Oitavos Dunes is a very playable course, in decent nick and good for holiday golf. However there is nothing particularly special about it and, like many others, I find its inclusion in a previous World top100 list laughable and tarnishes the credibility of the list. Its current ranking on this website of 4th in Portugal and 21st in Europe is also puzzling to me.
There are a few nice par 3s (the 14th most notably) and the 18th is a good finishing hole. Beyond that the course is pretty forgettable. A number of the holes are played with double, or even triple, fairways meaning the holes lack definition.
Oitavos Dunes’ location close to the picturesque town of Cascais and not far from Lisbon is a major plus point when planning a golf break. It’s also not far from Penha Longa which is well worth playing. However, I would suggest lowering expectations for Oitavos Dunes - aim off the rankings and go into it with a view of nice holiday golf in a good area and you will not be disappointed.
Date: October 20, 2021