Portugal Masters in Vilamoura, 20-23 September 2018
Published on 20th September, 2018 by Natalia Martins
Today sees the start of the Portugal Masters in Vilamoura. The event, considered one of the major golf tournaments, is now in its 12th year.
Attracting a host of top players wishing to improve their ‘Race to Dubai’ rankings, major champions include Sergio Garcia, Padraig Harrington and Danny Willett. Last year, the Dane Lucas Bjerregaard won, the first Scandinavian to win the tournament.
The event takes place at the Dom Pedro Victoria Golf Course, which was designed by golfing legend Arnold Palmer and opened in 2004. It is a championship layout that measures 7,209 yards and plays to a par of 72. One of five courses in Vilamoura, the Dom Pedro Victoria Golf Course hosted the World Cup of Golf back in 2005, when Stephen Dodd and Bradley Dredge of Wales triumphed.
Enjoying generous fairways and gentle rough, there are plenty of birdies that can be achieved. However, with the presence of a number of lakes and hazards around the course, there is always a degree of risk for those wishing to take the bold approach to many holes. Great care and attention has been taken to ensure the preservation of the surrounding wetlands and natural vegetation, including carob, olive and almond trees.
It is difficult to find a better place for golfing than Portugal. Voted the World's Best Golf Destination by the World Golf Awards for four years in a row – 2014 to 2017, Portugal has a wide range of courses with characteristics to suit different levels of difficulty and budgets.
There are some ninety courses throughout the country, of which 57 are 18-hole and 9 are 27-hole, with a range of layouts and major golfing challenges recognised by the most experienced golf professionals.