Complexo Turistico de Troia,
Carvahal, Setúbal Region 7570-789
18 holes. Tree-lined & open parkland. Gently undulating terrain - easy to walk.
Robert Trent Jones Sr.
6 km S of Setubal (by ferry)
In Setubal follow signs for Ferry/Troia Cais. Take car ferry (20 minutes) to Troia. Follow only road from ferry for 2kms. Golf is on the right.
Troia Golf: Occupying part of a slim peninsula that juts up into the Sado estuary, you'll need to take a short ferry ride from Setubal to journey out to Tróia. Here you'll find one of the legendary courses of Portugal, and one that gets you right alongside the Atlantic shoreline.
This ever-challenging 18-hole masterpiece has all the characteristics of a rolling, duneland, links course, even if many of its holes are lined by pine trees. Small greens, tightish fairways and Trent Jones' trademark plethora of bunkering, can make this multiple Portuguese Open venue quite a tough proposition, especially if the wind is blowing.
If things aren't going according to your game plan, there's plenty of opportunity to enjoy the layout's natural environment, gently undulating terrain and many fabulous ocean views. The closer you get to the sea, the greater the sensation of open, rolling duneland you'll experience; the farther inland, the more tree-lined and tighter the course will feel.
Troia's opening hole is a good-length par-5, played to a green defended by a formidable array of bunkering. Many golfers would vote the oceanside, par-4 3rd as their favourite, or maybe the mid-length par-3 17th, played to a perilously thin strip of a green, which also hugs the beach.
Pick of the holes: the renowned, snaking par-5 18th, which stretches the full width of the course from the seashore all the way back to the clubhouse, lays down one last challenge that has made and, in many cases, broken a round on this thoroughly enjoyable and testing course.
Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends.
Must book in advance. Maximum handicap: men 28; women 36.
Soft spikes only. Players generally walk this course. Golf carts available for hire.
Troia hosted the Portuguese Open in 1983 (winner: Sam Torrance) and is a regular venue for major national championships. For accomodation see also www.troiahotels.com
Portugal's 2nd best course (Golf World, 2022).
Continental Europe's 18th best course (Golf World, 2023).
Castelo de Palmela, 2950 Palmela
+351 212 351 226Visit website
Opened in 1979, the Pousada de Palmela is located in the historic Castle of Palmela, integrating the cloisters of the old convent that was part of the Castle. The hotel takes advantage of a wonderful location, perched on an imposing hill. The Pousada gives you extensive panoramas of the Serra da Arrábida, the Atlantic Ocean and the surrounding plains and fields of the region’s vineyards. Highly recommended.
Quinta do Peru; Troia; Montado
Rua Irene Lisboa 1-3, 2900 Setubal.
+351 265 542 800Visit website
The 66-guest room Hotel do Sado in Setubal offers far-reaching views over Serra da Arrábida, São Luis and the castle of Palmela, not least from the hotel’s panoramic restaurant located on the 8th floor.
Montado; Troia (via ferry from Setubal).
Quinta do Peru
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