Troia is located to the south of Lisbon a little farther down the coast, and you can reach the club via a lovely short ferry crossing from Setubal to the Peninsula of Troia. It’s on this peninsula that Troia lies, wedged between the Atlantic Ocean, the Sado Estuary and the Serra da Arrábida and the setting is magical.
Robert Trent Jones Senior designed the course and it opened for play in 1980 to a rightful fanfare of trumpets because Troia is magnificent, engaging and also highly underrated. Naturally Jones has utilised his trademark bold bunkering, raised greens and some doglegs, which sweep between pine trees.
The 368-metre par four 3rd is one of the finest sea holes in Portugal and there are numerous other outstanding holes on this lovely course. When the Portuguese Open came to Troia in 1983, Sam Torrance was the only player to better par for the championship, which is a testament to Troia’s challenge. The moral of Sam’s achievement is to make sure that you select the correct tee box for your maximum enjoyment. Troia is no place to be macho.
The removal (replacement) of numerous trees from the original RTJ layout was a great shame and a committee decision that (seemingly) lacked understanding. The dumbing down of a demanding layout such as Troia was a great shame. I agree that when the wind blows (like most seaside links) Troia can be a tough challenge for mid to high handicaps, especially due to the narrow fairways, size of the greens and the numerous traps. Course maintenance is reasonable and the clubhouse a decent experience. October-November definitely the best time of the year to play Troia...