Finish property developer Ilpo Kokkilia, founder and current Chairman of SRV, one of the country's largest development firms, has owned the property that Ombria is being developed on for close to two decades, through his company Pantos.
About five miles north of the town of Loule, itself about a half hour's drive from the Algarvian capitol, Faro, the site, formerly a fruit farm, is centered on a river valley, surrounded by hills. Pantos hired veteran Portuguese architect Jorge Santana da Silva to design the course, and the tender for the golf building was won by a well-known figure in the Portuguese golf industry, Benjamim Neves da Silver of Progolf Construction, EIGCA Bronze Partners.
Ombria is mostly growing in now, with opening planned for 2020. The resort and villa development, really only in earthwork stages at the moment, promises to be extremely dramatic, and with only a minor impact on the golf course.
This was taken from Golf Course Architecture and the full article, with a detailed description of the course by Adam Lawrence, can be found here.
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