Rio Maior, Santarém Region 2040-481
18 holes. Tree-lined & open parkland. Undulating terrain - several slopes to climb.
Woodland and rural countryside.
70 km N of Lisbon
Follow the A1 north from Lisbon; take exit 5 (Aveiras) and follow the N366 direction Alcoentre. After 1 km at roundabout follow direction Alcoentra / Golfe. After 8 km continue on to the IC2 direction Rio Maior. After 12 km take exit Assecceira and turn immediately right direction Quebrada. After 2.4 km turn left at sign for Golden Eagle (Quinta do Brincal) golf resort.
Golden Eagle Residence & Golf Resort: With new owners in 2003, it is not only a name change (from Golden Eagle to Quinta do Brincal then back to Golden Eagle) that is evident here, there are also signs of much new investment, not least in the course itself (and a residential development to follow).
The order of holes has changed, switching the best holes and nicest views of the surrounding countryside to the back nine. Roquemore's original design continues to give the course its very solid credentials - it occupies a pleasant stretch of undulating and lightly wooded countryside, within a quiet and natural environment.
Excellent bunkering and several water hazards will ensure you need to play well to score well, although the greens still need attention to match the quality of the rest of the course. No reason why, with further investment, this golf course cannot continue to progress to become one of the best in Portugal.
Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends.
Must book in advance. Maximum handicap: 36 (men & women).
Players generally walk this course. Golf carts available for hire.
With its new owners, Golden Eagle (formerly Quinta do Brincal) has a very signficant development plan, which includes a hotel and conference centre and considerable real estate around the course, and a second course.
Rua D. Joao d'Omelas - 2510 Obidos
+351 262 95 92 17Visit website
Located in a former 19th century convent, the hotel offers a refined, comfortable and quiet environment. The hotel is situated next to (and just outside) the huge defensive wall that surrounds the historic city of Obidos. The hotel has 27 rooms and 4 suites, with views of the Obidos city wall or the old convent gardens.
Praia d'El Rey; Quinta do Brincal
Avenida Madre Andaluz, 2000 Santarem
+351 243 309 500Visit website
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