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
However, the fact that Penina seems keen to include visitors
in club competitions in future may help to tip the 'golfing balance' towards
We have had good service from YGT last year and this year
and we would be happy to recommend you guys to others.