Troia - Lisbon & Centre - Portugal

Troia Golf,
7570-789 Carvalhal,
Grândola,
Portugal


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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.

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Description: Troia Golf Resort is located on the coast to the south of Lisbon and you can reach the club via a lovely short ferry crossing from Setubal to the Peninsula of Troia. Rating: 7.2 out of 10 Reviews: 18
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Cédric
I had really been looking forward to playing Troia which I thought was going to be one of the highlights of my golfing trip in the Lisbon area. I'd read in some magazine Thomas Levet saying that it was one of the toughest challenge in Europe, and he may well be right. I was told though in the clubhouse after my round that it had been made a little easier recently by rethinking (removing??) some of the trees layout. And it's quite tough already the way it is now anyway... Anyway, it was a very windy day when I played and the challenge definitely was there, especially given the very small size of all greens. I can't remember any single weak hole, but not either really any that blew my mind. A collection of 18 strong very good holes. Greens were very good, fairways a little untidy in places. The views over the ocean are stunning. I would have given it 6 balls in a heartbeat if it wasn't for the 2 following facts (details are what make the difference between a very good course, and a great course, aren't they?):1/ the white tee boxes were in terrible shape for the majority of them, like they don't expect visitors to play there?? 2/ the fairways can be very unfair, as the course is built on sand, a perfect drive on the fairway can still give you a sandy lie, but you only find out afterwards as the grass covers it all, so sometimes you don't get the strong ball contact you'd expect...Definitely recommended though! Cedric
October 11, 2010
8 / 10
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Barry McKenzie
September 15, 2017

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...

Hendrik Hilgert
I played the course in June 2009 as part of our annual golf trip and we all thoroughly enjoyed the day. This course is one of the best I have played in Portugal so far. What stands out is the beautiful landscape, characterised by the sea and the pine trees and the dunes. Also, the course design provides a real golfing challenge given the narrow fairways and well protected, small greens. I am not rating the course even higher for two reasons: First the maintenance of the greens could have been better. Second the course mostly forces you to pull off great shots, few holes where you can choose to be either aggressive or play defensively. One word on the location: It took us almost 2 hours door to door to get there from our Estoril hotel. However, this is mostly due to the need to take the ferry. We went there on a beautiful day and loved the boat ride but probably the overall trip duration is the reason why so few people make the way down to Troia. However, we will certainly be back!
July 22, 2009
8 / 10
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JR
Trioa is a unique, visually stunning, and challenging course. Having never written a review on any website before this, but noting some staggeringly critical articles, I feel compelled to come to its defence. Conceding the low points first – a number of the greens are very small, with some of the fringes far too long making scoring very difficult. The greens are also excessively slow, if very true. Fine, but consider the up points. Set against the sea with views equalling any of the grand links courses of the UK (not to mention the vastly preferable climate) the course is a gem. Anyone who appreciates their surroundings while they play golf can only feel utterly inspired. This is a course which sits comfortably in its surroundings unlike so many manufactured courses in the region which appear as scars on the land. Dunes weave between the holes ensuring stray shots are punished with tight sandy lies. After only one round I can remember every hole so distinctively shaped were they. Fairways are narrow and rolling, meandering to jealously guarded and varied greens. Although not a long course, the bunkering and doglegs mean that you have to think to get around Troia dignity in tack. As with most serious golf courses, driver off the tee is certainly not always the call, especially taking the inevitable sea breeze into account. Do not take your score too personally as this is undoubtedly the type of course that you are likely to play better at your second attempt. And as for the course being quiet... I played a more popular and utterly forgettable neighbour for a similar tariff the next day, and had to endure a 4 hour two ball. In contrast, having a course of Troia's quality to yourself is a privilege, not a curse. If you are in the area, play it. You will remember it for years to come, long after all those other identikit courses which vie for the travelling golfer’s Euro. Facilities and staff are all first rate.
April 27, 2009
10 / 10
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Alex
Troia is one of the best, and best value courses anywhere. Having read some poor reviews recently I was a little concerned about returning, however in March 09 can confirm it is in great condition. If you are a low handicapper and are looking for a challenge, play off the backs and try to break 80 as this is a brutally tough challenge. Reminds me a lot of Cypress Point!
April 03, 2009
10 / 10
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Tim Gorman
Played this in November 08. Course in fair condition, greens also not much better than fair. Very tight opening few holes and unfairly penailses balls running off fairway as there is a great deal of sandy rough. Indeed in places the semi is little better than soft bunker lies making it imposssible to hit the greens in regulation. Great potential. Worryingly quiet. We were there on a beautiful day and there were no more than 4 other players on the course during the entirety of the round. We also played (for the 2nd year) Penha Longa, Praia d'el Rey and Oitavos. All superb and more accessible.
February 24, 2009
6 / 10
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SMAX
Myself and playing partners were very disappointed with Troia as we were expecting a great course in amazing location. After traveling a considerable distance we were greated by very welcoming staff. Unfortunately the course was very tired looking and in very poor condition. The layout was very dificult with tiny greens and tree lined fairways - hardest Trent Jones course I have played. Back 9 was a bit more open and more enjoyable to play.I believe the course is being closed over the winter for maintenance and irrigation work but a considerable investment will be required to get it back to its glory days of hosting professional championships.In its current state its not worth the effort to get there if staying in Lisbon.
December 27, 2007
1 / 10
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mike patterson
August 27, 2008
A very diappointing experience when I played it in May 08. Very tired looking,poorly kept fairways,zero distance markers and no directions from green to next tee. Certainly not worth the longish trip to get there. We complained and,to their credit, received refunds. Will not be rushing back there!
Dave Freitag
October 05, 2008
I was so disappointed in this venue. Te staff were delightful but that is the last good thing I can say about the course. The greens were small, slow and very uninteresting. The fairways and rough were dog-track quality. This was the worst course we played in 7 days in Portugal. Don't waste your time here. Whoever rated this course highly should be shot!
Kenny Reid
This course is simply one of the best you'll ever play. I played it back in Feb 2003 and it was a revelation. Great views, spectacular design and a challenge from start to finish. Having played golf for 30 years and been "around" amateur and pro golf for 22 of those, it amazes me that very few people have heard of, let alone played, Troia. I played with my brother who's a pro, so it was good to see how a former +3 player coped with the challenge. I don't have a favourite hole, I loved it all. We had a decent breeze of the sea and a nice temp.; ideal and nice, without being benign. Enjoy.
February 07, 2007
10 / 10
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Tim Browne
Troia is one of those courses that should be on your "must play" list. It is a classic, extremely tough but adventurous from start to finish. It is a Robert Trent Jones course so the bunkering is obvious and abundant but the course is set in a sand belt through pine trees and the bunkers blend into the surroundings perfectly. There are many dog-legs so your line off the tee must be accurate or you will spend time hacking out from the trees, I know this from experience! There are great par 3s such as the second, a 4 iron from the back tee played towards the beach, good long and short par 4s and some awesome par 5s, like the 18th. Do not miss this course, it is one of the most challenging yet enjoyable courses that you will ever play.
August 03, 2006
10 / 10
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