Interview with Mr. Hugo Pinheiro - Penha Longa Golf Resort
Interview with Mr. Hugo Pinheiro, tournament director of the Portuguese Intercollegiate Open
Portuguese Intercollegiate Open are returning to Penha Longa Golf Resort!
2018 of Global Junior Golf kicks off just 30 min away from Lisbon at the
precious Penha Longa Golf Resort.
Players have the chance once again to start
there where years ago the European Tour stopped by. The historic panorama with
the world heritage monastry overlooks the the Atlantic course and just 3 min
walking distance away players can enjoy one of the best hotels of Portugal.
The Penha Longa
Golf Resort is operated by Ritz Carlton and is looking forward to welcome the
players from around the world.
Global Junior Golf would like to take the chance
and interview Mr. Hugo Pinheiro, to give some inside of the Penha Longa Golf
Pinheiro, welcome again to the Global Junior Golf family. In 5 months the
Portuguese Intercollegiate Open will come back to Penha Longa Golf Resort. Why
did you decide to bring back the event back? HP: GJG
2017 was such a successful event that it would be impossible not to host it
again. We felt the need to continue to support this International event, and
showcase our Resort to all the participants.
GJG: A lot
of players will be returning, but please introduce Penha Longa Golf Resort to
the ones having their first appearance: HP: Penha
Longa Resort is the perfect retreat for anyone who wants to experience a luxury
vacation that combines relaxation & wellness, exceptional gastronomy and
golf. Recognized as one of the best Golf Resorts in Europe, Penha Longa is a
must for any golf enthusiasts.
tell us about the course design. Which are the holes a player needs to watch
out: HP: The
course is a typical Trent Jones Jr. course, with elevated tees and greens. The 18-holes
of parkland, located within the Sintra-Cascais National Park, are a challenge
for every level of handicap. For sure the holes to watch out would be #15 and
#16. At just two holes, several extra strokes can be added to the scorecard.
is your favorite hole at Penha Longa Golf Resort? HP: My favorite
hole is number 16. With breathtaking views from the tee, it’s a hole where you
need to be aggressive if you want to score at least a PAR. A long par 4, with a
second shot to an elevated and narrowed green, with not much space to go both
right or left of the fairway.
Longa is known for all year around fast green? Which speed can we expect and
what preparations will apply? HP: Speed of
the greens may go up to 10 feet on the stimpmeter. We do an all year round maintenance
program to the greens, which includes not only the usual hollow coring, but
also several verticut actions, combined with light top dress. Rolling the greens
is also carried out on a regular basis.
Longa Golf Resort combines a state of the art golf course and with a five star
Ritz Carlton resorts. Please explain what is so special about the whole
facility? HP: As I
mentioned previously, Penha Longa Resort offers a variety of experiences that
go from gourmet cuisine to sports. In addition to the 27 spectacular golf holes
set within historic ruins, we have 8 different restaurants including one with a
Michelin Star, 3 pools (1 indoor, and 2 outdoor) and a Spa and Wellness centre.
Once the retreat for the Portuguese Royal Family, Penha Longa also encompasses a
stunning nineteenth century palace originally founded as a monastery in the
is a must see place while the players and the families visit Sintra? HP: Walking
through Sintra village is like being inside a fairytale story. With its mist-soaked forests and glittering
palaces and castles, Sintra is really one of a kind. Every corner is full of
history ready to be unveiled. Do not miss the famous "Travesseiros", the
traditional sweet pastries from Sintra!
do you think will be the winning scores girls and boys? HP: Depending
on the weather conditions, I think 1 or 2 under par for boys, and 10 over par
for girls will be enough to win it.
We are looking forward to meet you all in Portugal! Save travels...