Penina Hotel & Golf Resort

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Penina Hotel & Golf Resort

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4.4
Penina Hotel & Golf Resort is rated 4.4 out of 5 based on 140 verified reviews from YGT customers.

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 one of the best established 5* resorts not only in the Algarve, but in the whole of Europe.

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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.

STATS

Designed by: Sir Henry Cotton

Opened for play: 1966

Par: 73

Previous hosted: Portuguese Open (10 occasions)

Awards: Leading Golf Resort in World Travel Awards

TEES

White tees: 6273 metres (6860 yards), SSS 73

Yellow tees: 5827 metres (6373 yards), SSS 73

Blue tees: 5414 metres (5918 yards), SSS 73

Red tees: 5140 metres (5621 yards), SSS 73

Signature Hole: Hole 7, Par 4, 310 metres (339 yards), SI 16

The 7th is a hole which combines risk with reward, with many golfers opting to play short of the water which cuts across the fairway, this will bring a longer iron into a small undulating green. Those wanting to hit a driver can find themselves with a much shorter club in but run the risk of finding water.

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.

STATS

Designed by: Sir Henry Cotton

Opened for play: 1972

Par: 35

TEES

White: 2987 metres (3267 yards)

Yellow: 2629 metres (2875 yards)

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.

STATS

Designed by: Sir Henry Cotton

Opened for play: 1977

Par: 30

Course Length: 1851 metres (2024 yards)

Accommodation

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.

Features

  • Golf Buggies
  • Golf Academy
  • Championship Standard Course
  • Golf Club Hire
  • Practice Area
  • Putting Greens
  • Tuition
  • Pro Shop
  • Driving Range
  • Pitch and Putt
  • Gymnasium
  • Cycle Hire
  • Tennis
  • Archery
  • Outdoor Swimming Pool
  • In House Restaurant
  • In House Bar
  • On-Site Parking
  • Direct Dial Telephone
  • Minibar
  • Satellite TV
  • Wake-up Call
  • Air-Conditioning

Golfer reviews

The golf was out of this world...

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

It stands out from the Algarve crowd...

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,

The weather and the golf were brilliant...

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.

The Championship Course was simply amazing...

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!

A golfer’s paradise...

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.

The best venue my little golf society has experienced in 31 years...

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.

I challenge anyone to find a better breakfast...

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!

The Championship golf course at Penina is awesome...

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.

A fantastic option for families travelling with a golfer in the midst...

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!

We find ourselves returning to Penina year after year...

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.

We had a wonderful golf break in Portugal...

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.

The golf course was in excellent condition...

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.

The greens were lightning quick...

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.

A Wentworth style course in the heart of the sunny Algarve...
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 
Befitting of its lofty reputation...
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.
Penina was in excellent condition...

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.

The best resort on the Algarve...

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?

A true classic...

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.

The whole facility catered extremely well for the golfing customer...

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.

An excellent and challenging course...

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.

A superb resort for golf holiday...

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.

Would highly recommend it to anyone...

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.

Penina as won all of us over...

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.

Not too difficult but a realistic challenge for all...

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!

The Championship Course at Penina was excellent...

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.

There is much to like and enjoy at Penina...

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.

The hotel was very comfortable...

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.

Services and staff are fantastic...

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.

An excellent hotel with very good facilities...

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.

Everything we need from a golf holiday...

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!

The golf course is wonderful and a challenge for all levels...

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.

5 out of 5 all day long...

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!

5 star in all respects...

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.

The hotel itself was of a good standard...

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.

A very stylish place to stay...

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.

I like being spoilt this well...

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!

Probably the best value for money in the Algarve...

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.

The Championship course was very good...

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!

One of my favourite places in the world...

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.

The buffet breakfast is unsurpassed...

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.

Members of staff are excellent...

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.

Would love to return to Penina next year...

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.

Far better than expected...

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.

Nice place to play golf...
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.
Great golfing destination...

Stableford Score - 34 points

Handicap - 13

I'd go back, it's a great resort...

Stroke index 1 was a brilliant golf hole.

My Caddy Tip - "Keep it straight."

Stableford Score - 30 points

Handicap - 9

Challenging but fair course in superb condition and a very good hotel and location...

Best hole was stroke index 1. Hotel was everything you wanted and within a short distance of Alvor, Praia de Rocha and other resorts.

My Caddy Tip - "Think about the hole, don't try for the Hollywood shot as it will bite you if you get it wrong."

Stableford Score - 37 points

Handicap - 5

I won't go back...

The courses were in poor condition and the greens had pitch marks on. The rooms were small but breakfast was good. Evening meal and buffet were poor. However, the staff were very friendly.

My Caddy Tip - "Lay up on occasion."

Stableford Score - 37 points

Handicap - 5

Hotel great and good value...

The course was challenging enough especially the Resort shorter one.

Handicap - 13

Would not go back...

Stableford Score - 30 points

Handicap - scratch or better

Fantastic resort for 12 golfers...

Wonderful hotel specifically tailor made for golfers. The hotel staff were superb...a great feature. The golf course was in excellent condition for November after torrential rain. A brilliant destination!

My Caddy Tip - "Use irons until you get used to the ditches and distances to lay up"

Stableford Score - 37 points

Handicap - 12

Too busy with very average players, course tired, ok for large groups...

Hotel was an enjoyable traditional Spanish one, which helped us enjoy the break.

Handicap - 2

We love Penina...

Favourite holes were 2 and 13. The hotel was good as ever, not the cheapest, but quality is excellent, especially in The Grill.

My Caddy Tip - "Take 2 extra clubs on most approach shots."

Stableford Score - 33 points

Handicap - 10

Great hotel, but too many golfers crammed onto the course...

My Caddy Tip - "Buy your water and Mars bars before you play. Prices on the course are a rip off."

Stableford Score - 30 points

Handicap - 13

The course was lovely...

Par 3s excellent. Food was great. Location was very good and close to alvor which has some great restaurants very reasonable priced.

My Caddy Tip - "Greens are tricky but I enjoyed the golf"

Stableford Score - 39 or more points

Handicap - 12

Great hotel, excellent food and fantastic golf...

The Acadamy course was always free and good for practice. The Championship course was in superb condition.

My Caddy Tip - "Stay straight!"

Stableford Score - 33

Handicap - 16

Course was a great challenge. Always in good condition...

On 13 you must commit to your shot.

My Caddy Tip - "18 plays as a par 5 so don't go for green with 2nd shot. It plays 40 yards longer than yardage."

Stableford Score - 38

Handicap - 10

One up from a 5* resort, it's a 3B venue - Brilliant Course, Brilliant Hotel, Brilliant Staff...

We first went to Penina the year after we went to Mauritius (Belle Mare Plage). Better than Mauritius and a lot quicker to get to too.

My Caddy Tip - "Be accurate or take lots of balls, not a long course off the yellows but play steady."

Stableford Score - 33

Handicap - 18

Great course and hotel...

Just a great course and hotel. Poor behaviour by some English golfers. It had rained heavily in the morning and tees were doubled on the back nine. The English chaps behind could not work this out and were very abusive. I would not go again. Special occasion too for my wife.

My Caddy Tip - "Go for it!"

Stableford Score - 33

Handicap - 14

We love Penina, and we've already booked to return in January...

I marked it a 4 because the course was wet because of the very wet weather. Also, there was a very noisy group of men who spoilt the atmosphere, the staff really struggled to shut them up.

My Caddy Tip - "Go for it!"

Stableford Score - 35

Handicap - 18

I'd go back. Great venue for a golf break. Tough courses. Thoroughly excellent experience...

Hotel was superb.

Stableford Score - 28 or less

Handicap - 27

We will go back...

Love the hotel, especially that it is right at the course. The Resort course is worth a visit. The 9th is my favourite hole on the BIG course! The staff are very helpful both in the Pro Shop and in the hotel. Rooms are a little small but for 3 days they are fine. A wonderful 3 day venue.

My Caddy Tip - "Lake on 12 is quite wide - lay up"

Stableford Score - 33

Handicap - 12

I thoroughly enjoyed the hotel and course...

A lot of ditches with muddy water - lay up or be confident that you can carry the hazard. Hotel being on site was excellent.

My Caddy Tip - "Play your normal game. Know the distance you hit the ball with each club."

Stableford Score - 35

Handicap - 12

Great venue...

The famous 17th was great!

Stableford Score - 37

Handicap - 12

We'd love to go back. Great service and great courses...

Great service in hotel for golfers (cleaned shoes, brought clubs out for us), choice of two courses - one easier, one championship. It was difficult to remember the holes from 4 years ago, but I nearly got a hole in one on a par 3 and just missed a trip to Las Vegas!

My Caddy Tip - "Tricky water hazards on some holes, so lay up if you're not sure of carrying it."

Stableford Score - 28 or less

Handicap - 21

Very nice hotel, food and staff...

The hotel was very nice, with a decent room. The restaurant for evening meals was excellent, as were the lunches and snacks in the clubhouse. The staff in the hotel, in the pro shop and on the course were generally very friendly. There was only one sour note of being told to hurry up by a marshal on the course, when we were being held up by two guys who we'd been paired up with by the start marshal. If possible, I would go as a group of four so as not to be paired up like this. As far as the courses are concerned, there was really only one when we went in March/April because of water lying on the fairways. It's cheaper, but it really doesn't stack up against the quantity and quality of Vilamoura courses, the only other Portuguese venue we've tried. 

Handicap - 24

Hotel is fine, but the course is full of mosquitoes...

Stableford Score - 34

Handicap - 2

Been back, however course was looking tired...

My Caddy Tip - "Keep it on the fairway."

Stableford Score - 33

Handicap - 11

Fantastic hotel, great golf course and the nearby town of Alvor has great bars and restaurants...

13th was a brilliant hole- par 3 over water.

My Caddy Tip - "Play plenty of club"

Stableford Score - 34

Handicap - 8

Great course, parred a few...

Nice hotel, excellent restaurants, friendly staff.

My Caddy Tip - "Don't be short on your approach shots"

Stableford Score - 31

Handicap - 21

I'd go back but you really need a card...
Don't be too ambitious.

My Caddy Tip - "Lay up if you're not confident of your distance."

Handicap - 23

Great hotel and the golf was excellent...

Hotel was excellent but need a room overlooking course and gardens. Had to ask to change rooms as we were at front and had no view and traffic noise. We upgraded to a fabulous room at back of hotel. Beds really comfortable. Staff lovely and golf well organised. Pro shop very helpful. Wished we had dined in the a la carte restaurant more than once. We had a wonderful meal on our last evening. Staff really really lovely. Pity the courtesy bus to alvor was not operating at this time of year (October) 

My Caddy Tip - "Lay up."

Stableford Score - 34

Handicap - 17

Great venue for a golf break...
We have been to Penina several times in the past, and have always found it to be one of the best golf courses in Portugal. The hotel is efficiently run, the staff are very friendly and helpful, the food exceptional, and the hotel itself very clean. We find playing a couple of days on the Resort Course, in between challenging golf on the Championship course, quite relaxing. 

My Caddy Tip - "Try to get an early tee-time."

Stableford Score - 28 or less

Handicap - 27

Nice course, great hotel...

You will never find balls in water, so bring plenty!!! 

My Caddy Tip - "Play one club more than usual."

Stableford Score - 36

Handicap - 5

Course needs some TLC...

The course was slightly disappointing having had some high expectations. Although the holes were well designed and interesting it was a bit scruffy when billed as a championship course. I have played many better courses in the algarve. Having said that, the hotel was well situated, the rooms decent and the staff were friendly. A good base and we played Palmares on the coast which was excellent. 

My Caddy Tip - "Stay straight and don't be too aggressive on the water holes."

Stableford Score - 35

Handicap - 7

Good long weekend break...

Main course very good. Great evening meals in the traditional restaurant 

Handicap - 20

Great experience staying and playing at Penina Resort...

Very challenging course for most golfers but fair with no blind shots. Greens where in very good condition.  

Stableford Score - 33

Handicap - 10

A good venue and so convenient for the courses...

The hotel offered a variety of dining options, relaxation options, beautiful surroundings and golf all within easy walking distance. Challenging holes across the water.

Stableford Score - 32

Handicap - 25

I have been many times...

A number of good holes, like the second. Hotel nice and traditional with good service.

My Caddy Tip - "Keep patient and straight from the tee!"

Stableford Score - 37

Handicap - 16

Great venue for a golf break...

Fabulous, old style 5* hotel with great food. Enjoyable course.

My Caddy Tip - "Some greens need all of your attention before you putt, be sure and check the line."

Stableford Score - 33

Handicap - 18

Did not play the championship course...

Hotel is great but only has an outdoor pool. Great views of the course from rooms at back of property. A longish walk into Alvor but taxis were reasonable.

My Caddy Tip - "Always select the shot that keeps it on the fairway."

Handicap - 18

Good golf resort...

Great if you want to be based in one location. Course was in really good condition. Hotel clean and tidy. We were on bed and breakfast basis which was excellent. However, the resort prices for food and drink outside of the package were a bit steep. Most nights we caught a taxi to Alvor and dined there, where the meals are better value.

My Caddy Tip - "Use the great practice facilities to warm up before your round."

Stableford Score - 36

Handicap - 12

I would go back...

Hotel is great. Course is lovely.

My Caddy Tip - "Stay straight and don't be too aggressive on the water holes."

Stableford Score - 32

Handicap - 13

Old world charm and service. Same dedicated staff for many years...
Second, twelfth and thirteenth were all excellent! Usually take one more club as greens tend to be slightly raised.

My Caddy Tip - "On the second hole, unless you are past the 150 metre post, do not go for the green."

Stableford Score - 38

Handicap - 10

I'd definitely go back. Challenging golf course. Hotel and set up fantastic...

Hotel great. Service very good and staff friendly. Breakfast excellent.

My Caddy Tip - "Just play your own game. Enjoy it all and lay up at some holes."

Stableford Score - 36

Handicap - 23

Great break...
Everything went well.

My Caddy Tip - "Make sure you avoid the water."

Stableford Score - 31

Handicap - 13

Going back again in 2016...

12 was an excellent hole. I would look at the hole layouts carefully. Very good trip.

My Caddy Tip - "Greens are fast."

Stableford Score - 30

Handicap - 21

Great venue for a golf break...
The course was in a tired and poor condition when I played it in 2011, Hotel was- fine 3.5 stars 

Stableford Score - 37

Handicap - 14

I'd go back, great venue for all golfers...

Great course, superb sand in bunkers and a great pro on site.

My Caddy Tip - "Better to take a long iron or 3/5 wood off the tee than a driver."

Stableford Score - 35

Handicap - 15

Great course, lovely hotel...

Classic designed course, pretty tight in parts with tree lined fairways.

My Caddy Tip - "Keep it on the fairway."

Stableford Score - 30

Handicap - 16

I have gone there at least 15 times, but the course is starting to look outdated...

The course is a bit untidy and needs more love.

Stableford Score - 38

Handicap - 7

Lovely course for holiday golf...

Always use a bigger club than you think. Like all the par 3's. Perfect hotel for golfer, no travelling to the course, hotel food always good. In fact our favourite place in Europe. 

Stableford Score - 28 or less

Handicap - 19

Great value...
A good resort course, a short taxi ride from the nearby town.

My Caddy Tip - "Keep it on the fairway."

Stableford Score - 34

Handicap - 12

We'd go back...

The courses were nice, and the hotel looked after us very well.

Handicap - 18

I'd go back. Great venue for a golf break" 'd go back. Great venue for a golf break...
Nice hotel and you can great great views if you're lucky enough to get a room overlooking the golf course. Seems to be living a little on past history and needs to be brought up to date. Rooms dated & in need of redecorating. Breakfast was ok but not with lots of choice. The main meal was ok, but very limited. Golf course great and in good condition bearing in mind the amount of traffic. Staff very good and always ready to help. Area around the hotel very nice & relaxing.

My Caddy Tip - "Course management is a must. Greens have very subtle breaks you cant always read, so don't just grip & rip."

Stableford Score - 39 or more

Handicap - 5

Fantastic golf venue...
Lots of great holes and a good test for low and high handicap golfers. My favourite hole is the 18th, a good par 5 with the hotel in the background.

My Caddy Tip - "Stay in the fairway, play conservative and remember the greens are very true."

Stableford Score - 34

Handicap - 18

I'd go back...

My Caddy Tip - "Just enjoy it."

Stableford Score - 39 or more

Handicap - 8

I'd go back...

The 9th was my favourite hole.

My Caddy Tip - "Go to the range before you start."

Stableford Score - 28 or less

Handicap - 14

Course over used and tired, staff over worked and unmotivated...

Go in winter when much of the rooms are closed. Staff have more time, and course in better condition

Stableford Score - 22

Handicap - 30

Enjoyed the Championship golf course and hotel was first class...

Hotel was fantastic, food and service great. Enjoyed the Championship golf course but the Resort Course was not in great condition.

My Caddy Tip - "Don't use driver often and try to keep the ball on the fairways as they are tree lined, so tight."

Stableford Score - 37

Handicap - 2

I would definitely return...
No particular favourite hole, liked them all.

Stableford Score - 28 or less

Handicap - 34

Good course. Well designed, easy to walk. Greens very good, although some fairways a bit scruffy...

Hotel was comfortable. Breakfasts were very good. Probably a good idea to pay extra for a room overlooking the course. 

My Caddy Tip - "Course fairly straightforward. No major advice needed."

Stableford Score - 33

Handicap - 5

I just love Penina...

Favourite hole was the 16th. Take at least one club more. The hotel is what you pay for with a smile.

My Caddy Tip - "I would use a driver on ten and the greens are fair."

Stableford Score - 37

Handicap - 14

Never disappointed with hotel and championship course...
10th hole was always challenging but very rewarding if you par it. My husband and I think it is one of the best courses we have played on, no matter how many times we have been there. Every time you play there, there is always something different about each hole on the course. Hotel, accommodation, food and service all first class. We always enjoy having a room facing the course, as to look over the course in the morning the view is outstanding. Well done Penina for keeping up your standards.

My Caddy Tip - "Make sure you go to the range first and practise but leave enough time to practise your chipping on the green."

Stableford Score - 33

Handicap - 25

Great course and hotel...

The 5th hole par 5 is my favourite and the positioning of the drive and the second are critical if you are to get on green. Water in play diagonally across fairway and large pond in front of green. Smart play is to play right on the second shot, giving an easier third pitch to the green. 

My Caddy Tip - "Think about club selection to give optimum position and distance from trouble, allowing for a shot to the green."

Stableford Score - 30

Handicap - 18

Playable course, well maintained, would return...

Hotel was good for golfers but not 5*, overall the course was very good.

My Caddy Tip - "Accuracy over length."

Stableford Score - 35

Handicap - 18

Lovely course...

On the first hole, you need a good straight drive to have any chance of hitting the green in two. Hotel very nice, staff very friendly and helpful.

Handicap - 12

Great venue for a weekend break...
I didn't have any favourite holes and just enjoyed playing. Hotel was good. 

Stableford Score - 30

Handicap - 24

We practically go every year. Love the course and the nights out in Alvor...

12 and 13th great water holes.

Stableford Score - 32

Handicap - 20

Great having the two courses...

Playing the Resort course (9 holes, 18 tees) is a bit easier and buggies were allowed on this course, as oppose to only being allowed on paths as they were on the Championship course. Although we had heavy rain at the start of our week the courses held up quite well.

Stableford Score - 33

Handicap - 21

Great venue...
13th hole was a challenging par 3. Unless you're 100% sure you can clear the water, lay it up! Hotel was good apart the fact that there were no balconies for some of the group. Also, the mini bus into Alvor was too small and too limited with times, although I believe this had just changed prior to our arrival. Food was fabulous.

My Caddy Tip - "Make sure you have a trolley as I would hate to carry a bag round here!"

Stableford Score - 29

Handicap - 23

I will go back...
My favourite hole on the course is the 9th. Penina is a course you have to take your time on and not try to many smart shots. The hotel in general is great with good staff, many of which we know having been there for breaks in the past.

My Caddy Tip - "You have to get the ball on the green without a bounce and hit slow approaches to the greens. Lookout for subtle breaks on the greens."

Stableford Score - 37

Handicap - 12

Championship golf course was great...
Championship course is a good test of golf and you are punished for not being accurate, but rewarded for finding the fairways! Resort course ok, but not to the same quality. Hotel was good and top quality buffet breakfast.

My Caddy Tip - "You must find the fairways and will be punished if you spend time in the trees!"

Stableford Score - 35

Handicap - 14

I would go back at a different time...
Hotel was first class as ever. Exceptionally busy and course has signs of overplay, particularly the greens.

My Caddy Tip - "Take a ball recovery tool for the water."

Stableford Score - 28 or less

Handicap - 12

I'd go back...
All good. Leave your clubs with the store staff and they will put them on the buggie each day.

Stableford Score - 32

Handicap - 9

Excellent courses...
Challenging course and buggies are a must.

Handicap - 18

I would go back, but it could do with a heated pool...
Hotel was good.

My Caddy Tip - "Practice putt first."

Stableford Score - 28 or less

Handicap - 24

Good venue but the golf bar was shambolic...
Good test of golf and the hotel was excellent. Golf bar and food area shambolic.

My Caddy Tip - "Think your way round, don't boom it. Position is key everywhere."

Stableford Score - 35

Handicap - 3

I'd go back, good golf venue...
Take enough balls as there is plenty of water and places to lose them. Staff very helpful and happy. 

My Caddy Tip - "Do not over club."

Stableford Score - 31

Handicap - 23

Great venue for a golf break...
9th hole was fantastic. Take a course map with you you will find it useful. The hotel was excellent.

My Caddy Tip - "Don't use a driver on 10th."

Stableford Score - 32

Handicap - 22

i will love to go back one day, very well maintained golf course...
Lovely hotel. If you can afford the upgrade, your room will be facing the swimming pool and golf course, which is a lovely view. Staff were very friendly and the golf course was enjoyable. The hotel has a good standard of restaurants and at the Alvor, the hotel has a section of sunbeds, etc. for people staying at the hotel. If you fancy a night out in the Alvor the taxi is around 10 euros each way.

My Caddy Tip - "Keep it on the fairways."

Stableford Score - 28 or less

Handicap - 22

I would go back, hotel and golf course great...
Hotel and food was good. 

Stableford Score - 31

Handicap - 18

Nice hotel and course but got bitten a lot by insects...
Very nice place but do take a taxi into Alvor as it is a really nice place with lovely beach, board walks and restaurants.

My Caddy Tip - "Take plenty of balls."

Stableford Score - 33

Handicap - 13

I love the course...
Warm atmosphere, friendly staff, tough but fair course.

My Caddy Tip - "Always take a longer club."

Stableford Score - 30

Handicap - 18

I enjoyed the course...
Enjoyed the par three holes.

My Caddy Tip - "Take club more than you think."

Handicap - 15

I'd go back
Rather a lot of water on the course, so didn't see it at its best. 

My Caddy Tip - "Play the course adjoining the hotel."

Stableford Score - 28 or less

Handicap - 20

A most enjoyable golf trip...
The 18 hole course is superb, the 9 hole is great for a practice round.

My Caddy Tip - "The greens are very fast and it's tough to stop the ball."

Stableford Score - 28 or less

Handicap - 22

I'd go back...
Good venue.

My Caddy Tip - "Practise putting."

Stableford Score - 28 or less

Handicap - 10

Good hotel. Course too busy, sent out as a two ball and got stuck between slow moving groups of 4...
Enjoyed the course, hotel and facilities. Play was occasionally slow on three days due to too many people on the course.

My Caddy Tip - "Take plenty of water, hire a buggy as it's a long day."

Stableford Score - 36

Handicap - 12

Great venue, caters for all...
Championship Course is fantastic, hotel was lovely, staff were superb and a pretty good value trip too.

My Caddy Tip - "Find the fairway if you want to score - lots of trees and water hazards!"

Stableford Score - 35

Handicap - 3

Great venue for a golf break. The main course is a fair test of golf for all handicaps...
The hotel is 5 star in every sense, as is the main golf course.

Stableford Score - 32

Handicap - 11

I'd go back again...
Too long ago to remember.

Handicap - 12

A fair, interesting challenge...
Hole 12 is one I rarely par. The hotel, with new management, is even better with great staff & varied places to eat.

My Caddy Tip - "You will score better with a game plan."

Stableford Score - 34

Handicap - 13

The best Championship Courses in the Algarve off the Whites...
The 12th on the Championship course off the whites is excellent. The second shot is further than you think. Take one more club!

My Caddy Tip - "Always play within your abilities, don't take chances. Play to were you can see..."

Stableford Score - 38

Handicap - 1

Great venue, I'd go back...
My party hasn't yet found anywhere to rival the total package at Penina. It's a very good hotel, a very good course on site and a proshop which looks after your clubs and shoes for the whole visit so avoiding the need to lug clubs up to your room. The course has many very good holes that give you options in club selection and risk/reward choices. For me, the 5th, 7th, 9th, 11th, 12th and 18th all challenge golfers over a wide range of abilities. A beer and a sandwich after the round on the beautiful terrace followed perhaps by a dip in the excellent hotel pool will set you up for an evening out in the local village of Alvor where there are a number of good restaurants and bars with live music. Penina is no longer at the fashionable end of courses in the Algarve, but for me it still offers a great venue for an enjoyable few days of golf. 

My Caddy Tip - "Don't be too optimistic in trying to reach some of the greens in 2 unless you are on top of your game. Instead, lay up before the water on the 12th unless you've creamed your drive."

Stableford Score - 34

Handicap - 12

Love Penina and always have. Would go back as soon as possible...
16, 17 and 18 all great finishing holes.

My Caddy Tip - "Keep the ball on the short stuff. You do not always need a driver or need to go for the green on par 5s."

Stableford Score - 30

Handicap - 18

Golf course in poor condition - greens, fairways and tees generally in poor condition...
Old style hotel, no longer 5 star with closed outdoor pool (no indoor pool).

My Caddy Tip - "Beware of stagnant water hazards ."

Stableford Score - 36

Handicap - 16

Great venue for a golf break...
Hotel was very good but the golf course play tends to be very slow.

My Caddy Tip - "Course management is key."

Stableford Score - 34

Handicap - 12

Fantastic all round, great practice facilities & 5* hotel, staff exceptional as was the food...
Exceptional golfing facility!

My Caddy Tip - "Most greens are subtly built up higher than the fairways, so one more club than your yardage suggests is usually required!"

Stableford Score - 38

Handicap - Scratch or better

Good venue for a golf break...
Favourite hole was the 18th. Tips- If you need a buggy book well in advance as they do not usually have enough buggies for everyone. Hotel is good if a little tired in appearance.

My Caddy Tip - "Course management is the key. Play within your ability."

Stableford Score - 30

Handicap - 19

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