West Cliffs, Por­tu­gal

Golf World (UK) - - New Destinations -

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 our Top 100 Con­ti­nen­tal Europe, to be pub­lished in our Novem­ber is­sue (on sale mid Septem­ber).

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