Morgado Golf Course
For Open de Portugal, the longest course of the country
Surrounded by nature, farming fields, in the typical hinterland of the Algarve, Morgado Golf Course, inaugurated in 2003, was the first course in Portugal to be designed by European Tour Golf Design professionals, with the signature of the Swiss-American Russel Talley.
Located between Portimão and Monchique, in one of the loveliest and very often unknown valleys of the Algarvian interior, this is an open course, a route with the features of links – with flat fairways and bunkers of Scottish inspiration – but, instead of being along the seaside as the traditional links, it is placed inside a zone of parkland.
The first 9 holes are flat with two lakes and a watercourse linking them, separating the fairways from holes 6 and 7. The second 9 holes are a little more rugged, with only one lake (at 14).
Apart from the bunkers, the trees can also cause some hindrance, but most of the holes have generous, open fairways. Depending on the time of the year, the wind or heat are other obstacles to consider in this course.
The game card presents a PAR of 73 and 12 new leaving zones will be created for the Open de Portugal, which will increase the course from 6,399 metres to close to 5,800 metres, making it the longest of the country. “These new tees not only give Morgado greater length, but also greater balance”, according to the course director, Jorge Papa, “because Morgado was a course with long par-3, some demanding par-5 and numerous short par-4 holes. What we did was to select the shortest holes and increase their distance and difficulty.”
Situated in the same tourist complex of Morgado Golf & Country Club, which includes a hotel with 98 rooms, all adjoining, with verandas and terraces with generous views over the golf course, is another 18 course – Álamos.