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heading to spain next year with my gf to visit family i have in northern spain, and I had been hearing about how wonderful golf in Portugal was and flights lined up, so we're ending our trip in LISBON, PORTUGAL!

 

So now the big debate comes, where do I need to make sure I book & play (and stay?) while I'm in the area?? Not sure how many rounds I'm going to be able to get away with, but figure I'll ask for more and be happy with a few less. Not sure if LISBON is ideal, but obviously for travel I had to end the trip there, so if there's good courses there that would also be ideal and make travel with golf clubs easier. I won't have a car, so convenient locations would be ideal.

 

Will be going in May/June, so hopefully weather should be great.

 

Thanks!

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Estoril is a nice oldschool course with excellent greens and some interesting holes. 30 minutes west of Lisbon. 
 

If you’re up for a little longer drive, go to West Cliffs. Fantastic course, pretty new and usually in great condition. 
 

Praia del Rey is in the same neighborhood and a good course. There are amazing beaches in that area, go there for a magic sunset with your girl. The Marriott there is a great hotel right at the beach. 
 

Have fun!

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On 8/24/2021 at 4:23 PM, LukeDonaldsTiger said:

Estoril is a nice oldschool course with excellent greens and some interesting holes. 30 minutes west of Lisbon. 
 

If you’re up for a little longer drive, go to West Cliffs. Fantastic course, pretty new and usually in great condition. 
 

Praia del Rey is in the same neighborhood and a good course. There are amazing beaches in that area, go there for a magic sunset with your girl. The Marriott there is a great hotel right at the beach. 
 

Have fun!

Looking at options for my groups next trip and Portugal is looking very interesting. Not sure why more Americans don’t know about Portugal, but the Weather, price, and courses available seem like a great option. Can you give me some advice on the courses? We are looking at playing the following courses:

West Cliffs

Praia del Rey

Royal Obidos

Bom Sucesso

 

Are there any other courses you would suggest?

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1 hour ago, hammergolf said:

Looking at options for my groups next trip and Portugal is looking very interesting. Not sure why more Americans don’t know about Portugal, but the Weather, price, and courses available seem like a great option. Can you give me some advice on the courses? We are looking at playing the following courses:

West Cliffs

Praia del Rey

Royal Obidos

Bom Sucesso

 

Are there any other courses you would suggest?

Thr beaches are stunning and the climate is great for golf and vacationing. 
 

West Cliffs: pretty spectacular, albeit a little forced on the whole „links golf“ theme. There’s no rough, you’re either in play or the ball is gone (apart from the „native areas“ aka fairway bunker complexes). Loads of fun holes, great views, but not the most naturally embedded course- still, my no. 1 course in central Portugal. 


Praia d‘el Rey: good resort course, worth playing. Winds through the resort and its villas. Well maintained. 
 

Royal Obidos: didn’t mean play it, don’t remember why. 
 

Bom Successo: they had major greens maintenance going on, so didn’t play. I heard it’s a failed resort project and as fake as it gets- the course might still be nice, I don’t know. Played West Cliffs 3 times and Praia 2. 

 

Chrck out the Marriott Praia d‘el Rey, it’s a good hotel right on the most beautiful beach. 
 

Go to Lisbon for a day or two and play  Estoril. Can be noisy when there’s racing practice on the nearby circuit, but it’s a great old school course. 

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40 minutes ago, LukeDonaldsTiger said:

Thr beaches are stunning and the climate is great for golf and vacationing. 
 

West Cliffs: pretty spectacular, albeit a little forced on the whole „links golf“ theme. There’s no rough, you’re either in play or the ball is gone (apart from the „native areas“ aka fairway bunker complexes). Loads of fun holes, great views, but not the most naturally embedded course- still, my no. 1 course in central Portugal. 


Praia d‘el Rey: good resort course, worth playing. Winds through the resort and its villas. Well maintained. 
 

Royal Obidos: didn’t mean play it, don’t remember why. 
 

Bom Successo: they had major greens maintenance going on, so didn’t play. I heard it’s a failed resort project and as fake as it gets- the course might still be nice, I don’t know. Played West Cliffs 3 times and Praia 2. 

 

Chrck out the Marriott Praia d‘el Rey, it’s a good hotel right on the most beautiful beach. 
 

Go to Lisbon for a day or two and play  Estoril. Can be noisy when there’s racing practice on the nearby circuit, but it’s a great old school course. 

Thanks for the input. I’ve been to Portugal before and LOVED IT! I didn’t play any golf, but it def looks like the best two are West Cliffs and Praia. Generally on our trips we play 7 days so we may have to adjust 

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Some awesome responses, hopefully it benefits others so thanks to all. Those that have done it, how have you gotten around? Rental car I presume is the most prudent way? Or do you use a golf booking agency service? I'd imagine ubers will break the bank (if you can even find it since some of these courses seem far). I'm flying in & out of Lisbon so wondering if we should stay there or not.

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22 hours ago, hammergolf said:

Thanks for the input. I’ve been to Portugal before and LOVED IT! I didn’t play any golf, but it def looks like the best two are West Cliffs and Praia. Generally on our trips we play 7 days so we may have to adjust 

There’s a lot of good courses in the south, I just haven’t been there, yet. 

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17 hours ago, shadymg said:

Some awesome responses, hopefully it benefits others so thanks to all. Those that have done it, how have you gotten around? Rental car I presume is the most prudent way? Or do you use a golf booking agency service? I'd imagine ubers will break the bank (if you can even find it since some of these courses seem far). I'm flying in & out of Lisbon so wondering if we should stay there or not.

Rental car it is. I’ve been using a great (German) website that consolidates all the suppliers and weeds out the bad seeds. The prices are ALWAYS lower than on the respective websites, as they are buying bulk rates. They work all over Europe. 
 

www.billiger-mietwagen.de

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18 hours ago, shadymg said:

Some awesome responses, hopefully it benefits others so thanks to all. Those that have done it, how have you gotten around? Rental car I presume is the most prudent way? Or do you use a golf booking agency service? I'd imagine ubers will break the bank (if you can even find it since some of these courses seem far). I'm flying in & out of Lisbon so wondering if we should stay there or not.

I’ve traveled to most of Western Europe and driven in every country. I would say Portugal is one of the easiest countries as far as driving goes. Good roads, and fairly easy to get around. I would recommend taking a day to explore Lisbon,  it’s a great city with so much history and charm. Also if you have the time, take your gf to Sintra to see The Pena Palace on the drive up to the golf courses. That will get you some brownie points for sure. As far as Europe goes, prices are much more reasonable in Portugal. Go to tee times.pt to book your golf yourself. They guarantee the lowest rate and it’s simple. 

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Very solid advice from hammergolf. There’s tolls on the highways, but they are very reasonable.

 

I second the Lisbon comments, it’s a magical old European city well worth spending a day in. Coimbra, on the other hand, was surprisingly dull. Really just a boring town 🤷‍♂️😁

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