Friday, 16 December 2011 00:00
The first phase of opening for the Royal Óbidos Spa & Golf Resort took place 7 miles from Óbidos in the Oeste tourist region north of Lisbon. Covering a total area of 65 metric acres, the €200 million ($266 million USD) development incorporates an 18-hole Sevy Ballesteros-designed golf course with clubhouse (due to be officially inaugurated in January 2012), a five-star hotel, spa, restaurants, bars, a conference center and various real estate options. Access is quick and easy via the A8 highway that links Lisbon with Leiria, a charming provincial town located a short drive from the Royal Óbidos Spa & Golf Resort. One of Portugal's most classic-walled settlements, Óbidos is popular for its narrow cobblestone streets lined with whitewashed houses, all huddled around a medieval castle, now a Pousada hotel. For more information please visit http://www.royalobidos.com/.
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 00:00
Since opening in June 2011, the golf course of Palmares has ascended directly to 26th place in the international ranking of the best golf courses in Europe. The Top 100 Golf Courses in Continental Europe are chosen and rated by specialist journalists. The process of selection is done every two years by Golf World Magazine. The Onyria Palmares course, situated between Lagos and Alvor and designed by American architect Robert Trent Jones Jr., presents "a mixture of different environments with emphasis on the authentic links holes - something unique in the Algarve", says the group information center, Onyria. The center also states that the field provides "a unique gaming experience" resulting from multiple combinations through its three 9-hole rounds each, namely Lagos, Alvor and Praia.
Wednesday, 26 October 2011 00:00
The Portuguese Golf Federation (PGF) concluded the process of approval and classification of the golf course at Royal Óbidos Spa & Golf Resort. The soft-opening for the resort is scheduled for November 1, and will officially be opening to the public on January 2nd, 2012. With 18 holes designed by Severiano Ballesteros, the golf course occupies a total area of 160 acres overlooking the Obidos Lagoon and the Atlantic Ocean. During the soft-opening opening on November 1, the golf course will also open a clubhouse, creating 38 jobs divided between the maintenance and management of golf services as well as the restaurants. To market the resort in target markets, agreements with about 500 international tour operators and DMC's national entity have been made as the course is ready to host professional and amateur golfing events
Friday, 23 September 2011 18:02
Alvaro Quiros will return to the Oceânico Victoria Golf Course for the Portugal Masters next month hoping to be the first player to win the title twice.
The Spaniard claimed his second European Tour victory at the stunning Algarve venue in 2008, winning by three shots from Scotland’s Paul Lawrie in his second season following graduation from the European Challenge Tour.
It was an emotional triumph as Quiros dedicated it to his countryman Seve Ballesteros, who was at the time in hospital undergoingsurgery on a brain tumor, a condition from which he died in May this year. In his subsequent two appearances since his victory, Quiros has finished tied 16th (2009) and 57th (2010), and this year he has set his sights on making history by being a multiple winner of the event.
"I have great memories of my victory in the Portugal Masters three years ago and I’m looking forward to going back to the Oceanic Victoria Golf Course this year," said the 28 year old, who is currently 13th in The Race to Dubai. "It is a beautiful venue, the weather is usually good, the people are very friendly and the Algarve is a great destination." I’ve had a very good season so far and it would be great to win my second title of 2011 there, following my victory in the Omega Dubai Desert Classic. That’s certainlywhat I’ll be aiming to do. No player has won the tournament twice so it would be an honor to be the first one to do that."
Quiros will be part of a strong Spanish contingent, which also features Rafael Cabrera-Bello, Gonzalo Fernandez- Castaño, Pablo Larrazabal and Pablo Martin, who arguably should have won the title last year. Martin led by four shots in the final round, but three bogeys and a double bogey in his final seven holes put paid to his chances, and he had to settle for a share of sixth place, three shots behind the champion, Richard Green.
The Spaniards will have to contend with one of thestrongest fields in the event’s history, boasting former World Number One Martin Kaiser, Englishman Ross Fisher and Italian brothers Edoardo and Francesco Molinari, the latter of whom has twice finished runner-up at the Oceânico Victoria Golf Course.
Frederico Costa, Vice President of Turismo de Portugal, the Host Sponsor of the Portugal Masters, said: "We are delighted to welcome so many players from our close neighbors Spain to the event. Alvaro was a great champion in 2008, and we look forward to welcoming him back again."The strength of the field for the 2011 edition gives us great pride and it promises to be a fantastic week for all the players, spectators and everyone involved with the event." "As always, we are proud to showcase the wonderful features that make the Algarve and the Oceânico Victoria Golf Course such a fabulous destination."
More information: www.fpg.pt / www.pgaportugal.pt / www.uppsports.com / www.visitportugal.com
Tuesday, 21 June 2011 00:00
The City of Lagos recently announced a new, 27-hole golf course for the county. The Onyria Palmares golf course was inaugurated on June 12, 2011. Palmares highlights the Algarve coast because of the prime location, faced to a blue scenario of the Alvor lagoon, the “meia-praia” beach and the Lagos bay. A Perfect contrast with the green of this unique 27-hole golf course designed by Robert Trent Jones II, which the links holes along the beach and the great views are the highlighting points.
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