Golf's Greatest Holes - Series 2 (Portugal)
The latest Series, which premiered on Sky Sports Golf in April 2023, once again sees Paul and Chris using the award-winning Motocaddy M5 GPS and M7 REMOTE electric trolleys to navigate the fairways while the Pro-Series cart bag and versatile HydroFLEX stand bag keep their clubs safe and secure on famous courses including Vale do Lobo, Quinta Do Lago, San Lorenzo, Monte Rei and many more.
Featuring former Ryder Cup Captain Paul McGinley and co-host Chris Hollins playing 26 spectacular courses across Portugal, the seven-part Series will be broadcast to an audience of more than one billion households in 189 different countries over the next four years.
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The story behind the show
It’s a conversation we all have in the clubhouse. “Where is your favourite course? Which is your favourite hole?” But it just so happened that this conversation was at Wentworth with former Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley. He’s played all over the world in some of the biggest tournaments and designed a few courses too. So, he should know!
So, he started plotting this golfing expedition and they had anywhere in the world to begin their journey but just like his career he wanted to start in the island of Ireland. And what a journey it turned out to be. From the most northern spot of the island of Ireland, Donegal, south to Kinsale, as far west as Belmullet and East as Downpatrick.
Following the success of Series 1, the pair are heading to Paul's "home from home" in mainland Europe, Portugal. Each episode will feature holes selected by Paul for their framing, architecture, and natural beauty. From the rugged terrain of Porto in the north to the sun-drenched coastal playground of the Algarve, Golf's Greatest Holes offers an immersive experience of Portugal’s broad variety of championship-quality golf courses.
Watch the Series 2 trailer below
Episode Previews - Series 2
The first stop in the series is Castro Marim, in the eastern Algarve. This beautiful course is played by Paul and Chris on their tour of southern Portugal. They play the fifth hole, a tricky par 5, with danger right of the fairway. Can Chris’ new and improved skills get the better of Paul? Next up, Chris visits Quinta da Ria, a popular course about forty-five minutes from Faro airport. At this beautiful course, right by the sea, Chris plays the 12th hole, a par 3.
Chris doesn’t travel far to the next course, Pestana Gramacho, where he plays the 10th hole, a par 3. This tranquil place, full of ancient trees and wonderful wildlife, offers Chris a chance to relax and unwind. To conclude the episode, Paul plays the 16th hole at the world-famous Quinta do Lago South, one of the most prestigious golf courses in all of Portugal.
Episode Two starts at Salgados in the Algarve, where Chris plays the 7th hole, a par 4. Chris enjoys a wonderful afternoon in the sunshine as he takes on the palm-lined course. Next up is Dom Pedro Old Course, Paul and Chris meet up to play this stunning course. With its wonderful old trees lining the fairways and protecting the greens, Chris and Paul play the tough 4th hole, an enjoyable par 3, where Paul gets a birdie.
Chris leaves Paul for the afternoon and heads off to Amendoeira, the Faldo course. He plays the 13th hole, a long par 5, on this prestigious course in the Algarve. Paul ends the episode playing Monte Rei, one of the best golf courses in Portugal, a Jack Nicklaus signature. Can Paul’s game match the surroundings, as he plays the 13th hole, a par 4?
The episode starts at Vale do Lobo, one of the most famous courses in Portugal. Chris and Paul play the 16th hole at the Royal course, which is intimidating thanks to its clifftop location overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. It doesn’t get any easier for Chris as he travels on to Pine Cliffs, where he plays the breath-taking 6th hole, a long Par 3 on the cliff’s edge - a hole that definitely isn't for the faint-hearted!
Located in a nature reserve, the next stop is the 3rd hole at Espiche Golf Club, where every effort has been taken to make this an environmentally and sustainably sound club. Paul finishes the episode at San Lorenzo, where he navigates the 7th hole, a tough par 4 by the estuary. As the sun sets, Paul takes in the nature and gentle waters of the estuary.
Paul and Chris start Episode Four at Quinta do Lago Laranjal in the Algarve, the newest of the three courses at Quinta do Lago. The duo play the 18th hole, an interesting risk-reward par 5, by the lake. Chris gets competitive with Paul, but will he succeed? After a wonderful morning, they head north towards Lisbon to play Troia. It’s the first course in Portugal that Paul ever played and they take on the incredible par 4 3rd hole on one of the toughest courses in the country.
Paul leaves Chris in Lisbon and travels to the Lisbon Sports Club, a traditional course, about 30 minutes’ drive from the city. Paul plays the 18th hole, a beautiful par 4 by the meandering stream. Does Paul stay out of the water?
Episode Five starts at Penha Longa, in the beautiful Cascais area. This hilltop course offers Paul and Chris, a chance to play the sixth hole, a dogleg par 4. Paul recounts his experiences playing in major competitions including a round with Seve Ballesteros.
Chris ventures north of Lisbon airport to Praia D’El Rey, a wonderful wild links course. The area, popular with surfers, is windswept and rugged with Chris playing the 13th hole, a tricky par 4. Finally, they head to Estoril, one of the oldest courses in Portugal. Paul and Chris play the 6th hole, a par 5, an uphill hole beautifully lined by traditional trees. To finish a wonderful day, Paul and Chris have a 007 cocktail in the Spies Bar at the Hotel Estoril in Cascais, famous for being the inspiration for the James Bond novels.
Where can I watch Golf's Greatest Holes?
|Series 2 - Premieres||Sky Sports Golf (UK & Ireland)|
|Episode 1||11th April - 19:00|
|Episode 2||25th April - 19:00|
|Episode 3||9th May - 19:00|
|Episode 4||23rd May - 19:00|
|Episode 5||6th June - 19:00|
|Episode 6||20th June - 19:00|
|Episode 7||4th July - 19:00|
More than 35 leading broadcast networks have already signed up to screen the Series across 189 countries – including the USA, China, Japan and Australia – reaching more than 1 billion households and 50 million digital viewers, plus significant online and social media audiences over the next four years. Further broadcast schedules will be added when available.
Products featured in the show
M5 GPS Electric Trolley
The award-winning M5 GPS offers fully‑integrated GPS built into a super-responsive 3.5” touchscreen display. Boasting 40,000 pre‑loaded courses with pin-point accuracy, it can also connect to the Motocaddy app for smartphone alerts.
M7 REMOTE Electric Trolley
Winner of the My Golf Spy 'Most Wanted' award for the last three years, the M7 REMOTE features a rechargeable handset, removable anti-tip wheel, and automatic Downhill Control technology for the ultimate in responsive control.
Pro-Series Golf Bag
Manufactured from long-lasting premium PU and Nylon fabrics, the Pro-Series is packed with impressive features including 9 spacious pockets, beverage storage and jumbo putter well.
HydroFLEX Golf Bag
The HydroFLEX is a waterproof, super-lightweight carry bag, designed to fit perfectly onto any Motocaddy trolley. Offering ultimate flexibility, features include an easily adjustable quick-release carry strap.
Meet the Presenters
The high-profile Irish golf personality turned professional in 1991 and has 10 professional victories to his name, including four on the European Tour. His maiden Tour victory came at the 1996 Austrian Open and a year later, he won the World Cup of Golf for Ireland with Padraig Harrington. Paul enjoyed a stellar Ryder Cup career in which he won three consecutive contests as a player (2002, 2004, 2006) most notably sinking the winning putt on the 18th at the Belfry for Europe to regain the trophy in 2002. After twice fulfilling vice-captain roles, he was handed the captaincy of Team Europe for the 2014 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles, leading them to a commanding five-point victory over a strong Team USA. Paul currently divides his time between playing on the European Senior Tour, providing expert analysis on both Sky Sports and NBC Sports and heading up his own golf course design company. A former Director of the DP World Tour and a Ryder Cup board member, he’s been a member at Sunningdale for several years and lives within walking distance of the famous course.
An accomplished broadcast journalist and presenter, Chris has featured in many top-rating sports and lifestyle TV shows in the UK over the past 20 years, including BBC News, BBC Sport, BBC Breakfast, Watchdog, The One Show, and Secret Britain. He became known to an even bigger audience when winning the Strictly Come Dancing title in 2009. Chris began a promising sporting life playing youth football for Charlton and QPR, before turning to first-class cricket and earning a blue for Oxford University. He began his broadcast career as a reporter with ITV. A keen golfer, he plays off a seven handicap and is President of The Oxfordshire Golf Club, close to his home in Henley-on-Thames. In July 2021, he won the Celebrity Pro-Am at the Staysure PGA Seniors Championship at Formby, amassing 46 Stableford points to secure his place in the Grand Final in Mauritius at the end of the year. As a Director of No.4 Productions, he also produced a TV golf series presented by Tour star Tommy Fleetwood that was screened on Sky Sports Golf from July 2020 called ’FORE’ which featured golf’s funniest videos. He has also been an ambassador for the CLIC Sargent and Sparks children’s charities for more than 20 years.