Bom Successo Golf, Portugal
Here is another article by our manager executive Svetlana Vinogradova, about her golf trip to Bom Successo Golf resort in Portugal.
Bom Sucesso Golf Resort, Obidos, Portugal
Situated near the medieval town of Óbidos, on the banks of the Lagoon, Bom Sucesso – Design Resort, Leisure Golf & SPA represents the most ambitious project ever planned for a luxury tourist resort.
Built over an area covering 1 576 210 sqm, Bom Sucesso will contain 601 houses – both villas and townhouses – a hotel with a Spa, an 18 hole Championship golf course, an unparalleled range of facilities and a large ecological reserve.
It was developed as a model of excellence, with contemporary architecture as the cornerstone of its concept strategy. A group of highly qualified architects, both Portuguese and foreign, developed an innovative concept; contemporary architecture blended into the landscape.
Twenty three Masters of Contemporary Architecture joined forces in order to create Bom Sucesso, on a single property but without neglecting the specificities of each project area.
The architects adhered to a set of rules that provide the formal unity of the project, but which simultaneously enabled them to follow their own original and specific objectives. Most important among these rules and vital for the originality of the resort, was that all rooftops should be covered in greenery and any walls should either be covered in greenery or else simply not exist at all.
With the highest standards of quality of life in mind, nothing was left to chance. This is a project tailored for the demanding consumer who appreciates contemporary architectural style, highly rated in the real-estate market and located in a privileged country – the sunniest in Europe – with good weather practically all year round and a people famous for their exceptional hospitality.
The golf course
Bom Sucesso is a superb layout, which follows the tenets of good golf design. Being a ‘resort’ course, there are places where tees are near resort roads, but in all cases tees are set down or raised up to avoid any interference from passing traffic, which will always be minimal in the playing areas. Where houses line the fairways, most holes run through dished valleys, with the houses set well back and above the play, a massive amount of tree planting, adds to the safety barriers as well as to the beauty of the course. Greens are especially well located and where greens are near roads they are set in positions surrounded by banks
Thought has been given to the length-challenged player, as well as the low handicapper. From the White Tees, this will be a course difficult enough to test the world’s top players, yet from the forward tees, long carries are eliminated, so that all can enjoy the experience of navigating around the variety of well-placed hazards on this course. The well-shaped greens are set to offer rewards to the player who positions their ball well for the approach to the green, and once on them, position is again important, as the surfaces are undulating and will offer putts of varying degrees of difficulty, according to their direction.
With a great site, the course takes full advantage of a series of spectacular views, some will be breathtaking and others just subtly attractive. With the theme of ‘all-over green,’ the houses will blend into the course, as the course limits will flow smoothly into the house plots. Barriers of vegetation will be the only division between golf and plots, yet the boundaries of the course are very well defined.
Whether as a visiting player or as a resident, Bom Sucesso will be a pleasurable experience, which all will wish to repeat, time and time again.
These are the words of Stuart Woodman, a golf consultant from A.F.P.G.A.
Obidos is situated at the distance of 100 km from Lisbon, the capital of Portugal. It is possible to stay in any of the hotels or guest houses, situated in Obidos or in any of the townhouses or villas that will be built directly at the resort. The hotels, guesthouses as well as townhouses and villas are anything from 3 to 5 star level.
The weather in October is perhaps the best for exploring the country and the Obidos region in particular. The lowest temperatures in these months are between 10 and 20 degrees, the highest seldom rises above 25. There are around 8 hours of daylight during the period and – most important for a golfer – hardly any rain!