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Great challenges

Grandes desafios
Place: Cascais
Photo: Quinta da Marinha
Photo: Quinta da Marinha

Portugal is internationally renowned as a golf destination and many of its courses, designed by famous architects, offer a great challenge for golfers.

Designed to blend harmoniously into the landscape, the layout of most courses is suitable for various levels of difficulty. From amongst all of them, certain greens are notable for their difficulty or for their surroundings and are a true test of skill and technique.

Praia d'El Rey
A nine-hole course at the edge of the ocean, the vagaries of the sea winds turn Praia d'el Rey into a course that can be different every day, which in itself is already a great challenge. However, the big test designed by Cabell Robinson is the 570 metre-long 17th hole. The Berlengas islands can be seen in the distance from the 2nd hole, and the view of the Atlantic Ocean from the fairway of the 12th hole is greatly appreciated. It was considered the seventh best course in Europe by Golf World Magazine.

Quinta da Marinha Golf Club
On the links designed by Robert Trent Jones, the 13th hole is a spectacular par 4 of 339 metres, which descends towards the sea, ending in a green with the ocean as a backdrop. With five par 5s and six par 3s set amongst a pine wood, the course has stunning views over the sea and the Sintra Mountain.

Belas Clube de Campo Golf Course
Belas is a complete and varied championship course designed by Rocky Roquemore, which requires a carefully defined golfing strategy, which appeals to golfers of various handicaps. The great challenge here is the 18th green on the "Big Hole", which is protected by a fearsome lake. Hole 2 is also noteworthy, named Augusta in homage to the 13th hole on the course that is home to the U.S. Masters.

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