A Spectator’s Guide to a Happening Golf Event, in Portugal and Spain!

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The Portugal Masters, Andalucia Valderrama Masters , the European Ladies’ Team Championship, and the European Young Masters to name a few, there are a number of golf events queued up in Portugal and Spain, this June and July. As much they are enthralling for players, the events are anticipated with an equal zeal and zest by spectators and non-playing enthusiasts of golf.

Golf events in Portugal and Spain are desperately anticipated and provide a good opportunity for the spectators to head out on the grassy meadows, in the bright and glorious sunshine, and make the most of your day. However, to make sure that you enjoy the game in its truest spirit, you have to stick to some basic rules and etiquettes.

Here is an insight into some essential tips, restrictions, and etiquettes for spectators to have a memorable time watching the tournament.

Attire

Being a spectator does not mean that you can just roll out of your bed and arrive at the event venue to watch the match. Just like players, the spectators are also required to don appropriate attire in order to maintain the sanctity of the game.

Overly casual attires such as crop tops, tube tops, tank tops, short skirts, short shorts, and denim are a strict no-no! Classic styles such as a decent polo shirt paired up with Khakis are a smart choice that never goes wrong. Similarly, for women, a modest sundress or a decent top paired with caprice or skirts will do the job.

Basic Etiquettes

Whether you are a player or spectator, using mobile phones is prohibited on the course. Any communication between the players and spectators during the round is against the rules. Make sure that you turn off your phones, or at least, set it on silent, to avoid any inconvenience for you as well as others.

Speak in low tones on the course and stay quite while a player is hitting. Do not roam around on the greens and fairways. If you want to follow a player, stay no less than 25 yards behind, on the rough or cart paths.

Things to Bring

If it is allowed, carry a nice and decent handbag, with some essential accessories to accompany you on the game. Many golf events allow you to bring your kids along, and if you plan on taking them with you, make sure that you supervise them to avoid misconducts.

Aside from that, since you will be spending a lot of time on the open fields, make sure that you take some hats, sun shades, a good sunscreen, a bug repellent, a pair of binoculars, some loose cash, a folding chair, and your camera with some extra batteries.

Also, if there is a dark overcast with the prediction of some passing showers, remember to take an umbrella and a rain poncho with you.

Things to Avoid

There are certain prohibitions for spectators coming over to attend a gold event. You are not allowed to bring toddlers and infants, alcoholic drinks, pets, armaments, large furniture items, signs, placards, radios or musical devices on the court. Check your bag and leave all such things at home.

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Golf in Portugal – The forefront of golf in Europe

olf in Portugal has long been at the forefront of golf in Europe, thanks to the top-quality golf courses in Portugal and golf resorts located throughout the country. This June, FPG – Portuguese Golf Federation released the numbers of Golf in Portugal and they are encouraging.

Penina Golf Course

Penina Golf Course: Inaugurated in 1966 was one of the first Golf Courses in Portugal

Members

Currently, there are 14,406 members of the FPG – Portuguese Golf Federation which represents a growth of 6.7% comparing to May 31, 2016, when there were only 13,500 members.

Portugal Open

  • It took place from 11 to 14 May at the Morgado Golf Resort;
  • It was a very positive edition on the return of the event to the European Tour;
  • 3 of the 11 Portuguese passed the cut;
  • Excellent media coverage at national level: 550 news reached 28% of the national population;
  • Advertisement Value Equivalent was 2.2 M €.

Portuguese Golf Federation (FPG), is a public sport utility founded 1949. It is Portuguese Golf Regulator and promotes official competitions as well as manages national teams and manages the handicaps for players.

 

Golf Courses in Portugal – Algarve:

  • Alamos Golf
  • Alto Golf
  • Balaia Golf Village
  • Benamor Golf
  • Boavista Golf
  • Castro Marim Golf Atlantic
  • Colina Verde
  • Espiche Golf Course
  • Faldo Amendoeira Golf
  • Golf Santo António
  • Gramacho
  • Laguna Golf Vilamoura
  • Millennium Golf Vilamoura
  • Monte Rei
  • Morgado Golf
  • O’Connor Amendoeira Golf
  • Oceanico Academy Course
  • Palmares Golf
  • Penina Championship
  • Penina Resort & Academy
  • Pine Cliffs Golf
  • Pinhal Golf Vilamoura
  • Pinheiros Altos
  • Quinta da Ria
  • Quinta de Cima
  • Quinta do Lago Laranjal
  • Quinta do Lago North
  • Quinta do Lago South
  • Quinta do Vale
  • Salgados
  • San Lorenzo
  • Silves Golf Resort
  • The Old Course Vilamoura
  • Vale da Pinta
  • Vale de Milho Golf
  • Vale do Lobo Ocean Course
  • Vale do Lobo Royal Course
  • Victoria Golf Vilamoura
  • Vila Sol Golf

Golf Courses in Portugal – Lisbon Area

  • Aroeira Golf I
  • Aroeira Golf II
  • Belas Clube de Campo
  • Belavista Golf
  • Bom Sucesso Golf Course
  • Botado Golf Club
  • Campo Real
  • Capuchos Golf
  • Estoril Blue Course
  • Estoril Golf Club
  • Golden Eagle Golf
  • Jamor Golf
  • Lisbon Sports Club
  • Marvão Golf
  • Montado Golf
  • Oeiras Golf
  • Oitavos Dunes
  • Paço do Lumiar
  • Penha Longa Atlantico
  • Penha Longa Mosteiro
  • Praia D’el Rey Golf
  • Quinta da Beloura
  • Quinta da Marinha
  • Quinta do Peru
  • Ribagolfe I – Blue Course
  • Ribagolfe II – Green Course
  • Royal Obidos
  • Santo Estevao Golf
  • Troia Golf
  • Vimeiro Golf Club
  • West Cliffs, by Praia D´el Rey

Golf Courses in Portugal – Porto and North:

  • Amarante Golf
  • City Golf
  • Curia Golf Club
  • Estela Golf Club
  • Miramar Golf Club
  • Montebelo Golf
  • Oporto Golf Club
  • Ponte de Lima Golf
  • Quinta da Barca
  • Quinta da Bica Golf Academy
  • Quinta das Lagrimas
  • Quinta do Fojo
  • Rilhadas
  • Vale Pisão Golf Course
  • Vidago Golf

Golf Courses in Portugal – Azores:

  • Batalha Golf
  • Furnas Golf
  • Ilha Terceira

Golf Courses in Portugal – Madeira:

  • Palheiro Golf
  • Porto Santo Golf
  • Santo da Serra