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Troia | NCG Top 100s: European Golf Resorts

Troia is one of the more unique resorts to make the NCG Top 100 European Golf Resorts list, due to the fact that the golf course and the accommodation of the resort are all based on the Troia Peninsula, meaning that it is its own little spot of paradise on the western coast of Portugal.

The landscape, shaped over millennia, is now preserved by strict environmental protection directives that have limited occupation to an area of 1,100 hectares, dotted with apartments, townhouses and single-family homes. The Editory, Aqualuz and Troia Residence are the accommodation options at the resort, and all come within this space on the peninsula. They all offer something different, and provide a wide range of choices for families, couples and golfers, who want a place to stay during their time in the region.

Troia Golf is a stunning 18-hole Championship Course that will test the abilities of all that come to play it. Designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr., the course has stood the test of time, and the views over to Setubal and out to the North Atlantic Ocean make it one of the most sought after golf courses for guests to play.

There is plenty to do on the Troia Peninsula away from the golf course. There are water sports including sailing and windsurfing, as well as having the opportunity to hire a boat. Football, padel, tennis and beach volleyball can all be played, while there are also trails for walking and hiking in the region.

Visit Troia’s website here.

Troia Overview | NCG Top 100s: European Golf Resorts

Troia Golf

Troia Golf is situated in the heart of the Troia Peninsula. The Par 72 lay-out, designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr, is there to test even the best golfers. The course runs alongside the beach, with great views of the Arrabida Mountain.

The 3rd is a par-4 that fits perfectly in the landscape with a magnificent sea view, was considered by Robert Trent Jones Sr as one of the best he has ever designed, and he included it in his ideal 18-hole golf course. 

The 4th and 17th holes also play with the beach and the sea on the golfer’s left, making them harder, but also more beautiful at the same time. The closing hole at Troia is a dog-leg left par-5, with an elevated green which is protected by three front bunkers.

Greg McDonald Golf Academy

Greg McDonald is the Head Professional at Troia Golf, and the Greg McDonald Golf Academy is the home to the best tuition and golf lessons in the region. McDonald is a founder member of the South African PGA and the Sunshine Tour in the country, and now calls Portugal home.

The South African leads the way at Troia, and he provides lessons for all abilities. He also does hour-long lessons, as well as on-course tuition, whether it be 9 or 18-holes, where you can learn about course management and how to play the right shot at the right time. The Greg McDonald Golf Academy also offers lesson packages, to bring the cost of improving your game down.

This is all based out of the Greg McDonald Golf Academy at Troia Golf, which houses a driving range, putting green and two chipping areas, giving you the resources to hone your skills and improve your golfing abilities. 

High Class Accommodation at The Editory

There is no accommodation on the golf course at Troia Golf, but there is a range of accommodation options located just down the road at The Editory, which plays host to several types of rooms, suites, apartments and more…

The Editory By The Sea
The Editory By The Sea is the perfect hotel to find balance and rest in the company of both nature and the beach. All the elements of life come together in an urban, modern and relaxed hotel, allowing you to experience what goes on in Troia.

The Editory plays host to a number of suite varieties, and even studio apartments on the very top floor of the building. The suites range in size and style, but all have their own private balcony to enjoy the weather from the comfort of your own room.

Aqualuz Troia
The Aqualuz Troia is built in a completely natural and private space, making it a hotel for the whole family with spaces designed for everyone. Between the beach and the mountains, guests have stunning panoramic views of the area. 

Like the Editory, there are a number of different styles of room at Aqualuz, including studios and suites. All of the suites come equipped with a double bed, living area and kitchenette, along with TV, Wi-Fi and all the mod-cons you could wish for. 

Troia Residence by The Editory
The Troia Residence by The Editory is the perfect place for those looking for a more private and reserved vacation, in a unique environment. Apartments and villas, located right next to the beach, combine the comfort of a private space with the advantages and facilities of a hotel.

The Troia Residence is made up entirely of apartments and villas, and again, all in different styles to suit different needs. Troia Residence is located in four areas, with Beach Apartments, Marina Apartments, Acala Apartments and Beach Houses, all offering a different experience for guests.

Plenty To Do In Troia

Away from the golf course, there is still plenty to do on the Troia Peninsula, and in the water that surrounds the area. Sports on offer include football, padel, tennis and beach volleyball, all of which can be enjoyed at the sports fields on the peninsula.

The Roman Ruins are the perfect place for a walk to explore the history of the Troia Peninsula. There are also walking and hiking trails around the region, which can also help tire the kids out!

The Troia Marina plays host to several activities as well, where you can rent a boat to discover deserted beaches in the company of dolphins. There is also the opportunity to go sailing and windsurfing among other activities. 

FAQs about Troia

Where is Troia located?
Troia is located on the Troia Peninsula in western Portugal. From Troia, you can see over the water to Setubal in the north, while to the west, there is the large expanse of the North Atlantic Ocean. Due to the nature of where Troia is, Setubal is an hour away by car and ferry, while Lisbon is 90 minutes to the north west.

What is the nearest airport to Troia?
Lisbon international Airport is the nearest airport to Troia that provides daily international flights. As with the above, due to the nature of the Troia Peninsula, you have to drive away before turning back to go towards Lisbon, with the drive to the airport taking around 90 minutes.

What golf facilities does Troia offer?
Troia Golf is home to a driving range where you can work on your long game, along with a putting green and two chipping areas to hone your short game skills before taking on the Championship Course. 

The Clubhouse was built during the refurbishment of the Troia Golf Championship Course in 2008 and designed by architect João Paciência. The changing rooms are located on the north-facing side and connect to the lower floor where the caddy master is, and open directly to the course. In the south part of the building, the lounges and eating areas offer a great view of the Championship Course.

Does Troia offer golf lessons? 
The Greg McDonald Golf Academy, based out of Troia Golf, provides tuition and lessons whatever your abilities and experience of the game. From 30-minute lessons to 9 and 18-hole lessons out on course, McDonald will improve your game.

What are the green fees at Troia?
Due to the climate, golf is pretty much a year round sport at Troia on the western side of Portugal. Because of that, there is just one green fee for 18-holes at Troia Golf. A round will cost €105, with 9-holes costing €80. 

What accommodation is on offer at Troia?
There is plenty of accommodation on offer on the Troia Peninsula, just a few minutes down the road from Troia Golf. The Editory By The Sea, Troia Residence and Aqualuz Troia all provide different styles and varieties of accommodation, to suit the needs of all guests coming to the region.

Is Troia suitable for families?
The majority of rooms, suites and apartments at Troia are family-proof, and there are plenty of activities to keep the children entertained. From exploring the Roman Ruins, to going out on the water, the kids will not be bored on a trip to Troia.

What other resorts and courses are nearby?
There are no other resorts in the region that make it on to the NCG Top 100 European Golf Resorts list, but there are a couple of golf courses in the vicinity of Troia. Dunas Comporta, Herdade do Pinheirinho and CostaTerra are all within 25 miles of Troia to the south. Quinta do Peru is the nearest course over the water to the north, but it is at least an hour depending on the ferry times. 
Visit Troia’s website here.