The Algarve boasts some of the best golf courses in Europe and when you combine that with Portugal’s wonderful climate, you have a pretty irresistible mix.
The region boasts over 300 days of sunshine a year and a variety of spectacular golf courses that will live long in the memory.
Perhaps the most famous of all is peninadesigned by the legendary Henry Cotton. It was also the first course to be built in the Algarve. And while many more have since been created, Penina has stood the test of time and remains a must-see for anyone visiting the area.
Penina Hotel and Golf Resort
The Penina Hotel & Golf Resort is a 5-star property located on 160 hectares of land with 196 well-designed rooms. Each room is equipped with comfortable beds, a 32-inch flat-screen satellite TV, a bathtub with shower, a safe, air conditioning and a private terrace with a view of the swimming pool or the mountain.
Restaurants & Bars
There is a terrific range of dining options available on-site. With indoor and outdoor seating, Sagres Restaurant serves international cuisine in a casual and relaxed atmosphere. For a more formal atmosphere, try Le Grill restaurant, which also serves international cuisine. Guests can also dine at the Italian-inspired restaurant L’Arlecchino and the Dunas Beach tapas restaurant, as well as two other dining options.
Spa & Leisure
The site is also well equipped for non-golfers and guests wishing to relax. The beach is close to the hotel, and there’s also a pool, sauna, bike rentals, kids’ club, shops, and shows available for guests.
Just 800 meters from the complex is the Ancão Nature Reserve where visitors can try their hand at water sports or stroll through the beautiful surroundings. Alternatively, golfers can play at the other nearby courses such as Pinheiros Altos and San Lorenzo, where you will receive discounted rates if you are staying in Penina.
The golf course
Henry Cotton has been involved in the design of many courses in the Algarve, but his masterpiece is Penina, the first 18-hole course built in the Algarve.
Penina has hosted the Portuguese Open several times.
Bordered by streams, water hazards and ditches, it is famous for its subtle slopes and elevated greens. A par 73, it remains a thing of beauty and offers a formidable challenge to golfers of all abilities.
Cotton oversaw the planting of thousands of trees and shrubs, transforming the landscape into lush, vegetated land perfect for golfing. From this initial build, there were soon 30 more courses across the region – the Algarve had been changed forever. As the towering pines and eucalyptus matured, the course was given a definitive character that remains unmatched in the region even today.
The course is characterized by an unusual grouping of par fives, with four of the five arranged together in pairs at the start and end of the back nine.
The hotel provides a fabulous backdrop to the 18th hole, which is a beautiful par five. The ideal drive should be short of the drainage ditch, with bunkers protecting the green to be avoided by your second before a pitch to a beautiful three-tiered green. Also worth mentioning is the 13th par three, which has been voted one of the top 500 holes on the planet. A lake borders the right side, coming into play from the back tee, while the sloping green is guarded to the front and left by a pair of dangerous bunkers.
9-hole resort course
Hotel Penina’s nine-hole golf course offers 18 tees so players can play a full round if they wish. The track is full of its own challenges, but not to the caliber of the championship golf course, which will always test players, making it a great warm-up golf course before moving on to the main setup.
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