First birthday plaudits for West Cliffs

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West Cliffs Golf Links may still be in its infancy but it has plenty to celebrate on its first birthday following a remarkable rise to fame that has seen the course establish itself as one of the world’s most exciting new venues – and on its way to becoming Portugal’s new number one.

Situated less than an hour north of Lisbon on the Silver Coast, the par-72 course has wasted no time at all in making a name for itself across the golfing world, earning rave reviews from golfers and the media alike.

Its burgeoning worldwide reputation is borne out by golfers from no fewer than six continents and 34 different countries – including USA, China, South Korea, Brazil, South Africa and New Zealand – visiting in its opening year, and its popularity has been reflected in green-fee bookings, with 20,000-plus rounds played in the first 12 months.

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Francisco Cadete, director of golf at West Cliffs Golf Links, said: “It really has been an exceptional first 12 months for West Cliffs and, if the next few years are anything like as good, we’re in for a very exciting time.

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“The feedback that we have received from all parts of the golfing world has been amazing, and the great thing for us is that the course is going to get even better as it matures and reaches its full potential.”

Managed by Praia D’El Rey Marriott Golf & Beach Resort, West Cliffs has been created over 200 hectares of natural landscape and rolling sand dunes and offers sweeping views of the Atlantic Ocean from each hole.

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As Cynthia Dye’s first golf course design in Portugal, it has won widespread global praise and claimed a number of top accolades since opening last summer, including being named as the ‘World’s Best New Golf Course’ at the 2017 World Golf Awards and being rated second in the Top 100 Golf Courses website’s updated list of the best courses in Portugal.

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