When it comes to golf tourism, Portugal has always been a favourite amongst Northern European golfers. With its excellent climate and a big concentration of golf courses in the popular Algarve, it’s not hard to understand why Portugal is so popular. This is the top-10 of Best Golf Courses in Portugal.
There are 72 golf clubs in Portugal and nearly three quarters of them are located in the Algarve and Lisbon areas. Needless to say, most golf tourists visits those areas. Nontheless, some of the clubs outside those areas are also worth your while.
The pleasant climate, vibrant coastal villages and the high quality of golf courses, make Portugal one of the best golf destinations worldwide. We’ve made a list with the 10 best golf courses in Portugal.
This ranking is based on golf courses in Portugal that have an active rating (enough reviews) on Leadingcourses.com. It was last updated on August 20th, 2019.
The 10 Best golf courses in Portugal
Monte Rei Golf & Country Club has been dominating the list of best golf courses in Portugal for years. The club has a beautiful 18 hole golf course disigned by Jack Nicklaus. This par 72 Championship golf course measuring 6567m from the Tournament tees is a truly unique design; with water coming into play on eleven of the eighteen holes, the golf course features an enjoyable series of eight par-4s, five par-3s and five par-5s in a challenging and distinctive layout.
In 2019, Monte Rei began construction on its South Course, another 18-hole Jack Nicklaus Signature Course.
Monte Rei offers an exquisite collection of luxury properties, created around spectacular views of the Serra do Caldeirão Mountains to the north and the Atlantic Ocean to the south.
2. West Cliffs (8.8)
The new West Cliffs Resort is managed by nearby Praia D’el Rey, according to the highest standards of quality.
West Cliffs 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 region and is the first Dye Design in Portugal. Dye Designs has established a worldwide reputation throughout the yeas for several elements like: unique, ecological and environmetally sensitive golf courses. If you have the opportunity to play a Dye course, you have to take it. It’s worth it!
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3. Troia Golf (8.6)
Troia Golf is located in Grândola, Setúbal, Portugal. Troia Golf Championship Course is an The 18-hole, par 72 golf course alongside the beach with with a magnificent view of the Arrábida Mountain. This golf couse gives you the perfect golf experience in Portugal. After a challenging round of golf, you can relax at the stunning clubhouse.
Troia Golf is designed by the American golf architect Trent Jones Senior, Troia Golf was elected one of the best golf courses in the world. Trent Jones Senior selected hole 3 of Troia’s golf course as one of the best he has ever designed. With a rating of an 8.6 Troia Golf is one of the best golf courses in Portugal.
4. Oceânico Faldo Course (8.5)
Oceânico Faldo Course is located in Alcantarilha, Algarve, Portugal. Algarve is known as one of the most attractive regions in Europe to play golf. Algarve is often seen as one of the best getaways in Europe. The region has many high quality golf courses, designed by famous golf architects. For the golfer who is looking for an exclusive golf holiday, Algarve golf resorts are among the best in the world.
The course is designed by Sir Nick Faldo with strategic play in mind this 6598m Par 72 Championship course demands careful positioning to score well. The divrsity in cacti, wild herbs, Spartan holm oaks, olive trees and desert scrub bunkers of crushed limestone makes this golf course a strategic play.
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.
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 first hole, a generous right handed dogleg, heads north, setting up a spectacular combination of holes overlooking the lagoon (Lagoa de Óbidos). The feature hole of the front nine is the 3rd, a 144m Par 3 off the yellow tees to an island green, with the stunning Óbidos lagoon in the background. The second nine holes overlook the Atlantic Ocean. Six of the holes meander between an intricate ecosystem of lakes interconnected by cascading streams. The highlight of the back nine is the 18th, a 490m Par 5 off the yellow tees, with a panoramic over the back nine, the clubhouse and the Ocean beyond. Royal Óbidos Spa & Golf Resort is a must see for every golf player!
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6. Quinta 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 bordering the Atlantic Ocean and the Ria Formosa Natural Park, in Algarve. Since its creation in 1972 Quinta do Lago has won several awards for excellence and it is a symbol of quality tourism, a place where outstanding natural beauty is perfectly complemented by gracious living.
Quinta do Lago is located just 20 minutes by car from Faro International Airport. The golf resort has 3 x 18 hole golf courses: Quinta do Lago North, Quinta do Lago South and Laranjal Golf Course.
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7. Vale do Lobo (8.3)
The Royal & Ocean Golf Courses at Vale do Lobo in the Algarve provides 36 holes of challenging golf available to play throughout the year. The two courses were designed by the late golfing legend, Sir Henry Cotton and redeveloped by American Architect Rocky Roquemore.
On the Royal Course you can find the most photographed hole in Europe, the 16th, a par three which requires a carry over the cliffs. Both take players through umbrella pine and fig tree-lined fairways down to the cliff’s edge and alongside the beach.
Victoria Golf Course was hailed as the most ambitious golf project Portugal had ever witnessed. Designed by true golfing legend, Arnold Palmer, there is absolutely no doubt that it has lived up to that lofty billing. Covering some 90 hectares, the venue encompasses one of the most complete golf complexes in Europe, and features an exceptional driving range and a putting green of some 2,500 m2. All of this has made it the obvious venue of choice for many of the top international tournaments to visit Portugal in recent times. Indeed, it has served as the host venue to the Portugal Masters on every occasion since 2007, while the World Cup Championship was staged there in 2005.
The Par-72 Championship layout, measuring 6.651 meters (7,273 yards) from the Palmer tees, incorporates and has ensured the preservation of natural wetlands on-site, as well as the typical vegetation of carob, olive and almond trees. A significant proportion of Victoria’s acreage is occupied by lakes, forming hazards to be avoided but which also have a strategic purpose in providing reservoirs for irrigation.
The Vidago Palace Hotel Golf Course in the Norte Region of Portugal is the ideal place for anyone wanting to combine golf with relaxation and tranquility. Opened in 1936, with a course designed by the Scottish specialist Philip Mackenzie Ross, the Vidago Palace Hotel Golf Course was renovated in 2010 by Cameron Powell, who made it even more challenging. An ideal way to experience the magical setting of the Vidago Palace Hotel.
The course has now been completely rebuilt according to USGA specifications for tees and greens, has been transformed into a Par 72 course, enhancing the organization of International Championships, keeping the identity of the original design and faithfully reflecting the beauty, the unique qualities for this sport, the spirit and distinctive sign of the place.
10. Estela Golf Club (8.2)
The Estela Golf course is a true links course, located in a magnificent area with a climate cooled by the Atlantic breeze in summer and warmed by the Golf stream in winter. Unlike the south of Portugal, where the summer can bring extremely high temperatures.
The type of grass used for the fairways is “Tifton Bermuda” and “Penncross Bent” was used for the greens. This all ensures excellent game conditions with good fairways and greens that are both firm and fast. From the back tees, the Estela course stretches over almost 6,300 meters (7,000 yards), with a par of 72. This is not a golf course for those who have difficulties with the driver!
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