Friday, 6 May 2011

The Silver Coast around OBIDUS, Portugal

Stunning tenth at Praia Del Rey

glorious beaches of Nazare

stunning coastline of the silver coast

A major blank on TSGs travel portfolio had always been Portugal, so when given the opportunity to visit a friends villa Nr Obidus, I could not resist the invitation. The fact that it was miles and light years away from the Algarve, made the decision much easier. The Algarve has long been the main hunting ground for UK golfers but I was far more interested in the new developments around Obidus, known as The Silver Coast or Golden Triangle.

Obidus Castle, straight out of a Film Set

The coast line North of Lisbon remains very much unspoilt after the Tourist Resort of Estoril famed for its Racing circuit. The coastline from Ericeira up to Peniche and beyond to Nazare quite frankly has some of the best beaches in the world, several noted Surfing hotspots and a sensational rugged vista which has splendid sunsets over its ancient cliffs and beyond onto the Atlantic Ocean. inland there are majestic Medieval Palaces and Castles which simply enchant and enthrall. Throw in several outstanding golf resorts and several under construction, this really is a Golfing Vacation destination , very much with an historic past and promising future.

Praia Del Rey, super Links Golf

Praia Del Rey stunning par 3

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17th at Bom not go long...............

The main course is the top rated Praia Del Rey, oft voted in the continents top twenty and well deserved too. A unique track with the first nine meandering thru the hilly forests and the back nine with the rugged Atlantic as a backdrop. In magnificent condition when we played it... Undulating fast Greens, wind of the Ocean made it quite a challenge too. Within 5 miles of Obidus is the new resort of Bom Successo. Whilst here is substantial property development going on, the course has superbly been designed to weave between forest, climb the rugged hillside and produces splendid vistas overlooking he Obidus Lagoon and beyond. There are several eye catching holes particularly the finishing two. A dogleg downhill par five 17th were any approach long will disappear into a ravine from which recovery would be nigh impossible and what when the development is finished will be a mesmeric last hole. Within 4 miles will be simalar resorts at Royal Obidus due to open in 2012 and Quinta de Obidus 2014. Within twenty mles is he popular Golden Eagle, highly recommended and two small courses at Vimeiro and a 9 holer Botado at The Atlantic Hotel which was in super condition with splendid views when I played it. This is a golfing destination with infinite possibilities I hope they continue restricting the developments so as not to negate the splendid history and beauty of the area as a whole.

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