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1

Par 4

335

315

272

272

260

Index 10

35

227 211 168 168 157 206 190 147 147 136

41

87

91

279 263 220 220 209

108 131 166

Penha Longa’s distinctive styling is all on view at this short but clever opening hole. Best to play with caution and aim right of the fairway bunker rather than go for the carry. Then choose your club carefully as the green is large and sloping, making two putting from long range difficult.


2

Par 4

362

326

326

316

306

Index 8

26

260 228 229 219 208

67 88 103

229 198 198 188 177

117

189

Again, position is more important than length off this tee. The main problems lie on the green which is split from front to back by a raised spine. You can use the slopes to your advantage to work the ball close, but being on the wrong side of it makes three putting a possibility.


3

Par 4

324

303

276

256

233

Index 16 29

218 198 172 153 132

59

98

244 224 198 179 158

80

125 142

There are a few rewards for bravery here. Simply take a long iron or fairway wood and fire it downhill short right of the bunkers. Because the green is well above you, take more club than normal and favour the left side. Missing right leaves you very little chance of making par.


4

Par 4

397

376

357

347

337

Index 2

40

249 227 209 198 189

66 85

125 128 154

225

223 207 183 172 163

Your first real chance of giving it a rip with a driver. Favour the left side as there is big trouble off the right and it also opens up the line to this enormous green. Bear in mind that 40 metres long your approach to this green can vary by as much as four clubs.


5

Par 3

191

166

142

137

123

Index 14

211 186 162 157 143

40

171 146 122 117 103

Not a tee to be on if you suffer from vertigo as the hole dramatically drops 25 metres, but at least it plays much shorter than the distance suggests (probably two clubs less). Another long green, where being slightly short of the hole is an advantage.


6

Par 5

455

435

413

413

393

Index 18 30

x 59

104

170

210 160 x

213 x

267 253 230 230 209

221 207 184 184 164

A birdie chance, but danger lurks by the green as a lake edges in tightly up the left. Those firing from long range might also fall foul of the remains of the centuries old aqueduct that runs close to the right side of the wickedly tilting green. Might be best to go for an easy three shotter.


7

Par 3

182

169

150

150

148

Index 4

195 182 163 163 161 67

26

169 156 137 137 135

Because the worst trouble is on the right with water hugging the edge of the green, it is wise not to shoot up the left side, especially as the huge slopes feed the ball back to the centre. Avoid going long too as you will have an incredibly difficult chip back down to the green.


8

Par 5

524

479

461

461

423

Index 6

28

283 238 220 220 183

70 x 110

287 241 222 222 187 254 208 188 188 153

139

202 232 162 x

220 150 x

Most will have to play this uphill par-5 as a three shotter, laying their second short or right of the cross bunkers about 70 metres out, before pitching up to the trickly elevated green. Good golfers should be aware of the green contours if you are to hit your approach close.


9

Par 4

374

347

325

325

304

Index 12

257 225 207 207 190

27

85

78 101

118

152

252 223 203 203 186

A downhill drive which the big hitters can attack over the right side bunkers leaving only a short iron in to the flattest green on the course. However, judging the approach is not easy, since the green sits above you and a bunker 20 metres short is deceptive to the eye.


10 Par 4

382

367

359

350

342

Index 9

34

249 232 226 218 210

201 185 177 169 163

60 98 107

157

A simple enough hole if you avoid the fairway bunkers on the left, although you have to be very accurate with your approach since the green is narrow and slopes in from both sides. A straight shot will be rewarded but missing the green means you will need a deft touch to chip and putt.


11 Par 4

355

355

314

305

288

Index 3

274 274 233 224 207

23 38 83 116

245 245 205 196 180

A stunning driving hole where the perfect tee shot is to fire at the two bunkers up the left and let the natural lie of the land bring the ball back into the centre. The green falls from back to front so try to be below the hole for an easier uphill putt.


12 Par 5

453

423

405

405

400

Index 17

29 30 x

301 273 254 147 136

266 235 215 215 198

143 152 180

229 202 x

210 182 x

232 201 181 181 168

It takes big hits to get home in two especially as you have to fly the ball all the way to the green over a deep bunker. More likely that you are going in with a short iron third when it is crucial to find the same level as the flag if you’re to have a simple two putt.


13 Par 4

322

310

286

276

251

Index 13

234 219 198 187 171

23

90

231 215 194 183 168

66 89 99 OB

143

Short but a strategic gem. The braver player will be rewarded by taking on the cavernous bunker in the corner of the dog-leg; otherwise it is a defensive iron short of all the trouble and a longer second up to the small well-guarded green.


14 Par 4

381

365

337

315

272

Index 5

300 275 253 225 199

34

42

226 200 177 153 121

125 155 177

What line you take on your drive, depends on your ability, confidence and power. The stronger, better player can aim over the two bunkers in the lee of the sweeping dog-leg left, but more cautious golfers should stay well right of them.


15

Par 3

180

171

145

135

120

Index 11 184 184 158 148 133 26

158 158 132 122 107

A tough hole into the prevailing wind where nothing but a good strike will do if you are to hit and hold the green. Beware the front of it though, because any ball pitching on the first quarter can die and trickle back towards the water.


16 Par 4

402

382

365

365

346

Index 1

265 247 231 231 212

283 264 249 249 228

20

71 107 127 139

239 220 205 205 186

The most demanding par-4 on the course, with a spectacular tee shot way down onto fairway dotted with bunkers. It then swings right and up to a green perched above a deep dip and another trap. Play at least two clubs more than the distance suggests. There are no prizes for being short.


17 Par 3

187

174

163

158

137

Index 7

202 189 178 173 152

29

173 160 149 144 123

Another dramatic drop down to the table-top green, where once again clubbing is vital. As a general rule it plays two clubs shorter than you think, and in any case, all the trouble is behind the green which falls away alarmingly towards the trees.


18 Par 5

507

481

428

428

409

Index 15 32 48 x 55

167 190 220 166 x

223

261 236 184 184 167

A nervy drive as trees on both sides make it look tighter than it is. If you strike it well you can get extra roll down a steep slope which puts the green in range for the longer hitters. A safe way in is to fire up the left so you can play up the length of the green for your third.


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