This golf course, part of the Penina Golf Resort, was designed by Sir Henry Cotton in 1966. It was the first resort to be built in Portugal and it has hosted the Portuguese Open on many occasions. Two nine hole courses, the Resort Course and the Academy Course complement this very challenging and fragrant Par 73 course. On the first nine one challenging Par 5 hole stands out while four Par 5’s on the back nine make this a real test for the most talented of golfers.
Hazards and obstacles, well placed and nestling dangerously amongst the palms and acacias, are difficult to read testing the golfer’s game from the very first hole. One in five players fall foul of the lake protecting the 13th. In 1986 over 20000 balls were dredged up when the lake was cleaned.
Hole 12 which is a Par 4 is commonly cited as being the most difficult hole of the course. The second shot is definitely the trickiest calling for pinpoint precision to drive the ball 60 metres over the water and onto the green. All in all, a brilliant conception of golfing par excellence.
Find more: Penina Resort,
Architect: Henry Cotton
Ownership: Sociedade Turística da Penina, SA
Golf Director: Leonel Rio
Resident Pro: Bart Van der Wind, José Lourenço, José Marcelino
|Pro Comment: The overall layout of this course has a distinctly English parkland feel, with enough opportunities to open up your chest and test your drive skills. With some notable exceptions in the first and last holes, Penina is relatively flat and it boosts a rare PAR73 on the 18, with the back nine loop with PAR38, opening with 2 long PAR5 and to wrap your golf day an accessible PAR 5 that will make you desire to play this amazing course again.|
|Signature hole: 5th|
|Handicap: Mandatory: max 28 (gents) / 36 (ladies)|
|Whites: 6320 m / 6912 yd|
|Yellows: 5865 m / 6414 yd|
|Reds: 5189 m / 5675 yd|
|Par 3: 4|
|Par 4: 9|
|Par 5: 5|
|Tee box: Lolium Perene, Poa Pratensis, Bentgrass|
|Fairway: Lolium Perene, Poa Pratensis, Bentgrass|
|Green: Cobra Nova|