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Castro Marim (Atlantic & Guadiana)

Faro, Portugal
Faro, Portugal
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  • AddressSitio do Lavajinho, 8950-190, Portugal

Designed by the late English West Country professional Terry Murray, the original course at Castro Marim (comprising the Atlantic and Guadiana nines) first opened for play in 2001 and this 18-hole layout was joined seven years later by the Grouse nine.

The tree-lined Atlantic and Guadiana loops play through some narrow valleys and across rather hilly terrain, with many of the Bermuda grass fairways doglegging right or left from the tee box around imposing water hazards.

For a course that features quite a number of tantalising short par fours, it’s ironic that the par five 4th should be included in Jeff Barr’s book, 1001 golf holes you must play before you die.Here’s what the author had to say about this iconic hole:

“The 4th hole at Castro Marim features a tee shot played from an elevated tee to a low-lying fairway. It’s a common occurrence on this compact course close to the Spanish border. The drive needs to be thought through carefully. The hole doglegs left and a lake lies beyond the dogleg on the right of the fairway.

The ideal line is to try to keep as tight to the corner of the dogleg as possible, leaving a better chance of getting close to the green with the second shot. The problem is that it has to be played uphill, making the shot longer.

Even those who lay up will still face a second shot played uphill to a green protected by a bunker, young pine trees and the natural slope of the land. Finding the putting surface isn’t easy, so pray your wedge play is sharp when you arrive at Castro Marim’s par five 4th.”

Designed by the late English West Country professional Terry Murray, the original course at Castro Marim (comprising the Atlantic and Guadiana nines) first opened for play in 2001 and this 18-hole layout was joined seven years later by the Grouse nine.

The tree-lined Atlantic and Guadiana loops play through some narrow valleys and across rather hilly terrain, with many of the Bermuda grass fairways doglegging right or left from the tee box around imposing water hazards.

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