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The Benamor Golf Course is located in Tavira, Portugal, was the first golf course built east of Faro in the Algarve. In 1986 the owners of Quinta de Benamor (Martins Dias family) invited Sir Henry Cotton to make a concept design for an 18-hole course, inspired by the beautiful old church next to the site of the Clubhouse and its spectacular location the result was a delightful plan for a par 71 golf course with 5.500 meters.
Unfortunately, the legendary British golf champion and course designer died the following year, and the project underwent various changes under Howard Swan and Raymond Jones; it is their touch that gives the course, finally opened in 2000, it’s defining characteristics. But wait, there´s more
Alto Golf Course situated near the picturesque village of Alvor, Portugal was the last design by three time British Open Champion, Sir Henry Cotton, after his death, the project continued by Peter Dobereiner, a well-known golf journalist. Designed as a garden-like course with mature pine, carob, almond, fig and olive trees lining the fairways; the course spans across two gently sloping valleys and runs to 6125 meters from the back tees.
It has five par 3s, eight par 4s, and five par 5s, with two ponds affecting four of the holes. The fairways are always in very good condition, and the greens are excellent, most well guarded by strategically placed bunkers. The surrounding views of the Monchique Mountains and the Algarve countryside with occasional sea glimpses of Lagos Bay and Praia da Vau are breathtaking.
The opening nine holes offer fine views over the bay of Lagos. The back nine, set on rolling slopes, include the remarkable Henry Cotton Challenge, the longest Par 5 in Europe. At 604 meters, it requires three long and accurate shots to avoid the lake, hold the angled fairway and find the small, well protected green. This 18 hole, Par 72 golf course reflects Sir Henry’s golfing philosophy of providing low handicap players with a testing game and still affording plenty of enjoyment for players at average club level and providing satisfaction and inspiration for beginners.
The Aquarius Golf Club was founded in 1912. Located in Honor Oak, London This 9 hole course was laid out on the roof and around Beechcroft Reservoir, which was completed in 1909. At the time it was Europe’s largest underground reservoir, still operational today and holding 55 million gallons of water. Competitions have been played at the Aquarius since 1913, with breaks for both World Wars.
In 1920, two schoolboys from Alleyn’s School, Dulwich, started golf at the Aquarius. They were L.T (Leslie) Cotton and his brother T.H. (Henry) Cotton. In 1923 Henry Cotton won the Pilling Cup and the Hutchings Trophy & Leslie won the Bogey Cup. They left in January 1924 to become professionals. Henry was to become one of the greatest players of his generation, winning the British Open in 1934, 1937 and 1948.
Designed for golfers who hit the ball straight as every hole has internal out-of-bounds on both sides of the fairway. There are three par 3’s and the other 6 holes are all straight par 4’s which makes this course good for golfers of all levels. The first and eighth holes are incredibly hard to make par and boast hazards such as vents and bollards. The greens are reasonably small which makes target golf fairly hard. An enjoyable course because it is challenging but fair.
Penina Golf Course was the first course to be built in the Algarve, Portugal. Located in a pleasant 360-acre estate midway between the traditional fishing village of Portimão and the historic town of Lagos.It is a Championship Course and is considered to be the masterpiece of Sir Henry Cotton, triple champion of the British Open who became a golf architect and was one of the first golf enthusiasts to recognize the Algarve’s huge potential as a golfing destination. The quality and the success of this course encouraged the subsequent construction of many other courses that now exist in the region.
The championship course opened in 1966 and has been completely rebuilt during 1994/95, maintaining its main original features. It is a fairly flat parkland type course with almost four hundred thousand trees, plenty of water, many bunkers, with wide greens and a vast tee area, making this a real championship course. The Penina layout is a fairly traditional design of two loops of 9 holes; however, untraditionally the course is a par 73 with only one par five on the front nine holes and four on the back nine. With the sun shining as it often is and the smell of eucalyptus in the air from the many trees the golfer could be mistaken for thinking that they were in for a nice relaxing round. This would be a mistake. From the very start of the round, the quality of the course and the test the golfer is going to be subjected to is much in evidence.
Penina also features two 9 hole courses by Sir Henry Cotton: The Resort Course, a pleasant Par 35 with 2,987 metres; and The Academy Course, a Par 30 with 1,851 metres.