Thursday, 24 February 2011

Lisbon...between strokes.

The Sun is shining, the sky is light blue and you have green trees shaked by a smal breeze but not enough to spoil your stroke, this is just the right scenario for a perfect Tee.

In the end of the day, you return to the hotel and guess what? You are in downtown Lisbon, surrounded by history and culture, just a few walking minutes away from a couple of the most well-know Cafés and Restaurants. Impossible, you may say! Not really, let me tell you why.

Lisbon is not known as a primary Golf destination, but still the interest is starting to grow, at present there are several courses available in Lisbon or in the surround areas, with easy and fast access by car. This way instead of staying confine to the resort facilities you can have the best of two worlds and enjoy the pleasure of golfing and still feel the bubbling of a cosmopolitan city.

Here are a few examples of courses, just at hand:
 - The golf course at Quinta da Marinha has 18 holes with 5.870 meters of unadulterated nature surroundings and major challenges.
Designed by the legendary Robert Trent Jones Senior, this par 71 has great views to Atlantic Ocean and Sintra Mountains.
The area, Lisbon Golf Coast, won the IAGTO Award in 2007 - Best Established Golfing Destination Europe. 
 -  Designed by an American architect, Gary Grandstaff, Paço do Lumiar is a 9 holes Golf Course designed as a challenge for the better player, while remaining great fun for all the family.
Huge U.S.G.A. tees allowing for constant repair on our 7 par three and 2 par four.
Greens designed for any top rated golf course, and all of this right in the middle of Lisbon!

- At only 30 minutes far from Lisbon center, on the other side of the Tagus river, having an extremely mild climate, allowing to play golf along all the year, is located the Aroeira Country Club which has 2 fields with 18 holes, is considered by experts, as one of the best Golf Complex of Europe. Aroeira "I" was designed by Frank Pennick one of the most well-know and famous Golf fields architects, that achieve herea real master-piece, to reach, in exemplar way to requisites od championship golf with the spontaneous and savagee nature harmony which shelters and surrounds it.
This is just a small hint of what Lisbon has to offer, and to help you in this journey the Avenida Palace has designed a Golf Package that enables you to benefit from the fairways without worrying with scheduling and transport.

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