After the recent announcement of the 2016 World Final Destination, World Corporate Golf Challenge (WCGC) are delighted to confirm the 2016 World Final Venues for this year’s end of season showpiece. For the second year running, the World Final is going back to the beautiful Cascais, Portugal, from 21 – 26 June. Players and guests will have the privilege of staying at The Oitavos Five Star Hotel as well as competing at both the Oitavos Dunes Golf Course and Quinta da Marinha Golf Course.
The 2016 World Final will give finalists from over 50 countries a fantastic opportunity to represent their company and country at Oitavos Dunes, one of the world’s top 100 golf courses, and second best in mainland Europe. Running alongside the World Final Tournament, Quinta da Marinha Golf Course, designed by the legendary Robert Trent Jones, will host a number of competitions for all Licensees, Guests, Sponsors and Media in attendance.
The Host Venues
Oitavos Dunes Golf Club is a stunning natural links golf course built into the natural surroundings with the utmost environmental sensitivity. The most respected golf course ranking in the world is published biannually by Golf Magazine. Last September 2013 Oitavos Dunes jumped 3 places up the list to be considered the 65th best course in the world and the second best in mainland Europe. In September 2015 it jumped another 7 places to 58th in the world.
The golf course lies within the beautiful Sintra-Cascais Natural Park. It is set amongst pine woods and reforested dunes in an area of outstanding beauty. It is also located by the sea and you can enjoy ocean views at all times and Cabo da Roca, the most western point in continental Europe, can be seen from a number of holes. Oitavos Dunes Golf Course has been carefully crafted with a well thought layout and fits perfectly into its surroundings.
The 2016 World Final will also showcase another spectacular golf course in the Cascais area. While the World Final will take place on the Oitavos Dunes Golf Course, Licensees, Guests, Sponsors and Media will have the privilege of playing at Quinta da Marinha Golf Course.
Quinta da Marinha Golf Course is an 18 hole golf course of pure nature and big challenges. This par 71, designed by the legendary Robert Trent Jones, offers fantastic views over the Atlantic Ocean and the Sintra Mountains.
On this course you can really see the style of Robert Trent Jones, with elevated Greens & Tees, many bunkers in play and, as expected, water hazards. Every hole is different, and you really have to use all the clubs in your bag to make a good score.
Some of the memorable holes on the course are:
Hole 3, Par 4, it is one of the most famous holes of the Portuguese Golf, with view to the Atlantic Ocean, its picture was used for many years to promote “Golf in Portugal” abroad.
Hole 4, Par 3, played over a natural ravine to quite a demanding Green.
Hole 13, Par 3, you play over a big lake to an elevated green well protected with 4 bunkers.
Hole 18, a beautiful Par 5, with two lakes, all shots have to be well thought out to make sure you are not penalised by the water.
Harry Lloyd – Event Director at WCGC
“We are delighted to be back in Cascais for the 2016 World Final. This is a special part of Portugal and for that matter the world. Finding the best destinations and venues is key to the constant success of our event. Both The Oitavos hotel and Oitavos Dunes are exceptional venues that continue to match our high standards. Due to the continued growth of the WCGC, we are really pleased to also be working with Quinta da Marinha Golf Course this year. Only a very short distance from Oitavos Dunes, the golf course will provide a great environment for all our guests to enjoy themselves.”