The 18-hole Golf Club Estela (1988) is located just a few minutes north of Porto. The golf course is a true links, located in a magnificent area with a climate cooled by the Atlantic breeze in summer and warmed by the Golf stream in winter. Unlike the south of Portugal, where the summer can bring extremely high temperatures, at Estela the temperature rarely rises above 25ºC (80ºF), even in the hotter period, and where the average temperature in winter stays between 6ºC (45ºF) and 15ºC (60ºF). The golf course is considered one of the most beautiful in the northern Portugal.
Some holes have wonderful views over the Atlantic while facing forward and over the mountains while facing backwards, especially in the first nine. With narrow fairways in the landing areas, all pressure is placed in the tee shot. There are few fairway bunkers in the course, simply because they are not needed. If you fail a fairway at Estela, the dunes will welcome you. Just like in the classical traditional links, most shots at the greens are open, thus allowing the ball to enter them rolling. Effort is required to reach the greens but, 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.
The type of grass used, “Tifton Bermuda” in the fairways and “Penncross Bent” in the greens, contributes to create excellent game conditions with good fairways and greens that are both firm and fast. Playing from the back tees, this is not a course for those who have difficulties with the driver!
The Estela Golf Club has hosted all events in the P.G.F. National calendar and several International events, including: Vinho Verde Atlantic Open – 1990, Portuguese Open – 1991, International European Amateur Championship – several times, European Seniors Championship – 1994, European Men’s Club Trophy - 2010
Training facilities: driving range, 3 putting greens, chipping & bunker
White: 6,300 m, CR 72.7; Slope 131
Yellow: 5863 m, CR 71.4; Slope 128
Red: 5198 m, CR 73.9; Slope 126
Estela Golf Club
Lugar Rio Alto, Estela,
Tel.: +351 252 601 814,
Fax: +351 252 612 701
Lugar Rio Alto , P-4570-242 Estela - Póvoa de Varzim