the course was very scrappy and not as well maintained as it should be for the price
A course which needs some serious money spending on it. Teed and fairways and surrounding area poor. Greens excellent. Such a shame for what was an iconic course.
Potentially a lovely course, but fairways in very poor condition, presumably because of dry weather but also sand in bunkers very poor quality
A historic course but looking very tired and needs lots of TLC
Very slow service for lunch causing us to almost miss our tee time, course felt dated and lacked attention. Nowhere near as green as a lot of others we played and as the most expensive would not reccomend.
Penina always a good test as it’s one of the longer courses. Was in good condition mainly. Greens were nice apart from last few which have some disease.
Not played here for a few years. Sadly it’s seen better days and the course, whilst still a challenge, is tired and the worst state I’ve ever seen it in. Looks like hardly anyone repairs their pitch marks anymore
Lovely course but has lost its attraction. Very poor maintenance and condition. Areas around bunkers not maintained with high grass growing on edge of bunkers. Will think twice about playing here again... Gramacho/Pinta better option for the same Rate.
Greens in good condition. Rest of the course a bit rough.
Course good but not as well maintained as Amendoeira or Vilamoura courses.
Course set up was good but bad weather meant we could only play 16 holes
Very good as usual but a little parched due to weather. Facilities well improved
Course was a definite improvement on last year but still a little scruffy in some areas
A bit scruffy looking was expecting a better quality course
We had a fantastic day at Penina.
Everything was ok.
Service was fine. First visit here for 4 years and was very disappointed with the condition of the tee boxes and fairways. Hope they can restore it to its past glories as it’s a great layout.
Service and access to the course excellent. So few playing sailed around. Having grown up around Penina and now making regular visits, its hard to take how run down the whole resort is. Pavements with holes, weeds, exposed cables in lakes, pitch marked greens, varied grasses on greens, worn out tees and threadbare fairways. Place in my heart but.....get the place back to 5 stars. Currently about 3 .
We thought that the condition of the course was slightly under par and a littlke scruffy compared to when we've played previously.
Course not best but booking experience great
Pleasant as always, but gently faded in its beauty. Like all the courses around here, it exhibits a bit of “Long Covid”, by which I mean evidence of maintenance cutbacks and lack of investment. Still my favourite in these parts though. With a year or two of revenue bounce after Covid, hopefully Penina and others can be refreshed.
The course was not in great condition but was ok
Very disappointed with course condition. Fairways very bare, tee boxes very bad and uneven, bunkers had very little sand so was like hitting concrete. It maybe classed as a championship course but i would not rate it due to how poorly it is maintained. I give it 3 stars as the greens were in good shape.
Always enjoy Penina, but quieter so good to get around at a decent pace. Greens excellent, fairways have been better but it has been dry
Niels Henning Kristiansen
Very bad fair ways and the the le course are not god looking to much dirth around
Played here many times. This year the course was a little bit tired and needs a little bit of looking after to get it back in shape.
No starter at Tee 1, course has been in better condition
We thought the course was really tired and in need of serious investment. In poor condition, too many bare lies on fairways - won’t be going back until improvements happen
Penina Resort in general not in good condition. Looks run down, minimum of maintenance on the golf course. Greens in better condition than Faireways. Boggy path need repair. Money is needed to update Championship course.
Course in good condition, especially the greens which were running true and reasonable quick. Pace of play was very fast and we were round in 4 hours as opposed to the 4.5 to 4.75 hrs for previous rounds. We were finished at 1430 and then had to wait until 1710 for transfer, despite telling first driver that we would be ready for pick up at 1630. I know it is difficult to know how fast you will go round course but maybe there should be a better system for communicating pick up times
Tee Times reply: Hello Mark
Glad you enjoyed the golf course. Sorry for delay on the pick up return. 40 minutes deserves another pint.
Excellent course and in very good condition
Penina Championship course is very ‘tired’ and In need of plenty of TLC.
We found the course interesting but it needs some maintenance - looks untidy and unkempt. The greens were ok, a bit pockmarked in places so your ball bobbles along. The toilet on the course was beyond disgusting, as was the gents toilet in the golf reception. The ladies was quite good.
Course in poor condition throughout.. Fairways like a rough...greens patchy. Nice staff though.
A wonderful course and verry friendly people at reception and at Tee 1 for the Tee Off.
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.
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.
Excellent course but packed with abysmal golfers. They let anyone on meaning rounds are way too slow.
Friendly welcome. Greens in fantastic condition. Course layout very good. Would recommend to anyone.
Very enjoyable course as always.
An excellent experience - all went very well and as expected. The Penina Championship course was in excellent condition
Mr. Kim Breivik
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.
Very fast greens, made putting difficult.
Much better condition than when we last visited.
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.
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.
Very nice course layout greens heavily pitch marked
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.
very nice course in good conition
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
Friendly staff. Course in good condition though very wet.
Lovely course not quite in top condition, but still very enjoyable
Hugh O Farrell
We enjoyed our 2 rounds on the Championship Course. However the changing room was of poor standard and urgently requires an update.
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,
Enjoyed playing the course which was in very good condition
Great course. Enjoyed the experience!
Good golf course, excellent layout, decent condition, greens were a bit slow
Great Course but very very slow
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.
It is just ok. Boring course Nothing exceptional. Still a good challenge
Excellent condition. Look forward to returning.
Everything good the courses and servis.
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
Very enjoyable day ! Course good but not as good has either vale do lobo which was my favourite ! Or the Faldo !
Ruud van Henten
Beautiful golf course. Waiting times ok
Mr Alan Cherry
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 Sanders
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
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.
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 Littlejohn
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
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
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