Monte Rei Golf & Country Club has again been rated Best Golf Club of Portugal, voted for by golfers, in the Golfers' Choice Awards 2015.
The rankings for best golf club are compiled based on numerous aspects influencing the quality of the golf club, such as the golf course itself, the overall impression of the club, maintenance, facilities such as practice facilities, clubhouse and the perceived value for money.
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Monte Rei Golf & Country Club, the only Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course in Portugal, again is the best golf club in Portugal. Monte Rei is quite an experience. Visitors praise the warm welcome, the service, the great layout of the course and the tranquillity. Oceânico O'Connor Jnr Course is 2nd, just as in 2014. Golfers especially value the course itself and it's hospitality. It's remarkable to see that four of the seven courses of Oceânico are listed in the top 10. In 2015 Royal Óbidos has entered the top 3. This club, with it's Severiano Ballesteros designed course, opened just a few years ago.
Monte Rei also has the best golf course
When golfers only rate the course itself - so without looking at other elements, such as the appreciation for the clubhouse and practice facilities - golfers again choose Monte Rei Golf & Country Club as their number 1.
The Championship Course of Monte Rei receives a rating of 9.1. Laranjal, one of the golf courses of Quinta do Lago is runner up, with a 8.9. The other two courses of Quinta do Lago, the just revamped North Course and the South Course are less appreciated, but still very enjoyable. Royal Óbidos remains in the third place. San Lorenzo has lost two places and drops to number 4.
Oceânico offers good value for money
If you are price conscious golfer, then the courses of Oceânico are a good choice. They might not be very cheap, but apparently they do offer great value for money. If only the price-quality ratio is taken into account, then Oceânico O'Connor Jnr Course scores a 8.8. Royal Óbidos is runner up with a 8.4. Another Oceânico course, Clube Golf Oceânico Faldo is third, while another Oceânico course, Clube Golf Oceânico Pinhal Golf, is 6th. Monte Rei Golf & Country Club climbs one place and is closing the gap with the top 3.
It is quite remarkable to see that most of the highly ranked clubs have pretty high green fees. The rack-rate for 18 holes at Royal Óbidos for instance is 100 euro, Oceânico O'Connor Jnr has a rate of 187 euro and expect to pay 200 euro for Oceânico Faldo. Golfers must be convinced that the price, although high, is fair.
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