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West Cliffs Golf Links is Por­tu­gal’s new­est lay­out and is al­ready be­ing hailed as the best in the coun­try, hav­ing opened in July this year.

Lo­cated less than an hour north of Lis­bon (about three and a half hours north of the Al­garve) on the mag­nif­i­cent Sil­ver Coast, West Cliffs was de­signed by Cyn­thia Dye, from the world-renowned golf ar­chi­tec­ture com­pany Dye De­signs Group.

The spec­tac­u­lar par-72 clifftop links has been cre­ated over 200 hectares of nat­u­ral land­scape, rolling sand dunes and coastal veg­e­ta­tion, and of­fers sweep­ing views of the At­lantic Ocean from each hole.

Andy New­march, ed­i­tor of the re­spected Top 100 Golf Cour­ses web­site, said: “West Cliffs is one of the very best Euro­pean open­ings in re­cent years, if not the best.

“It’s ex­cit­ing and dra­matic, with qual­ity holes from start to fin­ish, and is sim­ply ex­hil­a­rat­ing to play. There is no doubt in my mind that it is set to be­come a big hit­ter on the Euro­pean golf scene over the com­ing years.”

Fit­ting seam­lessly into its nat­u­ral sur­round­ings, West Cliffs mea­sures a test­ing 7,003 yards in length but, thanks its mod­ern de­sign and a choice of sev­eral sets of tees.

“This has been an in­cred­i­ble project to be in­volved in, right from the mo­ment when I first vis­ited the site and saw what was pos­si­ble 14 years ago,” Dye said.

“With its amaz­ing lo­ca­tion and ter­rain, West Cliffs is the most fan­tas­tic nat­u­ral golf course site imag­in­able. The course was re­ally al­ready there for us, and it was our job to shape the holes to cre­ate an in­cred­i­ble dra­matic ex­pe­ri­ence.

“With a num­ber of dif­fer­ent ways to play each hole and the wide choice of tees, we be­lieve that we have de­signed a course that golfers will want to play time and time again, and it’s a real plea­sure for us to re­ceive such great ini­tial feed­back.”

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