In Cascais, the Quinta da Marinha Oitavos course, designed by the famous American architect Arthur Hills, is the first course in Europe and the second in the world to have the Audubon International ‘Certified Signature Sanctuary/Gold’. With excellent views over the Palácio da Pena and the Cabo da Roca, the main challenge of this course, with long wide fairways, lies in the rolling greens that require careful putts.
At the south of the river Tagus, in a vast tourist complex, the Aroeira II is the first golf course in Portugal to use type Penn A2 grass, which can be cut to a height of 2 mm, which makes its vast greens, some more than 700 m2, truly fast and challenging.
The difficulty increases with the length of the course, with bunkers on the fairways, and five large lakes, which will often force you to hit your ball over the water.
And you’ll still have time to spare to experience a little of the intensity of the city of Lisbon.