Penha Longa (Atlântico) - Lisbon & Centre - Portugal

Penha Longa Golf Resort,
Estrada da Lagoa Azul,
Linhó,
2714 - 511 Sintra,
Portugal


  • +351 (0)219 249031

  • Golf Club Website

  • 30k west of Lisbon

  • Contact in advance - Handicap certificate required.

  • Hugo Pinheiro

  • Robert Trent Jones Jnr

  • Robert Judd/Antonio Dantas


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A couple of hours drive north from the golfing Mecca of the Algarve is the Lisboa e Vale de Tejo region of Portugal. Bordered in the east by the capital city Lisbon, in the south by the Tagus (Tejo in Portuguese) estuary and in the west and north by the Atlantic, this region is a wonderful place to visit with its lovely coastal towns, mountainous regions and beautiful lush countryside. Set amongst this landscape are the Sintra Mountains – part of the Sintra Cascais Nature Park, a spectacular backdrop for the Penha Longa resort.

The estate is situated in the southern foothills and covers a wonderful landscape of valleys, hills and rocky outcrops, all set in surroundings of green, almost equatorial vegetation, kept fresh and lush by the many lakes and rivers. In fact, the name Penha Longa translates as 'long rock'. Even though the resort has been developed to include 27 holes and a five star hotel, the area still maintains its beauty, charm and secluded feel.

There are two courses at Penha Longa, the true championship standard Atlântico, and the excellent 9-hole Mosteiro. The Atlântico, designed by Robert Trent Jones Jnr, opened in 1992 and received such acclaim that it played host to the Portuguese Open in 1994. The course winds its way up and down the hills around the south side of the clubhouse providing some of the most amazing views of the coastal towns of Estoril and Cascais and the blue waters of the Atlantic. The lush vegetation borders many fairways and where it doesn't, Trent Jones has used the contours wonderfully to create interest, excitement and challenges at every shot. But even though we're in Southern Europe, it can be remarkably cold, even in mid-summer, so if you're planning an early start, remember your jumper.

The Atlântico is challenging on a still day, but when the wind blows across the mountains, the course becomes a real test and even the best struggle. So much so, that winner of the 1999 Estoril Open, Jean-Francois Remesy, was the only player under par, and he only managed to break par by two shots. Unlike many courses in Europe, there isn't a single weak hole on the Atlântico course and certain holes will stick in your mind, bringing great joy and relief from a par or even bogey. Look out for the par five 6th, where the green is beautifully framed by the lake, with the backdrop of a medieval arched wall and castle tower. The par three 15th requires a 155-metre carry over water and, to make matters worse, it often plays straight into the prevailing wind. The 16th is the hardest hole on the course and requires a long drive across a valley and a solid uphill approach shot to a narrow green.

The Mosteiro 9-hole course was also designed by Robert Trent Jones Jnr. and opened in 1995. The name means 'monastery' and the course winds its way through the historical parts of the estate, providing the perfect complement to the championship Atlântico layout. Article by Mark Jeffrey

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Description: The Atlântico, designed by Robert Trent Jones Jnr, opened in 1992 and received such acclaim that it played host to the Portuguese Open in 1994. Rating: 4.6 out of 6 Reviews: 22

Resort golf that is very high class. Things run real smoothly here.

The course starts and finishes with its best holes (1-4 and 15-18), and they are indeed stunning mountainous holes. I often found myself staring at the mountains during the first holes, and wondering how I got in this tropical part of Africa, almost expecting to see Gorillas walk out onto the course, that’s how fantastic the mountains look…remember the movie Gorillas In The Midst?. The other holes are not quite as good, but the view of the Estoril race track is quite neat.

As most hilly courses, you will need to aim at the flat parts of the fairway, off the tee, to have an easier approach shot to the green. So strategy is of the essence.

Greens seem quite difficult, but they were so over-watered that they were almost unplayably slow (August). Keep in mind, that August is the low season for this part of the greater Lisbon area.

Golfer info : a tiring course, as it is quite hilly, so you may think of driving a cart

Golfer info 2 : the practice (range and greens) area is one of the best I have seen in a long time, and definitely the best in the area

A very different course from the others in the area, so I would recommend playing it

One final note : ask to take a tour of the this old convent

5 / 6
Penha Longa (Atlântico)
October 11, 2016


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Penha Longa has had a few conditioning issues in recent years but at the time of our recent visit the course was in good condition throughout. This is a hilly layout and when the wind blows, which is not unusual in these parts, this can be an exacting test. About half of the holes are routed through trees, some are tight, most undulating and all good. The other more openPenha Longa (Atlantico) Golf Course - Photo by reviewer holes have a couple of lakes to contend with and are in the main well bunkered. All four of the par 3's are challenging and fun to play. The 5th and 17th are picturesque drop holes whilst the 7th and 15th are well guarded by water. The 15th in particular with a carry of 170 yards over a lake into a stiff wind was a real brute. Of the longer holes the 6th, a short par-5 with a medieval viaduct backdrop, will tempt you to take on the water short of the green if you get a good drive away. The back nine gets better as it progresses although the tee shot on 11 is nothing short of brutal with a left to right wind. Doglegging to the right and uphill for 390 yards anything right of the fairway will be swallowed up by impenetrable gorse. The short dogleg 13th and the difficult 14th are both made tricky by well positioned bunkers and are both good par 4's. The 16th is by some distance the most spectacular and demanding tee shot on the course. An accurate shot down to a narrow bunker strewn fairway is required before playing a long uphill approach to a green perched at the top of a bank and defended by a lone bunker. A very enjoyable course to play and a lovely modern clubhouse to relax in afterwards. Brian W

5 / 6
Penha Longa (Atlântico)
July 07, 2016


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A lovely course to play. The first three holes are a bit similar in length but you still have to hit accurate tee shots, and controlled approaches to elevated greens. The greens were ok when I played. At the end of summer so a bit dry in places. The back nine is a different story. Unbelievable golf holes. Especially the last 4. Was a bit breezy when I played but can imagine that this course becomes very tough in harsher conditions. Clubhouse is nice, staff really friendly and the adjoining hotel is absolutely brilliant. They do a good deal for 1 night and unlimited golf (after 12 on arrival and before 2 the following day). The other 9 hole was having some work done to it, but also had a couple of brilliant golfing holes, but not in the same class as the Main course.
5 / 6
Penha Longa (Atlântico)
September 15, 2015


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Oh dear - what a shame !!Played Penha Longa back in 2007 and it was superb. Apart from the noise from the Estoril race track, I could not fault it. The layout is superb with many memorable holes.However just come back from another trip and the condition of the course is sad to see. There are some areas of the greens which are diseased, but generally OK, but the general condition of the fairways is really poor. There has been some attempt at remediation, but again very poor. If you are playing here, you need to pay preferred lies. Some of the repair work has been really poor and it now needs a lot of money spent on it to bring it back to its former glory.Even the chairs at the half way house were broken !!Pity - cos its such a good layout.
4 / 6
Penha Longa (Atlântico)
September 15, 2015


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chiwoong song
February 06, 2016
yes. right. this course is horribly poor. fairway is very very suck. it needs to repair a lot of things.
This is a lovely place to play golf. The setting is beautiful, the staff are great. The course is very playable, not too long and fairly forgiving. The greens were in terrific condition, the tees good, and the fairways OK.Highlights are the par 3s, which are all very good, especially the 17th, which requires very careful clubbing into a narrow green.We played on Easter Sunday, so the course was busy, but we got round in under 4 hours.Whilst we loved the course, and it is the sort of course of which you would be glad to be a member, I don't quite see it as deserving of its ranking. Quinta do Peru, not far away, is in my view, a sterner test, and the new Palmares is in a completely different class, yet Penha Longa gets a higher rating? I don't see it , but maybe someone else does?
5 / 6
Penha Longa (Atlântico)
April 07, 2015


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Really good and challenging design. Many really good golf holes and I would love to return after spending four days, BUT the finish is not up to the design or location. Bad bunkers with no sand, no rakes, few sofas, BUT really good golf! Could be an albatross
5 / 6
Penha Longa (Atlântico)
October 15, 2013


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Quite enjoyed this course. Got an early tee time and headed out solo. The stand out holes for me where the par 3's. this course is blessed with some cracking short holes especially the 7th, 15th and 17th. The 2nd is a great par 4 as is the 11th, 14th and 16th. The par 5's are shortish and ok. Stunning scenery and an enjoyable course which was in great shape. You will be overawed at some of the scenery especially from the many elevated tee boxes but the wind was a real factor. Made it a challenge. It's the kinda of course that you can really score on from the fairways but miss the fairways or greens and par is far from a gimme. I would always recommend the white tees if you are anyways decent.
4 / 6
Penha Longa (Atlântico)
May 31, 2013


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The condition of the course must have come on hugely in a couple of months because it was fantastic when we played it over the last few days. I found this to be a better course than Oitavos; better golf holes and better test of golf with stunning views, although these are similar with Oitavos. A very friendly and welcoming reception and all the staff really added to the experience. Will definitely return although hopefully with a better golf game too!
6 / 6
Penha Longa (Atlântico)
May 30, 2013


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We were staying at the hotel for a week in March 2013 and played on excellent tees and greens, but fairways were in a very sad state, some more resembling rice fields. Having spoken to the staff and the manager as well as people in the golf business elsewhere, I understand this to be a well-known and recurring problem. If the hotel takes its golf guests seriously they need to renovate the fairways and do it soon (sand-capping plus possible new drainage). Without news of such investment, I would not advise anyone to book a golfing holiday at what is for the rest an excellent resort.
2 / 6
Penha Longa (Atlântico)
March 17, 2013


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We have played Penha Longa on our yearly golf trip and really enjoyed the course. It does not have the quality of Oitavos Dunes but this course is good. It is a typical Southern Europe course with small fairways, lots of elevation, many bunkers and short in length. We played the course in November and the greens were in perfect condition. Unfortunately this could not be said about the fairways. They were very muddy and Penha Longa has serious drainage problems. I would recommend this course in the dry summer months but skip it in the winter.
4 / 6
Penha Longa (Atlântico)
November 24, 2012


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