Portugal is simply bursting with quality golf courses, from the East to the West Algarve and up in the Lisbon Estoril coast down to the scenic Costa Azul, south of the city of Lisbon. We have for each hotel or resort featured, provided you with our selection of which courses are most suited to play in the vicinity of each selected accommodation. Indeed we also describe the style of those golf courses also within this website content, just click on the golf courses tab for each hotel.
The main highlights of the Algarve are the Oceanico courses to be found in Vilamoura, esepecially the Old, Victoria and the Millennium Courses, but the newer Faldo and O'Connor Signature courses at Amoiendiras are even more spectacular. If you stay in Vilamoura there are courtesy shuttles to all these golf courses which are organised by Oceanico, a superb level of service. If you were to pick out one golf course in the Algarve as the best of all it would have to be at Monte Rei which is not far from Tavira on the East Algarve, it really is as good a course as one could play anywhere in Europe. San Lorenzo, which runs alongside the Ria Formosa Estuary, which is really only playable for visitors staying at the Dona Filipa Hotel, is surely the best resort course and very affordable via Dona Filipa packages.
Other notable courses which are less well known are the excellent parkland courses, Quinta da Ria and Quinta da Cima which are on the Robinson Club Resort near Tavira, Quinta do Lago Laranjal - the newest addition to the Quinta do Lago Estate and the classic courses continue to be Quinta do Lago South, Vale do Lobo Ocean and Royal and the excellent Vila Sol. Another hidden gem we would like to mention is the superb CS Los Alamos course at Morgado.
Best new course is the re-build of Palmares by Robert Trent Jones Junio, it may in time become the Algarve's most challenging and scenic course looking out over the Bay of Lago - its location and views of the Atlantic are truly stunning.
The Algarve is split into 3 main areas - East, Central and West Algarve, to summarise the East (close to Faro) are where you will find the most exclusive and expensive courses like those of Quinta do Lago and Vale do Lobo and as you head west the courses become more rugged, less expensive and less busy but very scenic and challenging, none more so than the Parque da Floresta course which is the hilliest and most scenic right out west of Lagos.
The Lisbon coast is split into 3 distinct areas - the north where one will find the classic Praia del Rey links, the superb parkland Golden Eagle, the Ballesteros course called Bom Successo and the hilly challenging Campo Real. Praia del Rey is undoubtedly one of Europe's finest links courses. These courses are also accessible for visitors staying in Estoril.
The Cascais/Estoril coast, where the first class selection of courses of Penha Longa, Oitavos Dunes, Quinta da Marinha and Belas are to be found. A region close to the Atlantic Ocean and the most popular area to stay.
Whilst finally you have the Costa Azul area, with the brilliant array of Quinta do Peru, Aroeira 1 and 2, Troia Links, Montado and the Riba 1 & 2 courses. Enough to whet anyone's appetite. Some of these courses are also accessible for golfers staying in the Estoril Coast,
Just 3 golf courses but all of which are equally impressive ans scenic, the wild Santo da Serra on the mountain tops is the most challenging and exposed to the wind, whilst the Palheiro is simply a garden of a golf course with the most amazing landscaping and beautiful on the eye with incredible views of the coast and Funchal. Whislt Porto do Santo is a Seve masterpiece on its own island with most holes being right on the Ocean - impressive views on every hole. All are worth playing.