Links golf in Portugal? Could there really be such a thing? Well... Oitavos Dunes is not exactly like the real thing, but it's pretty close! Enjoyment at its finest. This beautiful course has many features of Links golf. You can see the ocean from many points on the course and its proximity to the Atlantic makes wind an important factor. The dunes are there, though they are not massive. The course plays fast and firm, where bump and runs, punch shots and roll-ups will be your friends. Conditioning is very good and the minimalist design philosophy really brings out the natural features of the land. There are no massive elevation changes, but the terrain has subtle mounds and features, making play all the more interesting.
It is not pure links, as many holes are lined by trees, but it sure is a lot of fun! The par 3s are excellent. The back nice is better, in my opinion, than the front nine. The 18th is a great finishing hole!
This course is best enjoyed by walking and makes for a great day! The clubhouse is great with good food and nice views of the area. The practice facility would benefit from an update, but it is not bad.
Oitavos Dunes is as enjoyable as golf can get! Just hope you catch it on a calm day...
Date: November 05, 2016