Quinta da Marinha - Lisbon & Centre - Portugal

Quinta da Marinha Resort,
2750-715 Cascais,
Portugal


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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 “Ravine”, the 4th and ending at “Almost There” 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.

In recent years, the holes have been re-sequenced, with the old 11th now becoming the new 1st hole and the former 10th now played as the current 18th, in front of the hotel. This had led to the awkward situation of playing four par three holes and three par fives on the shorter back nine, which now gives the course a somewhat disjointed feel and doesn't really make for a cohesive flow of holes.

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Description: 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. Rating: 5.3 out of 10 Reviews: 10
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Mike Brooks

QDM has possibly the most unusual routing of any course I’ve ever played. The 7th tee is adjacent to that of the par 3 6th meaning you play the 6th and then just walk back to exactly the same teeing ground. There are also several occasions where you have to walk across fairways to get to the next tee. This confusing routing is the key reason why a number of our group ended up hating the course.

The routing aside, the course was quite tight with plenty of opportunity to get snookered by umbrella pines. Being straight off the tee is a must to score well here. The 18th is arguably the pick of the holes - a par 5 with water in play off the right of the tee-shot and to the left of the second and third. There were also several interesting par 3s with the 13th being the pick of the bunch. The 4th, played over a gorge, divided opinion (with more hating it than liking it) partly because you can’t see the flag from the tee and partly because of the long route to get to the green.

The conditioning was decent but that is possibly the only positive that my group would agree on. I’ve given it a 3-ball rating but most of my group would rate it lower and do not want to head back.

October 20, 2021
4 / 10
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Jim McCann

I played at Quinta da Marinha a few weeks ago with Manuel Hector, the Director of Golf, who operates the club with a small staff from one of those temporary-looking (but entirely functional) one-storey clubhouses next to the hotel.

He’s recently installed a decking area beside this building with an old multi-coloured Citroen Van converted to sell drinks and snacks to golfers and people using the driving range – it’s one of the coolest set-ups I’ve ever come across at any club and one that others might think of replicating if they’re looking to gain instant street-cred with a younger demographic.

The course itself is more old-school as it’s a Robert Trent Jones Sr. design from the mid-1980s (so it’s probably more a Cabell Robinson layout as he was working on all the old master’s European and North African projects during the 1980s and 1990s) and the quality of the build is obvious right from the start with a Biarritz green on the very first hole.

The greens for the par four 3rd, par three 4th and short par four 5th are actually located along the coastline, within a couple of hundred metres from the Atlantic. These holes are perched high above the rocky shoreline so expect sea breezes to affect play here more often than not. Play then returns inland for the remainder of the round, with the par five 9th narrowing considerably as it reaches the green next to the hotel.

After playing the par three 10th, there’s an awkward walk across the 9th fairway back to the 11th tee, which is a result of the re-sequencing of holes to accommodate a finish in front of the hotel. There are also another three par threes to play between the 13th and 17th and, while I’m a big fan of sensible-length short holes, it doesn’t really help the rhythm of the round to play so many par threes at alternate holes so late in the round.

That said, the 153-metre 13th is one of the most spectacular one-shotters you’ll come across, played across an attractive little irrigation pond to a raised green that’s protected in front by several large embedded bunkers and framed by a cluster of umbrella pine trees.

There’s more water to negotiate on the par five 18th, where the fairway narrows to nothing while snaking between another two long lakes, one of which houses a beach club (a wedding party was in full swing on the outside decking as I made my way to the home green) – the hotel owners Onyria certainly know how to maximise the commercial potential of their property!

The course as it’s played today from hole 1 to 18 is different to the one envisioned more than thirty years ago when the intention was to have a clubhouse positioned elsewhere. That’s too bad, but the same good golf holes still exist out there, making this a worthwhile place to play nonetheless.

Jim McCann

October 03, 2021
5 / 10
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Sandro M. Muffat

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.

October 09, 2018
6 / 10
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Gerard Fancourt
This is a classic Robert Trent Jones Snr layout, (in its original form). Not too testing, although quite tight at times. A series of really good par 3s and some great views. Enough for the good player, and enjoyable for the higher handicapper. That is the good news.However, a revisit over Easter 2016, revealed an absurd re-ordering of the holes, which takes away some of RTJs flow, and a course which is overplayed and under maintained. The greens were mostly good, but tees and bunkers were in need of some serious attention, and there were far too many people on the course.On a quiet day, it would still be a lovely place to play golf.
March 28, 2016
4 / 10
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GolfingSteve
April 04, 2016

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.

Stephen Killick
Robert Trent Jones must be spinning in his grave with what has happened at Quinta da Marinha. It was never the best in the Lisbon region but a tricky, tight holiday track with a few good holes.Under new ownership since I last played here the course has been entirely reconfigured much to the detriment to the original layout. One now starts on what was the old 11th alongside a temporary clubhouse and hard by a development site for what will be a sports centre. The feel is like teeing off on an industrial estate. On a number of holes one has to cross fairways of previous holes with the finishing hole, what was the old 10th, ending in front of the hotel. It is expensive too at €95 rack rate and really not worth the visit. Average, at best, and overpriced. It could and should be so much better but should be downgraded on these pages.
March 21, 2016
4 / 10
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Tim Harding
A good golf course, but not a great one. Octaves is miles better. This is a bit cramped for space with one area having several greens / tees very close together. There are also lots of walkers and other activities around the complex which gives it a crowded feel. Nevertheless the course was in good condition and there were some very good holes. Worth playing if you are staying in Cascais, as it is so close, but I would have preferred a second round at Oitavos.
September 14, 2015
6 / 10
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Freddie
Played this course in late June 2012 - feel compelled to write that it was bar far the most disappointing of the 5 courses we played.Poor layout & poor condition - played with guys who had played it before the recent hotel development - and they all thought it significantly worse now.Would not recommend this course - unless you a real hacker (I'm no champion - play off 12).
August 07, 2012
4 / 10
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Trevor Bailey
Played this twice at the end of February 2012 – please note that earlier reviews were posted prior to the hole numbers being completely changed when the new clubhouse and hotel were completed. An enjoyable course which at 47 euros if you are staying at the Onyria hotel represents good value. The course is a little shorter than some so playing off the white tees is a good idea for single handicappers and makes holes 5,6,10,12 and 14(the ravine hole) very interesting. The 5th is an interesting par 3 of 170yards over a lake to an elevated green surrounded by bunkers, whilst the par5 6th requires a well struck drive from the white tee over the lake to a fairway that turns left then right towards the green. The par 5 10th hole is a potential card wrecker as the drive & 2nd shots have to avoid lakes right and left whilst the 3rd shot requires precision with a short iron and anything pulled left or too strong will also find the water. The course doesn’t now have the strongest finish because of the re-organised layout but this is a pleasant test with sufficient variety and although undulating buggies are not essential. Greens had been hollow tined and sanded a week or so before we played so were not brilliant but were acceptable. TB h/cap 8.
March 27, 2012
6 / 10
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matthew walker
Always in good condition, excellent drainage in winter. Easily accessible and close to Cascais. Can be a tough course with any wind and you've had a good round if you play to handicap. Good practice facilities. Several contrived holes relying on man-made landscapes and 18 holes seem packed into a tight peice of land with at one point 5 greens/tees within 150 metres. Justifiably cheaper than the two nearby spectacular courses, Oitavos and Penha Longa.
May 21, 2011
6 / 10
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David Snelson
The last course we played on our recent trip to Portugal was Quinta da Marinha and is not ranked as highly as the other two we played but it turned out to be an absolute gem. It was in lovely condition and is a very nice course. There is plenty of water around and you need a few balls if you are not playing well. The best hole was the 18th. A terrific par 5 that winds its way between two lakes to a very tricky green that has water in front and to the left. The 12th, 13th and 14th are also really good holes. 12th is a demanding tight par 4 with a risk/reward tee shot. The 13th is a fantastic par 3 over a lake to a raised green surrounded by bunkers where a par is a very good score even though it is only about 160 yards. The 14th is a lovely snaking par 5 that has two dog legs over two hills and again, not an easy par. The hotel complex that the course is attached to is superb too with a nice infinity pool and good restaurants. Great value for money, a good course with interesting holes and highly recommended.
April 14, 2011
8 / 10
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Patrick
February 25, 2014
It is just one of the best golf courses I've ever played in my life this course is just beautiful, my most favourite hole is the 14th though. The par 4 that goes to the ocean.