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
Sobre o CampoARQUITECTO:
William “Rocky” Roquemore
DescriçãoO percurso da Quinta do Perú é desafiante para qualquer golfista. É um traçado estilo parkland residencial, com vistas para os vinhedos circundantes, a serra da Arrábida e o antigo forte de Palmela.
Cada um dos 9 buracos do campo, o 1 e o 10, começam com par 5 exigentes e terminam com não menos exigentes par 4. O 9 e o 18 são mesmo os par 4 mais compridos do campo, com 366 metros e 387m, respetivamente.
Obstáculos de água entram em jogo em quatro buracos: no 8 (par 3), no 12 (par 4), com um lago na margem esquerda do fairway que se estende até ao green; no 15 (par 4) e no 16 (par 3), com green antecedido de água.
A zona de treino, com mais de 300 metros de comprimento, torna possível jogar de ambas as extremidades, e cada uma tem um putting green e áreas de jogo curto.
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