“The goal was to create a world-class course,” explained José Cardoso Botelho, CEO of Vanguard Properties in an interview with JE, regarding this distinction for the Dunas Golf Course, which is part of the “Terras da Comporta” project. This official stressed, “This is a source of great pride.”
Dunas Golf Course, part of the “Terras da Comporta” project, by Vanguard Real Estate, has made Portuguese golf history by becoming the first national circuit to enter the top 10 in the prestigious ranking of the 100 best golfs in the world, in the continental European category.
This 18-hole course, designed by Scotsman David Maclay Kidd, one of golf’s most famous course architects, opened on October 5 but has already won several awards and, in the World Golf Awards, won best in the global categories. Golf Course 2023 and Best New Golf Course in Europe 2023.
However, the most unexpected distinction arrived this Tuesday. Not only has Dunas become the first Portuguese golf course to enter the top 10 of the World Golf Top 100 ranking, it also makes history in this ranking as this is the first time that a new golf course has entered directly into the top 10. . Furthermore, Dunas is the second golf course in the Iberian Peninsula after Valderrama (which hosted the Ryder Cup in 1997) to be part of this limited group of circuits.
“The goal was to create a world-class course,” explained José Cardoso Botelho, CEO of Vanguard Real Estate, in an interview with JE, regarding this distinction. David Maclay Kidd “has done an exceptional job”, as the field is “unique in its aesthetics and form”, which has been combined with “extremely effective” irrigation systems, as this responsible person described, who believes that this is the first award of many that will distinguish this… Space: “It is a very interesting award. We are all very happy with what we have achieved. This is the professional classification for professionals.” The article explains that if the grass had been more advanced, Dunas would have entered the top five in this prestigious classification.
“Dunas is a course where any player, regardless of his handicap, can benefit from the sport and play golf with all pleasure. Moreover, it is a very beautiful field whose integration into the landscape is wonderful. There are many architects who are adapting “The surroundings are nature in its pure state,” explained José Cardoso Botelho regarding the design phase of the award-winning Portuguese circuit.
This circuit has already received visits from many golfers from North America and Northern Europe, as Dunas has already hosted tournaments organized by Portuguese and foreign companies, as explained by the CEO of Vanguard Real Estate. “In this autumn/winter phase, we are in the middle of the high season for golf and the specific low season for tourism in Comporta. We are already starting to see that the fight against seasonality in that region is starting to happen. And we are just getting started,” he pointed out.
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