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Sir Henry Cotton Championship Course

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Address: N125 | Penina Hotel & Golf Resort, Portimao 8501-952, Portugal
Phone Number: +351 282 420 200
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This 18-hole, par 73 challenge is the grandfather of golf courses in the...

This 18-hole, par 73 challenge is the grandfather of golf courses in the Algarve, and serves as a living memory to its innovative designer, Sir Henry Cotton.

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English course in the sunshine

I am a member here so may be bias. No trip to the Algarve should be made to play golf without a visit. Eleven times host of the Portuguese Open it is a typical English parkland... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 25 April 2016
Tony H
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Lagos, Portugal
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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46 reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We played golf here and were disappointed with both the golf course and the pre-round coffees and service. W had super service elsewhere but here we got lukewarm tasteless coffee and the waiter forgot the hot milk - by the time he brought it, the coffee was cold. The course is scruffy and the greens poor - overplayed, perhaps? This... More 

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Lagos, Portugal
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39 reviews
11 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 April 2016

I am a member here so may be bias. No trip to the Algarve should be made to play golf without a visit. Eleven times host of the Portuguese Open it is a typical English parkland course. An early tee time is best to avoid 5 hour rounds, although the Rangers do try and keep things moving. Superb greens, a... More 

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Thank Tony H
Newcastle, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 February 2016

The course is a very good challenge from low-high handicappers. The majority of holes have an element of water on them from small narrow hazard running along or across the fairway to ponds in front of a number of greens. The course is heavily watered during the winter months and is playing its full yardage. The greens are in excellent... More 

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2016 via mobile

Whilst it is a reasonably easy walking course it is a test of golfing skills due to the number of ditches and dog legs etc. The Pro Shop staff are friendly and efficient. The club house food is quite pricey. For those with a smaller appetite a shared portion is more than adequate.

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Thank Chris200000
Alvor, Portugal
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29 reviews
13 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 December 2015

Designed by the famous Henry Cotton, this is one of the oldest and best regarded courses. The Hotel is also a classic old world Building encompassing a formal dining room, a bar and terrace, where lunch is served. All the classic dishes on offer, certainly not any avante garde cuisine, The hotel offers every amenity and very good Service. Wet... More 

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2015

We arrived to play the historic golf course on Friday to be met by two clearly disgruntled employees. No welcome or general interest was made as to where we had travelled from and when we were playing. On asking for the hire clubs booked in advance there was the blank stare and shrug of the shoulders! The golf course is... More 

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Worcester, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2015 via mobile

Lovely course in a nice setting with the magnificent Penina Hotel alongside, where you can get drinks and snacks after your game, albeit at a price! But it is a lovely place to sit out on the patio. The golf course is a great layout, with some lovely holes, but a shame that it all feels a little bit dated... More 

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 May 2015

We played the Championship course yesterday and we were amazed that the course condition was so poor. The layout is good, but the greens,fairways and surrounds are in serious decline . It was a very good course many years ago but not now , not worthy of the prices they charge , the Pestana courses are in much better condition... More 

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Thank crowngolf
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31 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 April 2015

Excellent course. Thoroughly enjoyed it. Tee off in the morning for a four hour round afternoon takes 5 hours.

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Bexhill-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2014

My stay in October 2014. Hotel room (executive suit!!) was filthy. The pillows stank of cheap perfume the floors were covered in dust and big balls of fluff. There was no room service menu in English and none available. The bathroom had 1 yes one small soap for a family of three and no other supplies in bathroom at all.... More 

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