Estoril Golf Club dates back to 1929 in its first nine-hole version and it was built by Fausto de Figueiredo, the gambling concessionaire at the Estoril Casino. Its first architect was Jean Gassiat and the 18-hole course that followed the first version was designed in 1945 by Mackenzie Ross, one of the best golf architects in the world.
The architect has made excellent use of the pine trees and eucalyptuses, which together with the uneven terrain make this course challenging in terms of accuracy rather than distance.
It is a short course, covering 5,200 metres for a Par 69, providing an engrossing challenge. Its hole number 16 is internationally well known; a Par 3 of 184 metres. The Estoril course hosted the Portuguese Open Championship between 1953 and 1972, and also in 1977 and 1987, as well as several non-Pro international Championships. For that reason famous golfers of the calibre of Ramon Sota, Max Faulkner, Seve Ballesteros, Bernard Gallacher, Peter Aliss and many others have played here.
For less experienced golfers there is another nine holes.
For accomodation please check Hotel Palácio.