Orizonte sees a huge rise in bookings

Lisbon Golf, the largest golf course management company in Portugal, is celebrating following a stunning 20 per cent increase in reservations for 2018 in comparison to last year.

Situated on the doorstep of the lively Portuguese capital Lisbon, the highly-acclaimed ORIZONTE portfolio boasts seven golf courses that are proving to be more popular than ever with players from across Europe.

The array of award-winning courses offer golfers of all standards an incredible choice of challenges, including Quinta do Peru Golf & Country Club, a Rocky Roquemore-designed layout rated among the top 100 courses in Europe in the highly-respected Golf World magazine rankings between 1999 and 2014.

Ribagolfe – a host of the European Tour Qualifying School since 2009 – is regarded as one of the finest in the Lisbon region and was once described as the ‘Valderrama of Portugal’, while Aroeira was the venue for the Portuguese Open in 1996 and 1997.

Golfers can also play the 7,000-plus yards challenge at Santo Estêvão and the nine-hole course in Oeiras, which is located just 15 minutes from Lisbon’s centre.

ORIZONTE commercial director, José Maria Cazal-Ribeiro, said: “2018 is looking like it will be one of our best years judging by the projections as bookings are already up by 20 per cent on the same period in 2017.

“It follows on from a very strong second half of last year, which saw a 12 per cent rise on the same six months of 2016. Economically it has been a very testing time for golf courses and numbers across Europe for many reasons, so this is great news for us and shows our courses remain hugely popular with visitors from all over Europe.

“The UK and Ireland remain our key markets, but the French market is getting really strong for us and we expect that to continue to grow further with such good flight options into Lisbon.”

Offering outstanding value and choice on an array of stay-and-play packages and golf passports in and around the Portuguese capital, ORIZONTE has everything for the perfect golf break, whether visitors want to enjoy the delights of Lisbon or relax on the sandy beaches when they are not on the fairways.

One of the most popular breaks is the ‘Derby & Golf Weekend’ for those who love golf and football. The package from May 4 to May 7, 2018 includes three nights at the city centre SANA Malhoa hotel, two rounds of golf at Quinta do Peru and Aroeira courses, golf transfers and a ticket for the fierce and passionate ‘Derby de Lisboa’ between Sporting and Benfica.

There is also the chance to add an extra specially discounted round of golf at either of the prestigious Ribagolfe courses.

For golfers looking for a more relaxing base then there are two hotel options in Sesimbra, a picturesque fishing village nestled in a sheltered bay in the Setúbal District, while there is also the chance to stay in Caparica, a lively and modern resort town boasting stunning coastline views.