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.
February 24, 2009