Review for Oitavos Dunes

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In terms of pure scenery, not many courses are as gorgeous as this one.

It’s fairly rare, but after 18 holes, I had so many intense pictures in my mind, that I had a hard time talking about the other elements of the course (strategy, architecture and shot making). I hope to be able to come back to play it for a couple days straight, in order to make a more educated opinion of the course.

The layout is somewhat unusual with a couple of par 5s in succession and later two par 3s. But that is forgiven as these holes are both gorgeous and great golf holes. The 14th is definitely one of the best par 3s you’ll ever see/play.

This is a 30-minute drive from Lisbon, roughly, and no golfer should leave the area without having played it. It hosted the Portuguese Open 4 times from 2005 to 2009.

The course is in a sublime natural reserve (forest & dunes), with very limited housing, though there are some million $ houses on the courses. The hotel seems incredible, and the beaches are great for surfing, windsurfing and kitesurfing… read “windy”.

Golfer info : enjoy the course by walking … it would be a shame to drive a cart !

Another thing, the staff are real pros. Congrats to the director and and his team!

In term of maintenance, Oitavos Dunes was the only course I played in the area, this week, that was not over-watered (I played in August). The fairways were nice and crispy, as they should be for a links course … these guys know what a great course is to be like.

Date: October 11, 2016

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