REVIEW: Quinta Do Peru – Lisbon, Portugal

 

View of Lisbon's downtown and martim Moniz square with river on the background

Not to far from Lisbon,Portugal is Club Quinta Do Peru, a majestic course in the Azeitão region and one of the area’s most exclusive. Set in over 300 acres of pine forest the Rocky Roquemore designed course is very special, since opening in 1995 its owners have spared no expense ensuring that the course remains at the peak of cutting edge design mirroring the many villas and luxurious apartments that adorn its fairways.

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The facilities here are second to none, numerous European Countries have chosen the venue as a training base in preparation for an upcoming competitive season, it’s currently ranked within The Top 100 European Golf Courses and it has been the venue for various international golfing events.

Quinta do Peru is not short, both the front and back nines start with demanding par 5’s and end with equally testing holes, the 9th and the 18th par 4’s are both in excess of 400 yards. It’s a serious yet very enjoyable test of golf from the back tees, the American architect has guaranteed that huge bunkers and water are in play throughout your round, if you play to handicap on your first time out here you should be extremely impressed with yourself.

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Although the course is challenging it’s not there to punish you at every opportunity, from the shorter tees the lower handicap players will relish the opportunity to take on the obstacles before them and enjoy the lack of rough when not on the fairways. The course applauds you for hitting greens and fairways but if you find yourself the wrong side of the short stuff the dry yet soft pin needle floor instead of tough long grasses provide a good platform to get back on track.

The 220 yard 8th and 195 yard 16th par 3’s  are the courses signature holes, played across lakes to some very well guarded greens, they are not easy but if conquered they will leave a smile on your face for the rest of your round.

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Quinta do Peru Is a wonderful course, its technical challenge never overrides the enjoyment of your round. With its location atop of an undulating plateau it offers fantastic views across the region, this partnered with a variety an interesting holes makes Quinta do Peru one of Portugal’s must play courses. Quite simply it’s stunning.

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