Published on : Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Aroeira has gained further recognition as one of the top golfing venues in Portugal after being singled out for special praise in the ‘Leading Courses’ Golfers’ Choice rankings for the second year running.
Fresh from being included among Europe’s Top 100 Courses last year, the popular 36-hole venue – part of the ORIZONTE – Lisbon Golf group and just a 20-minute drive from Portugal’s capital – received a ‘recommended’ certificate from top Dutch website Leadingcourses.com in its 2016 ratings.
All Portuguese golf clubs are included on the Leading Courses system, among nearly 22,000 courses in 109 countries. The site – which is used by more than 250,000 golfers each month – is available in eight languages, enabling it to reach 92 per cent of European golfers in their mother tongue, and the ratings are determined by the reviews and scores provided by individual golfers.
Only clubs with an overall rating of more than 7.5 (out of 10) are eligible to be certified as ‘recommended’, with each rated club having to receive a minimum number of golfer ratings.
The new acclaim is deserved reward for the extensive golf course maintenance programme that ORIZONTE has undertaken at Aroeira over the last 18 months including improving the fairway and putting surfaces, renovating the cart paths, reconditioning the irrigation and pumping systems and rebuilding the majority of the tees boxes.
José Maria Cazal Ribeiro, from ORIZONTE – Lisbon Golf, said: “We’re very proud that Aroeira has received this accolade for the second year in a row, which illustrates the high regard that it is held in by golfers all over Europe.
“Aroeira boasts one of the richest golfing heritages in Portugal, and with the courses have been restored to their best following the recent period of investment, we’re confident it will continue to flourish as a favourite destination for both locals and visiting golfers.”
Aroeira I and II, created by Frank Pennick and Donald Steel, meander through impressive stands of tall pine trees, reminiscent of some of Surrey and Berkshire’s finest old clubs. As well as hosting two Portuguese Opens, the courses have, between them, staged many other high-profile tournaments including several Ladies’ European Tour events and, in 2013, the prestigious European Men’s Club Trophy.
Aroeira is part of ORIZONTE – Lisbon Golf, which offers the chance to play six of the leading courses in close proximity to Portugal’s capital together with exceptional value for money on a wide range of accommodation options across the region.