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.


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: 6.7 out of 10 Reviews: 31
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Trevor Bailey
The Atlantic Course is in lovely countryside on very undulating terrain which in my view definitely requires a buggy and I wished we had taken one! We played 27th February and the course was in good condition (although I noted 1 or 2 sandy fairway lies) and the greens were smooth and quick. A feature is the number of elevated tees which invite good use of the driver but some holes are really tough (16th) and require accuracy, length, and good iron play between trees to elevated greens. The 6th is a good par 5 that tempts you to go for the green but anything with a draw risks the lake whilst the 7th looks innocuous but a pin placed on the right brings the water into play on the right. I thought all of the holes from 11 onwards were good and the 11th, 12th,13th,16th and 18th are all from elevated tees. Beware the 17th a lovely downhill par 3 as club choice is all important. Clubhouse seemed to be full of corporate clients because of the adjoining hotel but food was good and staff pleasant. TB h/cap 8.
March 27, 2012
8 / 10
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David Snelson
The Atlantico at Penha Longa is absolutely terrific. It is located in the Sintra mountains above Estoril and despite being a course with a 5 star resort attached, it still retains a secluded feel in a very picturesque setting in the green hills of the Sintra Cascais National Park. I had read reviews of the course before we went that said it could be a bit damp and the fairways can get muddy. This wasn’t the case for our visit. It was in stunning condition and a pleasure to play. The course itself was great with no weak holes really. Standout holes? The 6th is the most photographed and sticks in the mind as it is a downhill par 5 with the green framed by a lake, medieval viaduct and castle. The 15th is a tough par 3 over water and the 16th is a good SI 1 with a tight drive that turns uphill and right to a slippery, small raised green. The clubhouse is very nice with good food and views. I would definitely go back as this is an excellent course in a beautiful part of Portugal. A highly recommended, very enjoyable day’s golf.
April 14, 2011
10 / 10
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MARK
This course is ranked in the top 30 in continental Europe. After they messed up my tee time we finally got going. This is probably the best course I have played, the views are staggering. Lots of bunkers to tempt those big hitters going for it or to lay up short. Bar at the top of the hills at hole 9 if you fancy selling your kidney for a beer 5 Euro a 33cl. Every few holes there was water stands as it was a really hot day. You can see why this course has held major European tour events. I wouldn't recommend a buggy because you have to stick to the path. Overall beautiful course and will be definitely going back.
April 02, 2011
10 / 10
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Cédric
My playing partners who were used to coming to the hotel and course told me that 2 million euros had been spent on the course for the European Tour event earlier this year and they said they could really see a big difference after those changes. This is a fun course to play with a large panorama over the mountains, the Estoril F1 track and the see. It's not a very long course and I can understand why T. Bjorn won at -14 or 15. That being said, the elevation changes make it a challenge for the first timer as club selection can really be tricky (especially on 16th stroke index 1, which didn't impress me at all to sat the least!! with high tee and higher green and a deep big valley in betwween). Holes 16 and 3 were a little silly for my taste with high greens that you hit from much lower fairways (which is not my cup of tea at all!!), but the others were actually quite nice. The course even contains pieces of an historical ruin, that is completely part of the course. 3 points of notice: 1/it can get very windy up there in the mountains 2/buggy is not a bad idea due to the elevation changes, especially if you are going to play 36. 3/on our week stay at the hotel, it was quite often foggy in the morning as the fog seems to get stuck to the mountains, so playing after 10.00 might be a wise choice... The course was in very decent shape, nice rolling greens and nice tee boxes. Fairways were a little furry and wet from the heavy rain of last week end (drainage seems to be an issue in all courses I played around Lisbon, looks like they don't care too much about that as it only rains so seldom, so why bother??). Would play again, no doubt, though. Cedric
October 12, 2010
8 / 10
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Morton Rennick
I played this course in September 2009 on our annual society trip. We were warned before play that some of the fairways were not up to the usual standards. I would estimate that there were probably nine fairways in very poor condition, we had to drop out of areas that had no grass whatsoever. Many of the tee boxes were overseeded & sanded and should have been closed, but were unbelievably in play. Many of the bunkers had been re sanded, but had about 4 feet of sand in them, it was just unplayable out of many of them. The starting few holes and the last few were top notch, but the rest, just terrible. Nice clubhouse though, pity about the state of the course.
December 03, 2009
4 / 10
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Lee Collins
Having just come back from a 5-day golfing trip in Lisbon I felt compelled to warn fellow golfers that I played Penha Longa on Sun 27th Sept &, except for the greens which were true, fast & in good condition, the rest of the course was in extremely poor condition. Before playing we were informed that 4 of the holes (11, 12, 13, 14th) “were not up to the standard they would hope” so we were prepared for this. However, from the 1st tee-box (yellow) & 1st fairway onwards it was apparent that this course had major problems. The majority of tee-boxes were untidy, covered with sand & 1ft high weeds, barely any grass & most of the fairways were barren with acres of land being devoid of grass. I do not lie when I say that a member of our party purposely aimed for the rough from the tee & when laying up on par 5’s as the rough offered a better option than the fairway! The clubhouse & facilities were excellent but the overall condition of the course suggested that the green keepers had lost their way & were struggling to regain the course as it was too far gone for a recovery anytime soon. Amazingly though the greens were the best we experienced on our trip which took in some of the “big guns” in the Lisbon area. This truly was a major letdown & a huge anticlimax to our trip as it was our final round. We discussed this at length afterwards & all agreed that the course has great potential offering superb views & more than its fair share of excellent golf holes which would be a super experience if played under the “high standard of maintenance” conditions which have been reported in previous reviews as recently as July. We certainly didn’t just catch this on a bad day as to get to the condition it was in would have taken several weeks of deterioration. Hopefully this was just bad luck on our behalf but if you’re considering playing here between now & the Spring then please take heed of this warning. I’m an enthusiastic golfer (h’cap 5) & have played many top courses on the continent & this ranks as the worst condition by far unfortunately. I’m awarding it 2 stars due to the views afforded & course design, which is excellent. I cannot award it more than that due to the disappointing experience. One final note, to a previous reviewer – yes, it is noisy on a race day, you can hear the Estoril track clearly from all parts of the course, which further didn’t help its cause in this reviewers case! I look forward to reading future Penha Longa reviews posted here especially for the remainder of 2009 & hope to see it making a recovery as it would be a real cracker in my opinion.
September 29, 2009
2 / 10
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Hendrik Hilgert
I have played Penha Longa multiple times over the years, most recently this June. I think it is one of the best in the Lisbon region. It has a unique feel to it due to the location in the middle of the Sintra mountains. The course design is strong, with some great holes and a very high standard of maintenance. There are some weaker holes during the middle of the round but overall a very good golfing challenge, also rounded off by excellent practice facilities right next to the first tee. The Penha Longa Hotel is a great place to stay as well. We loved the golf bar which due to a recent refurbishment now has a very modern feel to it and offers outstanding food.
July 21, 2009
8 / 10
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Eric B Kuisch
The course is kept in beautiful condition. Good pro shop and rental facilities. The course is not too long even from the white tees. Very playable and with firm fast greens. Very easy to make bogeys but quite difficult to make pars. Local tip: if you lack time, play 9 holes (1-5, 15-18). A hilly path left to hole 5 brings you straight to hole 15, a tough par 3. Holes 16-18 are great finishing holes.
April 29, 2009
8 / 10
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Martyn Lowden
Very nicely situated in the Sintra hills with some very nice views this is a good course which we played in excellent condition in Ryder cup week. Developments have been sympathetically blended into the landscape, the Estoril race track is visible on the back 9 and must be noisy and fun when there is a meeting on there.Buggies recommended as it is hilly!Probably the best half way house I've encountered too.We enjoyed the course, but as there are significant elevation changes be prepared for stunning holes downhill, but lots of tricky shots to elevated greens which makes scoring difficult if you are unfamiliar with the course.Definitely one to play if based in the Cascais area.
September 30, 2008
6 / 10
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Tim Browne
This is a classy golf course. A fairly typical Trent Jones layout with lots of bunkering forcing you to drive accurately and fly most shots onto greens. It is hilly so you get a good workout along with fine golf holes to test your skills. The place has real character with tree lined holes, lots of bunkers, plenty of shots over water and nice features like the much photographed ruins at 5th 6th and 7th. Lots of tee shots are played downhill from high tees, a most satisfying way to drive off, the fact that the second shot may be impossible up a hill to a high green, such as 16th, is soon forgotten. Excellent condition, very fine course.
August 03, 2006
8 / 10
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