Oitavos Dunes - Lisbon & Centre - Portugal

Oitavos Dunes,
Quinta da Marinha,
Casa da Quinta,
25 Quinta da Marinha,
2750-715 Cascais,
Portugal


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Travelling west along the northern banks of the Tagus River from Lisbon and passing through the pleasant and lively seaside towns of Estoril and Cascais will soon bring us to the resort of Quinta da Marinha. Located in the Sintra-Cascais National Park, sensitive development of the area has been underway now for a number of years and has already included a fine hotel and golf course.

Oitavos Dunes is a most recent addition in golfing terms to the area and was inaugurated in September 2001. The location of Oitavos Dunes is on land at the most westerly tip of Europe and the course mixes wondrous views of the Atlantic Ocean with the stunning backdrop of the Sintra Mountains. Designed by the renowned Arthur Hills, Oitavos Dunes is one of only two European courses that bear his name. Most of Hills’s courses are in the USA and as a consequence there was always the danger that he may have built a stereotypical US ‘target golf’ course. Thankfully, Oitavos Dunes has none of that feel and is a wonderful test that perfectly utilises the rich tapestries of this area of Portugal to create eighteen challenging but playable holes.

Oitavos Dunes is a par 71 course that measures just over 6,300 metres from the competition tees. The course is a lovely mix of woodland and links-type holes that have been expertly laid to make the most of the existing landscape. All the holes flow well and have testing hazards and excellent greens that are always firm and fast and full of slopes and borrows.

The first four holes will demonstrate to the golfer the quality to come without actually being too testing. Having said that they are all tree-lined, have careful bunkering and small, tricky greens that will require controlled tee shots and accurate approaches. The next twelve holes play with more of a links feel to them with lovely sandy ground, dunes and fewer trees with which to contend. For the final two holes it’s back into the trees and a tough finish to a great course.

The pick of the holes on the front nine are the 5th, 7th and 8th. The 5th is a par four measuring 434 metres and plays slightly uphill to a partly hidden green. The 7th and 8th are back to back long par fives, the second being the hardest hole on the course. Both require three long, controlled shots avoiding the trees, dunes and bunkers to achieve par.

On the back nine the pick of the holes are the 14th, 17th and 18th but none of the others can be said to let the course down. The 14th is probably the signature hole, and is a wonderful par three that can play much longer than its 153 metres suggests. The tee shot is played across a storm ravine that then runs all along the right hand side of the hole. The final two holes are wonderful tough tests to finish the round, as they are both par fours in excess of 430 metres. The 17th is slightly easier and has a downhill approach but the green is tricky and the bunker front left must be avoided. The 18th is a classic finishing hole, it is long, dogleg left with a narrow fairway and trees and dunes bordering the rough on both sides.

Host to four Portuguese Opens, the old fashioned “out-and-back” routed Oitavos was the first golf course in Europe to receive Audubon Gold Certification.

Head to Quinta da Marinha for your next golf break, enjoy the cooler temperatures, wonderful scenery and Oitavos Dunes.

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Description: The golf course at Oitavos Dunes is a lovely mix of woodland and links-type holes that have been expertly laid to make the most of the existing landscape. Rating: 7.2 out of 10 Reviews: 37
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Paul
I played Oitavos twice recently on a golf holiday to Cascais (July 09). There is no doubt that this is a good course but I have to say I was disappointed. Having read numerous gushing reviews, looked in detail at the course website and watched the Estoril Open on TV my expectations had been seriously raised but unfortunately they weren’t matched. Maybe I had over hyped the course in my own head to much, but I preferred the other two courses we played on our holiday – Penha Longa and Golf do Estoril. There seems to be a continual debate over which is the better course – Oitavos or Penha Longa and on my experience I would say Penha Longa. Having said that, Oitavos is a good course and should definitely be on your play list for this area of Portugal – the greens were are superb, the clubhouse swanky and the staff extremely friendly and helpful. The fairways lacked roll, but it was mid July so I think a bit more grass had been left on, and it certainly isn’t cheap – EUR 65.00 for a buggy! Needless to say, we carried and to be honest, you don’t really need a buggy – it’s a relatively flat course. I was disappointed with the “famous” par three 14th, which Oitavos tout as “one of the world’s great par threes”. That is a bold statement – it’s a fine hole but one of the world’s best? – I’m not so sure! Hole highlights for me – the tee shot on the short par four 11th is fun! and providing you have got a good drive away your approach to the 18th green will require all your skill.
July 30, 2009
6 / 10
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Hendrik Hilgert
This is the best course in the Lisbon area in my view. Have played it a few times now, most recently this June. The course design is excellent, with a number of memorable holes, great Par 3s and an excellent finishing hole while there are only a few holes on this course which I would view as more average. The maintenance status of the course was the best of all courses we played in the Lisbon area during our golf trip. The clubhouse is also spectacular, benefiting from wonderful views and high quality food. Lastly the entire staff on and off the course were very friendly and welcoming. As a more marginal point I would add that the online booking system is very convenient and user friendly. All in all the not insignificant green fee is fully justified by the great experience Oitavos provides.
July 22, 2009
10 / 10
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Hans E
June 03, 2010
I politely disagree with this ranking. I played the course last July and was extremely disappointed. The lay out is not bad, but to say it is great is an exaggeration. But; first and foremost the course was in the worst shape I have experienced from a top rated course. Slow and bad greens, bad fairways and building activities that stretched out to the course area (!). Penha Longa and Quintha da Marinha was in much better shape.
steve valandra
August 22, 2010
Oitavos is an average course at best. Nothing special here.
Eric B Kuisch
Oitavos is worth the money. Steep greenfee for a sexy links course. Immaculate maintenance, tricky and fast greens. Stunning views on Sintra and the Atlantic on nearly every hole.The fairways could have been firmer but definitely the links look and feel on Oitavos is there, especially if the wind gets into play. The layout is challenging, apart from the first four holes. They are quite standard. The closing hole is really superb. One of the best I've played. Par feels like a birdie here.
May 02, 2009
10 / 10
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Martyn Lowden
A 'do not miss ' course if you are staying in the Lisbon/Cascais area.Unspoilt, scenic and beautifully presented this course benefits from a lack of residential development that blights a lot of Iberian courses in my opinion.The modern clubhouse sets the tone, shop and caddy staff are friendly, complimentary drinks then on to the course.We were fortunate to play in benign conditions, I'm sure with wind this is a stiff test. If you can drive well then this is a very fair test with lots of strategic bunkering, lovely greens and great Atlantic views.The greenkeeper came for a chat at one point, and happily uphill to the tricky Par3 14th watched our balls safely onto the green.Truely memorable indeed
September 30, 2008
10 / 10
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Eric
May 02, 2009
The residential development is building up unfortunately around the course. When I played quite some construction work was going on. Let's hope it will be limited.
steve
October 18, 2010
Oitavos is a disappointment. It looks much better on TV than it does in person. Not what I would call a course for professional golf.
Phil Bonsall
Played it very soon after it opened 7 or 8 years ago.A good layout, and on that day the greens were lightening. Having watched it on TV in recent years they appear to have slowed them down a bit thank god!Great clubhouse and friendly staff.The last 2 holes is probably the toughest finish of any course that I have ever played.
September 26, 2008
6 / 10
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Henrik Meerburg
This is one of my absolute favourite courses in continental Europe. That's been the case from the moment I first entered the extraordinary clubhouse, asking "if we have come to the right place - Oitavos" and beeing greeted with the words "Oitavos is always the right place"...This is a very special place to be. Freshly squeezed orange juice and coffee and biscuits as they clean your clubs. The smell of herbs as you walk the beautiful course. The condition of fairways, greens and teeboxes. And that futuristic clubhouse that is so "cool". One of the golf courses that I always long to go back to.
February 13, 2008
10 / 10
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Drew Rogers
September 13, 2008
Opened in 2001, a natural linksland course, 3-time host of the Portuguese Open (among others), also the 1st Audubon Gold Signature Sanctuary in Europe (environmental certification), ranked #33 in Europe by Golf World when it opened, spectacular views of the Atlantic on every hole.
Tim Browne
This is a relatively young course that came to the attention of many on TV in 2004 when Paul Lawrie took a big number on 17th to drop off the lead of the PGA tournament and then poor Barry Lane took an even bigger number on the last to blow his chances. I think this was Paul Broadhurst's first win for ages. It is a terrific links course. It starts through trees and opens out with a very tough par 4 5th. The 9th is a splendid par 3 from a high tee at the far end of the course with views of the sea and then you play back along the coast on some super par 4s. 13th and 14th are back to back par 3s, both terrific holes over some real wasteland. As you head back to home the holes are difficult finishing with a really tough par 4 18th where you seem to have no room from the tee and even less on your approach to the green. An excellent course. Together with Troia and Praia D'el Rey this area has three top class links courses.
August 04, 2006
8 / 10
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Steven Ketel
August 22, 2014
8 handicap from the US. Loved the layout but found the greens to be quite slow. Might have been the day that we played but it was dry and they could have been trimmed. Otherwise loved the people around the club - top notch