Feel the Atlantic Ocean

Situated near a lively summer resort, Póvoa de Varzim, and only 30 min. from Oporto, north of Portugal, the Estela golf course is a typical links course (at the sea side). Built over three kilometres of beautiful dunes, Estela Golf Club provides breathtaking views over the Atlantic.

A unique beauty

Several big lakes add to the beauty of Estela Golf Course, which can become quite challenging when the wind is blowing. Estela is a true links and not for those who have difficulties with the driver! With narrow fairways in the landing areas, all pressure is placed in the tee shot.

A competitive course

Indeed inaccurate drives will be punished by landing in the sand-dunes, and on almost every occasion a ball lands off the fairway there is little chance of reaching the green with a second shot. There are few fairway bunkers in Estela golf course, simply because they are not needed. If you fail a fairway at Estela, you will be caught by the dunes.

Just like in the classical traditional links, most shots at the greens are open, thus allowing the ball to enter them rolling. 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.

Estela into details

Some holes have wonderful views over the Atlantic while facing forward and over the mountains while facing backwards, especially in the first nine.
The Estela golf course, near Porto, begins smoothly but turns challenging very soon. The 3rd, a par 4 with 411 m., is the most difficult hole in the course and the 4th is the best of the short holes. From the back tee, elevated, it’s 176 m. over a valley to an elevated green with the ocean by the left and a pit by the right.

From the 6th until the end of the first nine, the Estela presents a series of the most difficult driving holes that you can find anywhere. This series of holes is the key to get a good score at Estela.

Facing with the elements

The second nine holes of Estela golf course, near Porto, may not be as difficult as the first nine, but they are filled with danger. For instance, the 10th hole is a par 4, dogleg at the left, with 373 m. but with an elevated green and well protected by bunkers that make it longer and harder.

The 13th, par 5, must be played with the utmost respect. The fairway goes along the beach and turns suddenly to the left and descends near the green. Most player will fall into the sandy dunes by trying to make the dogleg as short as possible with the 2nd shot. The last par 5, the 15th, is even harder with winds from the north, demanding distance in the tee-shot and a great precision in the 2nd and 3rd shots, because the elevated green is too exposed to the wind.

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Par

72 - 18 holes

Length

  • White 6155m
  • Yellow 5878m
  • Red 5265m

Difficulty Hard

Terrain

Links, flat

Architect

Duarte Sotto-Mayor

Year

1989

Max. Handicap

-28 for men / -36 for ladies
Estela Golf Club
Lugar Rio Alto
Estela
4570-242 Povoa Varzim
Portugal
GPS Coordinates
N 41º 27'23'' / W 8º 46'33''
Nearest Airport
Porto
Golf Course
Hotel
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