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Sintra, Portugal: Penha Longa Atlantic Golf Course

Penha Longa's Atlantic Course is a fabulous eighteen-hole, par 72 championship golf course situated in Sintra, only twenty minutes from Lisbon. It forms part of the protected landscape area of Sintra and Cascais.

Robert Trent Jones II, the architect of the course, designed it to best take account of the steeply sloping terrain and excellent views of the surrounding landscape, across the mountains to the sea beyond. This means that the first three holes and the final three are laid out in a valley wooded with pines and studded with granite outcrops.

The Penha Longa Hotel & Golf Resort

The sixth to the 13th hole, meanwhile, have been built on a hill offering extensive views over the region.

Its championship characteristics - as well as its excellent level of maintenance - contributed to its being selected, just two years after its inauguration, to host the Portuguese Open Championship. It was unanimously voted by golf professionals as one of the best courses on the European Tour. In 1995 Penha Longa inaugurated a new nine hole course.


Penha Longa Golf Course, Sintra, Portugal
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The Penha Longa golf course enjoys championship characteristics, an excellent level of maintenance and beautiful panoramic views over the Sintra mountain range. In 1994 and 1995 it was the location for the Portuguese Open Championships.

The setting of the course can be considered the luxury of Portuguese golf. Located in the parklands of what was once a 14th Century Convent that has been extended through the ages and recently carefully restored. No expense appears to have been saved in creating this course and the luxury Penha Longa Hotel & Spa, managed by The Ritz Carlton Hotel Company support it. The topographical layout is gently hilly. The course offers water hazards, elevated greens and the challenge of the wind. There is a separate nine-hole course named "Mosteiro".

Penha Longa Golf Course, Sintra, Portugal
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The driving range

The driving range is located near the first hole. You play from the grass.

Penha Longa Golf Course, Sintra, Portugal
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Hole #1

Hole 1 starts into a little valley surrounded by lots of trees. The view is magnificent, but keep an eye on the trees.

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Hole #5

The 5 is a down hill Par 3 hole. The green is fairly large and the ground is soft enough to keep your ball close to the landing zone.

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Hole #6

The sixth is the beautiful signature hole, rated by Britain's Golf World Magazine as being among the top 500 holes in the world. Downhill and downwind, the slight dogleg right is a cunning examination of accuracy as cleverly placed bunkers are avoided on the journey to the rather generous green.

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Hole #12

The 12 is a long Par 4. To the left a few bunkers need to be considered. To the right dense bushes resist finding your ball.

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Hole #15

The 15 is a lovely challenge. You will play all the way over water, which - as every golfer knows - is magnetic to golf balls.

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Hole #18

The 18 is a long Par 5, which you play through a small, but lovely valley. If you place your first shot more to the left, you may play your second onto the green.

On the right, you will see the hotel behind the trees and on the left, you will play towards the chapel. In any case, a remarkable hole and a good finish for a marvellous golf course.

Photos: Penha Longa/Automotive Intelligence
(October 14, 2005)

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