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Penina Championship

Penina Champoinship Golf Course was previously known as the Sir Henry Cotton Championship Golf Course. The main 18 holes provide the most demanding test of a players skill in the Algarve, if not in Portugal. The inevitable difficulty that a flat landscape and terrain creates with club selection, the holes are crossed and flanked by a series of streams, ditches and water hazards, demanding precisely executed shots to avoid trouble and achieve par.|The course is beautifully maintained, winding past tall stands of eucalyptus and clumps of palm to mainly elevated greens which have subtle slopes and sometimes treacherous speeds.

Portugal golf courses - Penina Championship ReceptionReception: Everyday from 7:45am to 8:00pm
Portugal golf courses - Penina Championship Golf ClubsGolf Clubs: Standard Set|Taylor Made Set
Portugal golf courses - Penina Championship Club HouseClub House: With Restaurant and Snack bar
Portugal golf courses - Penina Championship Driving rangeWith driving range
Portugal golf courses - Penina Championship AcademyWith an Academy
Portugal golf courses - Penina Championship TrolleysTrolleys: Manual and Electric
Portugal golf courses - Penina Championship Locker RoomWith locker room
Portugal golf courses - Penina Championship Pro ShopPro Shop: Everyday from 7:45am to 8:00pm
Portugal golf courses - Penina Championship Golf LessonsGolf Lessons: Resident professionals
Portugal golf courses - Penina Championship BuggiesBuggies: Without GPS
Portugal golf courses - Penina Championship Putting GreenWith putting green
Portugal golf courses - Penina Championship JuniorsJuniors: Up to 17 years old

Penina Championship - latest comments and reviews

111 reviews 7/10

Malc Kendall 2021-10-17
We were looking forward to this course as we expected it to be the best we would play all week. We arrived to an empty car park and a very poor reception. When we handed over the voucher we were told we couldn’t have our buggy until 10.40 !! This was not good enough as our Tee time was 10.56 !! The course itself was in a shabby state especially the condition of the greens which were very diseased and uneven ! Also when we were half way round one buggy was flat so we took it to the clubhouse but were told they had none available and to carry on until they brought us a replacement. Unfortunately we could not keep up with the pace of play and had to let 3 or 4 groups play through us until we eventually got a replacement and that struggled to complete the 18 holes. Needless to say we didn’t visit the bar for a drink afterwards. Unfortunately a very disappointing day !!

Conor kavanagh 2021-10-08
Course in poor condition throughout.. Fairways like a rough...greens patchy. Nice staff though.

Kilian McGoldrick 2021-09-27
Penina golf course was in poor condition and would have expected the greens and fairways to be much better considering the cost particularly the Buggy at €50 which was excessive.The whole course including paths need to be manicured to a higher standard. Very untidy and was not impressed.

Diane westmoreland 2021-09-26
Greens not in good condition plus lots of divots not repaired and bunkers not raked. People in front couldn't play golf and drove their buggy very close to the green. Should be mandatory that all visitors prove they have a valid playing handicap or at least be told drive buggies , repair divots and rake bunkers.

Boelscher 2021-09-19
A wonderful course and verry friendly people at reception and at Tee 1 for the Tee Off.

Darren Springhall 2021-09-08
The staff at Penina both on arrival and in the bar were not very welcoming, particularly the bar staff. The caddie master was very welcoming though. The course itself is a great layout and a good test. However, it is obvious from the condition of the course that it is in need of some maintenance. The rough is very patchy and some of the fairways were damaged and quite dry in places. Some of the greens even had weeds growing on them which meant that they did not run well. The bunkers though had plenty of sand in them so you could splash the ball out.

Martin Rothera 2021-09-03
Not the best, but by no means the worse. An interesting layout, but looking a bit tired and unkempt in places. Glad we played though. The first course on the Algarve, and designed by Sir Hnery Cotton after all ????????

Rory Gray 2021-08-27
The championship course is in very poor condition. Green, tees and fairways are all in need of attention. The green fee of €52 is far too much when considering nearby courses are in better condition ( Morgado and Alamos greens are fantastic ) Lots of four balls out this morning and no warning given. It would have been possible to start 2 balls from the ninth. It just seems no one at Penina cares anymore

Ann Livingston 2021-08-03
Course in very poor condition. Fairways patchy and first cut bare in parts. Many greens diseased and pitch marks evident. Looks and feels very run down compared with less expensive courses we have played. Very disappointing.

Chris Jowett 2021-07-03
Very enjoyable. No hassle. The course was in good condition for the time of year.

Terence White 2021-06-27
Nice golf course but needed some work as was up to the standard of Vale da Pinta , fairways not great in some areas , expected more from this course.

Julian Bowles 2019-10-08
Booking was very easy and the staff at Teetimes were friendly and efficient. Course was in good condition and the green fees paid were competitive. I recommend your services and would happily use you again on my next trip to Portugal.

Trevor Johnston 2019-06-26
Pace of play was good, really enjoyed it.

Andrew Knight 2019-06-13
Wonderful. Thanks.

Nigel Yates 2019-05-13
Excellent club and course. Very polite and helpful staff. All in a great days golf.

Graham Poole 2019-04-23
Friendly staff. Great course.

Angus Gow 2019-03-29
A beautiful course, mature and challenging. In good condition throughout, and the greens were excellent. Excellent practice facilities and pro shop but locker rooms were basic.

Ian Brotherston 2018-12-04
Penina has a different feel to nearly all other Algarve courses - it almost feels like Surrey in the sun in places. The layout has survived the test of time and despite some reports we heard about the condition, other than a couple of muddy fairways, the condition was generally fine. The service was excellent.

BO'Neill 2018-10-10
Well set up course but looking a bit tired at this end of the season. Well organised and friendly staff plus a lovely lunch overlooking the course.

glenn weston 2018-09-16
great course

Tuilier 2018-06-28
Super golf course well maintened.

Rosemary Dobson 2018-06-02
Golf course great condition. Club house fantastic and overall experience great. 2018-05-15
Penina offers excellent value and is a well maintained & challenging golf course. Excellent marshalling also which keeps the players moving and the round is played in a reasonable time. There is room for improvement on the quality of the clubs for hire.

Paul Bailey 2020-03-25

Andy Green 2020-03-09
A classic layout in beautiful surroundings, we all agreed that it was as good as it was described in the brochure. A very pleasant, challenging and enjoyable experience. The golf staff were all very friendly helpful and professional annd a good time was had by all.

peter leicester 2020-02-26
Excellent course but packed with abysmal golfers. They let anyone on meaning rounds are way too slow.

Peter McFarlane 2020-02-20
Friendly welcome. Greens in fantastic condition. Course layout very good. Would recommend to anyone.

Steve Bassi 2020-01-27
Very enjoyable course as always.

Roger Hird 2020-01-21
An excellent experience - all went very well and as expected. The Penina Championship course was in excellent condition

Mr. Kim Breivik 2020-01-17
Lovely course that plays quite long. Ground is softer than most other courses so easier to keep the ball on the green but takes some adjustment.

Riitta Johansson 2019-11-12
Very fast greens, made putting difficult.

Bill McDonald 2019-11-07
Nice course

Ian Stokoe 2019-11-05
Much better condition than when we last visited.

Neil Wendel-Jones 2019-10-15
Everything excellent

Lee Donaldson 2019-10-08
Writing this as a tour organiser, 7 players handicaps 11 to 28. Teed off at 2 pm and not sure what the greens would have been like at the start of the day but looked and played like hundreds of players had been through them that day. Not the best for what we paid and although they won’t do anything about it the course should take this into account when setting their fees. Check in great, very professional welcome but the chance of getting a snack before the round was made so difficult by the unhelpful staff at the bar being able to take food requests, insisting we sit down at a set table, wait for a waiter to bring a menu, to place the order and sit inside when we wanted a simple sandwich and time to look at the facilities. Unviable to find out how long this would take we didn’t bother. All food looked overpriced. On course snack, although the food buggy person was nice, the 4 baguettes took 1.5 hours to deliver and was really disappointing. Again overpriced. The course has nice holes, walkable but a little bit too similar from one to the next. You pay for the history of the course, not the course itself.

Christian Overgaard 2019-10-08
Nice natural and old course. A bit narrow fairways herre and there, but you can allways find your ball among the trees and get on with the recovery shot. Charming place to visit.

Westley Macey 2019-10-01
Very nice course layout greens heavily pitch marked

Patricia Horstead 2019-09-18
Course was playable and we enjoyed our round. Pace of play was slow and the Marshall tried to move it along. Last 4 greens were heavily sanded which we weren’t appraised of.

glenn weston 2019-09-14
very nice course in good conition

Ian Beattie 2019-09-12
Poor meet & greet on arrival, had to find employee to ask where to check in when we arrived, course was great, good but expensive service in bar after golf

Harry Korver 2019-09-10
Friendly staff. Course in good condition though very wet.

Keith Walker 2019-07-31
Lovely course not quite in top condition, but still very enjoyable

Hugh O Farrell 2019-06-25
We enjoyed our 2 rounds on the Championship Course. However the changing room was of poor standard and urgently requires an update.

Terry Jackson 2019-06-23
Greens were good. Fees a bit high for what it is €165 2people with buggy, I understand from regulars that they charge €50 for a buggy which is a rip off,

Fallow 2019-06-03
Enjoyed playing the course which was in very good condition

Eamonn Ryan 2019-05-29
Great course. Enjoyed the experience!

Craig Frame? 2019-05-21
Good golf course, excellent layout, decent condition, greens were a bit slow

Mal McLaughlin 2019-05-03
Great Course but very very slow

Robert Adair 2019-04-26
Very well designed course. Needs a lot of thinking. Given the course's standing, it was a bit scruffy. Greens hard but fair. Not enough sand in some bunkers.

Michael Mullins 2019-04-23
It is just ok. Boring course Nothing exceptional. Still a good challenge

Mathew Astall 2019-04-17
Excellent condition. Look forward to returning.

Einar Magnusson 2018-11-05
Everything good the courses and servis.

Kevin Ephgrave 2018-10-26
Unfortunately didn't get to play whole round due to weather. Also very delayed from first tee due to slow and late arrivals in groups before us - even at 9am. Clear some in those groups could not play golf to any standard. 3 hours to play 9 holes, so very slow. won't be rushing back.

Jim Houlihan 2018-10-23
Lovely golf course and a real challenge. I will play again when back in the area

Dave Cooksey 2018-10-19
Very good course in good condition

Michael Cox 2018-10-11
Course is not in great shape too much traffic on the greens and unfortunately the visitors are not repairing their pitch marks and the course is starting to look its age but nevertheless it was a good experience.

Nick Jones 2018-10-07

Vincent Brennan 2018-10-04
I have been coming to the Algarve for 14 years now and have often played Penina as it is a great course. They used to ask for handicap certs which we didn't mind as we are all good golfers. Now it appears they will allow anyone on the golf course. As a result play has become really slow. We spoke to a ranger on the day and he just said it's all backed up because the course is full but when we got to the back nine we could see a large gap ahead of us. Even if there was no gap, this meant the golf course had put too many people out and didn't adhere to the 10 minute time slots. There is an academy course there for high handicappers and people with no handicap. The course should encourage or insist that these golfers use it instead of the Championship course. There was a lot of pitch marks left on the greens which were probably left by golfers who should have been on the academy course.

Stuart Massey 2018-09-18
All went very smooth great course one for the traditionalists

Steven lloyd 2018-09-16
Very enjoyable day ! Course good but not as good has either vale do lobo which was my favourite ! Or the Faldo !

Ruud van Henten 2018-09-08
Beautiful golf course. Waiting times ok

Mr Alan Cherry 2018-07-10

Colin Thaw 2018-05-06
A tough but enjoyable round of golf in a very pleasant setting. Tee times provided an excellent service which was matched by Penina staff. Pleasant bar service provided in the ‘19th’ too.

Fieke 2018-05-03
Very nice and well maintained golf course. Very beautiful nature. Service was very good. We arrived a little bit earlier, and we could start straight away. Greens were fast, fairways were broad. For both a single handicap and for handicap of 20 a very nice course!

keith waldron 2018-04-17
when turning up at the pro shop they were ready with my booking info. They seemed to know who we were before we presented the voucher

Ian Morgan 2018-04-17
Rather disappointing, untidy. Very wet in comparison with other golf courses along the Algarve. Poor changing facilities.

Delaume Catherine 2018-04-15
A great course and very nice people

Franck Vetil 2018-04-03
tres beau terrain, bien entretenu, des greens roulants des fairway en super etat, on a pris du plasirs

Christopher Walder 2018-03-31

Michael McKenna 2018-03-26
Fine golf course fairways needed growth some every bare lies.

Stephen Stock 2018-02-26
Slow round behind pros having a practice round preparing for pro tournament next day.

Michael J K Sanders 2018-01-27
Having played Penina, probably, 20 times in the past but not for the last 10 years, I was very disappointed with it’s presentation. Greens were as good as ever but the overall presentation was very scruffy.

Roberta alder 2018-01-16
Beautiful golf course. Traditional layout. Beautiful big greens in great condition.. wish it was more affordable as I would play it all the time.

Steve Bassi 2018-01-15
A great course, although the fairways and green surroundings were a bit scruffy, would play again.

Jan Vermeesch 2018-01-10
A bit dull golf-course without too many challenges or variations. Won't visit again. Great practise grounds however.

Yvonne Lee 2017-11-08
First time on the course. Not in a very good condition

David Phillips 2017-10-26
Was expecting better but still enjoyed

Mark Barnish 2017-10-20
Excellent professional set up course full but not overbooked so reasonable time for round. Course was a little tired in places and needs more attention to details

Martin Gallagher 2017-10-17
Played here many times, longest round I've ever played here at 5.5 hours

Neil williamson 2017-10-14
First time we've played Penina. Liked the course but condition wasn't great . Probably due to a lot of golf being played at the end of a busy year. Didn't realise there would be no buggies available either.

Güllering Axel 2017-10-14
Penina championsship is a Great course, Not easy with water and lots of Bunkers Around the Greens. But the course needs more professionel care.

Daniel Kirwan 2017-10-13
Nice course ..

Paul Maxwell 2017-10-09
some of greens not good but as ever a quality course

Mr Ian Littlejohn 2017-10-02
Top class course, and design makes it very similar to an English parkland course. A very good test

Denise Earley 2017-09-30
Again staff very nice but the course is showing a lot of wear and tear

Erich Renz 2017-09-26
werden wir nicht mehr spielen

Doug Smith 2017-08-13
This is a course not to be missed. The oldest course on the Algarve designed by Henry Cotton. It is like treading on hallowed ground. Beautiful design and mature. The greens were in excellent condition but some of the fairways were not in the best shape, hence the need for pick and place. Nevertheless the golf experience here is second to none.

Ray Lloyd 2017-07-09
Not as nice as it used to be but still one to add to the list.

Martin Punch 2017-05-16
Excellent course in great location

Jeff Bull 2017-04-18
We all enjoyed Penina golf course, even thougha little tired in places and could do with some investment. Off course for a supposed 5* establishment was dreadful. Service without a smile, did not have any food, and beer had RUN OUT. Would not return.

Sarah 2017-04-15
A bit untidy in parts

Simon Till 2017-04-13
Another favourite and again lived up to our expectations

Gerry Malone 2017-04-12
Tough course but would like to play it again.

John Lovett 2017-04-11
Wonderful experience, course was in excellent condition, and the weather perfect. Staff were attentive and helpful, overall a great day.

Lynn fletcher 2016-11-01
Excellent well kept and a good challenge

Marcus Williamson 2016-10-31
Penina was a course I've wanted to play for sometime & the layout didn't disappoint.The whole Penina experiance was good,Sir Henry Cotton designed.The course does however show that it's very overplayed & like most courses suffers from PITCH marks un-repaired (a pet hate)

Derek Thomas 2016-10-14
Not impressed

mike williams 2016-10-09
As always a pleasure to play.

Denis Earley 2016-10-02
Enjoyed the course some great holes

Bill Stubbins 2016-09-28
Very good course Excellent reception staff Should remove large (hidden) buried rock in bunker at hole 16. It nearly broke my club. Not very professional for such a course

Neil Burton 2016-09-23
Good, but course condition poor in places

Cheryl Myles 2016-09-17
Emailed separately because we really had a very poor experience. Waiting an hour for a buggy and there were so many people on the course it was very very slow. Yes it was a challenge but I wasn't particularly impressed with the course either.

Malcolm MacDonald 2016-09-16
Disappointing the course is in need of work to bring it up to its old standard. This was the most expensive course of the 6 we played and definitely the worst condition. With regards to the bar snacks awful.

John Graham 2016-09-12
Penina was ok , I enjoyed the fact that the course was long with some good set out holes , however we felt that overall each hole was similar

Geoff Corton 2016-07-30
Very long and difficult course but thoroughly enjpyable challenge.

previously played in October 2015 and found the course scruffy and poorly maintained. Couldn't be more different this time (june 2016). great condition and well looked after. breakfast is expensive if your not a resident at the hotel, but the omelettes are well worth a try. will definitely be playing again.

Peter Watson 2016-05-05
Played the course for the third time and was a nice change from the more modern layout of the other courses played. The course needs some attention in places particularly some bare areas along the fairways and the bunkers.

stephen evans 2016-03-18
A bit scruffy in places, with the front nine offering nothing over a standard UK course. A few to many up and down parallel fairways for my liking. Greens where the best of the week. The back nine was a better challenge.

Neil McLeod 2016-02-04
Played Penina at the end of January. The course was extremely wet underfoot with every shot picking up mud on the ball. The course is without doubt well designed and mature but they will have to vastly improve fairway drainage and install pumps in certain areas to get this boggy ground sorted out. All the other pestana courses I played were dry under foot and were a pleasure to play. I would not play Penina again until they get this issue sorted

dave cooksey 2015-10-23
Good course

Robert Hopcroft 2015-10-19
Very good

Course Difficulty
Yard values are approximated.
Hole: 1 
Par: 4
S.I.: 4
Hole: 2 
Par: 4
S.I.: 2
Hole: 3 
Par: 4
S.I.: 18
Hole: 4 
Par: 4
S.I.: 12
Hole: 5
Par: 5
S.I.: 8
Hole: 6
Par: 3
S.I.: 10
Hole: 7
Par: 4
S.I.: 14
Hole: 8
Par: 3
S.I.: 16
Hole: 9
Par: 4
S.I.: 6
Par: 35
Hole: 10
Par: 5
S.I.: 3
Hole: 11
Par: 5
S.I.: 13
Hole: 12
Par: 4
S.I.: 1
Hole: 13
Par: 3
S.I.: 5
Hole: 14
Par: 4
S.I.: 7
Hole: 15
Par: 4
S.I.: 17
Hole: 16
Par: 3
S.I.: 9
Hole: 17
Par: 5
S.I.: 11
Hole: 18
Par: 5
S.I.: 15
Par: 38
Par: 73
Course Rating
Slope Rating
Course Map Penina Championship


*Flat - Some gentle slopes on green approaches

*Dogleg - On both 9's

*Tree Lined - Heavily with Umbrella Pines

*Buggy Recommended - If Essential

*Water hazards - On both 9's, check on course planner required

*Parkland - Totally

*Signature Hole - 5th

*Comments - Premier Championship course in West Algarve

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