• Overview


    The Vidago Palace Hotel was commissioned by King Carlos I, who wanted to build a luxury spa resort that could stand alongside Europe’s finest.  Furthermore, at the time the waters of the town of Vidago were considered an asset of national interest.  The Vidago Palace Hotel opened on October 6th, 1910, the year in which the first Portuguese Republic was established.  In 1936, the Vidago Palace Hotel became home to a 9-hole golf course, designed by the famous architect Philip Mackenzie Ross. The combination of a country estate with thermal treatments and a luxury golf course put the Vidago Palace Hotel among the most prestigious European resorts at the time of the Second World War.  In the 50s and 60s, the fame of the Vidago Palace Hotel grew thanks to the famous parties organised at the hotel.  However, the Vidago Palace Hotel closed in 2006, but reopened in 2010, a hundred years after its original inauguration.  This historic hotel has acquired a new glamour and is once again playing a leading role in the Portuguese hospitality sector, setting standards of comfort and luxury for the 21st century.  With distinction, as one of the Leading Hotels of the World, the hundred-year old Palace now provides a luxury service of excellence and comfort. With magnificent rooms, superb cuisine, excellent facilities and the opportunity to relax in the modern Thermal Spa, where the mineral water of Vidago, recognised for its exceptional therapeutic qualities, reigns supreme, we have quite a week in store!


    Vidago Palace Golf Club

    The excellent Vidago Palace golf course was redesigned by the firm Cameron and Powell from the Mackenzie Ross original, built in 1936.  The course was completely rebuilt according to USGA specifications for tees and greens and has been transformed into a Par 72 course, meeting the requirements of international championships, yet keeping the identity of the original design and faithfully reflecting the beauty, spirit and distinctive sign of the location.  Its characteristics include greens and tees at elevated level, strategic bunker positioning and greens that require a perfect view to assessing their unevenness.  As a result, the Vidago Palace golf course will both delight and challenge us!

    Estela Golf Club

    The Estela golf course is a true links course, located in a magnificent area and with a climate cooled by the Atlantic breeze in summer and warmed by the Golf stream in winter.  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.  With narrow fairways in the landing areas, there is pressure placed on our tee shot, but there are few fairway bunkers in the course, simply because they are not needed.  As with classical links courses, most shots at the greens are open, thus allowing the ball to enter them rolling.  Some holes have wonderful views over the Atlantic whilst others have views over the mountains.  A wonderful course to play and a great compliment to the Vidago Palace course.

    Optional – Douro Valley Sightseeing Experience

    The Douro Valley demarcated wine region is the oldest demarcated wine region in the World and has been a Unesco World Heritage site since 2001. Through the centuries, terraced staircases have been built on the steep curved hillsides of the valley’s dramatic landscape that surround the river Douro.  This has resulted in the land being turned into large cultivated vineyards, from where the grapes are extracted to produce the world-famous port wine.

    We are therefore presenting the option of the Douro Valley Experience, which involves a visit to the Douro Museum, to either the Quinta do Seixo wine estate or the Quinta do Bonfim wine estate, to include wine tasting.  Lunch is also included at the DOC Restaurant, one of the most famous restaurants in the Douro Valley.

    Please let us know in advance if you wish to book the Douro Valley Experience.

  • Itinerary

    Saturday 14th October:

    – Arrive at Porto Airport

    – Meet & Greet

    – Transfer to the Vidago Palace Hotel

    – Meet David for an introduction to the week

    – Dinner in the hotel with wine provided

    Sunday 15th October:

    – Breakfast

    – 18 holes Vidago Palace Golf Club

    – Dinner in the hotel with wine provided

    Monday 16th October:

    – Breakfast

    – 18 holes Vidago Palace Golf Club

    – Dinner in the hotel with wine provided

    Tuesday 17th October:

    – Breakfast

    – Non-golfing day

    – Option to book the Douro Valley Experience (see below)

    – Dinner in the hotel with wine provided

    Wednesday 18th October:

    – Breakfast

    – Transfer to the golf club

    – 18 holes Estella Golf Club

    – Transfer to the hotel

    – Dinner in the hotel with wine provided

     Thursday 19th October:

    – Breakfast

    – 18 holes Vidago Palace Golf Club

    – Dinner in the hotel with wine provided

    Friday 20th October:

    – Breakfast

    – 18 holes Vidago Palace Golf Club

    – Dinner in the hotel with wine provided

    Saturday 21s October:

    – Breakfast

    – Check out and departures

  • Booking Procedure

    To book a place or places on any of the David Short Golf events, please just use the Enquire Now button and complete the Online Enquiry form.

    Iain and his team will then book your place(s) and send your confirmation details within 24 hours. With the initial confirmation details, will come a request for a deposit, which is £50.00 per person for UK events, £150.00 per person for European overseas events and £250.00 per person for longer haul holidays.

    Two months prior to the commencement of each event, you will be sent an invoice for the balance of your booking, with an acknowledgement of the payment once received. Two weeks prior to commencement of the event itself, you will be sent a Travel Pack, which will include the contact details for David or Barney, the transport arrangements where applicable, the itinerary for the event, contact details for the accommodation, as well as the names of the other members attending the event.

    David or Barney will then meet you on the day of arrival.

    Please feel free to contact Iain at any time with any queries or amendments that you may have.

Price Per Person

Price per golfer:
 £ 1,695.00

Single room supplement:
£45.00 per night

Optional Doura Sightseeing Tour
£150 per person

For this event we can take:
12 clients

Notes on the Prices:

Price includes:

– Services of your Tour Host, David Short

– Airport transfers

– Golf transfers

– Accommodation

– Daily breakfast

– Dinner each evening with wine included

– Five rounds of golf

Price Excludes:

– International and internal airfares

– Lunches

– Drinks unless stated