Oceânico Group Chairman Chris Howell has been appointed President of Portugal’s prestigious Vilamoura Golf Club.
With a membership of over 1000 and the draw of the most famous name in Portuguese golf, Vilamoura, the club is the largest in Portugal. It was founded in 1969, the same year Oceânico Old Course, the ‘Grande Dame’ of Algarve layouts, opened for play. Vilamoura Golf Club remains closely associated with all of the local Oceânico Golf facilities, where members are entitled to preferential green fees.
Following his appointment at a general meeting this week, Chris Howell said: “I’m proud and honoured to have been named President of Vilamoura Golf Club. It’s a real institution here in Vilamoura and Portugal, and its members can be seen playing our portfolio of courses in the area every day of the week. The relationship between the Oceânico Group and Vilamoura Golf Club has always been a close one, and I look forward to making it even closer during my time as President.”
Vilamoura Golf Club counts among its members the biggest Portuguese names in modern professional golf. These include European Tour winner Ricardo Santos and 2015 Road to Oman winner Ricardo Melo Gouveia, who is now playing his first season on the European Tour and is already ranked inside the world’s top 100.
Oceânico Golf operates the Group’s impressive golf course portfolio. This currently includes the Oceânico Faldo Course and the Oceânico O’Connor Jnr. Course and Oceânico Academy course at Amendoeira Golf Resort, near Silves, and five renowned courses in Vilamoura, Oceânico Victoria (host to the Portugal Masters since 2007), Oceânico Old Course, Oceânico Pinhal, Oceânico Millennium and Oceânico Laguna.
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