Some might make the big mistake of looking at where this course is ranked in the Top 100 Lisbon and Centre listings then subconsciously disregard it because it occupies a mid-table place in the chart – that would be a very big mistake, believe me.
Having visited three of the six currently more highly ranked Lisbon courses just the day before, Quinta do Peru is easily better than at least one of them so in no way should a position in the middle of a strong regional chart indicate that a course is just another run of the mill track.
Quinta do Peru is set out on gently undulating terrain so the holes rise and fall moderately over a beautifully forested landscape in a very pleasant manner. Water comes into play sparingly at the par three 8th then on three consecutive finishing holes, starting at the par four 15th.
I really liked the back-to-back short par fours at holes 6 and 7 but my favourite hole on the front nine was the 178-metre 3rd, a lovely par three played slightly downhill to a heavily sand-protected green.
On the back nine, the 13th is a formidable par five that heads downhill towards a stream that slashes across the hole before the fairway then veers a left to the green. It’s not often you see the 18th hole rated as stroke index 1 but that’s exactly what happens with this course so there’s no respite to be found at the end of the round!
I was genuinely surprised by the quality of the course that I found here and it really set a high benchmark for comparison with the other two Orizonte Lisbon Golf courses that I would play over the next two days of my trip to the capital.
Quinta do Peru is one of only eight highly commended Portuguese courses in The Pocket Guide to Golf Courses Spain & Portugal by Beckenham Publishing and I can fully understand now why the authors ranked it alongside the likes of Praia D’El Rey and Penina.
Date: May 12, 2018