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WEST CLIFFS CLAIMS NEW TOP 100 RANKING Those who are regular readers of my journalistic output will not doubt recall the enthusiasm I exhibited following my visit for the opening in June last year of the new West Cliffs golf course situated on the famed Silver Coast in Portugal. I was not alone, for many of the journalists playing the course felt that it was in contention for the title of Best Course in Portugal, despite some misgivings about the difficulty of some of the tee shots, which were certainly needy of a well performing driver. Since then the course has attracted much media attention, and with every justification.

Located about one hundred kilometres north of Lisbon, and less than an hour in the car from the capital, on the renowned Silver Coast, West Cliffs, which was named as the World’s Best New Golf Course at the 2017 World Golf Awards, has already been tipped to become number one in Portugal. There was further good news for Praia D’El Rey which manages the new layout at West Cliffs, with the other 18 hole championship course at the resort, which has been elevated twenty five places in the rankings to number 48 in the top 100 Continental Europe list. A powerful combination certain to attract golfers searching for that something just a little bit special. Announcing the decision, the Top 100 Golf Course panel said “Our highest new entry, West Cliffs has already received rave reviews with comments such as “ridiculously good… exhilarating… a staggering scenic golf course…out of this world. We have to agree with the assertion of one reviewer that this fantastic links layout is possibly a contender for a place in the World Top 100 Courses in the non-too distant future”. On Praia D’El Rey it added “Other honourable mentions in Portugal include Cabell Robinsons exceptional late 1990’s layout at Praia D’El Rey. It mixes great holes through lush vegetation, with a number of holes that run alongside the coastline and encompass sand dunes and links style challenges whilst at the same time, providing views of the Atlantic Ocean and the nearby Berlengas Islands”

The meteoric rise of West Cliffs Golf Links to the top of the golfing world continues apace, with the new Portuguese course achieving the highest new entry ever in the history of the respected Top 100 Golf Courses European listing. The Cynthia Dye designed layout has taken the game by storm since opening last summer, and has been ranked 16th in the update poll of the popular website of best courses on the continent, joining Praia d’el Rey Marriott Golf & Beach Resort with a position among Europe’s elite golf resorts.

During the first months it has been open for play; West Cliffs has enjoyed a memorable start to life, with a number of notable achievements, including a Golf Environment Organisation (GEO) Certified Development, and the highest new entry in Golf World’s Top 100 European courses. West Cliffs is the first Dye designed course in Portugal and only the fourth in Europe, a spectacular par 72 cliff top links which has been created on over 200 hectares of natural landscape and rolling sand dunes, featuring spectacular views over the Atlantic.

special for our resort. We knew West Cliffs had the potential to be up with the best when it was being created, and it is very exciting to think that it will only improve with time”. Praia D’El Rey is an exceptional course in its own right, and we are delighted to see it being given the recognition it deserves.” In addition to two wonderful golf courses, the resort at Praia D’El Rey offers an array of world class accommodation together with sports and leisure facilities, including the Marriott Hotel, a wide selection of villas. On the sports scene there is a tennis academy, a luxury spa and health club, numerous watersports plus a first class choice of restaurants. Everything the discerning visiting golfer or sportsman could desire, just waiting to be sampled and enjoyed. Michael Rees

Francesco Cadete, Director of Golf commented: “There are so many outstanding golf courses in Europe so to have two ranked inside the top fifty, including the highest new entry ever, is very

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