Some guys of the Leadingcourses team played at Penha Longa, but we totally missed their 19th hole. One of our visitors pointed out that Penha Longa Resort does actually have a real 19th hole, a par 3. Penha Longa Resort by the way has much more to offer than that. It has a very nice hotel, an elevated clubhouse and two courses (27 holes), the Atlântico or Atlantic Golf Course (18 holes) and the Mosteiro or Monastery Golf Course. It’s a really nice place embedded in a national park with great views across the Atlantic.
Payne’s Valley Golf Course – the first fully public-access course in the world designed by Tiger Woods’ design firm TGR Design – will also have 19 holes. The course is scheduled to open in 2019!
The golf course at Augusta National originally was planned to have 19 holes. Augusta’s 19th hole was to be a double or quits hole for those who had lost their match to reclaim their money – or to double their losses. Despite the club’s highly influential co-founder Clifford Roberts being behind it, the idea of Augusta’s 19th hole was “ultimately abandoned for unknown reasons,” according to the Augusta National archives. According to insiders there can only be two reasons for not building the 19th hole: