Located on the western edge of the Iberian Peninsula, Portugal is known for its vast Atlantic coastline which has played a significant role in its rich maritime history. This dynamic country, which has been an independent kingdom since the 12th century, proudly holds a place among Europe’s oldest nations. Portugal’s way of life is refreshingly uncomplicated and relaxed, characterized by authentic cuisine and world famous Port and Madeira wines. It’s a land where traditions endure and time moves at its own leisurely pace.
Portugal’s allure extends beyond its borders. Blessed with fantastic weather, it has rightfully earned recognition as one of Europe’s top golfing destinations. This achievement is even more impressive when considering that Portugal boasts just over 100 golf courses and approximately 15,000 registered members in Portuguese golf clubs. Interestingly enough, more than half of Portugal’s golf courses are known for their high standards—a legacy influenced by British settlers. In the 19th century, a group of British wine merchants founded the Oporto Niblicks Club in 1890 (later renamed Oporto Golf Club in 1901).
Sir Henry Cotton played a significant role in sparking the rise of golf in Portugal when he established the renowned Penina Golf Course back in 1966. This course holds the distinction of being the oldest one in the Algarve region.
Today, Portugal stands as a remarkable example of blending its maritime heritage, cherished customs and a thriving golf culture that owes its origins to pioneering British enthusiasts. It’s a country where past and present seamlessly coexist, inviting travelers to savor both its rich history and contemporary allure. The fact that Portugal has become an enticing golfing paradise speaks volumes about the lasting charm of this vibrant nation.
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