How would you fare against some of the golfing icons of the game on one of these European Tour destinations?
Dom Pedro Victoria Course, Vilamoura, Portugal
The Dom Pedro Victoria Course has held the Portugal Masters no less than thirteen times since 2007 and has seen twelve individual golfers win purses of €1.5 million.
Some of the most notable victories include:
Lee Westwood (2009) – 23 under Par
Shane Lowry (2012) – 12 under Par
Padraig Harrington (2016) -23 under Par
Tom Lewis (2011 & 2018) -21 and -22 under Par
Course Record 59 – Oliver Fisher
The Victoria Course in Vilamoura is a firm favourite with anyone considering golf breaks to Vilamoura, opened for playback in 2004 it was the fifth course to be added to the Vilamoura collection of golf courses and designed by the legendary Arnold Palmer.
You can be assured the course will be in excellent condition, whatever time of year you decide to play. The fairways and greens are very well maintained, with the latter often very fast, be prepared when making putts. How you perform on the greens can make or break your round, as not only are they fast but they are large and undulating. Hit the wrong part of the green with your approach shot, and you will be battling to save par, even if you land under regulation. The first green will give you a good idea of what to expect for the remainder of the round.
Montgomerie Maxx Royal, Belek, Turkey
The Montgomerie Maxx Royal golf course has held the Turkish Airlines Open four times since 2013 and has seen the following golfers win purses of €7 million.
Some of the most notable victories include:
Victor Dubuisson (2013)
Brooks Koepka (2014)
Victor Dubuisson (2015)
Tyrell Hatton (2019)
Course Record 62 – Raphael Jacquelin
The Montgomerie Maxx Royal is an all-inclusive golf course meaning that all food and drink consumed before, during and post your round of golf is included in your green fee. The back 9 holes are also floodlit, and you can mimic Tyrell Hattons winning playoff holes from 2019.
The Montgomerie Maxx Royal is one of the best golf courses in Belek and a world-class destination.
Finca Cortesin, Costa del Sol, Spain
Finca Cortesin Golf Course has held the Volvo World Matchplay Championship three times since 2009. Some of the most notable victories include:
Ross Fisher (2009) – 4&3 Vs Anthony Kim
Ian Poulter (2011) – 2&1 Vs Luke Donald
Nicholas Colsaerts (2012) 1 up Vs Graeme McDowell
Course Record TBC
Finca Cortesin is one of the best and most luxurious golf resorts in the whole of Spain.
The 18 Hole Championship golf course is one of the longest in Europe measuring just over 7,400 yards from the back pegs, although only 13 years old it already holds its own in the world of excellent golf courses. The course designed by the famous American architect Cabell Robinson took over from the West course at Wentworth.
Oitavos Dunes, Cascais, Lisbon, Portugal
Unfortunately due to the Covid19 outbreak in 2020 meant the Golf Sixes for 2020 was cancelled at Oitavos Dunes golf course. In 2019 the resort held one of the events most successful outings at this fantastic Lisbon Coast golf course. In 2019 we saw a strong field of golfers competing for the title and was eventually won by Thongchai Jaidee and Phachara Knongwatmai of Thailand who beat the Uk golfers of Tom Lewis and Paul Waring in the final event.
Course Record – 64 Gonzalo Fernandez-Castaño
Oitavos Dunes has hosted the Portuguese Open numerous times and is making great strides in riding up the world rankings in the world of golf.
Oitavos Dunes is a challenging golf course with some of the most stunning backdrops over the Atlantic Ocean in golf. Oitavos Dunes gives the sense of something special, and it has to be played, to be believed. Located just on the outskirts of Cascais which we firmly believe is one of the hidden gems if you are considering Portugal for your next golf holidays.
Barcelo Montecastillo Golf Resort, Cadiz, Spain
Barcelo Montecastillo Golf Course has held the Volvo Masters five times taking over from the Turespana Masters since 1994 and has seen winners of great stature lift trophies. Some of the most notable victories include:
Lee Westwood (1997) – 16 under Par
Darren Clarke (1998) – 17 under Par
Miguel Angel Jimenez (1999) -19 under Par
Padraig Harrington (2001) -12 under Par
Course Record – TBC
Often described as the Wentworth of Spain, Montecastillo golf course designed by Jack Nicklaus has been a firm favourite with our clients for many a year. Flights are now more frequent and very affordable to Jerez from London Gatwick, Stansted and Manchester.
The course allows you to see everything from the tee boxes. Which makes it suitable for players of all abilities but due to the length of the course, which stretches to over 6,500 yards, you must play from the correct tee or face a very tough round of golf.
The PGA European Tour has been in place since 1972. The order of merit award for the best golfer of the scheduled season started in 1985, where the “Golfer of the Year” was Germany’s own Bernhard Langer. For the next 8 years, the winners dominated by some of golf’s most notable European golfers.
Seve Ballesteros, Bernhard Langer, Nick Faldo and Ian Woosnam were all key in the development of the European Tour and were partially responsible for the overall success of the European Tour which runs parallel to the American counterpart the PGA Tour.
Today Rory Mcilroy holds the record for the most money won on the European Tour and has earned a staggering 38.6 Million Pounds in prize money from the Tour.