West Cliffs, Portugal
This has been the grandest course opening in Europe in 2017 by some distance. Sitting on prime coastal land an hour north of Lisbon, on Portugal’s Silver Coast, West Cliffs Golf Links offers sweeping views of the Atlantic Ocean from each hole.
Situated just 10 minutes from already-vaunted Top 100 venue Praia D’EL Rey, which manages West Cliffs, it was designed by American Cynthia Dye, of Dye Designs Group.
Sprawling over 200 hectares of natural rolling sand dunes and coastal vegetation, it will be a magnet for tourists – also nearby are Royal Obidos and Bom Successo – but is a tough enough design to challenge even the strongest player. It’s not presumptious to state it will be a strong contender for GW’S Top 100 Continental Europe.