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Penina Hotel & Golf Resort

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Set around the fringes of the resort, Penina has three separate golf courses, which together make up the legacy of Sir Henry Cotton's time at the fantastic Algarve destination. Penina not only boasts three terrific golf courses, it is also…

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Golf courses

Championship Course

Opened in 1966 and designed by Sir Henry Cotton, Penina's Championship Course was the first golf course built in the Algarve. The Championship course has been host to the Portuguese Open eleven times, and is also a regular stop for the European Seniors Tour.

Originally built on rice paddies, the 6,869 yard course is by and large quite flat but is set amongst mature trees and shrubs, with each of the fairways lined with impressive woodland. As a result of the mature setting of the golf course, accurate shot making is required to score well on the par-73 Championship course.

Statistics

White tees: 6273 metres (6860 yards)
Yellow tees: 5827 metres (6373 yards)
Blue tees: 5414 metres (5918 yards)
Red tees: 5140 metres (5621 yards)
Par: 73
Standard Scratch Score: 75
Course designed by: Sir Henry Cotton
Year course opened for play: 1966
Previous hosted tournaments: Portuguese Open
Awards: Leading Golf Resort in World Travel Awards

Resort Course

The nine hole par-35 Resort course sits close to the Championship Course and provides golfers the ideal opportunity to hone their skills. The course takes advantage of a lake to provide an interesting and satisfying round and has all of the same characteristics of the Championship course, with tree lined fairways that require accuracy above all else.

Academy Course

In addition to the Championship and Resort golf courses, the Penina Resort also offers the Academy Course. Previously named the North Course, this 9-hole par-30 "Executive" course features 18 tees and makes full use of a number of lakes and sand hazards making it an enjoyable course that tests the skills of all abilities.

The Championship's short 13th hole is ranked in the world's top 500 holes, with water guarding the front of the green.

Hotel Information

Located in a magnificent 360 acre estate, Penina Golf & Resort reflects its culture through a natural fusion of English architecture, Portuguese hospitality and high standards of service.

The 188 rooms and suites, recently totally renovated with flat Screen TV, high speed internet access, automatic mini bar, electronic safe, coffee and tea facilities offering to the costumers comfort, wellness and a stunning view over the mountains, gardens and golf courses.

Penina's excellent tennis academy has 6 tennis courts where you can take part in lessons and clinics with the resident professionals, while the FIFA certified football pitch has attracted teams of the caliber of Chelsea. Activities include circuit training, mountain biking and archery, while during the summer months the Beach Club is the place to try water sports such as wind-surfing, water-skiing and sailing.

Back at the resort you will find a sauna, outdoor swimming pool, sun terrace, games room and a well-equipped gym, as well as a dedicated kids club called the Penguin Village.

In addition to the health and beauty centre spa, it is clear that Penina has a lot more to offer than just golf!

Five restaurants and two Bars invite the guests to taste the International or Mediterranean cuisine and light cocktails. Try fine Italian in L'Arlecchino, or traditional Portuguese classics in the lovely Sagres dining room, while the Grill Restaurant is a more formal option, á la carte.

The Spikes Bar and Henry Cotton's are both great golfer's watering holes, while the Monchique Cocktail Bar is a bit more refined, serving freshly mixed drinks in elegant surroundings.

Note: The Penguin Village Kids Club is only open from Easter until end of October.

Penina Hotel & Golf Resort


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Lee
The golf was out of this world...
5 Star Rating

I would like to thank you for our recent golf break to Penina, organised by Your Golf Travel. The hotel was fantastic, the staff were welcoming and the golf was out of this world! Good weather made it an even more enjoyable trip! We hope to book many more golf trips through yourselves and would recommend Penina to all! 10/10

Eleanor
It stands out from the Algarve crowd...
5 Star Rating

Just got back from the golf holiday you helped to arrange to Penina in the Algarve. My friends and I had a super time, all the arrangements were spot on and the hotel was superb. The golf course is excellent and it stands out from the Algarve crowd. Will definately be arranging something next year and will be using YGT to do so. Many, many thanks,

Carolyn
The weather and the golf were brilliant...
4 Star Rating

Just wanted you to know that we had a wonderful golf holiday in Portugal. The weather and the golf were brilliant. We would definitely go back next year if the same deal was available. Thanks for your help with the organisation.

Tony
The Championship Course was simply amazing...
4 Star Rating

Just got back from our golf holiday in Penina and we thought it was absolutely brilliant. First impressions are always important and we got off to a great start. The transfer was awaiting our arrival in the airport so there was absolutely no waiting around and we were at the hotel before we knew it!

The hotel itself was lovely and we made full use of the spa and leisure facilities when we weren’t on the golf course! The staff at the hotel were very friendly and helpful. The prices for food and drink etc at the hotel were expensive but nothing more than you would expect to pay at a five star resort with such a good reputation. The exchange rate offered at the hotel wasn’t the best so we would advise future visitors stock up on Euros before leaving the UK.

The Championship Course was simply amazing and I thought it was the best I had ever played. It is easy to understand why so many professional tournaments have been played here. I hadn’t realised Sir Henry Cotton was the designer and that enhanced my opinion of the course. Apparently it was the first course built on the Algarve and it certainly has a very mature and established feel to it.

The service we received from You Golf Travel was superb and we will definitely be coming back to you for our next Jolly! 8/10 for the course, 10/10 for transfers, and 9/10 for the hotel...can’t get much better than that!

Andrew
A golfer’s paradise...
5 Star Rating

We played the Championship Course and thought it was excellent. The views were amazing from all over the course and from tee to green it was perfectly maintained. It is definitely a thinking man’s course as it requires accuracy and planning over brute strength and ignorance! The marshals are very attentive and seem to be adept at politely reminding groups of the speed of play.

The clubhouse was pricey but what would expect from a five star resort? The food and drink do live up to the price tags though which is important when you’re paying top dollar.

The hotel has everything you would expect from a five star establishment: the rooms are well appointed and kept clean and tidy every day by the maids and the facilities seem to be endless and are all top quality. We particularly enjoyed using the sauna followed by a dip in the outdoor pool. This was the perfect way to chill out and freshen up after long round of golf.

The practice facilities at Penina are amazing and coupled with the course they make it a golfer’s paradise. I hired a car with GPS and everything was in order and on time.

The resort was easy to find with the GPS and there was plenty of parking available. The service I have received from everyone at Your Golf Travel has been exemplary and I will be back in touch for my next golf break.

I will also be recommending your company to any golfers I know who are looking to arrange a golf holiday. I would give the resort an 8/10 purely down to the price of some of the more basic food and drink items like on course soft drinks but apart from that I have no complaints at all.

Mark
The best venue my little golf society has experienced in 31 years...
5 Star Rating

Many thanks go to Your Golf Travel for organising our Algarve golf break and for your quick and professional responses to the last minute changes I made.

A totally great golf experience was had by all parties on the golf holiday and hopefully will be able to play these golf courses again in the near future. The whole golf trip ran like clockwork. Even the Norse Gods sent a volcanic ash cloud to annoy some other part of the world so that our flight could take off on time!

The Penina Resort I can honestly say is the best venue my little golf society has experienced in our 31 years of existence...a truly magnificent golf holiday venue! The hotel certainly lived up to its five star reputation as the accommodation, facilities and service were second to none. Food and drink, of which my friends and I enthusiastically consumed in excess, was spectacular. There is only one other place in all my golf holidays abroad that has come close to the variety, quantity, and quality available at breakfast. Drink prices were expensive, however we were under no illusion what to expect. Maybe a happy hour to entice us to stay a little longer in the early evening would ease the pain!

The golf courses we played were immaculate and that goes for the grounds around the hotel. As one of my friends said where else would you see a grounds man at 7.00 am picking a leaf off the lawn because it was out of place?! This level of attention to detail suggests they take their reputation very seriously and that is reflected in the service provided throughout the golf resort.

Neil
I challenge anyone to find a better breakfast...
5 Star Rating

For several years now I’ve booked with Your Golf Travel to create our very special annual blow out. Why? Simple...unbeatable levels of customer service and value for money on the golf holiday packages you provide.

Our group returned to the Penina Resort in Portugal for the second year running for our 2011 summer golf break and once again were not disappointed. As Your Golf Travel had arranged everything including the hotel transfers and tee times I knew that, barring any major disasters, all would go to plan. With a one off trip like this, high expectations are the norm and I refuse to let my group down by taking any chances with the arrangements.

Our driver was waiting for us at the airport; the hotel was expecting us; our rooms were ready; the tee times were booked and the vouchers for dinner were presented on arrival. The package deal our booking agent from Your Golf Travel put together was great value for money. The 5* resort together with the oldest course in the Algarve provide a such a great combination for our group, which is why we came back. Sure the beer and lunch time snacks are expensive, but the service from the hotel staff cannot be questioned and we felt like we had the run of the place. The hotel staff allowed us to check out late on our final day which put the icing on the cake...oh...and I challenge anyone to find a better breakfast than was served up each day for 14 hung over lads! Sure we’d prefer to play different golf courses during our trip, but when presented with this Sir Henry Cotton gem in such good condition it’s hard to think why we’d bundle ourselves into a minibus in the midday sun to go play somewhere else!

Overall we all rated our 2011 Algarve golf trip as a 9/10. There is always room for improvement, not sure from where to be honest but we’ll keep looking! Expect a call for our 2012 golf break!

Richard
The Championship golf course at Penina is awesome...
5 Star Rating

We have just returned home from our golf holiday at the Penina Golf Resort in Portugal. This was not the first time we have been on a golf trip to Penina and it was as good as always.

The Hotel is still very nice and remains at the top of our list of places to stay on an Algarve golf break. We ate out locally in the evenings and as usual the food on offer was delicious. There are plenty of dining options at the resort but in a bid to sample the local culture and save a bit of money we prefer to be out and about. As always the staff at the hotel were first class and made us feel very welcome.

The Championship golf course at Penina is awesome and is a firm favourite among our group. We also played the O’Connor Course at Vilamoura which was also a brilliant golf course and one that has made us keen to try all of the Oceanico Vilamoura courses.

The overall verdict was an extremely positive one although having been many times before we didn’t expect anything less! This was however the first time we had booked through Your Golf Travel and everything was well organised and the booking process was quick and easy. Value for money was also top notch so we will be coming back to book future golf holidays with you.

Lesley
A fantastic option for families travelling with a golfer in the midst...
4 Star Rating

My family and I recently went on a golf trip to the Penina Resort in Portugal and had a thoroughly enjoyable time. My husband was the golfer and he said the golf courses were fantastic, particularly the Championship Course. Even from my untrained eye could tell they were in immaculate condition. He did comment on a bit of slow play but no other complaints.

The Sir Henry Cotton bar which I presume is their 19th hole was as good as usual. The staff are very pleasant and attentive in there. The food was also good. The staff in attendance around the pool area were fantastic as were the facilities in the Penguin Village for the kids.

The hotel staff in general were very nice. I booked us in to the L’Arlecchino restaurant one evening via Reception and the meal was really good.

Overall therefore I would say that Penina is a delightful hotel and the facilities, cleanliness, staff etc are spot on. For the discerning golfer it seems like a haven and is clearly a great venue for an Algarve golf break. It is also a fantastic option for families travelling with a golfer in the midst!

Ronnie
We find ourselves returning to Penina year after year...
5 Star Rating

This is our 11th year on tour and our 3rd golf break to Penina with Your Golf Travel. A group of 16 of us from Knock Golf Club in Belfast with Handicaps ranging from 8 – 28 travelled this year and it was fantastic. Having experienced pretty much everything else that the Algarve has to offer we still find ourselves returning to Penina year after year.

The hotel is brilliant and right on the golf course which is also top class. The hotel and golf club staff members are all very friendly and make the holiday as relaxing as possible. Food and drink is top quality and the buffet breakfast is always excellent...and much needed after a night on the beers!

The golf on offer is excellent with the superb Championship Course and the challenging Resort Course catering for all handicaps.

The local town of Alvor is accessible by taxi which will only set you back about 8 Euros. This is a great place to explore if your are after a spot of dinner or a few drinks away from the resort.

The service from Your Golf Travel was very good and we will continue to book golf holidays with you as you are guaranteed good value for money and fantastic service. Other golfers in our party also use YGT for their golf breaks.

Mike
We had a wonderful golf break in Portugal...
4 Star Rating

Just a short note to say we had a wonderful golf break in Portugal and a lot was due to Your Golf Travel's excellent organisation. Airport transfers were excellent, on time and courteous. Having tee times booked was a great help although there was no problem changing times if it did not suit. There were tremendous savings as well on green fees.

We shall certainly use Your Golf Travel again and will recommend to our golfing friends.

Leigh
The golf course was in excellent condition...
5 Star Rating

Firstly thanks Your Golf Travel as the whole trip ran smoothly from enquiring to coming home, they gave me prompt replies and there was also some flexibility with tee-times and people dropping out.

The Penina Golf & Resort was excellent. Staff were very friendly, breakfast was plentiful and it was just a great place. The golf course was in excellent condition and still as tough as I remember (also the starter let us play off the whites). Palmares was another excellent course with some stunning views, the tee boxes were the best I’ve ever seen and the greens just as good (don’t think I’ve played a better manicured course) also we played off the whites.

The clubhouse prices were reasonable 5 Euro a pint which you expect. I would rate both these courses penina 9/10 for quality and layout and no easy holes, and Palmares 9/10 due to the high standard of course and views. I think there probably is only San Lorenzo in the Algarve which has the edge.

We will definitely be using YGT again after an excellent trip once again many thanks.

Richard
The greens were lightning quick...
4 Star Rating

Many thanks to Your Golf Travel for helping to put our golf break at Le Meridien Penina Golf & Resort together, my golf buddy and I had a great trip, the courses were excellent, the Alvor area that we frequented in the evening offered everything we needed, even down to finding a bar where a pint was just €2!! We will certainly consider going back to this area again next year.

Only one complaint, the greens were lightning quick compared to our UK winter time play. OK - maybe it was because I'm a lousy putter!! We did improve a lot as the week went on of course. As a twosome we joined up with others to make a foursome on the Championship course and both times the company made the round that more enjoyable - golfers are inherently nice people I find. Could I recommend Your Golf Travel and the Le Meriden Penina Resort to other players - you bet.

James
2014-07-29
A Wentworth style course in the heart of the sunny Algarve...
5 Star Rating
Penina is awesome.

The hotel offers everything a golfer needs during a week away in the sun. From the accommodation and dining options to the sports facilities and the lavish spa, everything is right on point and certainly of five star quality.

The Championship Course is epic. It took only for me to reach my ball in the 1st fairway to realise this is special layout. It reminded me of the great courses if the Surrey sandbelt and what more could a golfer ask for than a Wentworth style course in the heart of the sunny Algarve? Not much in my opinion and considering this was the 1st course to be built in the Algarve, it really has stood the test of time and still offers a great challenge of shot making and course management.

The greens were top class which is always important and the practice facilities are unbelievable. I'm not usually one for beating balls on the range but I found myself doing just that before each of my rounds, such are the quality of the facilities.

As ever, Your Golf Travel nailed it with the preparations and arrangements and considering that, as well as the value for money on offer, I wouldn't hesitate recommending both yourselves and Penina to anyone...even the pickiest of golfers!

10/10 
Jason
2014-07-29
Befitting of its lofty reputation...
5 Star Rating
Having heard all the hype surrounding Penina, I thought surely it can't be that good and approached my golf holiday with a little trepidation (after all one man's treasure can often be anothert man's trash!)...however...I need not have worried. As they say there's no smoke without fire and Penina, from the hotel to the golf course, really deserves its plaudits!

Sir Henry Cotton's Championship Course is certainly befitting of its lofty repuation as one of the best in the Algarve. The course is old school and makes you think your way from tee to green. Rather than just reaching for the driver on every hole and bashing away, sometimes the more prudent choice is to lay up in order to avoid the intelligently placed bunkers and water hazards, or to leave yourself a better angle to the green. Golfing purists will really love this one and dare I say so would those new to the game or with high handicaps.

Dining options at the resort are more than adequate and the hotel is also well placed to allow guests to take affordable taxis to and from local towns to sample the local culture and cuisine.

All in all, when it comes to the stay and play golf holiday in the Algarve, Penina takes some beating and I for one am looking forward to a return.
Kevin
2014-11-20
Penina was in excellent condition...
5 Star Rating

At the time of travel the course at Penina was in excellent condition. I had heard mixed reports before we (my wife and myself) had travelled but we could find no faults whatsoever. The course was well marshalled too so play was kept moving as best as possible. We thought that course has a good layout and as we prefer to walk rather than use buggies, the relative flatness meant this was no bother.

The service in the golf shop was excellent with very friendly staff. They were accommodating if we wanted to adjust our tee times where possible and our clubs were looked after the whole time and golf shoes cleaned after each round.

Service at 19th was also excellent and we were given complimentary nuts and olives each evening. Atmosphere was good but fairly quiet, with the crowd consisting really only of golfers who had just finished their rounds.

We found the hotel to be excellent. We had a room with a pool view which I think makes a major difference. The breakfast was really excellent and could set you up for the whole day!

Hotel drinks and meals could be regarded as pricey so we had most evening meals in nearby Alvor but always had a couple of drinks at the hotel on returning each evening.

I would rate our trip as a 5 out of 5. We have already booked through yourgolftravel to return to Penina again next year and we hope to find everything as good as this year.

Brian
2014-11-20
The best resort on the Algarve...
5 Star Rating

Penina Golf Resort is the best resort on the Algarve. The Championship Course is second to none and you’re treated like royalty in the hotel. The food in the clubhouse as well as the main hotel restaurant is great too. What more could you ask for?

Gary
2014-11-20
A true classic...
5 Star Rating

Penina enjoys a wonderful course layout. It is a true classic being a Henry Cotton design and a very good test of golf.

The hotel is very accommodating with the staff being very friendly and approachable. The breakfast is an excellent start to the day and gets you in the right mood. It was great to finish the round and then sit outside on the patio area and relax with a few drinks too.

Overall I would rate the course and hotel 5 out of 5 and will definitely return in the near future.

David
2014-11-20
The whole facility catered extremely well for the golfing customer...
4 Star Rating

Golf Course – Challenging for all categories of handicaps and always in good condition.

19th Hole - A friendly atmosphere and a delight to sit out in the sun after an enjoyable round.

Hotel - Our room was clean and comfortable. Breakfast was excellent and beautifully presented. The whole facility catered extremely well for the golfing customer.

Peter
2014-11-20
An excellent and challenging course...
5 Star Rating

Penina is an excellent and challenging course with good features on many holes; never can it be said that it is a boring course. The 9 hole second course is excellent too.

The clubhouse is nicely placed after the 18th hole. It is also just for hotel guests and is not therefore a normal stud bar. I've always enjoyed a snack there outside after my rounds.

Changing facilities are small but adequate in that most of the golfers will be staying at the hotel. 

The hotel itself has really good rooms and I would say no difference between the rooms with or without a mountain view.

Overall I’d rate Penins as 5 out of 5. I have been back many times and look forward to the next trip there.

Gary
2014-11-20
A superb resort for golf holiday...
5 Star Rating

Penina was a superb resort for golf holiday.

We were very well looked after from our arrival through to our departure. The Sir Henry Cotton Championship Course was a very good test for all members of our group, with handicappers ranging from 8 to 28. Considering how busy the course was it was in very good condition. We had 2 rounds on this course and 2 on the 9 hole Resort Course which we found a good test as well.

The hotel rooms we had were spotlessly clean and the housekeepers kept it that way with daily visits. The food at the Penina Resort was first class too, with numerous bars and restaurants to eat from.

We also took full advantage of the huge swimming pool every day.

We will definitely be booking again through YGT, and will hopefully return in 2015.

Robert
2014-11-20
Would highly recommend it to anyone...
4 Star Rating

Penina is a lovely golf course with a great variety of holes to challenge your golf skills. There is a lovely clubhouse too where you can have a relaxing drink or get something to eat after your game.

The hotel is lovely, with good facilities and spacious rooms that are spotlessly clean. I have been to Penina a few times now and would highly recommend it to anyone as I would rate it 5 out of 5 and wouldn't hesitate about returning there.

Terry
2014-11-20
Penina as won all of us over...
4 Star Rating

Myself and three friends rated Penina very highly. The course was in great condition; well cared for even though it had plenty of rain on it that week. Lucky for us we didn't get wet; only in the 19th did we manage that! It was a course that even with a high handicap or off scratch you could enjoy. The 19th hole? Well... great atmosphere, very good service and beer chilled to perfection. I must mention the proshop too who looked after us very well seeing to our clubs and shoes after every round.

We stayed on a B&B basis and what a breakfast; I can't think of anything that was not there for us!

Admittedly the hotel room was a little dated but clean with good facilities and a very good maid service.

Would we play here again? We normally try a different course every time we go to Portugal but overall Penina as won all of us over so 2015 could see us back playing & staying at this fantastic resort.

Mike
2014-11-20
Not too difficult but a realistic challenge for all...
5 Star Rating

The course at Penina was excellent – not too difficult but a realistic challenge for all.

The clubhouse was very good too, with excellent, helpful staff.

The hotel was very good – it’s a pity we didn’t have a sea view!

Overall our verdict would be a 4.5 out of 5...there’s always room for improvement!

Alec
2014-11-20
The Championship Course at Penina was excellent...
4 Star Rating

The Championship Course at Penina was excellent and with 2 Par 5's to finish, a good score is still possible right to the death. The Resort Course (the 9 hole course) is very poor in comparison to most of the courses on The Algarve.

The clubhouse offered a good selection of food and drink in a very pleasant setting, both inside and outside. The staff members are also very obliging.

The hotel rooms have been fully refurbished, however they are rather small compared to more modern hotels. The rooms with balconies overlooking the gardens and course are well worth paying that little bit extra for.

The breakfasts are dinners at the hotel are exceptional, with numerous bars and restaurants on-site from which to choose which will suit all tastes of cuisine.

Overall verdict? It must be a 5 out of 5 and I would personally vote it a 5++ if that was possible! We would readily return to Penina again, but only to play The Championship Course.

John
2014-11-20
There is much to like and enjoy at Penina...
4 Star Rating

Last year, in the spring, I travelled to Penina with two pals for a short golf break with Your Golf Travel.

We stayed 4 nights, had 9 holes on the Academy course on our day of arrival, and 3 rounds on the championship course on subsequent days.

The hotel is great for golfers. The rooms were fine, food was excellent and the bar was more like a clubhouse than a hotel. Even more like a club was the Pro Shop come caddie master sited at the end of the building as you exit to walk round to the first tee. They kept our clubs in a room adjacent and all was ready each day as we went down for our tee time. Very slick and customer friendly, even a shoe shine for your golf shoes was available in the locker rooms.

The Championship Course is excellent, and being almost totally flat ground, it makes for very easy walking. It offers a very good test of golf and is in very good condition, with a good variety of holes. The Academy 9 hole course was in not such excellent condition but nonetheless it was the ideal warm up prior to taking on the big course.

Penina's only fault might also be its biggest plus point. It is quite old fashioned in its architecture, decor and standards, on and off the course. As Henry Cotton’s creation, perhaps that’s not a surprise and, to be honest, this suited us. As middle aged Scots golfers we were there for the golf, a wee drink or two and a decent evening dinner and bottle of wine.

Being a little away from any local large town we elected to remain in the resort throughout, perhaps the more adventurous could taxi it to Portimao of an evening if that was your thing.

Overall there is much to like and enjoy at Penina and we found it good value for money.

Gwyn
2014-11-20
The hotel was very comfortable...
4 Star Rating

We had an excellent week at Penina.

We found the championship course challenging and with so many hidden water hazards, there were many balls lost! It was in very good condition and interesting to play.

The club house was great too. Our clubs were stored over night and ready for our tee times in the morning. All members of staff were friendly and helpful.

The hotel was very comfortable. Its traditional style made it spacious and large public rooms easily accommodated the large number of guests.

My only small criticism is that there was no free bottled drinking water in the rooms and to buy a small bottle was 2€50.

We would choose a different resort next time simply for a change of area and golf course.

Derek
2014-11-20
Services and staff are fantastic...
5 Star Rating

The Championship Course layout is very good at Penina. It’s very testing and was in fantastic condition. The clubhouse staff were excellent and were there to answer and deal with all our needs, all of which was done with a smile on their face...nothing was too much trouble for them.

The hotel is 5 star, and the services and staff are fantastic. We’d rate our trip as 5 out of 5 most definitely and we will return to Penina in the future.

Patrick
2014-11-20
An excellent hotel with very good facilities...
5 Star Rating

I have now been to Penina on a few occasions.

One of the advantages of this golf resort is that it has an excellent, challenging test of golf in the form of the Championship Course, as well as a smaller course if you feel like a lesser challenge, yet still enjoying a very picturesque course.

The clubhouse is welcoming and friendly, offering light meals after 3/4 hours of golf.

The hotel is first class too, with spacious, comfortable rooms and friendly, helpful members of staff. The hotel also offers a substantial breakfast which is ideal before a full day of golf.

Overall, my verdict is that this is an excellent hotel with very good facilities. My rating would have to be 5/5.

I have returned to this venue and will do so again.

Douglas
2014-11-20
Everything we need from a golf holiday...
5 Star Rating

We stayed at the Penina Golf Resort in February and the weather was sunny and warm. This time of year must be taken into consideration in our review.

The Championship course was in good condition and well looked after. It was as difficult a course as you would like it to be. My wife and I are high handicap players so just playing here was special without trying to beat it. Long hitters will do well here.

The resort course is also quite long for a 9 hole. Not as pristine but every bit as enjoyable as the main event. There are some tricky holes. Refreshment buggies go round both so if you need a snack or drink it's available.

The nineteenth hole was all you need before and after a round, with friendly staff and a large choice on the menu. We used it often as it was very comfortable. 

The hotel itself is not new but well looked after. We upgraded to a front room overlooking the pool, on the sunny side of the hotel. Like in the clubhouse, the staff in the hotel are very friendly. The food and drink was a little expensive, as you would expect, however it’s well worth every penny considering how well everything is run.

We give the resort an overall mark of 5 because it offers everything we need from a golf holiday. We’ve already booked another fortnight at Penina next February!

John
2014-11-20
The golf course is wonderful and a challenge for all levels...
5 Star Rating

We've stayed at Penina a dozen or more times and despite our expectations getting higher each time, the hotel, golf course and staff have never failed to exceed them.

The hotel is very traditional, nicely presented and the staff have an uncanny knack of knowing how formal or informal they need to be when in conversation.

The golf course is wonderful and a challenge for all levels of golfers without being too ridiculous. You will certainly want to come back for more once you've played it.

We’d recommend hiring a car as despite everything you need being in the hotel complex, doing so allows you to explore the east and west regions of the Algarve, as well as further inland which is far less touristy.

We’ll be there again next Spring.

David
2014-11-20
5 out of 5 all day long...
5 Star Rating

It goes without saying that the layout and design of the Championship Course at Penina is superb. When we played, even though there had been plenty of rain, the course held up very well.

As far as the clubhouse goes, from the Henry Cotton bar for a drink after our round to the restaurant in the evening, the staff are always excellent. 

Since the hotel was updated, the rooms are back to their best. The breakfasts are the best in the Algarve without question.

The Caddy Master as always was very attentive, with storage of clubs and daily cleaning of shoes being a very useful service. The bonus in the evenings was the snooker table in the hotel lounge, which makes for some great memories. 

Our overall verdict would be 5 out of 5 all day long. Would we return? We WILL return!

Brian
2014-11-20
5 star in all respects...
4 Star Rating

The Championship Course at Penina is a good test of golf for all handicaps. It’s an interesting layout and in excellent condition, especially the greens.

The Resort Course has some interesting holes too, but is in poor condition, has no starter and tends to be overcrowded.

The clubhouse is very welcoming though, with a friendly atmosphere and extremely helpful staff.

The hotel is 5 star in all respects. The rooms, whilst being very well appointed, are a little on the small side.

We would return to this venue for say a 3/4 day break to play the Championship Course and would give it an overall rating of 4 out of 5.

Neil
2014-11-20
The hotel itself was of a good standard...
3 Star Rating

A group of 10 friends made our second visit to Penina in early October 2014.

We had been to this resort 3 years ago and came away with some great memories of the course and hotel, but this time we were left somewhat disappointed.

Although the Championship course is still just as interesting, it was not as enjoyable to play because the condition had deteriorated somewhat, in particular the greens.

We also played the Resort course this time around but I can only describe it as average at best.

The hotel itself was of a good standard, with the only usual gripe being the overpriced drinks. With this in mind we made full use of the 2 for 1 happy hour before moving on into Alvor each night.

Three years ago I would have given a 4 out of 5 rating - this year, at a push I can only give it a 3 out of 5.

Noel
2014-11-20
A very stylish place to stay...
4 Star Rating

The Penina Golf Resort (which is less than an hour's drive from Faro airport) offers a very stylish place to stay, together with some excellent golf on site. The small coastal town of Alvor (10 minutes drive from the hotel) is a delight to visit, offering a huge range of places to eat and also a long stretch of sandy beach. The Golf Resort is conveniently situated, less than one kilometre from the nearest junction on the A22 motorway.

Penina's 'Resort Course' offers a decent golfing challenge (albeit going twice around a 9-hole course but with slightly different tee positions) and a helpful preparation for the tougher demands of the Championship Course, which is the oldest golf course in the Algarve.

The holes on the Championship Course are generally quite long and many of them have watery obstacles in the shape of drainage channels of varying widths, as well as some sizeable ponds. As befits a course that has hosted the Portugal Masters on a number of occasions, the Championship Course provides golfers with a good mixture of enjoyment and technical challenge. 

The standard of service in the hotel is excellent in all departments. Prices for food and drinks are typical of a resort of this standard - but arguably the comfortable facilities and panoramic outlook over the Championship Course make them worthwhile. We found that the hotel was welcoming, and the bars & restaurants had a lively atmosphere that catered well for groups and for individuals and families alike.

Our only suggestion for improvement at Penina is to ensure that golfers have sufficient ability (e.g. as shown in a handicap certificate) to play the Championship Course without undue delay. We did see staff (in buggies) monitoring the speed of play but it was not clear that they were actually taking any enforcement action. As a result, times of more than 5 hours to complete a round were not uncommon.

Our only previous experience with YGT was at La Cala last year. Comparing La Cala and Penina, we feel that Penina's hotel has a livelier & friendlier atmosphere, while La Cala offers more in the way of golfing challenges.

However, the fact that Penina seems keen to include visitors in club competitions in future may help to tip the 'golfing balance' towards Penina.

We have had good service from YGT last year and this year and we would be happy to recommend you guys to others.

Steve
2014-11-20
I like being spoilt this well...
5 Star Rating

Penina has a very nice hotel with 2 golf courses on-site; the 18 hole Championship course and the 9 hole Resort course.

The championship course is a must play course, with the Resort course a welcome break in a week's worth of golf. Both courses are a challenge in their own right. I would recommend purchasing a stroke saver to find where the hazards are on the courses, as some are devilishly hidden from view...or was that me being out of position?!

The 19th hole – the Sir Henry Cotton Bar – serves good grub and is a welcoming place for a pint or 2.

Practice facilities include an excellent driving range, a chipping area and a putting green with a teaching academy also available if needed.

In terms of accommodation, I would recommend the pool view option as this side gets the sun all day long; the non pool view option faces the road and although it is not noisy, it does not benefit from the sunny aspect of this 5 star hotel.

The breakfasts are all you could wish for, and evening meals, whilst not cheap, are up to the 5 star billing.

Members of staff are excellent; all fluent in English as well as other languages. Golf clubs are secured in the pro-shop over night and brought out for your round along with your daily polished shoes; I like being spoilt this well!

Terry
2014-11-20
Probably the best value for money in the Algarve...
5 Star Rating

The Championship Course at Penina is a great layout and a true test of all golfing abilities. If you are on your game you can score well so the course is very fair. I have always felt that Penina was among the best golf courses on the Algarve,  if not Europe; a great design overall and in particular, the par 5's and the par 3 early in the back nine (the 12th I think) which rates as one of the very best short holes I’ve played.

The condition of the course was first class too and the greens were in great condition; quick and true. It was good to see lots of staff on the course, working away.

I've stayed at the hotel many times and always found the service and quality provided first class in all areas. The food is great (upgrade to al la carte for a real treat) and the atmosphere is friendly, staff are helpful and in keeping with the 5 star rating.

Since the hotel’s upgrade, the rooms have been returned to the original high standard.

Our overall verdict would be 5 out of 5. I'm a real fan of the whole place and I think it offers probably the best value for money in the Algarve as an overall golf break destination. Great golf, great food, great service....at an unbeatable price! I would (and do!) return...very often.

Charles
2014-11-20
The Championship course was very good...
4 Star Rating

Although we booked Penina as an all in golf package for two of us, my wife is not a golfer so I only played a couple of times in the week, although I could have played as often as I wished.

We think your golf packages are so well priced it is nice to just use them for a holiday and maybe play a bit of golf as an extra.

The Championship course was very good but too difficult and long for me on an 18 handicap.

The Resort course suited me better, although not a championship course more of a family holiday course and fun.

The 19th hole is very good and the hotel almost top quality.

4.5 out of 5!

Anne
2014-11-20
One of my favourite places in the world...
5 Star Rating

This hotel is one of my favourite places in the world!

The Championship Course is well designed and extremely well looked after and the same can be said of the Resort Course.

The rooms in the hotel are very nice too. We like the Studio rooms but overall would say they could have been designed a little better.

The food is excellent and members of staff are superb. 

My overall rating? 5 out of 5.

David
2014-11-24
The buffet breakfast is unsurpassed...
5 Star Rating

My wife and I have visited Penina many times. The Sir Henry Cotton Championship Course is a stern challenge for golfers of all abilities and the lower the golfer's handicap the more the inclination to "take on" the challenge. Some courses suit players with a fade or a draw but Penina incorporates it all and we will be back.

We truly look forward to staying in the hotel which is of the highest quality. Room number 361 is our room of choice! My wife loves the pool which at one time was the largest in the Algarve. The buffet breakfast is unsurpassed too, particularly the omelettes which are cooked to order.

We enjoy relaxing in the bar after dinner, especially when Elvis puts in an appearance!

Upstairs in the sports bar is the place to be when following the European Tour as there is a great international atmosphere.

Mike
2014-11-24
Members of staff are excellent...
4 Star Rating

The Championship Course at Penina was in good condition and the other golf facilities, putting greens and practice areas etc were very good too.

Members of staff are excellent, as are the food, service and rooms.

After golf service is good too as is the swimming pool. The only drawback is that the course is very busy. We have been at Penina during different times of the year but as yet, we’ve not found a quiet time.

Having said that, we are planning to go back in September / October next year hoping it will be less busy.

James
2014-11-24
Would love to return to Penina next year...
5 Star Rating

The quality of the championship course at Penina was very good, as were the practise facilities, but the resort course could do with some TLC. The 19th hole was very good too, with first class service, as you would expect of Penina.

The hotel itself was excellent, with a wonderful buffet breakfasts and evening meals at the poolside that are not to be missed.

Overall I would rate our mini break 5 out 5 and would love to return to Penina next year.

Clive
2014-11-24
Far better than expected...
5 Star Rating

Our trip to Penina was one of the best we have had as a group abroad. The facilities of the hotel were far better than expected with an impressive entrance leading into a cool, quiet reception and lounge area then into the gardens with views over the course and a very large swimming pool.

The bar was well stocked with refreshing beer and had large screen TVs for après golf entertainment.

At breakfast there was a very good selection of cereals, fruits, meats and fresh omelettes made to order which set you up for the day perfectly.

The members of staff were extremely helpful and friendly at all times.

The Championship Course is a test for most where positioning your tee shot well helps considerably with your approach to the very well kept greens. Being slightly offline was punishing and safety was the order of the day.

Overall the experience of playing both the Academy and Championship courses was a very good one and one that we hope to revisit again soon.

Allan
2014-12-09
Nice place to play golf
4 Star Rating
We really enjoyed the course. It was in great condition particularly for a resort course, the greens were excellent and the pace of play was never too slow.

The staff were very welcoming as they are in the hotel generally. The club house bar is nice but usually very quiet with little atmosphere. This is simply a result of the fact that it is part of the hotel and most of the residents who play go to other parts of the hotel/ pool once they finish playing.

The hotel rooms were good and well furnished. The hotel in general had a nice family feel.

We would definitely return and I would rate it as 4/5 as a golfing holiday.