US golf architect visits Comporta

American golf architect Tom Fazio visited Herdade da Comporta, the proposed course being put forward by Portugal for their bid to host the 2018 Ryder Cup.

The famed golf architect, who has more than 40 years of experience in the industry, praised the natural terrain of the area which he considers to have “all the ingredients needed to create a top golf course of an international level” in the Alentejo.

Tom Fazio was joined by his son Logan Fazio, his chief designer Denise Wise and Ross McMurray and Jeremy Slessor of European Golf Design (EGD) to finalise the details of the conceptual design of the course, which is due to have 18 holes and rival other top European courses.

The project is set to cost around €25 million and is being privately funded and will be completed even if it does not win the Ryder Cup bid being backed by the Portuguese government.

A final decision on who will host the 2018 Ryder Cup is to be announced in May this year.