1st gets you off to an easy start4th Another great driving hole 14th is a drivable par 4 if you dare!
First on my tour is the first of two courses designed by American golf course architect Rocky Roquemore. I must say straight off the bat that my visit takes place at the beginning of May after a particularly harsh winter, so the greens and general look and conditioning of the courses are not how youíll be finding them in the summer and autumn months where everything will be in full bloom.
Having said that, you can generally tell how good a course is from the design of the holes and how it plays, and I must say I really enjoy Quinta do Peru. Itís a course that gives you a chance, as you can tell with the opening hole being a par-5 that gently eases you into the round. But if you havenít had time to use the fantastic practice facilities, there are three tee options to choose from. The course meanders through some beautiful countryside and you can tell it sits in a prosperous part of the suburbs, judging by the properties that sit in the grounds of the site. Next to some of the lakes there are some particularly beautiful residences around the 12th, 15th and 16th holes where water comes into play.
Stand-out holes: I must admit I prefer the back nine to the front, but of the holes on the front nine Iíd go for the 370-yard par-4 second, where you fire your tee shot through a funnel of trees to a fairway that slopes left to right and the green is framed by bunkers front and back. The sixth, eighth and ninth are all holes I enjoy playing.
The back nine starts off with another par-5 at 526. It does offer another birdie chance, but beware as the green is guarded by no less than five bunkers with two further bunkers to the left of the opening of the green. I really enjoy the 12th, a great driving hole with water on the left. The way the green sits right next to the water, the hole uses the natural elements well. Youíll also love the 13th. It looks stunning from the tee. The bunkers you can see in the distance on this par-5 donít really come into play, but as an aesthetic element they make the hole. The 12th actually starts a run of holes that youíll relish with the highlights being the 15th and 16th where the water comes back into play.