Having risen to the top of the ranks as one of Europe's premier golfing destinations, Portugal now has a total of 75 golf courses with 31 of them in the Algarve.
Boasting a vast array of picturesque courses skirting the stunning coastline, the Algarve still remains the country's golfing hotspot with the Nicklaus designed Monte Rei Resort being at the forefront of this. The emerging stars of the country are the fantastic courses surrounding the capital, Lisbon.
Combining sun, sea and pristine fairways Portugal is tailored to provide for every golfers needs, making it an ideal location for your summer or winter golfing getaway.
Read on to discover the courses our experts have played and consider the best in Portugal or check out some of the best golf holiday deals in Portugal >>
Surrounded by pretty pines, the course echoes the traditional parkland courses of South East England. Golfers must navigate their way through the tree lined fairways and negotiate the tricky undulating terrain in order to score well round here. The course’s old fashioned nature combined with a modern clubhouse provides golfers with a unique experience and is a must play on any golf trip to Portugal.
|Designed by:||Frank Pennink|
At just 17 years old it may not be old enough to drink but Oitavos Dunes certainly packs a punch. With many of its holes skirting the Atlantic Ocean and the fairways being littered with arrid sand traps, the course shares many of the attributes that every golfer knows and loves from the traditional UK links. However, the year round sun provides an added bonus not found in many places and as a result provides a golfing experience to remember.
|Location:||Quinta da Marinha, Cascais|
|Designed by:||Arthur Hills|
Designed by Arnold Palmer and played on by some of the European Tour's greatest players, the Victoria Course is the crown jewel of the Dom Pedro golf courses. The white sand bunkers and shimmering lakes that line the greens and fairways create a truly remarkable setting for a round of golf. The array of tee boxes allow the course to be forgiving for beginners but for those looking to test themselves around one of Tour’s top venues then look no further.
|Designed by:||Arnold Palmer|
Arguably the Algarve's most renowned golfing resort, Vale do Lobo combines impeccable service and luxury with glorious golf. Both of the courses on the estate provide guests with fantastic views including the Royal Course's dramatic 16th hole which plays right along a cliff face meaning anything left is in the sea. The picturesque views that you encounter during your round are rivalled only by the 5 star service that has given the estate its impeccable reputation.
|Location:||Vale do Lobo, Algarve|
|Designed by:||Sir H. Cotton / R. Roquemore|
Ranked inside Europe’s top 100, Monte Rei is without doubt one of Portugal's most prized possessions. Designed by 18 time major winner, Jack Nicklaus the 7,200 yard course is sure to host its fair share of tournaments in the future. Combining 5 star service with exquisite golf the resort truly has something for everyone and is a must visit on any Algarve golf trip.
|Location:||Vila Nova de Cacela, Algarve|
|Designed by:||Jack Nicklaus|
Having played host to the prestigious Portuguese Open, San Lorenzo is considered one of the country's best golfing experiences. Here visitors can experience the perfect blend of championship golf with stunning scenery as it weaves it way through a spectacular parkland layout towards the picturesque Atlantic coastline. Having earned its reputation for all the right reasons, San Lorenzo should be a must visit on any golf trip to the Algarve.
|Designed by:||Joseph Lee|
At the forefront of Quinta da Lago's golf courses is the magnificent South Course. The Championship layout is set within the phenomenal Ria Formosa National Park gifting players with spectacular vistas throughout their round. A combination of undulating fairways and subtle doglegs means that good course management is imperative throughout your round. However, the relatively wide nature of the fairways make it a great course for golfers of all abilities and is one of the Algarve's leading courses because of this.
|Designed by:||William Mitchell|
The palm tree lined fairways and the water guarded greens of the Oceanico Course make for the ultimate test of a golfer's accuracy. Despite being set back from the coast, golfers are still treated to the a host of fantastic views that have become the trademark of the Portugal’s golf courses. Carved out of the natural landscape, the great Christy O'Connor has created an all inclusive golfing environment where golfers of all abilities can enjoy a round or two.
|Designed by:||Christy O'Connor Jnr|
Having played host to a number of various amateur events, Palmares is seen as one of the best courses in the region. Having earned a spot inside Europe's 100 golf courses, Palmares continues to go from strength to strength and with the fairly recent addition of a third 9, its reputation at the top has been bolstered. The combination of beautiful views and excellent golf holes make Palmares a must play on any Portuguese golf tour.
|Designed by:||Robert Trent Jones II|
Designed by one of the game’s greats, the Faldo course utilises the natural landscape of the region to create a truly spectacular golfing set up which is due to become one of the regions most desirable courses. With 5 different tees Faldo has created the perfect layout which aims to challenge golfers of abilities through their accuracy and their distance. Those seeking the round of a lifetime should be sure to include this course on their Algarve adventure.
|Designed by:||Sir Nick Faldo|
|Course||Score out of 10|
|Gramacho Golf Course||9.44|
|Dom Pedro Old Course||9.44|
|Vale do Lobo Ocean Course||9.33|
|Quinta do Lago North Course||9.26|
|Quinta do Lago South Course||9.23|
There are 75 golf courses in Portugal with the Southern region of Algarve home to 31. These range from inland championship tests such as that of the Jack Nicklaus designed Monte Rei to shorter 9 hole coastal golf courses such as Pine Cliffs on the West Coast of The Algarve. Golfers heading to Porto can enjoy some of Portugal's oldest golf courses including Oporto Golf Club which is the country's oldest. Lisbon is home to some stunning courses with views across Atlantic coastline including West Cliffs and Praia D'El Rey.
Golf is most popular in and around Lisbon, Porto and The Algarve. The Algarve is the most popular for golf holidays with both beginners and experienced golfers heading to these courses which meander through the countryside of established umbrella pines. Beginners can enjoy resorts such as Penina which offer tuition, a dedicated golf academy and 2 9-hole golf courses which are great to learn to brush up on your golf skills.
Portugal is very similar to mainland Europe in terms of cost with green fees ranging from £30 to £250 per person per round. There are many packages available which can reduce the cost significantly with some hotels, such as Penina, often including complimentary rounds of golf with your stay. The best value green fees can be enjoyed in the winter months with specials also offered for early-bird (before 8am) and twilight (typically after 3pm).