Costa Esuri Golf Course
From the A49 motorway take the last exit (131) before you go over the International bridge and into Portugal . Drive straight on until you come to the first roundabout, take the second exit off this roundabout and drive to the end of the street which open up onto a large carpark, directly in front of you is the clubhouse with the caddy master located on the lower floor.
Hole 1: Par 4, Stroke 17
A gentle opening hole that should yield birdies. The drive is the most demanding shot on this hole, so concentrate on keeping it straight to leave yourself about 100m from the green. Attack the pin! Straightforward birdie opportunities will be few and far between for the rest of your round.
Hole 2: Par 4, Stroke 5.
This par 4 is very long. The fairway is wide so you can go for a big drive to give yourself a chance of reaching the green in two. Be prepared to make a pitch and putt par though.
Hole 3: Par 3, Stroke 15
A long par 3 where you will need a good shot to hit the green. The easiest chip up to the pin is from short of the green so don’t overextend yourself trying to get there, swing easy and keep it straight! The entrance to the green is wide open so any straight shot could roll up onto the putting surface. Watch out if the wind is blowing towards the river!
Hole 4: Par 4, Stroke 3
The driver is key on this long par 4 so go for a big drive. The green has a steep slope guarding the front so it will be difficult to hit and hold from a long way out. Watch out for the water to the right of the green, it’s not that far away.
Hole 5: Par 3, Stroke 11.
Don’t be discouraged if you miss the green on this very long par 3. Be prepared to chip and putt. If you do miss the green try to miss it short and straight as that leaves the easiest chip up to the pin.
Hole 6: Par 5, Stroke 7.
The most difficult aspect of this par 5 is the slope up to the green. Take at least two clubs extra to make sure you get your ball up the hill and onto the green. Watch out if the pin is at the back because the green has a severe slope between its two levels, if you’re short you’ll have a tough time getting down in two.
Hole 7: Par 4, Stroke 9.
This par 4 should be something of a respite after the tough preceding holes. But don’t be fooled, a poor drive could leave you with serious problems. If you have the length try to drive it over the trees on the right to leave yourself a short iron to the green. If not hit it towards the bunkers on the left, you shouldn’t have much more than a mid-iron to the green from there.
Hole 8: Par 4, Stroke 13.
Try to make sure you hit your drive down the right side of the fairway on this par 4. Your approach to the green will be much easier from that side. The fairway is wide so you can afford to attack on this relatively straightforward hole.
Hole 9: Par 5, Stroke 1
You’ll need two solid shots to get within range to attack the pin on this long, tough par 5. Don’t try to cut too much off the corner on your second shot, the risk isn’t worth the reward. You can be satisfied with a mid-iron for your third shot.
Hole 10: Par 5, Stroke 2.
A delightfully challenging hole. If your driver is working you can try to hit it over the hill on the right of the fairway and even go for the green in two. Don’t go too far right though, there’s water waiting down the right side of the fairway. If you don’t fancy going over the top, be prepared to lay up your second shot short of the water crossing the fairway. It’s a good, solid play though as you’ll only have about 110m left to the green.
Hole 11: Par 4, Stroke 4.
Another long, tough par 4 that will need a good drive to be reached in two shots. Don’t try to take too much off the corner on your drive, there’s a second bunker hidden down the left side. Watch out on your shot to the green, there’s a steep slope short and water over the back so if you’re hitting a fairway wood or long iron into the green make sure you hit it high otherwise stopping it before the water could be a problem.
Hole 12: Par 3, Stroke 8
Intimidating. It’s a long carry over the water so aim at the left side of the green where the steep bank will feed your ball down onto the green. Especially if you’re hitting a wood! The green is severely sloped so getting your ball onto the correct level is key. Take an extra club!
Hole 13: Par 4, Stroke 14.
Looks harder from the tee than what it actually is. Hit a long iron or fairway wood from the tee to leave yourself a mid to short iron to the green. The difficult aspect of this hole is the wild terrain to the right of the fairway, you want to avoid it at all costs! So play smart from the tee and you might be able to make birdie here.
Hole 14: Par 4, Stroke 6.
You need to play smart on this tough par 4. The fairway narrows just where you’ll probably be landing your drive. If you can, try to keep your drive low and take advantage of the high tee to get some roll and the extra distance you’ll need to be able to hit the green in two. When hitting your second shot watch out for the different levels on the green. If you land the ball in the wrong place its almost guaranteed to get wet! The best play is to land the ball short and let it roll up.
Hole 15: Par 4, Stroke 18.
Time to make birdie. Go for a long drive over the bunkers, if you make it you’ll be left with a chip up to the green or with a good bounce you might even make the putting surface. If you don’t want to go over the bunkers play to the left with a fairway wood and you’ll have a short or mid iron to the green. Be careful where you land the ball on the green though, steep slopes make for unpredictable bounces.
Hole 16: Par 3, Stroke 12.
It’s very long, there’s trouble left, trouble right and water over the back. The logical choice here is a fairway wood or driver, struck low and rolling up to the green. It’s a tough green to hit so try to put yourself in a position where you can make a chip putt par. And on this monster par 3, that means short or front edge.
Hole 17: Par 5, Stroke 16.
If you’re feeling good there’s an eagle to be made on this technically demanding but shortish par 5. The green is definitely reachable in two shots but it is tough to hold from a long way out. So rip it off the tee, if you can get it a long way down the fairway then go for the green. Otherwise be sensible.There are plenty of birdies to be made with a wedge for your third shot.
Hole 18: Par 4, Stroke 10.
Straightforward finishing hole. Unless closing hole nerves get the better of you this par 4 shouldn’t cause too many problems. Attack from the tee as the fairway is wide. The hill up to the green doesn’t look like much but it’s worth taking an extra club to make sure you get there.