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Best Golf Resorts in the Algarve

from the Experts in Golf Holidays

✍️ Oliver Gunning | ⏰ 10 min read

Best Golf Resorts in the Algarve

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Quinta do Lago

Quinta do Lago, in the Algarve region of Portugal, is one of the world’s great golf resorts & has had this reputation since it opened. Awarded "Europe's Best Golf Destination" at the World Golf Awards as well as Golf Digest "Best International Resort", it's safe to say this is as good as it gets.

Alongside the three outstanding golf courses are some luxury accommodation options including the Signature Collection Magnolia Hotel and the 5* Conrad Algarve.

Book a golf holiday to Quina do Lago or Call 0800 043 6644 to speak to one of our golf experts.

Reasons to Visit Quinta do Lago

  • Multiple Europe's Best Golf Destination winner
  • 3 Championship golf courses
  • Just 20 mins from Faro airport with luxury accommodation

What our clients think

❝Hard to choose between all three of Quinta do Lagos courses, this was and always will be right up there in top courses.❞
Andrew (visited November)

Penina Golf Resort

The Penina Golf Resort has long been a standout location in Portugal most and by far one of the most celebrated in Europe. It is not surprising that it is cited as one of the best resort hotels in all of Portugal, with a 5-Star Hotel and multiple world class golf courses.

As well as enjoying the breathtaking golf courses the resort also boast five restaurants and two bars, offering a stunning array of cuisines and cocktails to sample.

Book a golf holiday to Penina Golf Resort or Call 0800 043 6644 to speak to one of our golf experts.

Reasons to Visit Penina Golf Resort

  • Two courses on-site, designed by Henry Cotton
  • Host of European Tour events
  • Luxury accommodation with 5 restaurants & 2 bars

What our clients think

❝A really relaxing place to stay. It is calm and the staff are amazing! They are so helpful and friendly, they can’t do enough. We love the pool area, dinner in the grill and generally food is really good.❞
Hilary (visited October)

Monte Rei Golf Resort

Designed by the legendary golfer and respected course designer Jack Nicklaus, Monte Rei has quickly earned a reputation for being one of the best golf courses in Europe.

The resort is only a few minutes away from Manta Rota Beach on the Atlantic coast and has wonderful views that look out over lush green pastures, meandering streams, idyllic stone bridges and valleys – it’s a must-see for any golf enthusiast.

Book a golf holiday to Monte Rei or Call 0800 043 6644 to speak to one of our golf experts.

Reasons to Visit Monte Rei

  • Ranked the number one course in Portugal
  • Designed by 18-time Major Champion Jack Nicklaus
  • Luxury villas and apartments with stunning dining options

What our clients think

❝Excellent well appointed villas which are for couples or families. You have space and luxury to help you rest comfortably between the golf.❞
Vivek (visited July)

Amendoeira Golf Resort

Amendoeira Golf Resort is located just 15-minutes from the beautiful beaches of southern Portugal and is home to luxurious 4-star apartments & villas that offer fabulous views to the magnificent Monchique Mountains.

Both golf courses at Amendoeira offer completely different layouts and levels of difficulty. The O'Connor course is more American in style while The Faldo provides a real challenge to all levels of golfers. You will need to think your way around the golf course, if not, you will find yourself in one of the hundreds of bunkers. For a little added novelty the resort also boasts the region's only floodlit par-3 course.

Book a golf holiday to Amendoeira Golf Resort or Call 0800 043 6644 to speak to one of our golf experts.

Reasons to Visit Amendoeira Golf Resort

  • Two championship layouts ranked among the best in Portugal
  • Designs from Nick Faldo and Chrisy O'Connor Jnr
  • Luxurious 4-star apartments and villas

What our clients think

❝Great facilities, friendly and responsive staff, would I go back - yes, the golf courses alone would bring me back.❞
Campbell (visited May)

Vale do Lobo Golf Resort

Vale do Lobo sits just 25 minutes from Faro airport with great access to the loval beaches and the nightlife of Vilamoura. The luxury accommodation is accompanied by no less than 15 restaurants plus the Royal Spa which provides relaxation and rejuvenation experiences.

The courses at this coastal resort are some of the best in Europe. Vale do Lobo's Royal Course boasts some spectacular holes, not least of which is the cliff-top 16th hole which has effectively become the face of golf in the Algarve. Many of the holes on the Ocean course run alongside a nature reserve, before winding down to the shoreline, where you can enjoy unparalleled views along the coast.

Book a golf holiday to Vale do Lobo Golf Resort or Call 0800 043 6644 to speak to one of our golf experts.

Reasons to Visit Vale do Lobo Golf Resort

  • Two fantastic courses set by the ocean
  • Has hosted European Tour events
  • Self catering units are perfect for groups of golfers

What our clients think

❝Our 4th time we have been and once again everything was excellent. The courses were superb but could you slow the greens down please! We will definitely travel again.❞
Michael (visited April)

Pestana Vila Sol Golf Resort

The Vila Sol resort is located just 25 minutes from Faro Airport, offering a
stunning beach, championship golf and luxurious accommodation. On-site you will find a number of awesome facilities, including indoor and outdoor pools, The Vila Sol SPA and Casa del Forno Italian restaurant.

The three loops of nine, Donald Steel designed, courses stretch along a wide valley and are naturally sculptured by Mother Nature. The Prime course is regarded as the most difficult, the Challenge offers undulating greens and the Prestige loop, while being shorter, is quite narrow so requires accuracy to score well.

Book a golf holiday to Pestana Vila Sol Resort or Call 0800 043 6644 to speak to one of our golf experts.

Reasons to Visit Pestana Vila Sol Resort

  • European Tour host
  • 5* hotel with 27-holes of golf on-site
  • Just 10 minutes from Vilamoura Beach & Vilamoura Marina

What our clients think

❝Fantastic stay at this wonderful hotel! Can’t wait to be rebook again for next year.❞
Tom (visited February)

Pestana Carvoeiro Resort

Pestana Carvoeiro has outstanding self-catered accommodation consisting of apartments, townhouses and villas as well as being very close to some of the best beaches in the Algarve, this resort is the perfect place for groups of golfers.

After you check into the resort you will have five championship courses to experience. The two on-resort courses have strong championship pedigree having hosted elite ladies and senior championships on many occasions and will test your golfing ability from tee to green.

Book a golf holiday to Pestana Carvoeiro Resort or Call 0800 043 6644 to speak to one of our golf experts.

Reasons to Visit Pestana Carvoeiro Resort

  • 2 Championship Courses on-site plus 3 more in the local area
  • Stylish apartments and villas, perfect for groups
  • Designs from Ron Fream and Nick Price

What our clients think

❝We stayed in one of the villas and it was unreal. Kept clean and tidy great pool and rooms were ample. The staff in the clubhouse were fantastic, friendly and had great banter with us.❞
Allan (visited August)

Palmares Golf Resort

Palmares is located just outside the historic town of Lagos, perched above the sands of Meia Beach on Portugal's spectacular southern coast. The boutique accommodation offers incredible views over the golf course and the stunning blue sea, a visual treat that few others can compete with.

The layouts at Palmares are a jewel in the Algarve's golfing crown, featuring a fantastic mix of both links and parkland holes, making all three loops of nine holes well worth playing.

Book a golf holiday to Palmares Golf Resort or Call 0800 043 6644 to speak to one of our golf experts.

Reasons to Visit Palmares Golf Resort

  • Boutique accommodation overlooking the courses
  • Designed by Robert Trent Jones Jnr.
  • 27-holes of Championship golf

What our clients think

❝Great courses, greens were excellent. We played the Alvor & Lagos loops of 9. The starter was friendly and helpful.❞
Jon (visited March)

Dona Filipa Hotel & San Lorenzo

Located in the heart of the Algarve, on the stunning southern coast of Portugal, Dona Filipa is a fantastic location for a golf holiday. The 5-star hotel is just a short drive from Faro airport and a short stroll to the golden sands of Vale do Lobo beach.

San Lorenzo Golf Course is without doubt one of Europe's best layouts, the course works its way by lakes, pine trees and villas towards the Ria Formosa lagoon. Many of the holes stand out, like the par 5 third which plays out towards the ocean and the 17th which offers classic risk and reward decisions, a good appraoch shot is a must to reach the spectacular semi-island green.

Book a golf holiday to Dona Filipa Hotel & San Lorenzo or Call 0800 043 6644 to speak to one of our golf experts.

Reasons to Visit Dona Filipa Hotel & San Lorenzo

  • 5-Star accommodation located just 20 minutes from Faro airport
  • A luxury & contemporary hotel situated next to the beach
  • Hosted Portuguese Open on multiple occasions

What our clients think

❝The hotel is very good with great location being next to bars and restaurants. The course is a great challenge with some great scenery. It was in decent condition and quite quiet when we played.❞
Brian (visited July)

Pestana Gramacho Residences

The Pestana Gramacho Residences consist of fully equipped apartments with a communal pool, spacious living areas, bathrooms and fully equipped kitchens. The apartments overlook the stunning Gramacho golf course with the picturesque fishing village of Carvoeiro just a short drive away.

The Gramacho golf course is the sister course of Vale da Pinta and is one of only a few courses in the world with 18 sets of tees and fairways, but with 27 greens. Features of the course include rocky outcrops, dry stone walls, lakes and numerous bunkers. Although well-known as a championship course it is playable for all abilities, even those with a very high handicap.

Book a golf holiday to Pestana Gramacho Residences or Call 0800 043 6644 to speak to one of our golf experts.

Reasons to Visit Pestana Gramacho Residences

  • Stunning views over the Gramacho golf course
  • Gramacho course has played host to the Portuguese Ladies Open
  • Fantastic location with easy access to 5 superb courses

What our clients think

❝Excellent lay out over 3 floors with each floor having its own balcony/patio. 2 bathrooms. Well presented and cleaned daily.❞
Jim (visited January)

Frequently asked questions about Golf in The Algarve

How much does a golf holiday in The Algarve cost?

The Algarve is not only one of the most popular areas in Europe for a golf holiday but it is one of the best value as well. Golfers can enjoy a golf trip including 3 Nights and 2 Rounds of golf for less than £150 in the low-season while prices increase to over £700 for a similar 3 Night and 2 Round package staying at a 5-star hotel like Conrad Algarve with golf at Monte Rei and Quinta do Lago. Whatever your budget or golf handicap, you'll be sure to find a great golf trip to The Algarve.

Is Algarve good for golf?

The Algarve is home to some of the best golf courses in Europe, this along with a great climate, stunning beaches, award-winning hotels and easy access from international airports, make The Algarve undoubtedly one of the top places to take a golf holiday anywhere in the world.

Whilst you'll see the likes of Monte Rei feature within the top golf courses in Europe, there are plenty of other golf courses that are hidden gems and match in with all handicaps and budgets. From great 9 hole beachside adventures at Pine Cliffs to modern Championship designs at Dom Pedro Victoria, a stay in the Algarve is one that's highly recommended.

More About Oliver

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Favourite Course: Sunningdale (Old)
My 'Expert' areas: Algarve, New Zealand, Dubai
Best trip I've done: New Zealand playing Kauri Cliffs & Cape Kidnappers
Where my next trip is to: Valderrama

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