Royal Obidos

Royal Obidos

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If we were to be accused of taking a fond view of Royal Obidos because it is the last imprint Severiano Ballesteros had on the game, it might well be fair comment.

It’s hard not to want Seve’s final legacy to be a successful parting shot, such was his enormous, charismatic influence on the game, especially in Europe.

However, Royal Obidos is more than just a sentimental selection for our Continental Top 100, because it is a fine course in a tranquil location.

The great Spaniard finished designing the course an hour north of Lisbon before he passed away but did not play it before it opened in summer 2013.

It is laid out in two sections either side of the clubhouse, with the 2nd to 7th to the east and the remaining 12 holes to the west.

The short 6th is also defined by water and then a robust par 5 ends this opening loop in a series of valleys.

The hilltop clubhouse gives a revealing view of what awaits, showing first-time visitors the expanse of sand, water, lush grass and small trees that define this big-budget course.

It does however give the misleading sense that it will have a very open feel owing to the absence of mature trees, but once on the course there is welcome definition yet a pleasing sense of being alone with each hole.

It begins with a wide and inviting hole but then bites back with a 2nd that has a lake all the way up the left and which is followed by the highlight of the east section, an island-green par 3 with Óbidos lagoon in the background.

The short 6th is also defined by water and then a robust par 5 ends this opening loop in a series of valleys.

A sweeping hole returns you to the clubhouse before you turn and tackle Atlantic-facing holes. As many as six are routed between several lakes connected by cascading streams.

The 11th might be the pick, a superb par 5 down an arrow-straight fairway decorated with drive bunkers that narrow the landing zone and tighten the shoulders. From there, it is a fairway wood to take on the water and try to locate a shallow green.

The long 18th – with water lurking left – is a suitably thrilling climax to this course on the ‘Silver Coast’.

The extreme dog-leg hole at 12 – a memorable risk-reward challenge giving bold golfers (not hard to imagine what Seve had in mind here) the chance to bomb a drive over the pond and leave a very short approach – is another of the best.

Another notable moment arrives three holes later at the short 15th, which has water at the right and front and penal runs-off around a plateau green.

The long 18th – with water lurking left – is a suitably thrilling climax to this course on the ‘Silver Coast’.

It may have been overshadowed in 2017 by the opening of West Cliffs five minutes’ drive away, but Royal Obidos is a fine modern course in its own right. Chris Bertram

 

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Severiano Ballesteros

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Cabeço da Serra , Vau Óbidos , Portugal , 2510-665