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Penina Championship Courses

18hole Championship golf course of the Penina Hotel & Golf Resort on the EN125 near Portimao

Location and access

Without doubt Penina is the birthplace for the Algarve´s reputation as a leading golf destination. The Penina Hotel and Golf Resort is situated on the national road EN125 to Lagos west of Portimao on the northern border of the bay of Alvor. It is  less than four kilometres drive from exit 4 of the A22 motorway.

Golf courses

Set within 360 acres of perfect grasslands and natural beauty, the Penina Hotel & Golf Resort is the natural home of golf in the Algarve. With three golf courses - including the Algarve's first 18 hole course - and 188 luxury rooms and suites, this award winning resort leads the way in high-class luxury, Portuguese charm and exceptional golf.

Sir Henry Cotton Championship Course: The first 18-hole course to be built in the Algarve has been home to the Portuguese Open on ten occasions and is regarded by many as the finest course in the Algarve and beyond.

Built and laid out by the three times British Open Champion, Sir Henry Cotton, the course is as challenging as it is satisfying and as unforgiving as it is beautiful. Flanked by streams, water hazards and precarious ditches, the course boasts an array of subtle slopes and raised greens, well known for catching out even the most careful of golfers.

Penina Resort Golf Course: a pleasant Par 35 2,987 metres long, taking advantage of the principles laid down by Sir Henry Cotton with water hazards playing the best tricks; the Penina Golf Resort course, is an opportunity to fine-tune one's short game, while providing a gentle training ground for beginners.

Penina Academy Golf Course: a Par 30 just 1,851 metres long.  A short course but fun to play, which winds its way between the holes of the Penina Championship Golf Course with an inviting large lake on the par-3 3rd and a generous long par-5 on the 4th - Ideal for beginners and golfers who want to improve their iron shots.

Facilities and service

The Sir Henry Cotton Club is the perfect place to grab a light meal, snack or drink, particularly after an excellent round of golf. This is a traditional golf bar, with a healthy emphasis on watching an array of sporting events from around the world – and a grand place to unwind with a soothing gin & tonic.

Run by some of the most experienced professional golfers in the Algarve, the Penina Golf Resort Clinic is specifically designed to ensure you get the most out of your game. Their world class pros can help you get that extra edge... and push your golfing goals to the limit.


John Stilwell was the first person to recognise the unspoiled Algarve as a promising golfing destination and created Penina in 1966. Sir Henry Cotton, employed by John Stilwell, designed both Penina and Alto. Henry lived for many years at Penina. Due to his imagination, today the Algarve has become one of Europe’s paradises for golfers of all levels.

Course Data

  M L Ch
Holes 18
Par 73
Handicap 28 36
Slope Rating 126 124 131
Course Rating 71,3 72,7 73,7
Length 5671 5134 6073

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