RibaGolfe. A 20-minute drive from Benavente, RibaGolfe has two 18-hole courses designed by architects Peter Townsend and Michael King. They encompass more than 6,000 yards each and are set in beautiful sloping terrain lined with large cork-oak trees. The golf course also has a training center with a driving range, putting and pitching greens, and a practice bunker. Vargem Fresca, N119, Km 23, Infantado, Samora Correia, Santarém, 2135–194. 263 930 040; Reservations essential.

Santo Estêvão. This relatively plain but well-designed golf course 12 km (7½ miles) southeast of Benavente makes the most of existing landscape features on these rolling plains with broad fairways and two pleasant lakes. The first few holes are straightforward, but by the 8th things have become rather more challenging on the greens. The 11th hole, a par 4, is generally seen as both the prettiest and the trickiest to play well. Vila Nova de Santo Estêvão, CCI 19, Benavente, Santarém, 2130–127. 263 949 492;

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