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Palheiro Golf Course
Nearly two-thirds of the
course is carved out of pine forest and botanical woodland established
over the last 100 years.
The 18-hole par 72 course
is skillfully set in the estate and parkland of the Quinta do Palheiro.
Magnificent specimen trees
and shrubs, lush vegetation and the splendid views of the bay and out to
the sea have resulted in one of Europe's most beautiful courses.
5 par 3s increase the number
of 'fun' holes over the customary 4.
There are 5 par 5s, the longest
measuring 529 metres, and of the par 4s, the last two are the longest followed
by a par 5 finish, only fitting for such a good course.
Fairway contouring and bunker
positions will demand accurate tee shot placement to set up the best approach
to the contoured greens.
Players will benefit from
the numerous tees on each hole, and generous fairway widths.
Bogey golf, even par golf,
is feasible for the average player. For the best combination of holes,
Palheiro is designed as a continuous 18, like St Andrew's, Sotogrande and
other famous courses.
The design has made full
use of the hilly terrain which has been supplimented by ornamental lakes.
The trees, bunkers and water
hazards give a demanding game that requires precision approach shots.