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The Penina course which was created by Henry Cotton, is the masterpiece of Sir Henry Cotton now a monument to his memory. Penina was the first course to be built in the Algarve and it was inaugurated by the President of the Portugal in 1966.

The area used to be a rice-field and it is now surrounded by tall, wide-trunked, trees. Sir Henry Cotton used the drainage ditches of the rice-field to define fairways in some places, and hazards in others. He enlarged them at strategic places modifying their banks by raising them and concealing the water hazards from the less cautious golfers.

More than 360,000 trees were planted, dividing fairways, defining greens, giving a different character to each hole, the Portugese Open was held here in 2004.

The par of the Penina course is 73 (35+38) with the second nine both beginning and finishing with two consecutive par 5's, which is not usual. The first hole, a 411 -metre par 4, almost long enough to be a conventional 5, is rather difficult and has a green which is more than 35 metres long, requiring careful choice of the approach iron to be played.

To close the first nine there is another hole over 400 metres long with a dogleg to the left and also a long double tiered green, well defended by three bunkers. The 13th hole, a 208-metre par 3 lies alongside a lake with a bunker defending the right of the green and is one of Penina's challenging holes.

Driving Instructions:

Five Kilometres west of Portimao on the EN.125 road, less than 1km after the turn-off to Alvor.

       Course Information
       18 holes - Par 72
       Markers Length
       White 6273 m
       Yellow 5827 m
       Red 5140 m
       Minimum Handicap
       Male -   28 Female -   36
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