GOLFING GETAWAYS: Troia triumph as links leaps into Europe’s top 10
Portugal’s Troia Resort has further established itself among Europe’s elite golf courses by making an impressive nine-place climb to number eight in Golf World’s prestigious ‘Top 100 Golf Courses in Continental Europe 2019’ rankings.
The stunning Robert Trent Jones Senior links made a sensational ascent up the rankings into Europe’s top 10, as golfers and industry experts finally rightly acknowledge one of Portugal’s best-kept secrets.
Assessed over six different categories – design quality, setting, playability, presentation, memorability and hole consistency – Troia scored an impressive 82.9 points out of a possible 100, with the magazine’s judging panel scoring the course highly in all criteria.
Troia’s new ranking puts it among the top two in Portugal – an amazing feat considering the standard of golf courses across the country.
The par-72 layout stretches 6,317m along the beach, offering panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean and Arrábida mountain range throughout the 18 holes.
But it’s not just the picturesque scenery that makes it one of Europe’s best. The challenging and diverse holes test even the top pros, as players are required to play a multitude of shots through a combination of pine trees and indigenous coastal plants, on a course with small, narrow greens and bold bunkering.
When announcing Troia’s impressive rise up the rankings, the Golf World judging panel remarked: “Troia comes with a fearsome reputation, but it’s as honest as you get. The course zigzags across the northern slice of a peninsula, subjecting you to different wind directions and changes in topography and vistas.
“It’s an entertaining layout over a fairly compact piece of land that rewards sharp course management and approach play.”
Alexandre Barroso, Troia’s golf director, said: “Everyone at Troia is understandably delighted with our new ranking and all the hard work and sustained investment in maintaining the natural beauty of the course is paying off.
“It’s an honour to be listed among some of the biggest names in European golf, but anyone who has played the course probably won’t be surprised, as it really does deserve to be there. We invite golfers from across Europe to come and discover Troia for themselves.
“It’s always been our long-term aim to achieve this, and give golfers the best possible experience at the resort; so now the real hard work starts to make sure it stays where it belongs.”
Located just an hour south of Lisbon on a beautiful sand-skirted peninsula, Troia’s excellent location is only a 15-minute unique ferry ride from Setúbal city centre, which is filled with a wide range of highly regarded and affordable restaurants, and just a short distance from Comporta – one of the trendiest, and most sought-after, destinations for Europe’s travelling cognoscenti.
Special packages that combine green fees with accommodation at the four-star Aqualuz hotel are available between September 23 and October 31. Starting from €244, golfers can enjoy three nights and two green fees, with breakfast and transfers to the course from the hotel included.
For more information or to book the above packages, please contact email@example.com
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