• Portimão

Penina Golf features three superb courses in a spectacular resort. The first golf course to be built in the Algarve, Penina was masterfully designed by Sir Henry Cotton, who was one of the first to realise the potential of the region – and country – as an outstanding golfing destination. Penina Golf is managed sustainably, meeting high standards for protecting water quality, conserving natural resources and providing wildlife habitats. The course has hosted the Portuguese Open on numerous occasions.

Sir Henry Cotton Championship Course
Originally built over paddy fields, the Sir Henry Cotton Championship Course was transformed from a wet, treeless site to lush grounds planted with thousands of eucalyptus and palm trees. The beautifully maintained fairways are fairly flat with strategically placed water hazards, deep bunkers, wide greens and a vast tee area. The most memorable hole is the 13th par-3 which requires a long shot over an extensive lake to an elevated green.

Founded: 1966
Architect: Sir Henry Cotton
Director: Leonel Rio
Holes: 18
Par: 73
Length: 6,273 m
SSS: 72
Handicap: Men 28, Ladies 36
Fairways: Lolium Perenne, Poa Pratensis, Creeping Bent
Greens: Creeping Bent Cobra

Academy Course
The pleasant 9-hole Academy Course winds its way through the fairways of the Championship Course. This relatively short course was designed for beginners and casual golfers, but is also perfect for experienced players looking to improve their short game.

Founded: 1977
Architect: Sir Henry Cotton
Director: Leonel Rio
Holes: 9
Par: 30
Length: 1,851 m
SSS: n/a
Handicap: Certificate not required
Fairways: Bermuda
Greens: Creeping Bent

Resort Course
The Resort Course is composed of nine strategically demanding holes on the north side of the resort. Featuring a number of water hazards, the course is considered a challenge for experienced players but is also ideal for beginners.

Founded: 1972
Architect: Sir Henry Cotton
Director: Leonel Rio
Holes: 9
Par: 35
Length: 2,987 m
SSS: n/a
Handicap: Certificate not required
Fairways: Bermuda 419
Greens: Creeping Bent

Facilities: Driving range, putting greens, chipping greens, practice bunker, pro shop, restaurant and bar. The golf academy offers private lessons and golf clinics, swing analysis technology, club hire, buggies and trolleys. Enjoy luxury accommodation at one of our recommended hotels in the Algarve.

Contact details:
Le Méredien Penina Golf & Resort
P.O. Box 146, Penina
8501-952 Portimão
Tel: +351 282 420 200
Fax: +351 282 420 300
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GPS Coordinates: 37 09’ 39.49” N – 8 34’ 51.89” W