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In 2001, the focal point of Quinta da Marinha was the Championship golf course Oitavos Golf, designed by Arthur Hills to surround a 5-Star Hotel set to open in fall 2010. As the course became recognized internationally as a Links experience, the decision was made to change the name to Oitavos Dunes to reflect the natural sand dunes, impacts of the Ocean and Scottish like playing conditions, which all contribute to the way many view Oitavos Dunes as "Natural Links Golf." Played most recently in March 2020, this course is a brilliant track to test your game on and definitely one to visit if you are in Lisbon, Portugal. It is quite long, especially if the wind picks up in the middle of the course when you have some magnificent views of the sea and coastline. The Clubhouse is great, food is good and hospitality as always in Portugal is top-notch.
I was lucky to move to Lisbon in December and rocked up to play the Oitavos in March 2020 before the lockdown.
With the wind and a little rain at times, the course still played brilliantly even if at times, it did feel long with the wind. Some memorable Par 3’s especially on the back 9 and a great variety of holes throughout the round.
It almost feels like a links course but is not a “links” by definition. But if you get the ball onto the fairways, they do run and stopping the ball on the greens can be a bit of a challenge with the wind as well. A great golfing challenging and really hoping to get back out soon and play a little better next time!
The course was in brilliant shape, greens and fairways were great. The clubhouse is a great design and the typical friendly welcome of the P