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.
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.
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.
Super golf course well maintened.
Golf course great condition. Club house fantastic and overall experience great.
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.
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.
Lovely golf course and a real challenge. I will play again when back in the area
Very good course in good condition
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.
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.
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 Henten2018-09-08
Beautiful golf course. Waiting times ok
Mr Alan Cherry2018-07-10
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.
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!
when turning up at the pro shop they were ready with my Teetimes.pt booking info. They seemed to know who we were before we presented the Teetimes.pt voucher
Rather disappointing, untidy. Very wet in comparison with other golf courses along the Algarve. Poor changing facilities.
A great course and very nice people
tres beau terrain, bien entretenu, des greens roulants des fairway en super etat, on a pris du plasirs
Fine golf course fairways needed growth some every bare lies.
Slow round behind pros having a practice round preparing for pro tournament next day.
Michael J K Sanders2018-01-27
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.
Beautiful golf course. Traditional layout. Beautiful big greens in great condition.. wish it was more affordable as I would play it all the time.
A great course, although the fairways and green surroundings were a bit scruffy, would play again.
A bit dull golf-course without too many challenges or variations. Won't visit again. Great practise grounds however.
First time on the course. Not in a very good condition
Was expecting better but still enjoyed
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
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.
Nice course ..
some of greens not good but as ever a quality course
Mr Ian Littlejohn2017-10-02
Top class course, and design makes it very similar to an English parkland course. A very good test
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
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.
Not as nice as it used to be but still one to add to the list.
Excellent course in great location
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.
A bit untidy in parts
Another favourite and again lived up to our expectations
Tough course but would like to play it again.
Wonderful experience, course was in excellent condition, and the weather perfect. Staff were attentive and helpful, overall a great day.
Excellent well kept and a good challenge
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)
As always a pleasure to play.
Enjoyed the course some great holes
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
Good, but course condition poor in places
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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