10 Things To Know About Sir Henry Cotton Championship Golf Course

It’s half a century ago that the seeds of today’s Portuguese golf tourism were sown. Penina opened in 1966, before the huge surge in tourism began but as the years went by, golf popularity and regular flights grew, Penina became a golf course that many keen golfers put on their ‘to play list.’

The climate of the Algarve means that golf courses down there are inevitably different from many in North and West Europe. That climate also means that courses are in god condition all year round in contrast to those in countries that have significant snow and rain in the winter. If you are thinking of an overseas golf holiday, why not think about Sir Henry Cotton’s design, the Championship Course of Penina. Did you know?

  • Penina is a Par 73 measuring 7000 yards from its championship tees.
  • The back nine is par 38 and over 3600 yards in length.
  • It has hosted the Portuguese Open many times most recently in 2006.
  • The course was built on paddy fields so that thousands of trees and shrubs had to be planted to create Cotton’s dream.
  • There are 5 Par 5s and unusually on two occasions, Par 5s come back to back, all in the back nine, 10 and 11 and 17 and 18.
  • The 13th, a beautiful Par 3 has often been voted as being amongst the best par 3s in European golf.
  • There are several tees and visitors can expect to play a yardage of approximately 6500 yards from the yellows.
  • The course can be booked online well in advance with there being a defined high and low season.
  • Golf equipment can be booked and buggies are available.
  • There is a course guide which provides advice about the best way to play each hole.

The region has many courses with this Championship Course rightly regarded as senior citizen when it comes to golf on the Algarve. It has not lost any of its challenge over the years and is within a complex where there are two other course, good practice facilities and of course great accommodation with fine dining and excellent non-golf facilities.

It is just a single enquiry to get golf and accommodation arranged. Faro Airport is three quarters of an hour away allowing you to fly in by lunchtime and be on the course in the afternoon any time of the year.