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6 Great Lisbon Golf Courses

27 January 2020
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Ruben van der Zaag
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 with golf in Lisbon. Because of this diversity, a golfing holiday in Lisbon is certainly possible.
Yellow old tram in Lisbon (photo credits: Robenson Gassant via Unsplash)

Lisbon has many sights and is an ideal city to visit when you want to combine a city-break with golfing. The city is vibrant with heaps 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.

Alfama District

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. You can also 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.

You can listen to fado in Alfama too. 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 the selection of excellent food bars and restaurants, Lisbon is known for its Pastéis de nata – delicious custard cakes. These cakes are also known as Pastéis de Belém, named after the famous bakery in the Belém district. They have 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 dozen golf courses in the greater Lisbon area. Some better than others, but most of them worth a visit. They might be worth a visit if culture is the main purpose of your trip or if 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, 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 –  with a rating of at least 8.0 on Leadingcourses.com.

*Last updated on the 20th of May 2020.

1. West Cliffs

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.

Designed to fit perfectly into the natural environment, the new golf course creates 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.

 Check out our in depth blog post about West Cliffs!

2. Troia Golf

Troia Golf (8.5)The beautiful environment at Troia Golf 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-hectare, 18-hole 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. 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 around a natural reserve the drive will be 100+ kilometers and takes about 1,5 hours.                                     

3. Royal Óbidos Spa & Golf Resort

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 complements 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.

4. Oitavos Dunes Natural Links Golf

There are few golf thrills like teeing up for the first time on Oitavos Dunes. Whether you are skirting the scenic sand dunes, treading 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. It provides several holes facing the Atlantic Ocean and Sintra Mountains. 
Tee times for Oitavos Dunes will be available on Leadingcourses.com in the near future!

5. Praia d’El Rey Golf & Beach Resort

With year-round sunshine, a championship links golf course and luxury accommodation, Praia D’El Rey sets a new standard of excellence for Golf & Beach Resorts. The course is less than one hour from Lisbon and set along a beautiful sandy beach. Praia D’El Rey Golf & Beach Resort is perfectly integrated in an area of protected natural landscape. It provides 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.

6. Quinta do Peru Golf & Country Club

The course will meet your expectations with its beauty, quality and challenge. It is 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. 

The parkland course opened in 1994. It meanders through verdant pines and provides a 6,640-yard, par 72 test. With astute bunkering and true-rolling, quick greens, Quinta do Peru offers a good examination of any putting stroke.

This parkland course has been marvelously integrated in the landscape with the Arrábida Hills. It is ranked on The Top 100 European Golf Courses and was the venue for various international golfing events. Various European countries have chosen Quinta do Peru Golf & Country Club as a training base in preparation for the competitive season.

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