Praia D'El Rey is a beautiful place! Set along the Atlantic, it offers a great golfing experience with high-level service. First, the facilities are good. The clubhouse is nice, with good food and a great terrace for your post-round meal and drinks. The practice facility is fine, but not great, and it could use some improvements, mainly a better short game area.
The course itself is a good one. The conditioning is good and the greens role true. The green complexes are not the most interesting in the world, but they do a good of keeping you thinking. The layout leads you from lush forest to the coastal dunes with tremendous sea views and vistas, and then back into the forest for the end of both nines. The best part of the course is definitely the one playing into the dunes along the Atlantic. While the real estate on the property does take away from what the course could be, holes 13, 14, 15 and 16 are arguably one of the best stretches of golf in Portugal! The 17th hole is a good, challenging par 5 giving you an opportunity at birdie, but it is not a memorable hole. The 18th is somewhat of a letdown, not capitalizing of the good momentum and excitement brought about by the previous holes.
Praia D’El Rey makes for a very good round of golf. If the wind is up, it will show its teeth. On a calm day, good scores can be had! With Royal Obidos next door, it is a great place to enjoy the good weather, the beach and the great atmosphere to be found in that part of Portugal. I look forward to seeing what the new Dye Design course being built along the same shores will look like!
Date: November 07, 2016