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Portugal Golf Newsletter
March 2008

Portugal Golf News - (2008/03/31)

Algarve Golf News
Over the past years the Algarve won several golfing awards, such as IAGTO's "Established Golf Destination of the Year" in 2006, and "Best Golf Destination in the World" by Germany's "Rheingolf Magazin" in 2007, it is now the turn of another German publication, "Golf Magazin" to elect the Algarve as the destination with the best courses in Europe, ahead of rivals Majorca and the West Coast of Ireland. Christopher Stilwell, Chairman of the 'Algarve Golfe' association of golf course owners, and Vice-Chairman of ATA, the Algarve Tourist Association, travelled to Cologne during the last week in February to accept the award on behalf of the region.

Continuing on the awards subject, the Pestana Vale da Pinta Resort was granted the first Eco-Golf certificate issued by TÜV Rheinland Group to be given out in Portugal. In addition to the golf certificate, the resort also received an Eco-Hotel one, the objective of both being to maintain environmentally friendly policies with strict regulations on energy, water, and waste materials issues.

Improvements to the Alto Golf & Country Club are taking place, coinciding with considerable restructuring of the resort. In January, the complex announced that Commandant José Barroso Pereira and Dr. Nuno Barroso Pereira had acquired a significant stake in the business. More golf course maintenance equipment, re-fitting of the golf shop and major landscaping improvements to the clubhouse surrounds are some of the projects under way. Mr. Ed Edwards has been appointed as the new Resort Director, having previously held senior management positions in golf resorts in the USA, Egypt, Oman and Ireland and consultancy roles with golf developments worldwide.

Oceânico Golf have announced that both the Nick Faldo and Christy O’Connor Jnr. courses at their Amendoeira Resort will now open simultaneously to a restricted number of players in September this year, prior to their grand opening the following month. The Faldo Course was to be open for limited play as from May, but Faldo Design decided to move the date back to combine the opening with that of the O’Connor Jnr Course alongside.

The 9th annual "Old Village Classic took place on the Quinta do Lago North Course. Winners in the various categories were, Terry Fox, Fiona Butterly, Manfred Jones and Brett Lidsey.

Lisbon Golf News
The Tagus Golf Society staged the annual Ron Newstead Cup in February on the Estoril Course. The winners were Dick Betts and Max Zimmerli with a net 64, whilst, Jimmy Gray and Henk Vaandrager took second place with 67 strokes.

The Portugal Golf Show is being held at the Centro de Congressos in Lisbon from 22nd to 24th May 2008. Apart from equipment, golf property and course construction exhibits the show includes features such as a golf fashion show, driving ranges for adults and children to try out clubs, an artificial putting green where competitions will be staged, golf simulators, etc. to entertain visitors. There will also be three floating target "greens" in the nearby Tagus River for prize approach shots contest.


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