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.
Date: April 14, 2011