Had the opportunity to play Troia this year and unfortunately, the experience was an underwhelming one... First, the conditioning was not up to the standard you would expect the 4th ranked course in Portugal. Many greens were burnt-out (not yellow, but burnt...). The course layout feels very squeezed in between the ocean to the west and the road to the east. The first three holes have you wondering just how good this course will get, but then the rest of the round is somewhat of a letdown. I found the holes to lack variety, as most of the par 4s are narrow, tree lined doglegs requiring irons off the tee. I have no problem with holes requiring a different club than a driver on the first shot... In fact, I think they are essential to any good course. Variety is the key! That, in my opinion, was severely lacking at Troia. The course did not offer any memorable hole, apart maybe from the 3rd.
All in all, the impression I got is that RTJ did not have enough land to create the course he would've liked. The area is beautiful, the staff was friendly and serviceable, but the golf was disappointing.
Date: November 05, 2016