Golf Holidays Portugal Algarve  – Two of the highlights of playing golf on the Algarve are the choice of courses and of course the sunshine. The Algarve is one of the most popular golfing holiday destinations in Europe largely due to the excellent weather, stunning resorts, the number of world-class golf courses, and the miles of glorious coastline, in addition to the many other golf accolades that the area has received, it is regularly voted the World’s Best Golf Destination in the World Golf Awards.

The Algarve offers a great choice of destinations and resorts

  • Quinta do Lago with its famous golf courses and 5-star hotels, courses include Quinta North, Quinta South, Laranjal,Vale do Lobo Ocean and Royal Courses, San Lorenzo, Pinheiros Altos
  • Vilamoura has its famous Marina with a great selection of entertainment and restaurants, chose from its many courses including Vilamoura Old, Victoria, Vila Sol, and of course Pinhal and Laguna. Vilamoura is one of the most popular golf destinations on the Algarve and it is always wise to book early. There is a great choice of hotels and almost all include free transfers to the golf course during your stay.
  • Alvor offers great value golf packages and has a good selection of courses close by, why not try Penina, Morgado, and Alamos
  • Lagos the most westerly  town  on the Algarve has always proved popular with  small groups, so much that groups book year on year to the same hotel and book the same course happy that both entertainment, choice of restaurants and golf is ideal,

Reasons to Start Planning a Your Golf Trip to Portugal’s Algarve

Golf in the Algarve offers everything that you could want on a golf holiday. A golfing trip to Portugal offers warm, sunny weather, a range of award-winning golf courses, and unique golfing attractions.

1. Award-Winning World-Class Golf Courses

In Portugal, the most well-known and well-regarded courses are along the Algarve. These courses are particularly popular with golfers looking for a challenging links course matched with some of the most beautiful scenery imaginable. It’s not surprising, therefore, that the Algarve was named Europe’s golf destination of the year in 2014 by the International Association of Golf Tour Operators (IAGTO).

2. Perfect Golfing Weather So You Can Play Any Time of Year

If you’re tired of having to pack your clubs away every winter, why not head to Portugal for a mid-winter golf holiday. The Algarve in particular offers over forty courses to choose from, and more than three thousand hours of sunshine throughout the year. It’s the perfect destination for a sun golf holiday.

Flights from Ireland and the UK are frequent and all the major airlines including Aer Lingus, Ryanair, Jet2, British Airways, and EasyJet fly direct to Faro, Transfers from faro to your destination is easily arranged by our team here at

Start Planning Your Golf Trip to Portugal’s Algarve

San Lorenzo Golf Course

The Algarve is one of the most popular golfing holiday destinations

Laranjal Golf Course

3. It’s the Home of Some of Europe’s Most Spectacular (and Challenging!) Courses

Golf holidays Portugal, Algarve

The Algarve boasts so many golf options and because of this golfers return year after year to experience new destinations and all the time they are never disappointed, some of the courses that are not to be missed include the Vilamoura Old, Victoria, Monte Rei Golf Club, Quinta da Cima, and Ria, Quinta do Logo North and South, Vale do Lobo Ocean and Royals, San Lorenzo, Vilamoura Old, Palmares Lagos, Penina ( one of the first golf course ever to be built on the Algarve) Try Monte Rei it’s one of our favorites.

The Old course designed by Frank Pennick is highly regarded throughout the world and when played off the back tees is a real challenge however make sure you have an early night before you take on the back tees. The Victoria course is considered a true test of golf with its challenging water hazards, well-positioned bunkers, and rolling hills. In contrast,

Monte Rei Golf Club designed by Jack Nicklaus, this challenging golf course is built on rugged Portuguese terrain and has one of the country’s most dramatically positioned clubhouses. The par 3s are spectacular and is one of the few courses still not overlooked by villas and hotels if you are playing golf in the Quinta or Tavira areas try and make time to play Monte Rei, it is an excellent golf course and the facility matches the extra spend.

Quinta do Logo designed by Willian Mitchell has successfully hosted eight Portuguese Opens and is a favourite amongst many European Tour players. The North course was recently upgraded and the south course is undergoing changes at the moment, both courses are really good test for all handicaps and always a pleasure to play

The Royal and Ocean courses at Vale do Lobo are not to be missed. Hole 16 on the Royal Course is widely regarded as the most picturesque hole in Portugal as it overlooks the ocean with a clay cliff separating the golf hole from the beach. In addition to being beautiful, it requires a high level of skill to complete with a 218-metre long shot over three cliffs. It is also one of the most photographed holes in Europe.

The San Lorenzo Golf Club was opened in 1988 and is one of the most popular of all the courses in Portugal. Located on the southeast corner of Quinta do Lago, it borders the estuary and the saltwater lagoons and offers perfectly groomed Bermuda grass fairways.

4. Choose from Many Different Courses

Golf as a sport is relatively new to Portugal. The first course in the Algarve was designed by Henry Cotton in 1966 and in just over fifty years the area has now become one of Europe’s premier golfing destinations drawing hundreds of thousands of golfers every year. In the Algarve alone there are over forty 9-hole or 18-hole courses to choose from at thirty-five different golf clubs, all situated within a 150-kilometre radius.

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Pinheiros Altos Golf Course

Unique Attractions for Golfers and Non-Golfers

Dona Filipa Hotel

Plan the Perfect Golf Holiday in Algarve Portugal

South Course, Quinta Do Lago

Golf courses in the Algarve continue to attract golfers from all around the world seeking sun, fun, and excellent golfing conditions. If you’re wanting to plan your own golf holiday in Portugal, there are a couple of things to keep in mind to ensure that it is a success.

Decide What You Want
  • Resort and destination on the Algarve this will be decided on what you planned budget is
  • Standard of golf course and hotel
  • Are you traveling as a group or as a couple,
  • Entertainment and restaurants, can you walk to these facilities, very important when making decisions as to what hotel or resort you chose
  • As we cater mostly for Irish and UK clients, it’s very important that you discuss what your requirements are prior to making that final decision, all this preparation will ensure that you will not be disappointed

If you’re planning to travel in peak times (anytime from late Spring until Autumn) it’s important to plan in advance. Tee times at many of the country’s top courses are in demand and you don’t want a lack of preparation to prevent you from enjoying the best that Portugal has to offer.

Get Advice from Professionals

If you are planning a trip to Portugal to play golf, but have never been to the country or played golf there before, it can be difficult to know what to expect however we at Golf Holidays know the Algarve better than anyone, we have travelled to the Algarve for over 40 years and have seen and most importantly experienced all the changes and wonferful additions to what is now one of Europes best golf destinations

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North Course, Quinta Do Lago

Dona Filipa Hotel

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