|Location||Lagos, Algarve, Portugal|
|Designer / Opened||Robert Trent Jones Jr, Reopened in 2010|
|Holes / Par||27 Holes, Par 72|
|HCP L / G||36 / 28|
|Length (mt)||5961 m / 5614 m / 5020 m|
|ADD Value||1 Free in 8|
European Tour golf, Open Portugal is back!
Seven years later, European Tour golf returns to Portugal and will be hosted at the Morgado Golf Resort in the Algarve .
The European Tour golf announced today the definitive calendar for 2017 and in it, surprise, there is the “Open of Portugal in the Morgado Golf Resort (full name of the tournament), from 11 to 14 May at the Morgado Golf Course, the Nau Hotels & Resorts Group, in Portimão. The complex has another course, the Álamos Golf Course.
A welcome return, since it was not held since 2010 (under the Estoril Open title in Portugal ) in Penha Longa, with victory of the Danish Thomas Bjorn, recently nominated captain of Europe in the Ryder Cup. The event therefore returns to the Algarve , since between 2007 and 2010 was played in Greater Lisbon courses (Oitavos Dunes, Cascais, 2007, 2008 and 2009, and Penha Longa in 2010).
It will be the 55th edition of one of the oldest and most emblematic events of the main European circuit. It will have a prize money of 500,000 Euros and will be dual, in the sense of scoring simultaneously for the European Tour and the Challenge Tour, as was the Madeira Open, which this year will not be played after 23 consecutive editions.
The Open Portugal is one of three back-to-back races, alongside The Rocco Forte Open – Verdura (18-21 May) in Sicily, Italy, and the Andalucia Valderrama Masters hosted by the Sergio Garcia Foundation (19-22 October).
The Portuguese Open at the Morgado Golf Resort will be hosted by NAU Hotels & Resorts, owner of the golf course, the Portuguese Golf Federation (FPG) and the PGA of Portugal , in association with the European Tour and the Challenge Tour.
Algarve and its golf courses are considered repeatedly by magazines devoted to the sport and by international associations of specialist tour operators the best golfing destination in the world. Golfing in Portugal it´s one of the best options for your golfing breaks abroad. Vilamoura and Oceanico, Quinta do Lago, Carvoeiro Pestana and Vale do Lobo are some of the most popular golfing destinations.
Algarve golf courses are located in protected areas with spectacular views, carved in the nature as if they were always there, golf in Algarve is recognised for quality of their facilities internationally, designed by many prestigious legendary champions such as Sir Henry Cotton, Rocky Roquemore, Arnold Palmer and Ronald Fream. Driving Range, Golf Academy and Restaurants are just some of the facilities provided by many of the thirty four golf courses in Algarve region, four of those golf courses with twenty seven holes. Algarve offers luxury golf holidays or cheap golf holidays with many of Portugal best resorts.
For Holidays in the south of Portugal Algarve there are more than two hundred hotels with easy access from the Faro International Airport, which is in the middle of the region, that offers so many direct air links to plenty destinations in the world. Golf players can enjoy their Algarve Holidays almost 365 days of sun, they can play almost throughout all year with an ideal climate in this paradise for golfers region.
Algarve golf history started in 1966 when Penina Championship course open, designed by Sir Henry Cotton. Many golf courses followed to increase the offer. 1969 was the year the portuguese Old Course born, created by Frank Pennick. In 1988 San Lorenzo, by Joe Lee, opens to begin a second wave of course building. Oceanico Victoria opens in 2004 designed by none other than Arnold Palmer. Onyria Palmares built in 1970's designed by Frank Pennink got revised by Robert Trent in 2011 becoming a brand new course. In 2012, Espiche near Lagos was the last golf course built in Algarve . The new Quinta do Lago North by Beau Welling & Paul McGinley opens. 50th years of Algarve golf history completed in 2016.
European Tour CEO, Keith Pelley said: 'The Algarve continues to be a terrific backdrop for tournament golf, having hosted 35 tournaments on The European Tour and Senior Tour, as well as the Senior Tour Qualifying School since 2001.'
'We are proud to have been able to showcase this wonderful region to a worldwide audience and I’m sure it will be another golden year for golf on the Algarve with the 50th anniversary celebrations planned, including the 10th edition of the Portugal Masters at Oceânico Victoria Golf Course in Vilamoura.'
If you are considering some golf holidays in Portugal , the Algarve region can be divided for three main golf areas such as West, Central and East. In the West Algarve , you will encounter three towns with golf courses to offer, Portimão, Silves and Lagos . The Central area that goes from Albufeira to Faro, which includes the so much called Golden Triangule, Vilamoura, Quinta do Lago and Vale do Lobo, offer the majority and most known golf courses of Algarve . Tavira town will offer most of the East area golf courses, as the well known Monte Rei, 10th in the European top 100 golf courses. Booking golf in Portugal ? Tee times can provide golf holiday packages for your best Algarve golf vacation, one of the best destinations for golfing in Europe.