Open de Portugal

Golf in Portugal goes back a long way, to 1890 in fact, when British wine exporters formed Oporto Niblicks Club at Espinho. Men’s and women’s national amateur championships weren’t established until the 1930s and it took another two decades until the Portuguese Golf Federation was founded by Estoril, Oporto, Miramar and Lisbon Sports Club in 1949.

Open de Portugal Championship Trophy

Four years later, the inaugural national Open championship was held at Estoril and it remained there for another seventeen editions (there was no competition played in 1957 and 1965) until the start of the European Tour era in 1973 when the event switched to Penina. Sadly, Estoril would only hold the tournament on another two occasions, in 1974 and 1987.

Scottish professional Eric Brown claimed the first Open de Portugal in 1953, adding this trophy to the Irish Open that he won the same year. During those early years of the Open on the Portuguese Riviera in Cascais, Spanish golfers were very successful, winning exactly half pf the eighteen competitions that were played.

Ángel Miguel secured a hat-trick of victories, as did Ramón Sota, and there were also wins for fellow countrymen Sebastián Miguel, Ángel Gallardo and Germán Garrido. When the Open moved the tournament to the Algarve in 1973, Jaime Benito continued the Spanish domination, beating Bernard Gallagher in a playoff.

Penina hosted five of the first eight Opens on the European Tour schedule before Quinta do Lago largely took over, staging six of the competitions. During this spell in the 1970s and 1980s, a number of non-European winners emerged, including American Hal Underwood, Zimbabweans Tony Johnstone and Mark McNulty, along with Australian Mike Ha...

Open de Portugal host courses

Aroeira 1

8th Lisbon & Centre - Best in Area 22nd Portugal Ranking

Frank Pennink, the master architect, designed Aroeira 1 in 1972 and the course hosted the 1996 and 1997 Portuguese Opens.

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Estela

1st Porto & North - Best in Area 14th Portugal Ranking

Estela is a wonderful golf course with all of the features expected of a true seaside ‘links’ golf course and will be a great test for any standard of golfer.

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Estoril

17th Lisbon & Centre - Best in Area 46th Portugal Ranking

One of the most historically important golf clubs in the country, Estoril was instrumental (along with Oporto, Miramar and Lisbon Sports Club) in forming the Portuguese Golf Federation in 1949.

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Morgado

14th Algarve - Best in Area 27th Portugal Ranking

Golfe do Morgado is one of the newer courses to be laid out in the Algarve and it’s also one of the region's tougher layouts.

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Oitavos Dunes

3rd Lisbon & Centre - Best in Area 4th Portugal Ranking 21st Continental Europe Ranking

The golf course at Oitavos Dunes is a lovely mix of woodland and links-type holes that have been expertly laid to make the most of the existing landscape.

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Quinta do Lago (South)

3rd Algarve - Best in Area 6th Portugal Ranking 42nd Continental Europe Ranking

American architect William Mitchell raised the bar in terms of golf course architecture here at Quinta do Lago by importing American standard greens, tees and bunkers. In May 2020 the South course closed for renovations and is scheduled to reopen in 2021.

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Royal Obidos

7th Lisbon & Centre - Best in Area 17th Portugal Ranking

Measuring nearly 6,700 metres from the tips, Royal Obidos golf course is one of the last creations from the design stable of the late Seve Ballesteros and it opened its tees for play in January 2012.

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Troia

2nd Lisbon & Centre - Best in Area 3rd Portugal Ranking 19th Continental Europe Ranking

Troia Golf Resort is located on the coast to the south of Lisbon and you can reach the club via a lovely short ferry crossing from Setubal to the Peninsula of Troia.

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Open de Portugal Leaderboard

Rank Name Courses Played
1 Antonio Moura Portugal Courses Played 14
= Rui Afonso Courses Played 14
3 Tom Courses Played 13
= Aulis Ranua Courses Played 13
5 David Snelson Courses Played 11
= Rui Peres Courses Played 11
= Borje Courses Played 11
= Joao Almeida Courses Played 11
= Gary Eason Courses Played 11
= john dewberry Courses Played 11