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NEWS & ANALYSIS


THE LOWDOWN UK GOLFERS FAVOUR


Connor McGovern rounds up the top trends, new openings and destinations to watch for the year ahead


REPORT


LISBON’S ‘GOLF COAST’ “THE


CAPITAL AND ITS NEARBY COURSES CONTINUE


TO BE A FIRM FAVOURITE”


Lisbon’s golf sector is set for a record year aſter an increase in UK visitors of almost 22% in the first half of 2016. The Portuguese capital and its


surrounding courses continue to be a firm favourite among British golfers, with over 16,000 rounds played in the six months leading up to June 2016. With many of the courses designed by


the likes of Seve Ballesteros and Donald Steel, there are currently 21 member clubs of Turismo de Lisboa and each varies in


size and difficulty, offering a course for every ability. Rich cultural offerings, affordable green


fees and a plethora of cheap direct flights from the UK further the region's appeal. Golfers have even more reason to choose Lisbon as their next golfing destination over the next few months as the region plays host to a number of high-profile tournaments including the Portuguese International Amateur Championship and the Oitavos Classic in February 2017. visitlisboa.com


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ABTA Golf 2017


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