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Golfe de Amarante
Oporto Golf Club
Ponte de Lima
Estela Golf Club
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Amarante Golf course
At just 45 minutes from Porto and one hour from the Douro valley, surrounded by unspoiled nature and with breathtaking views, Amarante Golf Course is a challenging golfcourse. Hilly & narrow but gentle to play thr course finds its way through the unique vistas and wines from the Douro wine region. Located in an extraordinary landscape the Amarante golf course also includes several waterfalls.
When driving off from the tees at the start of the holes, the Amarante golf course demands particularly precise shots because of its narrow design, and because of the bunkers protecting greens and lakes, which are decisive ingredients of the game at holes number 3, 8, 12 and 17. Despite being a hilly golf course rising 600 metres above sea level, most of the 18 holes of Amarante Golf offer a gentle game, because the architect, Jorge Santana da Silva has been able to limit the climbs to a minimum.
Hole number 4 must be made mention of, being a par 4 for just 306 metres, but nevertheless offering a considerable challenge. Its approach shot must be made onto a green raised 10 metres above the fairway which measures just twenty metres wide and seven metres long. The best players can hope for a birdie if they perform well on the par 5 holes
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Montebello Golf course
Running through 200 hectares, the Golf de Montebelo is set in a unique landscape with exceptional views over Serra da Estrela and Serra do Caramulo. It was designed by Mark Stilwell and Malcolm Kenyon to respect both the terrain's dimensions and its shape, and the result has been to make the best of the course's landscape qualities.
The mountainous course, spotted with gorse and heather, runs through pine and oak trees, over 6,300 metres. It is divided in two parts, named according to their main geographical landmarks: the Caramulo course (first nine holes) and the Estrela course (next nine holes). Dog legs, no less than eight of them, are typical of this course. The final sequence is unforgettable, the last three holes provide astonishing views over valleys, streams, hills, lakes and well protected greens.
The most memorable hole, however, is probably number 12, a long Par 3, running downhill towards its green, with a bunker on the left and a lake behind. This hole is considered to be the "soul of the course" because of its challenging physical characteristics and the unique landscape that surrounds it.
Oporto Golf course
The Oporto Golf Course is located 17 kms to the south of Porto city beside the beautiful beaches of Espinho. Oporto Golf Club, after Pau, in France, the second oldest course in Continental Europe. It was established in 1890, when British residents in Porto created the club.
The Oporto golf course, an authentic links (at the sea side) is relatively short. Its narrow fairways, together with the north wind, are the main obstacles, starting out with a difficult Par 4. In terms of challenging holes, one cannot forget number 11, a Par 5 of 494 metres, which together with hole number 4, is considered to be the most difficult of Oporto golf course.
As if to balance the difficulties of these earlier holes, each of Oporto course's two halves concludes with a very accessible Par 5 hole, providing some exciting endings for competitions.
Ponto de Lima Golf Course
Located on the rural area of Ponte de Lima, is a mixed between level and hilly terrain. The first nine holes being hilly and the second nine level. These unique characteristics in the northern region delight players with the fantastic views over the Lima valley as well as having contact with the typical Minho countryside.
In the middle of the course, between holes 1, 10, 9, 18, is situated the Clubhouse where various services, such as reception, golf shop, hire of equipment, restaurant, bar, terrace, saunas, pool, television room, two Ténis Courts, are available.
Estela Golf Course
Situated near a lively summer resort, Póvoa de Varzim, and only 30 minutes from Oporto, the Estela golf course is a typical links course (at the sea side). Built over three kilometres of beautiful dunes, Estela Golf Club provides breathtaking views over the Atlantic.
Two big lakes add to the beauty of Estela Golf Course, which can become quite challenging when the wind is blowing. This is a true links and not for those who have difficulties with the driver! With narrow fairways in the landing areas, all pressure is placed in the tee shot. Indeed inaccurate drives will be punished by landing in the sand-dunes, and on almost every occasion a ball lands off the fairway there is little chance of reaching the green with a second shot. There are few fairway bunkers in Estela golf course, simply because they are not needed. If you fail a fairway at Estela, you will be caught by the dunes. Just like in the classical traditional links, most shots at the greens are open, thus allowing the ball to enter them rolling. If you manage to get there without many detours, you will find firm and fast greens. There aren’t many lines and, even after torrential rain in winter, the greens remain in good condition.
Introduction to Costa Verde
The Costa Verde is the name of the tourist area covering the districts of the Minho and most of the Douro Litoral. It stretches north from the City of Porto to the Spanish border which is a limited distance north of Viana do Castelo. It is an area highly populated with a large percentage of younger people. Inland, there are several historic and interesting cities, towns and villages that will fascinate the passing tourist. Particularly important are the tow other towns of Braga and Guimarães.
This area is the ancient beginnings of what today is known as the country of Portugal. The first town Braga is renown for its many imposing buildings and having been the original capital of the district during the time when the Peninsular was occupied by the Swevian tribe from the north of Europe. In this town there are some wonderful examples of medieval buildings together with its formidable castle.
The second town Guimarães has retained its many medieval buildings and its castle is imposing. The city was considered the capital of the district of Portucale after the tribes had been driven away. In 1139 Portugal's first King, Afonso Henriques, declared in the cathedral in this town of his intention to conquer the rights to a kingdom and convert and later enlarge the district known as Portucale into a Kingdom (Portugal) over which he would hence forth rule.
A very popular area is the Parque da Penada Gerêz, a nature reserve of charming beauty in the north-east corner on the border with Spain. here, a visitor may encounter many forms of wild life in their natural inhabitation and various species of plants and trees. Some of these species are unique to the Iberian Peninsular. An ideal destination for nature lovers and walkers.
The City of Porto inhabitants have through history suffered considerably from the result of either Royal fights between brothers or from invasion by foreign troops or open rebellion against their rulers. However, they have always struggled onwards with noticeable determination and the present immediate surroundings today demonstrate an industrially dynamic area with many diversified industries. This productivity gives the city the bustle and busy feeling that is so noticeable to the visitor. It is impressive to note the close co-operation that these industries have with the northern academic world and its associations. The fruit of this very positive attitude is still to be fully reaped, but already the improvement in the quality of products and the introduction of new skills are to be noted. The City is also internationally noted for being the source of the famous drink "Porto". The wines are harvested on the lower slopes in the middle reaches of the River Douro and then brought by barge down the river to the city. On the waterfront across the river from the centre of the city is the very visible signs of the different manufacturers that are involved in this trade. Another product within their wine trade and more commonly known within Portugal, is the white wine called "Vinho Verde". Literally translated this means "young (green) wine. It is normally acid and sharp on the palette and is consumed soon after bottling.
There is a concentrated industrialized coastal strip composed of small and medium industries that employ less than 50 workers per enterprise. Their products range from metal and machinery to such industries as printing and publishing.
An very interesting way to see and feel the true culture and history of this region is to stay in some of the various Pousadas, most of which are steeped in local atmosphere and with historic architecture of this region.