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Troia Golf, Portugal

Troia Golf, Portugal

Oct 12,13

Tróia is a península, 40 kilometres distance from Lisbon, near the beautiful city ol Setúbal, in Portugal From here the lorry takes one to Tróia, where the golf course designed by the famous American golf architect Robert Trent Jones Snr stands out.

The great amateur golf champion of the thirties, Bobby Jones, said « the first objective of any golf course should be to give pleasure and it should become increasingly delightful, the more it is played and studied».

In Tróia, Bobby Jones’ statement stands. Harmony with nature is such that we feel the course has always been there. Using natural relief – the dunes – must have been Trent Jones’ aim, as there is no significant displacement of land. The fairways are surrounded by magnificent pine woods, and the beaches and sea endow the golf course with freshness and great beauty.

It starts with a par 5, with a tee before a lake – seldom played from, nowadays – and with a green protected by eight bunkers. Further ahead, the 3rd hole is a very well designed par 4 near the beach, with the Serra da Arrábida (Arrábida Hills)  in the background, regarded by Trent Jones himself as one of the best par 4’s that he has designed among his over 500-odd golf courses completed all over the world.

The drives are the determining shots in order to achieve a good score at Tróia, taking into consideration the narrow fairways. The last four holes are what can be classified as a traditional Finnish, which is a characteristic of true championship golf courses.

The 18th tee is a central point of the course. From it, one can see as many as seven greens and it seems specially located for television broadcasting. In the background there is the sea and before it a top class par 5 final hole with an elevated green, three bunkers protecting it and an out-of-bounds beyond, not far from the Club bar. This hole is suitable for glory or disaster, and it has already destroyed many hopes of victory. It requires great dexterity and total concentration.

Tróia is not an easy course, but it probably is one of the best least-known good courses in Europe.

A good course is one whose layout becomes familiar, hole by hole, after having been played only once. This is the case of Tróia which in our opinion is the best designed course in Portugal.

[In O Golfe em Portugal – Fernando Nunes Pedro – Texto Editora-Andersen Consulting]

HOLE

METRES

PAR

STR.

HOLE

METRES

PAR

STR.

1

473

422

405

362

5

3

10

313

301

262

251

4

14

2

186

165

158

110

3

15

11

165

152

134

124

3

16

3

368

341

300

274

4

11

12

346

327

308

272

4

12

4

141

123

112

90

3

17

13

411

394

374

331

4

8

5

393

351

324

285

4

7

14

475

466

444

422

5

4

6

401

372

354

309

4

5

15

398

349

306

298

4

6

7

515

463

433

383

5

1

16

405

369

326

316

4

10

8

305

279

254

225

4

13

17

160

155

141

108

3

18

9

379

354

336

318

4

9

18

486

448

414

394

5

2

OUT

3161

2870

2668

2356

36

 

IN

3159

2870

2709

2516

36

 

 

OUT

3161

2870

2668

2356

36

TOTAL

6320

5740

5377

4872

72

 

Course Rating :

Slope Rating :

 Homens Brancas  – 73,9
Homens Amarelas – 71,1
Senhoras Azuis – 74,0
Senhoras Vermelhas – 71,3

 Homens Brancas  – 135
Homens Amarelas – 130
Senhoras Azuis – 131
Senhoras Vermelhas – 125


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