The championship course at Quinta da Marinha is set within a luxury 5-star resort close to Cascais, a former fishing village on the Estoril coast that’s now a modern day affluent suburb of the Portuguese capital.
Robert Trent Jones Sr. laid out the 18 holes amongst stands of pine trees on a flat piece of property slightly inland from Guincho beach on the Atlantic shoreline with some of the fairways flanked by small holiday apartment buildings.
The six par threes here steal the show, beginning at “Good Luck”, the 2nd and ending at “Sweet Sixteen” the 16th. A major attraction of these one shotters is that they comprise a set of “proper” short holes, sensibly measured between 143 and 182 yards.
A number of professional competitions have been held at Quinta da Marinha since it opened in the mid 1980s. The first of these was The Ladies Masters in 1988, an event on the European Women’s Tour that was won by Laurette Maritz-Atkins from South Africa.
In 2002, the course was used for the Estoril Seniors Tour Championship and Denis Durnian emerged as winner, beating Irishman Eamonn Darcy in a sudden death play-off. Finally, in 2007, Ross McGowan won the Estoril Challenge de Portugal competition, shooting a final round 66 to finish three strokes clear of his nearest challenger.
Not far from Lisbon and close to the also really nice maybe a little better Oitavos course this is a really nice layout of Robert Trend Jones. Some really narrow fairways and water in play on many holes but also some great ocean views. During my round course was under maintenance but nontheless in good condition.
The re-routing has ruined this course. It was always tough, now it is tough with a mad layout that adds even more time to a round. And it's expensive. Go elsewhere.