With the Ryder Cup done and dusted, golf fans around the world can now switch their attention from Scotland to Portugal for the Portugal Masters, which takes place in the Algarve 9th-12th October.
The tournament will take place at the Oceanico Victoria Golf Course, an Arnold Palmer course in the resort of Vilamoura, close to Faro Airport and a popular place to own property in the Algarve.
The Oceanico Victoria, which covers around 90 hectares, is Portugal’s most recent golf course project in Portugal and described as one of the most sophisticated golf courses in Europe. Several lakes, occupying 13 hectares, provide mirrors of water and strategic reservoirs for irrigation.
The course has five or six tees per hole; wide, undulating fairways; extensive water hazards and cleverly positioned bunkers. In addition there is an exceptional driving range and a 2,500-square-metre putting. Oceanico Victoria was host to the PGA World Cup in 2005.
Property in Vilamoura is sought after, thanks to the area’s world-class golfing facilities, the resort’s marina with selection of bars and restaurants and its balmy year-round climate. The Portugal Masters will put the area in the global spotlight and showcase the best of Portugal’s golf facilities, as well as what’s available in the Portuguese real estate market.
At the Portugal Masters 2013, Scotland’s Scott Jamieson had spectators on a knife edge at the 18th when he came close to becoming the first player to score a sub-60 on the European Tour – unfortunately his chip stayed out.