When you think of golf holidays, Portugal is one of the first countries that springs to mind. Boasting a number of quality courses, this popular Mediterranean destination is a winner for anyone who looks forward to their well-earned golfing break. The Royal Obidos Golf and Spa in Lisbon is definitely deserving of its regal name and, designed by Seve Ballesteros who described it as a “great and wonderful place”, this boutique golf resort is a fabulous place to head to if you are looking to book one of the many specialist golf holidays Portugal has to offer. |
This prestigious resort combines elegance, class and impeccable, high-quality facilities with luxury, extravagance and comfort. The course here measures 7,100 yards from end to end and, just as any golfing encounter worth its salt should, tests players of all abilities from the wannabe golfer to the more accomplished player.
With a stunning clubhouse that boasts an extensive terrace and panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean, you are treated to an excellent experience all round.
The Evolutee Hotel
If it is luxury, boutique accommodation you are searching for to complement your golfing trip, the Evolutee Hotel, designed by the global property design sensation ‘yoo’ Studio, will not disappoint. Forty opulent yet relaxing rooms are beautifully decorated and harmoniously combine classic contemporary elements with natural features. Bathrooms are large and include a shower and bath, and of course there are complementary slippers and bathrobes.
Private balconies are the perfect spot on which to relax when you want to make the most of the minibar or room service while taking in the stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean and the golf course. With three restaurants on site and a modern spa area, this hotel has everything you could possibly need on site.
The Golf Course
Designed by Seve Ballesteros who sadly didn’t ever get to play on the finished course, this incredible collection of fairways, greens and holes is a jewel among a huge variety of courses in Portugal. The inviting clubhouse complete with its huge glass veranda, pro shop, locker rooms, bar, and excellent restaurant that features Portuguese specialities is understated and yet still exudes elegance. As the course unfolds ahead of it, it is easy to see why it has become a feature of many golf holidays.
Portugal’s courses can often be challenging and on this course you might want to look out for the 4th hole, a long-par 4, and the 7th, a long-par 5. Views from many holes are breathtaking though and can definitely distract from the tough shots you have to play. Lakes and streams are among the many natural features and if you choose to play off the back nine watch out for the huge par 5 at the 10th; the water can be a tricky one to contend with here.
After long days out on the golf course, you may be ready for some rest and relaxation. The spa at the Evolutee Hotel has been attentively created drawing inspiration from the natural elements that surround it. As soon as you enter, you are enveloped by a sense of peaceful tranquillity that has you winding down in no time. The treatments are top quality and many use local natural resources such as chocolate, wine, pears and sour cherries.
Also at the spa there is a thermal area, which includes a heated indoor pool, Finnish sauna, steam room and relaxation room. The spa is a real bonus if you are travelling with a partner who may not be as keen on your sport as you are, plus there is the Elemental Thermal Suite that you can enjoy exclusively with your other half.
For any avid player on the look out for luxury golf holidays, Portugal’s Royal Obidos Golf and Spa is definitely worth considering. Every element from the facilities to the service is second to none, so if it’s unforgettable you yearn for then you are in luck!
Steve Frewin is the Managing Director of A Golfing Experience, a company with more than 29 years experience organising bespoke golf holidays and escapes throughout Europe for individuals, societies and groups. If you're looking for truly great golf holidays, Portugal is one of our top destinations. We also operate in all the other major European golf destinations and, if you'd like to explore options further afield, we can arrange holidays to the world's greatest golf courses in The Caribbean, Mauritius, Bermuda and USA.
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