|Winding through the hills,
Belas Clube de Campo provides an excellent view over the Sintra mountain
range. To the north is the Penha Palace and Cabo Espichel on the south bank of the Tagus River
Text based on that provided by the Portuguese
the course was designed by the renowned
golf architect, William "Rocky" Roquemore, one of several projects in
Portugal, the Belas course is between Belas and Queluz in
Carregueira mountains. It has been perfectly integrated in Charles Franzman's
master-plan for the Country Club's residential development of houses spread
over the hills, with views over the golf course and the valleys, and fairways
sheltered from the wind.
The course, a traditional
Par 72, runs to 6,380 metres and is divided into two very different sections:
the first crosses a naturally preserved landscape; the second runs by some
houses that are part of the development, and has been improved by the planting
of one thousand trees, mainly pine.
There are two holes notable
for their beauty and their challenging qualities: the second hole, a Par
5 called Augusta, was built in homage to the 13th hole of the famous course
where the Masters tournament takes place; hole number 18, a memorable Par
4 finisher, was christened "The Big Hole", because of the second stroke
players must make some 180 metres from the green, which is well protected
by a lake.