Course improvements at Aroeira, one of Portugal’s most iconic golfing venues, continue apace with the latest phase seeing cart paths totally renovated on the Aroeira I course.
Now under the management of ORIZONTE – Lisbon Golf, the extensive works will see a team working through the winter on root removal and path reconstruction, with works planned to finish in time for the start of the main golfing season in March next year.
The latest works, part of a €200,000 investment in course improvements at Aroeira, underline the commitment of ORIZONTE to restored one of Europe’s most emblematic golfing estates to its former glory.
The management group took over the 36-hole complex south of Lisbon in summer 2013 and has wasted little time in putting in place a comprehensive programme to upgrade its facilities.
Dubbed the ‘Wentworth of Lisbon’ by the UK press in the 1970s and 80s, the Aroeira environment is to Lisbon what The Hamptons are to New York, with the city’s cognoscenti and fashionistas owning impressive property within its gated community, which boasts vast stretches of golden beaches close by.
At its heart are two well-designed courses created by Frank Pennick and Donald Steel that meander through impressive stands of tall pine trees, reminiscent of some of Surrey and Berkshire’s finest old clubs. As well as hosting two Portuguese Opens, the courses have, between them, staged many other high-profile tournaments including several Ladies’ European Tour events and, in 2013, the prestigious European Men’s Club Trophy.
Under the expert guidance of head greenkeeper Dirk Hoeven, the ORIZONTE management team has initiated a series of measures designed to improve the playing facilities at Aroeira and enhance the visitor golfer experience.
Launched this spring, ORIZONTE – Lisbon Golf and offers the chance to play some of the leading courses in close proximity to Portugal’s capital together with exceptional value for money on a wide range of accommodation options across the region.
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