Vidago Palace Golf Course Hosted International Tournaments

Tee Times Portugal Golf - Vidago Palace Golf Course Hosts International Tournament

Tee Times Portugal Golf – Vidago Palace Golf Course Hosts International Tournament

Tee Times Portugal Golf – Vidago Palace Golf Course Hosted International Tournament – 16th to 18th March 2016

The Vidago Palace Golf Course hosted, from 16 to 18 of March, two of the most prestigious international amateur golf tournaments, played between two teams of 12 players each, representing Europe and Asia-Pacific. Organized for EGA (European Golf Association), the Bonnalack Trophy was named after one of the best amateurs players of the history of golf of late 20th century. It’s a biennial amateur competition that is played to the style of the famous Ryder Cup in three days, in the first two days, comprise five foursomes matches each morning and five four-ball better ball matches each afternoon. On the final day, there are 12 singles matches, when all twelve players compete. The winner of each match scores a point for his team, with a half point each for any match that is tied after the 16 holes.

The Patsy Hankins Tournament was realized for the first time, has the same format than the male tournament but is disputed by the feminine selections. The competition continues to grow in importance and helps to raise the profile of the game, particularly in the Far East, Indian and Australasia areas. The realization of this event counts with technical support of the Portuguese Golf Federation – responsible maximum of golf in Portugal – having an active role in the selection of the North of Portugal, more specifically the golf course of Vidago Palace Hotel for this event. The first edition took place in 1998, being only interrupted in 2010.In the six previous editions, Europe won four times (including the last two) and Asia-Pacific two.

Tee Times Portugal Golf - Vidago Palace Hotel Golf

Tee Times Portugal Golf – Vidago Palace Hotel Golf

The North of Portugal was the region chosen to this tournament, full of motives to visit, renowned by its hospitality and warmth, attracting an international audience, reflecting the quality of its courses to the practice of this sport. Carrying out this tournament is the proof that the north has golf of excellent quality. The choice of de golf course of Vidago Palace Hotel it’s the confirmation of its excellence and the best North has to offer, proving once more, that has a prominent position in the list of the most famous international golf courses, being capable of challenging even the most experienced player.

Declaration of Alexandre Barroso, director of Vidago Palace Golf Course
“We are very pleased for the choice of EGA and very grateful to FPG for the effort in bringing the tournament to the North, more precisely to the Vidago Palace Golf Course. This choice it’s the confirmation of the quality of our course, being certain that this tournament will be another success and an important step towards our consecration internationally.

This is a hotel inserted in the Centenary Park of Vidago, with centuries of history and tradition, with 70 rooms and suites where the Belle Époque style of the great aristocratic houses is predominant. Its thermal waters with therapeutically qualities recognize worldwide gave the mote for the creation of a Thermal Spa, with the signature of the famous architect Siza Vieira, it’s simple lines appeals to the relaxation but without neglecting the elegance. Relatively to the golf course, it was recently renovated, improving its quality, it’s a pair 72 course with the length of 6 308 metres that proportionate an amazing view over the park, in communion with nature and a wide range of services that make the practice of this sport attractive.

Vidago Palace Golf Course recently became Member of World Leading Golf, an international organization that represents some of the best golf resorts in the world. It is a part of this organization added responsibility and provide the best service, an excellent service to our visitors. The World of Leading Golf is an association representing the most distinguished golf clubs in Europe. At the same time, it is an identifying mark of these clubs for the discerning golfer and the interested public.


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Tee Times Portugal Holidays – 4 Big Reasons to Have Your Holidays in Oporto

Tee Times Portugal Holidays - Oporto City View - Torre dos Clérigos

Tee Times Portugal Holidays – Oporto City View – Torre dos Clérigos

Tee Times Portugal Holidays – 4 Big Reasons to Have Your Holidays in Oporto

So you need reasons to have your holidays in the beautiful city of Oporto, the so-called ‘Invicta’ city, in the northern region of Portugal? We hope to help you decide with the following 4 big reasons:

1. Thousands of tourists, many of them Spaniards, French, English, German and Dutch, visit Oporto and walk their streets, fill hotels, hostels, bars, restaurants and coffee shops. They can’t all be wrong;

2. In 2012 and in 2014, the Oporto city was voted best European Travel Destination ahead of cities like London, Paris and Madrid; Again, there must be a reason for it!

3. Oporto is increasingly “Cool”! The city has built trough the years the best modern facilities to ease any visit, with a good transportation system, and a diversity of entertaining, accommodation, food and leisure facilities.

4. You can’t do the following tour guide anywhere else:

Start your day by taking breakfast at ‘Café Majestic’ coffee shop or if you prefer a quieter atmosphere, the ‘Casa de Chá de Serralves’ tea house. You may then choose: either plunge immediately afterwards in the frenzy of the disputed ‘Rua de Santa Catarina’ street for some shopping or let yourself be carried away by nature and art appeal with a visit to the gardens of the ‘Museu de Serralves’ museum.

By the late morning you still have time to take a look at ‘Lello’ bookstore, walk down to the now transformed and attractive ‘Rua das Flores’ street of flowers, which flows into the ‘Largo de São Domingos’ as antechamber of the ‘Ribeira’ by the Douro river front.

You may enjoy visiting the stock exchange palace ‘Palácio da Bolsa’ and particularly the Arab Hall. Before buying tickets for a short tour in the Douro river, between the five bridges, it might be a good idea to take an aperitif in the beautiful terrace of the suspension bridge, right next to the lower deck of ‘D. Luís I’ bridge.

Tee Times Portugal Holidays - Oporto City - Douro River Tours

Tee Times Portugal Holidays – Oporto City – Douro River Tours

Don’t forget to visit the wine cellars of Porto, but leave it for the next day, because lunch time squeezes. If you cross to the other side of the river, you can go to the hotel restaurant ‘Yeatman’, with a priceless view over the river and the city that welcomes Iker Casillas (ex-goal keeper at Real Madrid FC and now playing for Porto FC), where you may enjoy the the menu designed by Ricardo Costa, a chief with a Michelin star.

If you do not want to cross the bridge, you may take a taxi to to the ‘Foz’ on the ‘Douro river mouth, the restaurant where also stars Pedro Lemos, famous for its tasting lunches. If the green of your eyes does not resists the call of the sea, there is an undeniable proposition: the tea house ‘Casa de Chá da Boa Nova’, one of the greatest works of architecture of Pritzker winner Álvaro Siza Vieira. The Chef Rui Paula is in charge of the kitchen.

After lunch you may actively rest with a light walk at the City Park, the largest urban park in the country and one of the few in the world to have a seafront. If you have kids this is a good place to take them, there will plenty of freedom and without dangers.

On leaving the park enters the avenue of ‘Boavista’, as for now the country’s largest, and you may culminate in the ‘Casa da Música’ house of music, a jewel of international architecture designed by another Pritzker Architecture prize winner, the Dutch Rem Koolhaas.

Tee Times Portugal Holidays - Oporto City View - Casa da Música (House of Music)

Tee Times Portugal Holidays – Oporto City View – Casa da Música (House of Music)

Also don’t forget to visit the ‘Estádio do Dragão’ (Dragon Stadium), another essential tour of the city. Then take time to explore the whole area from the Torre de Clérigos (tower), ‘Café Piolho’ (coffee shop), ‘Praça de Lisboa’ (Square), eat an “éclair” pastry in the ‘Leitaria Quinta do Paço’ (creamery) or, if you don’t want pastries, take a few more steps to the most secret and the most sought the city bar: the ‘Aduela’ at ‘Rua de Oliveira’ (street), opposite the theater ‘Carlos Alberto’, which serves delicious snacks. If it rains, you may visit the reborn galleries ‘Lumière’, where is located the only bookshop in the country entirely dedicated to poetry and theater, ‘Poetria’.

With the late afternoon coming close, it will not be a bad idea to take a seat in ‘Baixa da Champanheira’ in ‘Largo Monpilher’ terrace, and let yourself be carried away by the flavors of a good ‘sangria’ (wine and fruits drink). If you enjoy taking photographs, two or three key points are in order: cross the bridge ‘D. Luis I’ walk and let your eyes get lost in the charms of ‘Ribeira’ (by the river front) or ‘Gaia’ pier, climb to the renewed ‘Torre de Clérigos’ tower and peek the historic center. If you go down to detail, it has the fascinating stories told by tiles from the ‘Estação de São Bento’ train station or the ‘Capela das Almas’ (Chapel of Souls).

For dinner, the difficult is in choosing the space where to taste the ‘Francesinha’ (sandwich snack), elected this year one of the ten best sandwiches in the world by the British website “The Culture Trip”, as well as by the prestigious Spanish travel magazine “Condé Nest Traveller”.

Tee Times Portugal Holidays - Oporto City View - D. Luis I Bridge & Douro River

Tee Times Portugal Holidays – Oporto City View – D. Luis I Bridge & Douro River

Oporto is much more than a single day can permit and therefore this is just a sample. Which still can be enlivened with a last night in the area of ​​the bars, especially in the streets of ‘Galeria de Paris’ and ‘Cândido dos Reis’. There are bars of ‘poncha’, gin, ‘sangrias’, and of course, wine. Many wines are rewarded, as is the ‘Chryseia’, the 2011 harvest, and the red ‘Quinta do Vale Meão’, both from Douro region and included in the “top 10” 2014 American magazine “Wine Spectator”. To after taste, one last suggestion: Port wine Dow’s 2011, considered the best in the world last year by the same magazine.

So by now you are the kink or queen of Oporto and maybe you fancy to sleep in a palace: the ‘ Palácio do Freixo’. Majestic, beautiful, prostrate along the Douro river. When you wake up it will be another day and you can further explore the charms of Oporto like the amazing golf courses it offers on the region, like the ‘Oporto Golf Club‘ or the ‘Golfe de Amarante‘.


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European Senior Tour 2014 returns to Portugal

Tee Times Portugal Golf - European Senior Tour 2014 - Vidago Palace - 12-14 September 2014

Tee Times Portugal Golf – European Senior Tour 2014 – Vidago Palace – 12-14 September 2014

Tee Times Portugal Golf – European Senior Tour 2014 returns to Portugal – Vidago PalaceOporto – 12th to 14th September ’14

The European Senior Tour will return to Portugal for the first time since 2011 when Vidago Palace hosts the Senior Open de Portugal, from September 12-14.

The luxurious hotel and golf resort, situated north of Porto, re-opened in 2010 on the centenary of its inauguration in 1910.

The 6,899 yard, par 72 course at Vidago Palace was built in 1936 and originally designed by MacKenzie Ross before undergoing a redesign from golf architecture firm Cameron & Powell in 2010.

A key feature of the course is the use throughout of the local pink granite stone walling, built using redundant and disused field walls from the area which have were salvaged for the project.

It will now host a Senior Tour event for the first time following an agreement with Porto and the Northern Portugal Tourism Board (Associação do Turismo do Porto), with the field competing for a prize fund of €225,000.

Tee Times Portugal Golf - European Senior Tour - Vidago Palace - 12-14 September 2014

Tee Times Portugal Golf – European Senior Tour – Vidago Palace – 12-14 September 2014

The Senior Open de Portugal last featured on the Senior Tour schedule three years ago, when Welshman Mark Mouland triumphed at Belas Clube de Campo, near Lisbon, with former World Number One Ian Woosnam among those in contention during the final round.

In total, the Senior Tour has visited Portugal eight times, while the Senior Tour Qualifying School has been played on the Algarve since 2001.

Andy Stubbs, Managing Director of the European Senior Tour, said: “The European Senior Tour has an excellent, long-standing relationship with Portugal, established over many years through various regular tournaments as well as our annual Qualifying School, so we are delighted to return with this exciting event.

“This is the first time we have held an event in the northern region of Portugal and we are sure the magnificent Vidago Palace will prove a hugely popular venue with our players and staff, as well as the spectators.

“We would like to express our gratitude to Porto and Northern Portugal Tourism Board (Associação do Turismo do Porto – ATP) for their significant support, while this tournament would not have happened without the ambition and drive of the people at Vidago Palace.”

Helena Gonçalves, Associação do Turismo do Porto Executive-Director, said: “An initiative like this has never been properly established in this region before. The Tourism Board will do its utmost to promote this event, as the success of this event will help showcase Porto and north Portugal as a perfect golf destination in Portugal, exploring the very best we have to offer. This includes four World Heritages Sites by UNESCO, historical cities, rivers, the ocean, mountains, a perfect blend of old and new, authentic traditions and genuine people, the home of Port Wine, excellent gastronomy and wines, safety and security, traditional and cool shopping, culture at its best, and absolute value for money.”

Vidago Palace’s Golf Director, Alexandre Barroso, said: “Two years ago a small group of hotels, five 18’s Holes Golf Courses and a service company joined together, with the support of Tourism Board of Porto and North, to showcase this region internationally, and this tournament is another major step forward for us.”

“The Senior Open de Portugal will help accelerate this process, and at the same time will give the Vidago Palace the opportunity to put itself among the best golf resorts in Europe. The major works we undertook from 2006 to 2010, which saw a total reconstruction of the hotel and golf course, placed Vidago Palace as a unique Resort. I like to say now that it is a new hotel with more than 100 years of history.”

In addition to the 2011 Belas Clube de Campo Senior Open de Portugal, the country has also hosted the Daily Telegraph European Seniors Match Play Championship in 2001 and 2002, the Senior Tour Championship from 2002-2004, the Senior Open of Portugal in 2005 and 2006, and the 2008 Azores Senior Open.


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