic athletes in Rio de Janeiro who had competed in previous editions of the race of the Azores.

The Sixth Edition, in 2016, was also important for the professional national champion, Susana Ribeiro, achieve the highest placement ever in a tournament, for a Portuguese professional  10th place shared with three other women, with a total 221, 5 strokes above Par after rounds of 79, 70 and 72.

«Is my best tournament ever in LETAS , one where I obtained the best rating, with the best result. Of course it’s great to break records and make history», said Susana Ribeiro, whose presence is scheduled again this year in the Azores at Terceira Golf Course.