The course enjoys
some 27 holes comprising, unusually, 6 par-3’s, 6 par-4’s, and 6 par-5’s. All
of the par-4’s are long ranging in distance from 359 metres to 426 metres in length
from the white tees.
The fairways of the
first nine holes – also called the “South Loop” - are ensconced into the low
level lying lands below some bare rocky hills with views over the suburban
parts of Porto Santo Island itself. The views over the Atlantic are wonderful
and the South loop has a “Palm Springs feel to it” according to some noted
golfers. With its ornamental lakes, scenery and breezy ocean gusts it demands an
accurate long game and careful concentration most of the time. The Bermuda grass
taking off some of the roll on the ball also does not help.
challenging is the back nine 459 metre long par-5 10th hole where
you have to traverse water hazards twice. This hole is part of the “North Loop”
and holes 13, 14 and 15 are true links-style, played on the elevated tops of
gusty and mounts and hills throwing a tableau of awesome vistas across the blue
Atlantic Ocean and the dramatically rugged and impressive north coastline of
the small island. The 450 metre long, stroke index 2, 16th hole is
also challenging, and the 18th hole requires golfers to shoot to
just before the water before getting on to the green.
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