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The Troia Golf Championship Course is located on the Troia Peninsula, some 40 kms south of Lisbon (Portugal), a long flat and sandy stretch of land across the Sado Estuary, which separates the Setubal lagoon from the Atlantic Ocean. In this scenic location at the tip of the peninsula, lies one of the most fascinating and challenging golf courses in Portugal.
This links course was designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr. and the architect’s signature can be seen on the greens, which are small, narrow and always well protected, sometimes by huge bunkers. One of the principal obstacles of Troia Golf Course is sand which borders the whole course, where pine trees and wild plants are also found in abundance. But wait, there’s more
The Grand Re-Opening of Dorado Beach Resort’s East Course in Puerto Rico was the first in a series of events signifying this historic property’s resurgence as one of the premier golf, leisure, resort and private membership experiences in the world.
Robert Trent Jones Jr.’s restoration of the historic East Course to the original vision put forth by his father brings this classic seaside course into the 21st century with a subtle rebirth as a modern masterpiece.
“It was truly an honor to restore one of my father’s original masterpieces,” said Robert Trent Jones, Jr. “The restoration of the East Course has enhanced the natural beauty, playing conditions and flexibility that my father had originally envisioned over 50 years ago.” But wait, there’s more
The Valderrama Golf Club, or Club de Golf Valderrama, is one of the best known golf clubs in Europe. It is located in the resort of Sotogrande, San Roque in the Andalusia region of Southern Spain, a few miles from Gibraltar. Constructed in 1974 according to the project of the legendary American golf course architect Robert Trent Jones Sr. Before switching to its present name, it was known as “Sotogrande New” and “Las Aves”. In 1984 it was acquired by a new owner and expanded by the original architect. Ranked at the very top of Golf World Magazine’s Top 100 Courses of Continental Europe for the past 15 consecutive years, Valderrama happens to be the most exclusive private golf club in all of Europe.
Valderrama is a 6356 metres par 71 golf course with no hole of less than championship quality but it can be fully enjoyed by players of all handicaps, thanks to the genius of Robert Trent Jones Sr., whom many consider the leading golf architect of his day. The amenability of the golf course to the handicap golfer and its deliberate severity to the championship player owe much to the extensive range of tees. Each hole has a Professional tee (6356 metres), a Club Championship tee (5994), an Executive tee (5498) and a Seniors’ tee (5053), as well as a ladies Professional tee (5294) and a ladies Club tee (4873). The tees are differentiated not just by distance but by careful siting.
Founded in 1964, Real Club de Golf Sotogrande is located on prime golfing land close to the beachfront between the river Guadiaro and Sotogrande marina in Cadiz, Spain. First European course designed by Robert Trent Jones and rated among the 100 best courses in the world since its foundation, the course championship distance is 6224 meters, par 72 on its longest distance.
“Sotogrande Old”, as it is called by the locals, boasts mature vegetation with pine, cork oaks, eucalyptus and giant palm trees enhancing the natural beauty of the surroundings. The greens are large and the tees are very long, some would say excessively so, but they allow for variations in pin placement and the length of hole. There are also plenty of water hazards, particularly at the seventh, the twelfth, the thirteenth, fourteenth, sixteenth and par-3 seventeenth. These lakes, together with the strong winds create a challenge for all levels.
The contours of the greens are typical Trent Jones and the bunkers were the first in Europe to be filled with brilliant white crushed marble. Another “first” at Sotogrande was the use of Bermuda grass on fairways. Real Club de Golf Sotogrande it is a private club, although green fee paying visitors are welcome, they are advised to book in advance.
Situated in one of the most pleasant areas of the Portuguese coastline, between Cascais and Guincho, just 25 km from Lisbon, the Quinta da Marinha Golf Course was designed by the legendary Robert Trent Jones Sr, with great views to Atlantic Ocean and Sintra Mountains the course is set in a private estate of 110 hectares of unadulterated nature surroundings and major challenges. The architect has worked on the flat terrain, mostly overgrown with stone pines, laying out the course over 5,870 meters for a Par 71.
The most spectacular hole on the Quinta da Marinha Golf Course is hole number 13, a Par 4 of 339 meters sloping down towards the sea. Once on the green, the golfer has the Atlantic Ocean as background. The whole of Quinta da Marinha golf course is surrounded by beautiful panoramic views. The following hole (a Par 3) requires a very precise shot for the ball to cross a cliff and reach a wide but not very deep green. The course has many bunkers and a number of lakes to make the players task more difficult and hole number ten has a green that is entirely surrounded by water.
The Quinta da Marinha Golf Course was the 1988 host of the Quinta da Marinha Ladies Masters (European Professional’s Women’s Circuit) and in 2002 was host to the Estoril Open (PGA Tour Event). The area, Lisbon Golf Coast, won the IAGTO Award in 2007 – Best Established Golfing Destination Europe. Challenge your friends for a little play-off or enjoy the services of our resident PGA Pro. The main thing is to practice your sport of choice in gorgeous natural surroundings.
Oceanico Pinhal Golf Course in Vilamoura, Algarve, Portugal, was originally designed by Frank Pennink and received several refinements were incorporated over the years, the most significant one by Robert Trent Jones Sr. in 1985. The course is an exciting mixture of British and American style holes, a challenging game has many of the holes are long with a variety of dog legs.
The course is covered with a variety of pine trees, the front nine playing around the houses that line the fairways; the back nine offering up some more space and views of the sea beyond. There are ponds and streams found on five of the holes but these are supposedly there as decorative features, rather than serious hazards.
To keep up with modern technical advances in clubs and balls, several holes have recently been lengthened and the par-72 course now measures 6,353 meters off the white tee markers. At the turn of millennium the clubhouse was completely renovated and modernized and from the large verandah one can enjoy a panoramic view over the excellent driving range and practice facilities.