Quinta do Lago

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If you’re looking for the best golf resorts in Portugal, then look no further! Below you can find a comprehensive list of the top-6 best golf resorts in Portugal with 36+ holes. These courses allow you to stay directly on the golf course, so you can spend your days in the sunshine. Although there are 72 golf clubs in Portugal, not a lot of these are large golf resorts with over 36 holes. That is why we have limited our list to the 6 best golf resorts in Portugal.

If you like to play on different golf courses but don’t want the stress of driving, a resort with 36+ holes is ideal. You have the freedom to eat, sleep and play – all in one place. These golf resorts are ordered by overall rating given by real golfers on Leadingcourses.com. So the number 1 – Quinta do Lago in this case – holds the highest rating at the the time of this post.

PS: this ranking of the best golf resorts in Portugal is based on reviews of golfers on Leadingcourses.com. This ranking does not necessary reflect the opinion of Leadingcourses.com. Not all resorts in the list are actual resorts, but they do have a hotel alongside the golf course. This ranking was last updated February 14th, 2020.

1Quinta do Lago (8,4)

Quinta do Lago is an exclusive golf and residential estate nestling in nearly 2.000 acres of countryside and pine forests. It also borders the Atlantic Ocean and the Ria Formosa Natural Park, in Algarve. The course was created in 1972 and currently has 3 x 18 hole golf courses. These are: Quinta do Lago North, Quinta do Lago South and the Laranjal Golf Course. The latter, the Quinta do Lago Laranjal course is rated highest by golfers. If you want to stay here, then Diamond Villas at Vilar Do Golf by Diamond Resorts is a great choice. It offers an indoor swimming pool, a children’s pool and a gym.

2Vale do Lobo (8,3)

Number 2 in our ranking of Best Golf Resorts in Portugal with 36+ holes is Vale do Lobo. Vale do Lobo is home to two challenging and outstanding golf courses – the Royal and the Ocean Golf Course.  Both Vale do Lobo courses take players through umbrella pine and fig tree-lined fairways to the Atlantic. The Royal, playing dramatically along the cliff’s edge, while the Ocean sweeps daintily down to the beach. This combination of links and parkland golf provides an enjoyable game for golfers of all standards.

If you’re planning to stay at Vale do Lobo, then Vale Do Lobo Resort is a great option. If you don’t want to, you don’t have to leave the resort. Dinner at Vale do Lobo Resort vary from French to Italian to seafood specialities. Many restaurants are located on the beach, and there is a crêperie offering light lunches and snacks. You can also access the beach from the resort.

Both Quinta do Lago and Vale do Lobo are featured in our list of the Ten Best Golf Courses in Portugal

3Quinta da Ria Resort (8,1)

Quinta da Ria Resort, situated in the Eastern Coast, is a well-known golf resort in the Algarve. It has two spectacular golf courses, Quinta da Ria and Quinta de Cima, both 18-hole golf courses with unforgettable scenery. The club is located just over half an hour from Faro International Airport. Quinta da Ria resort is perfectly integrated in the Ria Formosa Nature Reserve, the most significant ecosystem in the Algarve. The Quinta da Ria Course is slightly better appreciated by golfers, probably because it has better views. The Cima course is more difficult and demanding than the Ria course. There is no actual hotel located on the golf course itself. The Robinson Club Quinta Da Ria however, is located just adjacent to Quinta da Ria which is good enough!

4Vale da Pinta & Gramacho (7,7)

Vale da Pinta golf in the Algarve, is rightly respected for its playability and challenging layout. It is also known for its outstanding levels of beauty and enjoyment. The resort was designed by the famous American golf course architect Ronald Fream and inaugurated in 1992. Vale de Pinta has earned its place as one of the best designed courses in the Algarve and in Europe. After his success designing the Vale de Pinta course, Ronald Fream teamed up with the former world No. 1 Nick Price to create the unique design of Gramacho. With 18 holes and 27 greens, plus numerous different tee points, players are able to enjoy the same course time and time again but always with slightly different challenges. We recommend to stay at Pestana Golfe Resort. The peaceful town of Lagoa is just 2 km away.

5Aroeira I & II (7,6)

Located only 25km from the centre of Lisbon, the Aroeira I & II courses are easily accessible to golfers from all over Europe. The location boasts two 18-hole golf courses that have hosted a number of European Tour events including the prestigious European Men’s Club Trophy in 2013. These courses offer players of all levels a stimulating and varied challenge. Herdade da Aroeira is located in a preserved area, just 600 meters from the beach. The estate covers 350 hectares, has thousands of pines and several lakes to go with a temperate microclimate that allows you to play golf all year round. If that’s not enough, the area also has a top golf school, a friendly clubhouse with snack-bar, bar and golf shop, as well as apartments and villas, tropical swimming pool, four tennis courts, playground, shopping mall and a hotel is planned.

6Morgado do Reguengo Golf Resort (7,7)

Beautiful views of the Monchique Mountains

The Morgado do Reguengo Golf Resort is located near the Monchique Mountains just 4 kilometres from Portimão and offers two championship courses: the Morgado Golf Course and Álamos Golf Course. Both golf courses have 18 holes and they are complemented by the Academia de Golf do Morgado, which offers unique practise conditions in Portugal. The Álamos Golf Course is rated slightly higher than the Morgado course. The Morgado course has flat fairways and Scottish inspired bunkers. The Álamos course is a short course. It offers stunning views of the Monchique mountains, some lakes and farmland. Stay at The Morgado Golf & Country Club; this 4-star hotel has 4 outdoor swimming pools and a nice restaurant.

If you are interested in another selection for Portugal (or any other country), then just surf to our site. Here you can view all golf clubs in Portugal. You can zoom in by using filters on the left-hand side. So, if you only want a selection of golf clubs with 36 or more holes, then that is also possible.

Photo credits: the main image (header) is a photo of Quinta do Lago (via IAGTO). All other photos have been uploaded by ourselves, by other golfers or golf clubs on Leadingcourses.com.

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  1. Looking to book golf in Monte Rei ,vale de lobo Ocean and Royal with golf and airport transfers staying in Vila Gale Marina with 4 single rooms from 21/4/2020 to 26/4/2020 for 4 golfers with club hire

    • Sounds like a great golftrip! Right now we only offer online tee times, without accommodation. We want to put you in control of your trip. So, tee times can be booked via us (we are still negotiating with Monte Rei, but shouldn’t take long). We also offer hotels via Booking.com, Vila Gale is also offered. Clubs can be hired via Clubstohire at Faro airport. They offer new sets with a lot of different options (stiff, regular, etc.).

  2. Err, have you not heard of a place called Praia D’el Rey/ West Cliffs??!! I appreciate this is all opinion, but for that resort to not feature here makes this list a bit of a joke to be honest….

    • Hi Ian, obviously we know those courses. We are golfers ourselves and work in the industry for many years. But this blog post is about the 6 best golf resorts with more than 36 holes… Both Praia d’El Rey and West Cliffs – although really nice courses – do not qualify. Although West Cliffs is managed by Praia d’El Rey, it’s not the same resort. Based on location, Obidos & West Cliffs would then almost qualify, together with the Evolutee hotel.


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