One of Portugal’s most prestigious courses, the Victoria Golf Course was designed by Arnold Palmer and has been used as a championship-level course for many years. The course has played host to the Portugal Masters since 2007, and was also the site of the 2005 World Cup.
Close to natural wetlands, the course absorbs its surroundings with the inclusion of many water hazards. Sloping fairways are often straddled on both sides by bunkers, making this course a real challenge for even advanced golfers.
The 7th hole, with 200 metres of intimidating lake stretching outwards from the tee, is closely followed by the giant bunker protecting the 8th green. There is no room for error with the tee shot on this Par 3, as missing the green will no doubt result in a sandy ending.
The back nine sees the challenge get even tougher, as it includes Arnold Palmer signature 17th hole. The right-hand side of the fairway is completely protected by lakes, as is a recurring feature through Victoria Golf Course, so the dog-leg right to reach the isolated green is fraught with danger.
Victoria Golf Course is a course best avoided by amateur players, as the extensive water allows small margin for error on most holes.