Two of the highlights of playing golf in Portugal are the courses in the Algarve. 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. And, in addition to the many other golf accolades that the area has received, is regularly voted the World’s Best Golf Destination in the World Golf Awards.
5 Reasons to Start Planning a Your Golf Trip to Portugal’s Algarve
Golf in the Algarve offers everything that you could want in 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. At courses in the Algarve, golfers make tee times year-round. The Algarve in particular offers over forty courses to choose from, and more than three thousand hours of sunshine throughout the year. Add to this the mild temperatures which are perfect for golf and you have a golf destination that is not to be missed.
Flights from Europe and the rest of the world are frequent, making the country’s capital an excellent base for a golf tour any time of the year.
San Lorenzo Golf Course
Dona Filipa Hotel
Laranjal Golf Course
3. It’s the Home of Some of Europe’s Most Spectacular (and Challenging!) Courses
In the Algarve there are almost too many options to experience, some of the courses that are not to be missed include the Oceanico Courses, the Monte Rei Golf Club, Quinta do Logo, Vale do Lobo and San Lorenzo.
The Oceanico Courses designed by Arnold Parmer frequently play host to the Europe Tour’s Portugal Masters. The Victoria course is considered a true test of golf with it’s challenging water hazards, well-positioned bunkers and rolling hills. In contrast, the Old Course has a classic feel with its narrow fairways and tree lines.
The Monte Rei Golf Club has an upper-class feel despite being a public golf course. 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.
Quinta do Logo was designed by Willian Mitchell and has successfully hosted eight Portuguese Opens and it a favourite amongst many European Tour players.
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 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.
Pinheiros Altos Golf Course
Dona Filipa Hotel
South Course, Quinta Do Lago
5. Unique Attractions for Golfers and Non-Golfers Alike
Portugal is unlike any other golfing destination. The quality of the courses speak for themselves, but that’s not all that is on offer. Portugal also has:
- Amazing beaches, you’re not going to spend every moment of your trip on the golf course so why not pop to the beach. Imagine playing a round of golf, then taking a stroll down to the beach to enjoy the sunset.
- Friendly locals, much of the income, particularly in the Algarve, is derived from tourism. As a result, locals are friendly and helpful, going out of their way to assist tourists. The same applies to the golf clubs themselves, many of whom are used to having regular overseas clients.
Planning the Perfect Golf Holiday in Portugal
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
Think about the type of trip that you want. Ask yourself a couple of questions – should it be a mix of golf and relaxing? Who do you want to travel with? And when do you want to go? These will have an important bearing on the type of trip that you plan. For many, making time for beach days and to enjoy the Portuguese history and culture is a priority, but it might not be for you. The same goes for who you choose to travel with, maybe you just want to travel with your partner, or a group of your own friends who golf, or maybe you would like to join an organised tour.
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 activities and courses to prioritise. Booking a tour is the best way to get the most from your holiday as a tour specialist will be able to design a tour that exactly meets all of your needs. They’ll be able to advise which courses to play at, cultural highlights that you don’t want to miss and restaurants to eat at after a round of golf. They’ll also be able to customise a travel itinerary that is suited to your needs and give some advice on what to pack.
Think About the People You’re Traveling With
If you’re traveling with a partner who also plays golf, that makes things quite simple. But if you’re traveling with a spouse or family members that don’t know how to swing a club, it can make matters more complicated. A golf tour operator will be able to put together a personalised itinerary for non-golfers that is perfectly tailored to their interests. This means that you can relax and enjoy your round, knowing that the rest of your family is having the time of their lives.
Portugal is a dream golfing destination with courses to suit all tastes and plenty to keep you busy after you’ve finished your round. If you’re thinking about a golf holiday to Portugal, please get in touch with us. This spectacular country has so much to offer and we’d love to share it with you.
Hotel Magnolia Quinta Do Lago
North Course, Quinta Do Lago
Dona Filipa Hotel