South Lisbon

South Lisbon

Ever considered golf in South Lisbon?

Its fair to say that golf in Portugal is something of a given and there are plenty of regions to choose from but how many of you have travelled south of Lisbon for a game?

Thats exactly what we did and just 30 mins outside of the airport I was introduced to a golf region that was completely new to me and offered up a few surprises.

Like any city centre driving can be a little precarious and Lisbon was no different but very quickly we found ourselves travelling across the engineering success that is the Vasco Da Game bridge which crosses the river Tegus and at 7.6 miles long is one of the longest brides in Europe. The road network is excellent all across this region and in literally 30 minutes we arrived at our first golf destination - Quinto Do Peru Golf Club.

Following a warm welcome at the impressive club house and a light lunch we ventured to the first tee after a brief warm up on the clubs driving range and short game area. I would say the opening six holes act as a gentle warm up and then holes 7 and 8 are where the course springs into life, the latter of those holes being an almost ‘island’ par 3. The remaining holes are a real test of golf, tree lined fairways, strategic bunker placement and the introduction of water and lots of it! I always find water featured on a golf course heightens the visual aspect but also the challenge mentally. This course is a fair challenge and a good test of your golf at all levels and I have to say I came of very impressed with my first venture in the region. As with most of my rounds in Portugal they end with an ice cold Super Bock, a quick chat about the one’s that got away and then we jumped in the car and travelled a further 25 mins to our accommodation in the harbour town of Sesimbra.

You approach Sesimbra from a high and dropping down onto the coastline offers up some great views and an air of anticipation develops. It really is a beautiful town which has a very relaxed atmosphere, cobbled streets, traditional architecture, restaurants offering up fresh fish from the sea which is literally yards away from the tables themselves. We stayed at Sana Sesimbra which sits 50 yards from the beach and sea, uninterrupted views would be an understatement, this is the closest I have stayed to the beach/sea ever and the sound of the ocean doesn’t go away as the tide never seemed to be out! I have to say I loved my stay in Sesimbra an idyllic location and atmosphere to match.

Now off to Lisbon City Centre

Next it was off to Aroeira Golf club which offers up two courses aptly named Aroeira I and Aroeira II both of which are mature tree lined parkland beauties. I played Aroeira II and right from the first tee this place offered up a great layout, the tall pines lined most fairways from tee to green, once again water made an appearance particularly around 12 to 18 and the closing Par 5 is a great way to end the round. From here we took a 5 minute drive for post round food and drink at Aroeira Beach Club which sits on the beach with views of the sea and white sandy beach, great food and I would imagine a great atmosphere in the evening. But it was just to be lunch for us and now it was off to Lisbon City Centre.

**Worth noting that in September of 2019 there is a new hotel to be opened in Aroeira which is within walking distance of the 1st tee and we took a brief tour of the as yet unfinished project but it promises to be high end accommodation

As with the drive out it is like any city centre around the World - busy, this time we entered across the ‘25th April’ bridge which resembled the Golden Gate bridge and a great way to arrive at this gorgeous city. Lisbon has a great energy and is full of diversity from the people to the food and can even be witnessed in the city centre travel options, take a tram or a tuc tuc the choice is yours. Again like any city centre it has an abundance of shops, cafes and restaurants. The atmosphere is fantastic and I imagine gets lively after dark, one last mention if your fond of a custard tart then get yourself a Pastel da nata, they don’t get better then this!

Day three and its back out of the city and off to Ribagolfe, probably a 40 minute journey and once again you have two courses to choose from, Riba I or Riba II, I think we need to be more creative with the naming of golf courses! The two courses are similar in terms of the landscape but are very different in the challenge. Riba II is almost American in style, large bunkers, water and huge greens, Riba I was tighter from tee to green, smaller targets and for me a greater challenge of difficulty. All the courses we played offered up great variety in terms of layout as did Ribagolfe my only issue was the club seemed a little remote and a car would be a necessity in terms of travel options.

Overall a very enjoyable trip to a location that offered up a surpassing option and costs for the region are very low by comparison. Typical green fee for all courses was 39euro low season and 52 euro high, great value on any of these courses. Lisbon was a great city but for me a stay in Sesimbra is the perfect location for a bit of everything.

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