Best Golf Courses In Portugal: 10 Must-See Locations

Portugal, and the Algarve in particular, is a mecca for golf vacations. We have picked the top locations for you to get your golf buds salivating at the thought of playing there this summer. Here are (in no particular order) the best "golfing hubs" in the country:

  • Faldo Oceanico Course
  • The course was designed by a master strategist, and there are half a dozen other courses in the same complex. The course next door to the Faldo track was designed by former Ryder Cup player Chirsty O'Connor Jnr. Your tee time here is not restricted by the movement of the sun and the moon as you can play night golf under the floodlights.

  • Penina
  • The first full 18 holes in Portugal by the man that started it all - the grandfather of golf in the Algarve, Sir Henry Cotton. At the Penina resort you have a choice of two courses to play.

  • Quinta Do Lago
  • This sprawling golf resort is home to the Paul McGinley golf academy and three golf courses: the North, the South and Laranjal. If you are up for a challenge and want to emulate the professionals who play the Portuguese Open every year, play the South. The Laranjal course is more forgiving and suitable for players of all abilities.

  • Monte Rei
  • This 18 holes is the first, and so far only, Jack Nicklaus design in Portugal. If you've seen Nicklaus designed Muirfield Village in Ohio, you know the quality of his designs. Monte Rei is located at the wrong end of the Algarve - in the east and far away from the well-known west side, home to Lagos and Villamoura.

  • Victoria Clube De Golf
  • Not to be outdone by his long-time golfing rival, Arnold Palmer has left his own mark on the region. The Palmer Design Company created a course fit for the "king" of golf.

  • Vale De Lobo
  • This golfing resort offers an enclosed area perfect for families. The two golf courses on site are the Royal and The Ocean. Whether you have a penchant for either parkland golf or links-style, you can satisfy your golfing needs here. Be sure to enjoy the cliff top views while playing 18 holes.

Setting Up Your Golfing Home

All 6 of these locations are home to multiple courses if you don't want to travel but still want to play a variety of courses.