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GOLF COURSES OF CENTRAL PORTUGAL

LISBON COAST - ALENTEJO - COSTA PRATA.

Golf Courses near Lisbon Portugal
These pages are intended to promote the lesser known courses outside the Algarve area. Golfers can enjoy a round of golf on high quality courses, with excellent amenities, a reasonable handicap requirement and, at a time they wish to play.

When playing these courses, you will see some of the most beautiful parts of the country and also encounter the warmth and friendliness of local people in their own communities.

For suggested golf trips with accommodation within the area please visit the suggested golf trips page.

Discounted golf rates are shown on the individual pages for each golf course and on the link above. They are only available for those making reservations prior to arrival.

There is a link from these pages to an online booking engine which give quaranteed tee off times.

You can view all the golf courses by visiting the front page or go to the regional links for Northern Portugal, Lisbon and Central Portugal, Algarve, Island of Madeira and the courses in the Island of The Azores.

Below is a sailor's view of the Portuguese Trade Winds (Nortada) which will affect your game of golf, especially on the western coastal links and, the western Algarve courses.


 
The Portuguese Trade Winds (The Nortada)
The Portuguese trade winds usually blow in the summer months although you can also expect it at other times of the year after a quiet sunny start to the day.

The wind usually commences about midday and will finish whilst your are enjoying the excellent, cheap Portuguese cuisine for your evening meal. The start is delayed in the south and it blows later.

It is a strong wind, and can reach force 7 on the Beaufort scale (near gale) in the late afternoon.  It always blows from the north.

Itīs effect is mainly felt in coastal areas and, it is strongest when there is a headland with a river valley to the south. It is also felt in the exposed areas in the western Algarve.

For the coastal courses it would seem that if you want to play in calm weather you should go out in the morning.  Those preferring the challenge of strong winds should play after lunch.

There are four causes of this wind :

  • The Azores high pressure area causing good weather over Portugal causes the wind to circulate clockwise around these systems giving a northerly wind.
  • In summer, there is often a low pressure system in Spain around which the wind circulates anti-clockwise causing a northerly wind in Portugal.
  • The hot air over the Sahara is rising and has to be replaced by cool air. The Sahara is to the south of Portugal so the replacement air has to come form the north.
  • As the Iberian Peninsular heats up during the day, the hot air rises here and cool air is sucked in, particularly along the river valleys. This increases the strength of the winds because the flow has to replace this air as well.
In the past, this wind contributed to the development of Portugal as one of the most importants seafaring countries in the world. The wind enabled cargo carrying vessels to make predictable and safer passages. (Hence the name "Trade Wind").

The seafaring skills launched the Portuguese Discoveries which originated the creation of rich colonies of South America and the Far East. The goods were shipped to Portugal and then distributed throughout Europe. The winds also meant that vessels from Northern Europe, going to the Americas, traded in Portugal because it was on the fastest route under sail.

Unfortunately, the steam ships signalled the end of the importance of this wind but it is still enjoyed by those who sail for pleasure.


 

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