CampoReal - Lisbon & Centre - Portugal

Dolce CampoReal Lisboa,
Rua do Campo,
2565-779 Turcifal,
Portugal


  • +351 (0) 261 960 898

  • Nuno Sepúlveda

  • Donald Steel

  • Nuno Sepúlveda

The Dolce CampoReal Lisboa resort lies in the Torres Vedras district, around half an hour’s drive north from the capital, where residents have the use of a spa and two swimming pools, a couple of tennis courts, an equestrian centre and, of course, an 18-hole golf course.

Laid out by Martin Ebert when he was still with Donald Steel’s design company, CampoReal (which translates as “Royal Meadow”) first opened for play in 2005. The course occupies a 135-acre property that’s characterised by rolling terrain and steep, forested valleys.

A round starts and ends with a par five (holes 17 and 18 are back-to-back par fives) and water comes into play on the opening two holes and at the short par four 9th, where the tee shot is threatened by a pond. Elevation changes are a regular occurrence, requiring the odd blind shot to be played.

The club hosted the final two editions of the Ladies Portugal Open on the Ladies European Tour in 2010 and 2011. Karen Lunn of Australia won the penultimate event by a stroke then Ashley Simon from South Africa claimed the title the following year with an aggregate total of 200, sixteen under par.
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Description: Laid out by Martin Ebert when he was still with Donald Steel’s design company, CampoReal (which translates as “Royal Meadow”) first opened for play in 2005. Rating: 4 out of 6 Reviews: 1

Golfers arriving into Lisbon to play golf are likely to be travelling north to visit Praia del Rey, Royal Obidos and Bom Sucesso – which is a great trip but I would add a stop at CampoReal on the way. There are a number of positives at CampoReal, notably there is a strong challenging course and also a really nice resort with high service levels. The course has plenty of variety and quality and the scene is set early with the first two holes being really memorable – in fact, I think the front nine is much stronger than the back (maybe with a couple of exceptions at the 3rd and 4th). The 1st (par-5) and the 2nd (par-4) holes are separated by a lake that is there predominately to catch shots that are cut a little too much from both tees. The holes from the 5th tee to the turn make fantastic use of the land – up, down, left and right through the valley. The 5th hole, a par-5, downhill from the tee, turning left and then to a raised green with plenty of dead CampoReal Golf Course - Photo by reviewerground to the right – great hole. The 6th needs playing a few times I think; a blind drive to a plateau fairway and then a severe downhill approach to the green in the distance, it is stroke index 1 for a reason. The 7th is a little like the 5th but in reverse, a dog-legging hole to the right with the tee-shot the most important here – don’t take the corner on; position is everything. The short downhill hole at the 8th to a very slim green at around 205 yards, needs a precise shot; trouble left and right. Water back in play in front of the 9th tee; this par-4 is only 290 yards though and although slightly uphill, a definite birdie chance. The first three holes of the back nine are all par-4’s and can help an average scorecard, with yardages of 326, 274 and 317 (yellow tee) – plenty of chances to score well. My favourite par-3 on the course comes at the 16th, a nice downhill, mid-length (150 yards) hole, pretty simple and only one bunker protecting at the green. The finishing holes at CampoReal are both par-5’s; the 17th moves to the left for the last 120 yards, this after a very inviting drive from on high. The 18th tee shot needs to be positioned up the right-side for the best line towards the green but a lone bunker is waiting at landing point for most. A double par-5 finish is rare (Wentworth West – any others?) and I think this is a strong point for the course. A few mixed feelings for the course after playing; the front-nine is much stronger in terms of variety and fun and I would like to understand the course bunkering plan – with better and bolder sand-traps the course could become part of the country Top 40. I would however rate the course very slightly in front of Bom Sucesso (ranked #12 in this area of Portugal) played on the same trip. Hope to return one day…
4 / 6
CampoReal
March 28, 2016


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