Review for Quinta da Marinha

Reviewer Score:


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.

Date: October 20, 2021

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