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The best golf courses for golf holidays in Setubal and Sesimbra, including: Troia, Quinta do Peru, Ribagolfe & Aroeira.

Troia golf course - Setubal, Portugal
TroiA  Architect: R. Trent Jones Snr. (1980).  18 holes: 6,317m: par 71.

At the very tip of the Troia peninsula Troia requires a short (10 minute) ferry crossing from Setubal to reach, but is worth every nanosecond of the trip.  Tight sandy Fairways, very tight in places, run between tall pines and around crystal white bunkers to diminutive Greens.  Accuracy is crucial at Troia, however under the pines the ground is fairly clear so most errant shots are retrievable.  Water surrounds the course on both sides and crops up around the course too to add to the examination.  You may not score well on your first visit to Troia, but you will be desperate to come back for more!

Quinta do Peru¬†golf course Quinta do Peru  Architect: R. Roquemore (1994). 18 holes: 6,074m: par 72.

One of Portugal's les widely heralded golf courses, however as the Club is within easy reach of Lisbon it has a healthy local membership to keep it going: plenty of room for visitors midweek though.  Quinta do Peru is a very impressive parkland course covered in pines and cork-oaks.  Between the trees the Fairways have some interesting shapes and slight dog-legs leading to large and fast Greens - defended mainly with sand but on a few holes water features and a stream meanders across a couple of holes too.  An excellent course, enjoyable and fair.

Ribagolfe I Ribagolfe i  Architect: P. Townsend (2001). 18 holes: 6,707m: par 72.

Another tough test of golf hidden away to the East of Lisbon amongst a huge cork-oak plantation; houses are planned but at the moment the land is wild and tranquil.  Riba's main defence is its length and tightness: big-hitters will appreciate the test of strength and endurance (forward Tees are also available!).  A great course and kept in great condition with big plans for the future, at the moment Clubhouse is a modest affair and a little way from the first Tees.

Ribagolfe II Ribagolfe Ii   Architect: M. King (2002). 18 holes: 6,214m: par 72.

The second course at Ribagolfe and a much friendlier proposition with shorter wider Fairways and more receptive Greens, you may even play to your Handicap!  Running through the same cork-oaks as Riba I, the course has less water, featuring just once on each half.  Bunkers are less prevalent from the Tee and smaller around the Greens too, but still a very entertaining and enjoyable course with the same high standards of Greenkeeping as its big brother. 

Aroeira I Aroeira i  Architect: F. Pennink (1973). 18 holes: 6,044m: par 72.

Pines, pines, pines.  The two Aroeira courses are carved through a vast pine forest to which golf and residential housing has been added (so you will meet residents all year round).  Aroeira I is the flatter of the two courses with thin rows of pines separating the holes and houses around the perimeter.  A relaxing course aimed at fun, which is nice!

Aroeira II
Aroeira II   Architect: D. Steel (2000). 18 holes: 6,367m: par 72.

Aroeira II was a later addition to the Aroeira complex and occupies the more uneven terrain so expect Fairways that rise and fall and have more twist and turn to them: as always through towering pine trees.  Aroeira II also has more water in play and is generally the tougher proposition of the two layouts.  The Clubhouse at Aroeira I serves both courses, even though the first Tee of Aroeira II is about a miles way across the estate!

Montado Golf Course - Setubal Montado  Architect: D. Sottomayor (1992).  18 holes: 6,366m: par 72.

A course designed primarily for holiday golf for the residents at the hotel on site.  With no pretensions of grandeur Montado is a solid enjoyable course on flat land with plenty of established trees lining many of the Fairways.  Around the closing holes on each nine and in front of the hotel, large lakes come into play creating a spectacular finish.

Other courses to consider:

Depending on where you decide to stay and whether you fancy negotiating the outer Lisbon traffic, the Cascais courses are within range or Golden Eagle can be reached by skirting Lisbon to the East.

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Sample Itinerary

4 nights at the Hotel do Mar****
3 rounds of golf at: Troia, Quinta do Peru & Riba I

£333.00 per person March & April




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