Designed by Rocky Roquemore and opened in 1994, Quinta do Peru is located 40 kilometers to the south of Lisbon. With a very beautiful layout (it was once considered the 57th best course in Europe) it sits close to the Serra da Arrábida hills and you can see their strong presence from several holes.
What was the condition of the course like?
It was generally in very good shape - the tees, fairways and bunkers were all fine and the greens were excellent - very smooth with a medium to fast pace and putting on them was a real pleasure.
What other facilities do they have there?
Everything that you’d expect to find at a quality golf course: a contemporary clubhouse with bar and restaurant; a sun deck offering peaceful views to the golf course and the Serra da Aarrábida hills which is an ideal spot for lunch or an after round drink; a well-appointed locker room to change clothes or take a post-round shower; a small shop/boutique in the reception area offering everything you’d possibly need prior to teeing off. The practice facilities are very good and the driving range is over 250 meters long with practice bays at both ends; there’s a chipping green with a nice greenside bunker and a putting green which is very similar to the greens on the course.
I think Quinta do Peru is an excellent option if you want to play a challenging round of golf or just have some fun with your friends. I played from the yellow tees in glorious sunshine and a light breeze and relished every minute. Situated in the middle of cork oak and pine trees, and with the Serra da Arrábida hills in the background, it’s a thoroughly relaxing and picturesque course.
The layout is very interesting and tests all of the golfer’s skills. Straight holes are an exception. Usually there’s an angle, a slope, a water hazard or a strategically placed tree forcing us to find the right landing area from the tee or requiring us to hit the ball high, low or with a fade or draw in order to avoid an obstacle. The greens are undulating with lots of contours so you won't have too many straight putts - you need to land your ball on the right spot on the green in order to have a relatively straightforward putt. It’s a golf course for shot-makers and good putters.
The reception staff are very friendly and helpful but unfortunately there was no buggy bar when I played (maybe that’s only an option at weekends) and it would have been useful to have a Strokesaver booklet and a sheet showing the daily pin positions. That aside, if you’re visiting or living in the Lisbon region you really should make the effort to play at Quinta do Peru, you won’t be disappointed.
Rating out of 5: 4.5
About the courseARCHITECT:
William “Rocky” Roquemore
DescriptionQuinta do Peru is a fair challenge for any golfer. It’s a parkland style layout with views of the surrounding vineyards and the Serra da Arrábida hills and provides a very tranquil setting for a round of golf. The fairways are tree lined and the greens undulating. Both halves start with quite demanding par 5’s and finish with a brace of tough par 4’s. Water hazards come into play on just four holes - most notably on two of the par threes, the 8th and the 16th, where the tee shots must carry a lake. The practice facilities include an extensive driving range, which can be used from both ends, two putting greens and two short game areas. The clubhouse is very welcoming and the outdoor terrace offers lovely views over the driving range and the course.
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