European Tour golf, Open Portugal is back!

European Tour golf in Portugal

 European Tour golf  Morgado Golf Resort

European Tour golf Morgado Golf Resort

Seven years later, European Tour golf returns to Portugal and will be hosted at the Morgado Golf Resort in the Algarve.

The European Tour golf announced today the definitive calendar for 2017 and in it, surprise, there is the “Open of Portugal in the Morgado Golf Resort (full name of the tournament), from 11 to 14 May at the Morgado Golf Course, the Nau Hotels & Resorts Group, in Portimão. The complex has another course, the Álamos Golf Course.

A welcome return, since it was not held since 2010 (under the Estoril Open title in Portugal) in Penha Longa, with victory of the Danish Thomas Bjorn, recently nominated captain of Europe in the Ryder Cup. The event therefore returns to the Algarve, since between 2007 and 2010 was played in Greater Lisbon courses (Oitavos Dunes, Cascais, 2007, 2008 and 2009, and Penha Longa in 2010).

It will be the 55th edition of one of the oldest and most emblematic events of the main European circuit. It will have a prize money of 500,000 Euros and will be dual, in the sense of scoring simultaneously for the European Tour and the Challenge Tour, as was the Madeira Open, which this year will not be played after 23 consecutive editions.

Open Portugal

The Open Portugal is one of three back-to-back races, alongside The Rocco Forte Open – Verdura (18-21 May) in Sicily, Italy, and the Andalucia Valderrama Masters hosted by the Sergio Garcia Foundation (19-22 October).

The Portuguese Open at the Morgado Golf Resort will be hosted by NAU Hotels & Resorts, owner of the golf course, the Portuguese Golf Federation (FPG) and the PGA of Portugal, in association with the European Tour and the Challenge Tour.

Penha Longa Resort is awarded with a Michelin Star

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Penha Longa Resort

Penha Longa Resort

Penha Longa Resort at Sintra Portugal

Penha Longa Resort, at Sintra near Lisbon, is overjoyed to announce that LAB by Sergi Arola — its revolutionary 22-visitor gourmet restaurant — has been awarded its first Michelin star.

After 18 months opened, LAB by Sergi Arola has carried out global essential acclaim with the Michelin Guide describing it as a “striking restaurant that brings the highly personalized cuisine of famous Spanish chef Sergi Arola to the Sintra region”.

The guide praised the restaurant’s atmosphere, open-view kitchen, “delightful” glass-block 550-bottle wine cellar and its views of the Penha Longa golf route and the 220 hectares of mountain nature reserve that surround the resort.

“Cuisine excellence has been an critical purpose to go to the resort for the reason that Portuguese Royal family used Penha Longa Resort as a summer retreat in the 17th century,” said the resort’s General Manager David Martinez. “Receiving a Michelin star builds on this wonderful tradition and is a prestigious and internationally recognized testimony to all our hard work at LAB by Sergi Arola.”

Chef Sergi Arola has released dining concepts in Abu Dhabi, Mumbai, Verbier, Barcelona and Madrid and have become an international culinary sensation and television persona after working at Ferran Adriá’s world famous El Bulli. Heading the kitchen at LAB is chef Milton Anes, who formerly worked at Le Bristol’s Epicure in Paris and at Belcanto, Lisbon’s first two Michelin-starred restaurants.

“Being awarded a Michelin star is the pinnacle achievement of any kitchen and it is a momentous tribute to everyone who has helped contribute to LAB’s reputation for excellence and innovation,” stated Chef Milton. “The number of Michelin-stars awarded to restaurants in Portugal has increased from 17 in 2016 to 26 today and we are delighted to be at the vanguard of such a national movement that undoubtedly puts the country on the international culinary map.”

LAB by Sergi Arola gives three exceptional tasting menus every month in addition to à la carte alternatives. Gourmet dishes consist of smoked king prawn raviolis with sturgeon caviar, codium and celery root dashi, blue lobster with grilled greens, seaweed and fennel cream, as well as black angus roasted in Sichuan pepper, glazed salsify and truffle jus. Desserts feature butter bread foam, coffee ice-cream and orange jam.

The restaurant also gives a selection of 550 wines from around the world, exclusive Cognac and Armagnac selections and a tea menu with forty different sorts. A separate bar-lounge area with DJ serves the largest choice of top rate vodkas in Portugal.

Los Naranjos Golf Course recognised as one the of the top golf courses on the Costa del Sol.

World famous golf course architect Robert Trent Jones Sr. created the Los Naranjos golf course, the coursewhich is considered to be one of his finest European designs and it is indeed a true Championship course on the Costa del Sol.

Los Naranjos Golf Course

Costa del Sol

Located only 5 minutes from Puerto Banus and with its pleasant staff the course is a pleasure to play and considered one of the friendliest courses on the coast.

Los Naranjos has a strong membership who enjoy privileged tee times throughout the year so it is always advisable to book tee times well in advance to avoid disappointment if your thinking of playing here with green fees at Costa del Sol.

A stunning course with a good mixture of holes and challenges that will always keep you fascinated. With its wide fairways this is a great one for golfers of all levels. However, this by no means makes it an easy course as one needs to be aware of the strategically placed fairway bunkers and water hazards designed to catch out the unwary! Not to mention the water holes to test you just when you think you are scoring well! In many ways playing this course is like playing a set of 9 holes from two different courses. The front 9 are wide and open, whereas the back nine are very tight, and as the name suggests, played through several orange groves at Naranjos Golf Course.

The intimidating par 5 18th hole finishes in American style towards an elevated green protected by a water hazard at the front of it and the impressive clubhouse behind adds to the atmosphere with the entire clubhouse watching from the large terrace!

The club has hosted many international tournaments at Naranjos Golf Course and has recently renovated its new club house. All in all the facilities at the club are second to none including  large and modern  changing rooms, a beautiful club house, practice and teaching areas and a large well stocked pro shop.

Los Naranjos Golf Course Club is extremely proud of it’s restaurant, open from early morning until dark every day of the year. Here you can enjoy breakfast in the morning, a full meal between 12 and 16 from an impressive menu, have a beer (or two) in the bar after the game – or, if you are visiting the Club a Sunday – why don’t go for the Grand Open Sunday Buffet, well-known all over Costa del Sol! As already mentioned, the restaurant terrace overlooks the green of the 18th hole – a beautiful place to enjoy a good meal and excellent service!

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