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Day 4 Saturday April 19th

Ponte de Lima


It had been a difficult second day of cycling through the mountains and the weather had turned unkind, with rain later in the day. This unfortunately meant that we did not reach the Axis Ponte de Lima course until the following morning. 

Our unscheduled stop in Braga meant that we could not take up the offer of a room in the hotel which is situated at the course and that professional and former national team member Andre Teixeira could not join me to play the hole as planned. Even so we received a very warm welcome from the Hotel and Course Director Salete who had arranged everything for us. 

The course features two distinctive loops of nine holes with the first nine being cut from the mountain and the second nine much flatter. The views are exceptional on both sides of the course and I was fortunate enough to play the tough but spectacular par 3, 8th hole, which from an elevated tee plays to a green which sits beneath the player against a stunning backdrop of the mountains. 


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Gallery for Round 2 - North

Quinta da Barca 


We were still pedalling hard to catch up lost time and we arrived some three hours later than originally planned at Quinta da Barca. The first impression is that this tourist and residential resort enjoys a prime location next to the river Cavado. With a freshwater marina and holes alongside the the north bank, the river features heavily in the resort. 

We were met by Golf Director Francisca Osório who gave us a very warm welcome, offered us an much needed lunch in the inviting clubhouse and had arranged for us to play a "sevensome" on the par 3, 9th hole. The players were very enthusiastic and it was Marinho Santos who played not only first but also the best shot into around 20 feet of the hole. 

Much banter took place and a good time was had by all. 


Estela 


IIn the early nineties I can remember playing a tournament at Estela and shooting 73,73, 71, 71 for a level par total of 288. At the time this was something of a new course in Portugal, but it was obvious that with views over the Atlantic Ocean and a design which pleases the eye and tests the game that it would become one of Portugal's finest courses. 

Duarte Sotto-Meyor designed the course and made the most of a long but thin strip of land which extends either side of the clubhouse. With a loop of nine holes on either side,  each following a similar pattern with the first few holes taking the player out and away from the clubhouse, before turning to bring them back. 

I played the tenth hole, which is a fine par 4 demanding a drive to a narrow fairway and an approach to a two level green which sits above the player. 




The rain and mountains of last night slowed us down and so an unscheduled stop in Braga means that we are now behind schedule, so an early start was necessary to catch-up a few kilometres. 


Contact Information

Address

Campo de Golfe de Ponte de Lima
Quinta de Pias - Fornelos 4990-620
Ponte de Lima
Portugal

Phone

+351 258 743 414

web

website


Contact Information

Address

Quinta da Barca
Largo Barca do Lago
4740-476 Gemeses
Esposende
Portugal

Phone

+351 253 966 723

web

www.golfebarca.com


Contact Information

Address

Estela Golf Club
Lugar do Rio Alto
Estela 4570-242
Póvoa de Varzim
Portugal

Phone

+351 252 601 814/567

web

www.estelagolf.pt

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