If you want to play the Sir Henry Cotton Championship course at the Penina Resort, read on as we bring you our detailed course review, making sure you get the most out of your round of golf here.
If you like what you see, then check out the latest green fees and book tee times to make The Championship Course part of your next golf trip.
If you fancy making a golf holiday out of your visit, then take a look at our specially selected Penina Championship golf course golf packages, all provided by leading specialist golf travel agents.
Green fees for the Penina Sir Henry Cotton Championship start at €74 in the low season, which runs from December to January and late June to early September.
Mid Season green fees cost €83 (mid to late February and end of May to Mid June).
High-season green fees cost €106 and run from mid-February to the end of May and early September to the end of October.
Twilight deals are available if you tee off after 15:30 and cost €68
Note: Green Fees prices may vary season to season
Sir Henry Cotton has worked his magic once again at The Championship Golf Course. It first opened in 1966 on what were once rice paddy fields and is the oldest golf course in the Algarve. The famous golf course designer chose to sculpt and shape the natural streams and water hazards into some really tough holes of golf.
He didn’t stop there, though. Sir Henry also went on somewhat of a planting spree, setting out almost half a million shrubs and trees to shape the edges of the fairways and greens. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself uttering the words “bloody trees” at least once during your round at the Championship Course.
Speaking championships, this flagship course at Penina Hotel & Golf Resort has hosted the Portugal Open no less than ten times (1998, 1999, 2000, 2004, and 2006.) since its inception. Other prestigious events include the Daily Telegraph Seniors’ Match Play event in 2001, the National Finals of the Audi Corp, and major international charity competitions like the Sir Henry Cotton Charity Classic.
The Sir Henry Cotton Championship course measures 6372 yards off the yellow tees and 5621 off the reds. Men require a handicap of 28 to play here, while ladies require a handicap of 36 and it is a par-73 course.
One notable quirk worthy of mention at the Championship is the layout of the par-5 holes. Unusually, there is only one par-5 hole on the front 9, bringing par to 35. The back nine features four par-5 holes, bringing the total to 38. Lower handicappers with distance off the tee must be patient for those birdie opportunities.
Golfers should eliminate any notion that they’ll be in for an easy round here. Water and trees are all expertly placed, presenting golfers with superb risk-reward opportunities at many of the holes. The greens are supremely fast and well-maintained, as one would expect for a championship course. You’re doing well here if you play close to your handicap.
The opening hole at Penina is a challenging dogleg left that leads to a well-protected, narrow green. The following hole, SI 1, is a 438-yard par four with a domed and undulating green that is tucked to the left and guarded by a stream at the front.
The 5th, a shorter par five that plays 493 yards from the back tees, is another hole on the front nine that stands out. The 7th and the 9th, also present their own unique challenges for golfers to navigate.
There are plenty of holes to choose from here, but the 13th Par-3 gets our vote as the signature hole at the Sir Henry Championship course. This tricky slope back towards the water measures 202 yards off the whites, 180 yards off the yellows, and 161 yards off the reds. Club selection will be crucial here if you don’t want your ball to join the 20,000 others that have landed in the lake beyond over the years.
If you decide to play the Sir Henry Cotton Championship Course and decide to stay at the Penina resort, there are two other golf courses that you can play here. The Penina Resort Course, which offers rounds of both 9 and 18 holes, and the Penina Academy Course, This executive 9-hole course, tailored to the intermediate golfer, winds through the fairways of the Championship Course and is great for a warm-up round before attempting the real deal.
Golfbreaks offer 3 nights bed and breakfast at the Penina Hotel & Golf Resort and unlimited golf on the Championship Course from £235 per person excluding flights.
Several deals are available for the Sir Henry Cotton Championship Course, depending on when you want to play. Here are some particular offers worth mentioning.
Guests can book a round of golf for 2 players with a buggy for €169 between December and January, 1st–14th April and 20th–7th of September.
Twilight golf is also an option for those teeing off after 15:30. This represents a great deal at €68 per round, especially in the long summer months between May and September, as you can still get a full round of 18 holes in before sunset.
Penina also runs an Easter Special deal between 1st-14th April, where a round of golf costs just €74.
The Sir Henry Cotton Championship Course is located in Portimão, famed for its old quarter and busy marina. Besides playing golf, there is plenty to see and do in the area.
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The Sir Henry Cotton Championship Course is located at the Penina Hotel & Golf Resort on the outskirts of Portimão. There are plenty of accommodation options for any Getaway Golfer looking to stay nearby.
For more options, take a look at our guide to the best hotels near Sir Henry Cotton Championship Course, or view our handpicked selections below.
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