Estela Golf – Top 5 Golf Digest Ranking (nº1 in the north)
Estela Golf course is a true links, located in a magnificent area with first class commodities and with a climate cooled by the Atlantic breeze in summer and warmed by the Golf stream in winter. Unlike the south of Portugal, where the summer can bring extremely high temperatures, at Estela the temperature rarely rises above 25ºC (80ºF), even in the hotter period, and where the average temperature in winter stays between 6ºC (45ºF) and 15ºC (60ºF).
The type of grass used, “Tifton Bermuda” in the fairways and “Penncross Bent” in the greens, contributes to create excellent game conditions with good fairways and greens that are both firm and fast.
Since the back tees, the Estela stretches over almost 6,300 meters (7,000 yards), with a par of 72, a 72.7 Course Rating and a 131 Slope Rating. Judging from these tees, this is not a course for those who have difficulties with the driver!
With narrow fairways in the landing areas, all pressure is placed in the tee shot. There are few fairway bunkers in the course, simply because they are not needed. If you fail a fairway at Estela, the dunes will welcome you.
Just like in the classical traditional links, most shots at the greens are open, thus allowing the ball to enter them rolling. Effort is required to reach the greens but, if you manage to get there without many detours, you will find firm and fast greens. There aren’t many lines and, even after torrential rain in winter, the greens remain in good condition.
Some holes have wonderful views over the Atlantic while facing forward and over the mountains while facing backwards, especially in the first nine.