First opened for play in 1997, the 18-hole layout at Amarante Golf Club is a short mountain golf course located within the Quinta da Deveza Estate, close to the towns of Amarante and Marco de Canaveses.
The course extends to a mere 5,030 metres from the back markers, with fairways tumbling across a very undulating landscape. No fewer than seven of the holes on the card are par threes and they vary in length from 117 metres (at the 7th) to 171 metres (at the 11th).
A round at Amarante begins and ends with one of only three par fives on the layout: The opener plunges steeply downhill towards a distant blind green whilst the 447-metre home hole is a good deal shorter, offering a closing birdie opportunity, even though it plays slightly uphill to the clubhouse.Water hazards also play a part in proceedings on a number of occasions: tee shots at holes 8 and 12 are threatened by small lakes and the greens at holes 3 and 17 are both protected by sparkling ponds.
I was pleasantly surprised by the standard of golf on offer at Amarante, even though it’s a very hilly track where the use of a buggy is absolutely essential. I don’t think there’s a single hole that lies on flat terrain, apart from maybe the stroke index one 16th, if I remember correctly.
The best of the front nine holes is probably the right dog legged 6th, which plays uphill to a heavily sand-protected green and on the back nine, the 14th is easily the most spectacular on the card, with its elevated, offset green looking out over the adjacent valley and distant hills.
Amarante may never feature amongst the nation’s top courses but, if it’s taken for what it is, then you’re bound to enjoy a fun-filled four-hour golfing romp in the hills when you play here.