Looking for culture, atmosphere and history? Then Lisbon, the capital of Portugal, is the place to be! Although it doesn’t have as many golf courses as the well-known Algarve, you won’t be disappointed If you’re looking to play golf in Lisbon. Because of this diversity, a golfing holiday in Lisbon is certainly possible.
Lisbon has many sights and is an ideal city to visit when you want to combine visiting a city with golfing. The city is vibrant an full of fun things to do. A ride with tram 28 is one of the most popular things to do. With this old-fashioned tram you can see Lisbon in a fun way.
The Alfama district is one of the oldest and most well known neighbourhoods in Lisbon. Alfama is known for its narrow and cozy streets (which are very steep) where you can find many bars and eateries and where you can enjoy a glass of Portuguese wine or port and a tasty meal. Castelo de São Jorge is one of the sights in the Alfama. This ancient castle is located on the highest mountain in Lisbon and gives a fantastic view of the city.
Alfama is also known for the many places where you can listen to fado. Fado is the typical Portuguese life song that is full of sorrow and melancholy, but can also be very festive. Dive into a restaurant or bar in Alfama in the evening and there is a good chance that you can listen to live fado music.
You will also enjoy culinary delights in Lisbon. In addition to a selection of excellent food bars and restaurants, Lisbon is known for the Pastéis de nata, delicious custard cakes. These cakes are also known as Pastéis de Belém, named after the famous bakery in the Belém district that has the only original recipe of the cakes. A visit to Lisbon is not complete without having eaten a Pastel de Nata.
Golf in Lisbon
There are two dozens of golf courses in the greater Lisbon area. Some better than others, but most of them worth a visit. Most courses that are close to the city centre aren’t very highly rated. They might be worth a visit if culture is the main purpose of your trip and you want to stay as close to the city as possible. If you want a little bit extra and you enjoy playing some great golf courses, then this is the list for you. We’ve made a selection of the 6 best golf courses in the area – not more than 1 hour and 15 minutes from Alfama – which have a rating of at least an 8.0 on Leadingcourses.com.
Top-6 Lisbon golf courses:
West Cliffs (8.8)
West Cliffs is a relatively new project, which is located about 80 kilometers from Lisbon. It will mesmerize and challenge you to tame nature’s elements, relax and enjoy a different experience. West Cliffs has one of the most stunning golf courses of the Lisbon region and is the first Dye Design in Portugal.
The new golf course has been designed to perfectly fit into the natural environment and create one of the most wonderful golf experiences. Nature is in abundance and from every hole there is a stunning view over the Atlantic Ocean and Óbidos Lagoon. The varied landscape and natural terrain was left as undisturbed as possible to create a unique and world class 18-hole golf course alongside the silver coast.
Green fee prices start at € 82,-
Royal Óbidos Spa & Golf Resort (8.5)
Royal Óbidos Spa & Golf Resort is superbly located in a region blessed with UNESCO World Heritage sites, national monuments, and an Atlantic coastal area of breathtaking natural beauty to complement the man-made works of art that together make the region a jaw-dropping destination for travellers. Royal Obidos is located approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes from the centre of Lisbon.
The course layout spans approximately 7.300 yards from the back tees and represents a true test of golf for players of all levels. The clubhouse offers a restaurant with a variety of menus available, two bars, lounge, pro-shop and bags storage area. Sitting out on the generous terrace, visitors will enjoy spectacular views of the golf course and the cascading lakes and streams, and some truly wonderful sunsets over the Atlantic Ocean.
Green fee prices start at € 71,-
Troia Golf (8.5)
In the heart of a peninsula on the other side of Setúbal – south of Lisbon -, you’ll find one of Portugal’s most engaging and challenging golf courses, Troia Golf, voted one of Continental Europe’s best 20 resorts by Golf World magazine in 2018.
Unwind in this 6-hectar, 18-hole and par 72 golf course alongside the beach with a dazzling view of the Arrábida Mountain. Regardless of your handicap, the Robert Trent Jones Sr. course is ideal for improving your technique and for expecting the best performance and the best results. After a challenging round of golf, relax at the Clubhouse before you head back to Lisbon.
Troia Golf is located only 40 kilometers from Lisbon as the crow flies, but because you have to drive all around a natural reserve the drive will be 100+ kilometers and takes about 1,5 hours.
Green fee prices start at € 102,- This course is not bookable on Leadingcourses.com (yet).
Praia d’El Rey Golf & Beach Resort (8.2)
With year-round sunshine, a championship links golf course, luxury accommodation, world-class services and a wealth of Experiences for you to enjoy, Praia D’El Rey sets a new standard of excellence for Golf & Beach Resorts. Set along a beautiful sandy beach, less than one hour from Lisbon, Praia D’El Rey Golf & Beach Resort is perfectly integrated in an area of protected natural landscape, amidst lush fairways and the raw beauty of the stunning sea views over the Portuguese coastline.
Praia D’El Rey is arguably one of the most stunning golf courses in Europe. Set among extensive pine forests and undulating dunes, with spectacular views over the Atlantic and the Berlengas Islands beyond.
Green fees start at € 82,-
Oitavos Dunes Natural Links Golf (8.1)
There are few golf thrills like teeing up for the first time on Oitavos Dunes. Whether you are skirting the scenic sand dunes, threading the umbrella pines, or challenging the wind, a golf trip to Oitavos Dunes is full of memorable thrills.
Oitavos Dunes is located near the popular city of Cascais, only 55 kilometers from the Alfama district in Lisbon. This makes it a popular destination to travel to from the city. The course is a nice mix of woodland and links style golf, with several holes facing the Atlantic Ocean and Sintra Mountains.
Green fees start at € 130,- This course is not bookable on Leadingcourses.com (yet).
Quinta do Peru Golf & Country Club (8.0)
Your expectations will be matched by the beauty, the quality and the challenge of the course. Located close to the picturesque village of Azeitão, and just 20 minutes south from Lisbon, Quinta do Peru Golf & Country Club offers the finest golfing experience near the city of Lisbon.
Opened in 1994, the parkland layout meanders through verdant pines and provides a 6,640-yard, par 72 test, with astute bunkering and true-rolling, quick greens that will offer a good examination of any putting stroke.
This parkland course has been marvellously integrated in the landscape with the Arrábida Hills. It was the venue for various international golfing events and is ranked on The Top 100 European Golf Courses. Various European Countries have chosen Quinta do Peru Golf & Country Club as a training base in preparation for the competitive season.
Green fees start at € 65,-
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