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Porto Santo Golfe
By Jorge Barbosa
Jun 8, 2008 - 3:03:06 PM

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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.

Particularly 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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