Why You Should Play The Penina Championship Golf Course
You must tee off at Algarve’s first 18-hole golf course
When the champion of the British Open, Sir Henry Cotton set his sights on the sheer beauty of Algarve, he knew it would be a perfect destination to tee off. Sir Henry Cotton took it upon himself to transform the rice paddy fields of the Algarve into a flat testing golf course lined with shrubs and trees in 1966. The Penina Championship golf course or what is now known as the Sir Henry Cotton Championship Course is a challenging golf course where you need to execute your shots perfectly.
Water hazards, streams and ditches coupled with subtle slopes make this course a real challenge for even the most experienced golfers. You will be playing on one of the most renowned golf courses which has played host to the Portugal Open ten times till date.
You will know how to become a pro at golf by taking on the main 18 holes of this golf course, which was the first of its kind to be built in Algarve. It has a par of 73 and the par-5's are arranged in such a manner that four are paired in the start and at the ending of the back nine.
But one of the holes you should definitely take on is the 13th par-3 hole which has been ranked as one of the most challenging and best holes in the world. To make a shot on this hole, you have to be able to surpass the lake on the right-hand side and the raised green slopes on the front and left-hand side.
Layout of the course
You will have to tackle the first hole at the par-4 with a drive so as to avoid the bunker on the right. If you want to take on a risky hole, try the 5th par-5 which is 451 meters and would be aced by an approach shot. The other challenging holes where you can master your shots are the 7th and 9th which are par-4 holes.
Before cracking the 13th hole, you must get past the 385 meter-long 12th par-4 hole which has a single fairway bunker and a number of trees to keep you busy. The 13th hole is the one which will really make you understand what golf is all about with its 185 meter long par-3 course. It will really take great skill and precision to surpass the narrow sloping greens and the lake on this hole.
You can end on a happy high with the less challenging and more relaxed two par-5s.
How to reach?
The Penina Championship Golf Course can be easily reached from the Faro Airport. It is about 45 minutes from the airport and you must use the A22 motorway going towards Loulé. After driving for about 45 minutes, you will find the Penina Golf Resort on the left side of the BP Petrol Station.