Penha Longa aims for better playing conditions with the renovation


Penha Longa Resort in Portugal begins renovating its Atlantic course.

Originally designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr, the facility is located in the Sintra Mountains, near Lisbon.

The station aims to improve the playing conditions of the course and will focus on bunkers and fairways.

The station wants to improve the overall structure of the bunkers to ensure they perform at a high standard throughout the year, including dry spells and winter months. The 87 bunkers will have their original form restored and the sand replaced, using nearly 750 tonnes of local white sand.

The re-grassing will be carried out on the fairways at the second, sixth, eighth, thirteenth and eighteenth holes, with the installation of new Bermuda shorts.

“After renovating the course for the last time before the Portuguese Open in 2009, we want to restore consistency to the course and elevate the complex to a new level, attracting new golfers from all over the world,” said Oliver Key, General Manager of Penha Longa Resort. “Our ambition is to bring tournament golf back to the resort and we hope these changes will be the first step on the way to doing so.

“Becoming an ecologically sustainable resort is also one of our key ambitions for the future and nothing has been overlooked in the decision-making process initiated at the start of the project. Our team has taken significant steps to research and evaluate the different products that will be used to understand which ones will be most beneficial for the resort environment. This will allow us to update the course without harming the stunning natural environment that we are fortunate to find on our doorstep at Penha Longa Resort.

The renovations are expected to be completed before the end of 2021.

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