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Best Golf Courses in the Algarve

from the experts in Golf Travel

In recent years Portugal has arguably become Europe's leading golf destination and is home to one the world's most famous golfing regions; the Algarve. With so many fantastic golf courses just a chip and putt away from each other it is no wonder that golfers of all abilities flock to the area. Some of game's greatest names have left their mark on the Algarve by designing some of the world’s most recognisable courses.

Whether you are looking for a course with stunning views of the coast or one with resort style lakes and bunkers, the Algarve has it all. For any golfer looking for the trip of a lifetime then look no further then Portugal's spectacular south coast.

Monte Rei (North Course)

Bursting onto the Algarve's golfing scene in 2007, the North Course at the magnificent Monte Rei Resort is designed by 18 time major champion Jack Nicklaus. Employing every bit of his golfing knowledge, Nicklaus has sympathetically merged incredible course design with the region's stunning natural landscape. The course winds its way through the dramatic valleys creating multiple mini amphitheatres which add to the sense of drama with any drive or approach shot.

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Quick facts about Monte Rei (North Course)

Location: Vila Nova de Cacela, East Algarve
Length: 7,182 yards
Par: 72
Designed by: Jack Nicklaus
Established: 2007
Where to stay: Monte Rei Resort

Vilamoura (Old Course)

Established in 1969 the Dom Pedro Old Course is often seen as the 'old father time' of the region. In line with other layouts from that era, the Old Course requires players to think their way round rather than simply blast it off the tee. The renovation of the clubhouse in 1996 has kept the club up with the modern era and the combination of the new with the old makes it truly spectacular venue to play it.

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Quick facts about Dom Pedro Old, Vilamoura

Location: Vilamoura, Central Algarve
Length: 6,839 yards
Par: 73
Designed by: Frank Pennink
Established: 1969
Where to stay: Lots of options in Vilamoura

Quinta do Lago (South Course)

At the helm of Quinta do Lago's 3 courses is the South which has played host to a number of European Tour Amateur events. The 18 hole championship layout tests all aspects of a players game but with its variety of tee boxes it is accessible by all abilities of golfers. Overlooking the Ria Formosa National Park, you will be hard pushed to find a course in the Algarve which offers many better inland views that here at Quinta do Lago.

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Quick facts about Quinta do Lago (South Course)

Location: Faro, Central Algarve
Length: 7,095 yards
Par: 72
Designed by: William Mitchell
Established: 1974
Where to stay: Magnolia Hotel | Monte da Quinta Resort

Dom Pedro Victoria, Vilamoura

Taking the title of Dom Pedro's flagship course, golfers are treated to some truly scintillating golf holes throughout a round on the Victoria Course. Designed by the great Arnold Palmer it is no wonder that the course is a regular stop on European Tour playing host to the prestigious Portugal Masters, where winners include the likes of Lee Westwood, Shane Lawry and Padraig Harrington. Just minutes from the vibrant town of Vilamoura, the course provides you with a fantastic day of golf and leaves you just minutes away from an even better evening.

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Quick facts about Dom Pedro Victoria, Vilamoura

Location: Vilamoura, Central Algarve
Length: 7,229 yards
Par: 72
Designed by: Arnold Palmer
Established: 2004
Where to stay: The Residences at Victoria

Vale Da Pinta Course, Carvoeiro

Designed by one of America's most renowned golf course architects, Vale da Pinta is as challenging as it is beautiful. With greens and fairways lined by shimmering lakes, the course tests golfers ability to hit the ball long and straight. Being rewarded as a host for a European Tour Seniors Event in 2007 is testament to the quality of the course. Those looking for a truly brilliant golfing venue with equally fantastic views of surrounding area then be sure to make Vale da Pinta a stop on your golf tour of the Algarve.

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Quick facts about Vale Da Pinta Course, Carvoeiro

Location: Carvoeiro, Central Algrave
Length: 6,700 yards
Par: 71
Designed by: Ronald Fream
Established: 1992
Where to stay: Pestana Gramcho Residences | Pestana Viking

San Lorenzo

Ranked inside the European top 100 golf courses, San Lorenzo has long been considered one the country’s finest golfing setups. Situated in the heart of the Ria Formosa nature reserve, American architect Joseph Lee has combined superb golf course designed with the beautiful natural landscape to create a true golfing spectacle. With holes like the stunning par 4, 6th which leaves players hitting out towards the ocean it is easy to see why the course has played host to the Portuguese Open on 7 different occasions.

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Quick facts about San Lorenzo

Location: Faro, Central Algarve
Length: 6,822 yards
Par: 72
Designed by: Joseph Lee
Established: 1988
Where to stay: Dona Filipa

Onyria Palmares Golf

Since its opening in 1975, Palmares has gone from strength to strength and now features on the PGA Europro circuit. The course offers up spectacular views of Lagos Bay and the Monchique Hills which are good enough to make even your worst round of golf worthwhile. With 5 of the holes skirting the stunning coastal sand dunes the course is made to feel like a links but with the rest winding its way through tree lined fairways players are treated to the best of both set ups.

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Quick facts about Onyria Palmares Golf

Location: Lagos, West Algarve
Length: 7,125 yards
Par: 72
Designed by: Robert Trent Jones II
Established: 2010
Where to stay: Onyria Palmares Beach House | Vila Gale Lagos

Quinta de Cima

Situated in the heart of the Ria Formosa National Park, Quinta de Cima is rapidly becoming one of the most renowned courses in the Eastern Algarve. The course caters to golfers of all abilities with relatively open fairways, allowing the longer hitters to open their shoulders from the tee. However, distance is not everything round here as a number of strategically placed hazards place an emphasis on hitting the ball straight rather than far.

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Quick facts about Quinta de Cima

Location: East Algarve
Length: 7,202 yards
Par: 72
Designed by: Rocky Roquemore
Established: 2002
Where to stay: Robinson Club | Vila Gale Tavira

Vale Do Lobo (Royal Course)

Arguably Portugal's most renowned golfing estate, there aren't many better places to stay and play than Vale Do Lobo. The Royal Course boasts some of the most dramatic holes in the Algarve culminating with the par 3, 16th which quite literally leaves you on a cliff hanger. Designed by the great Sir Henry Cotton and revamped by Rocky Roquemore, the stunning golf course will not leave you disappointed and is a must play for anyone heading to the Algarve.

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Quick facts about Vale Do Lobo (Royal Course)

Location: Vale do Lobo, Central Algarve
Length: 6,626 yards
Par: 72
Designed by: Sir Henry Cotton / R. Roquemore
Established: 1997
Where to stay: Vale do Lobo

Penina (Championship Course)

The Championship Course at the coveted Penina Resort is without doubt one of the jewels in Portugal’s golfing crown. Designed by the legendary Sir Henry Cotton, the Championship Course is the flagship of the Algarve and has hosted the Portuguese Open 10 times. The 6,869 yard layout takes golfers through the trees and is reminiscent of the world’s best parkland set ups. The combination of history and quality makes the Championship Course a must play on any Portugal golf tour.

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Quick facts about Penina (Championship Course)

Location: Alvor, West Algarve
Length: 6,860 yards
Par: 73
Designed by: Sir Henry Cotton
Established: 1966
Where to stay: Penina Golf Resort