The Algarve and the Lisbon coast are one of the destinations for the most experienced players in the world and regularly awarded with international prizes. The regions host a large number of tournaments each year from the professional tour. In the Azores, there is one of the last rural golf courses, where you can play in the countryside and in the traditional way. The origin of golf in Portugal, however, can be found in Porto and even higher in the north and with Espinho the second oldest golf course on the European mainland is located in Portugal. However, for you as a golfer, the biggest challenge is not to let the beauty and light of the surrounding landscape disturb your concentration during the game.
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Vila Nova De Cacela, Algarve
The 18-hole Monte Rei Golf & Country Club is the No 1 golf course in Portugal and a "must" for every golfer. The Jack Nicklaus Signature Course is part of the Monte Rei Resort, located on the eastern Algarve, between the mountains of Serra do Caldeirão in the north and the Atlantic Ocean in the south. The magnificent championship course, which is also among the best golf courses in Europe, meets even the highest expectations.
With superb views towards the hills of Serra de Monchique, lakes and farmland, this course produces relaxation and peacefulness. More than just a golf test, this course embodies the harmony that can be achieved between humanity and nature.
Located in a valley in the inland Algarve, between Portimão and Monchique, the Morgado Golf Course is challenging both to amateurs who are just starting out in the game and to highly-experienced golfers seeking to put their technique to the test. It is a par 73 course, but its length is attenuated by the generous width of the fairways. However, you may be penalized if your less successful strokes happen to land in one of the bunkers scattered around the course.
The 18-hole Salgados Golf Course (1994) was designed by Pedro Vasconcelos. It is located near Albufeira, within a protected, Natural Wildlife Reserve. This setting provides golfers with a unique experience since the course gives shelter to some bird species. The beach is within walking distance, and the sea view from the course adds to this scenic golfing experience.
Turcifal, Lisbon Region
A challenging par-72, 18-hole course traversing the beautiful landscape of the protected area of the Socorro and Archeira Mountains, in the heart of the western region, is awaiting you.
Quinta da Marinha, Lisbon Region
20 minutes west of Lisbon, directly on the Atlantic coast, is a real gem of modern golf design: Oitavos Dunes Golf Course. Not least because of the design designed by architect Arthur Hills with a varied mix of pine forests, coastal areas and dune surfaces with Links character shine. The location on the Atlantic Ocean, overlooking the ocean on the one hand and the Sintra Mountains on the other hand, as well as the often Scottish conditions, make Oitavos Dunes an extraordinary golfing experience on the Portuguese west coast.
Óbidos, Lisbon Region
Praia D’El Rey Golf Course 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.
Óbidos, Lisbon Region
West Cliffs Golf Links was carefully designed to include multiple residential, leisure and wellness offerings to suit your every day need. The Resort, properties, and the golf course were designed to be integrated into the landscape, in harmony with the natural environment and maintaining the ecosystem sustainability.
Estoril, Lisbon Region
The 27-holes of Estoril Golf Course (1929) are set amongst eucalyptus, mimosas and pine trees just 25 minutes away from Lisbon. The 18-holes Estoril Championship Course was a few times redesigned, in 1936 by Mackenzie Ross. It is known as one of the oldest and most emblematic clubs in Portugal.
Vau, Lisbon Region
The 18-holes of Royal Óbidos (2012) were designed by Seve Ballesteros. The course lies within the Royal Óbidos Golf & Spa Resort north of Lisbon. Its layout will represent a true test of golf for players of all levels. Water hazards and landscapes of bunkers enhance the almost links course character.
Edifício Old Course, Algarve
Laid out over low lying coastal terrain, this course, with its many water hazards and few trees, is considerably different from the other ones at the resort and many of its holes convey a links atmosphere. U.S. golf architect Joseph Lee designed this course which was opened in 1990 and many previous visitors will recognise it as part of the former 27th hole Vilamoura III course. It has been subject to continual improvements over the years.
The 18-hole course of Oceânico Pinhal Golf (1976) was the second golf course built in Vilamoura and originally designed by Frank Pennink, the architect of the nearby Oceanico Old Course. In 1985 Robert Trent Jones Sr. gave the course a new character. The course runs through the beautiful villa resort of Vilamoura and offers beautiful sea views. It is typified by rolling parkland terrain covered with numerous umbrella and Atlantic pines that line many of the fairways. Ponds and a stream come into play on five holes but are no serious threats to golfers with higher handicaps.
Linhó, Lisbon Region
With its bold drives, courageous approaches and artful greens, it is both an adrenalin rush and a soothing journey through one of Portugal's most inspiring landscapes. Exciting at every turn, this championship challenge and host to the Portuguese Open is a master test of variety and thrills.
Conceicao de Tavira, Algarve
The 18-hole golf course Benamor Golf (opened in 2000) is located near the town of Tavira on the Algarve in the hills of Barrocal. The course was designed by Sir Henry Cotton and offers beautiful sea and mountain views. There are almost no water hazard but the varied fairways require very precise strokes from the low handicaps.
The 9 hole Oceanico Academy course located between the Oceanico Faldo Course and the Oceanico O'Connor Jnr. course is ideally suited to beginners and those who wish to sharpen up their short game. It has been built to the same high standards as the Oceanico Faldo Course and Oceanico O'Connor Jnr. course.
The 18-hole championship course of the Amendoeira Golf Resort was designed by the famous player Nick Faldo. It has an Arizona desert feel, especially with the beautiful terracotta colour of the earth. This championship course demands careful positioning to score well and fulfills Nick Faldo's design objective of being a challenging course.
The 18-hole course of Oceanico Millennium Golf (2000) formerly part of the 27-hole Laguna Course, was designed by the well-established UK golf Architects Hawtree & Sons. The refurbishment to the existing nine holes included the complete rebuilding of the tees, greens and bunkers, particularly for holes 8 and 9, the only ones on this loop with water hazards, with the aim to simplify the strategy of the course to make it more golfer-friendly. Some holes wind between pine trees. Here the fairways are narrower and require greater accuracy - while the rest of the course has a more open landscape enriched by some lakes.
The 18 holes of Oceanico Old Course (1969) were designed by Frank Pennink. The course is situated in the heart of Vilamoura, 20 minutes from Faro airport. The parkland style layout is one of the oldest in the region and renowned all over the golfing world. Often described as the Grande Dame of Algarve courses, it meanders throughout impressive pine trees.
Designed by Christy O’Connor Jnr., this course complements the neighbouring Oceanico Faldo Course and also takes full advantage of being situated in a fertile valley. Its various water features, both lakes and watercourses that are spread throughout the entire course, demand accuracy and test from all golfers
The 18 holes of Oceanico Victoria (2004) championship golf course were designed by Arnold Palmer. The sophisticated golf courses, that runs through a plain terrain, ensures the preservation of the wetlands and the typical vegetation of carob, olive and almond trees. The course is described by wide, undulated fairways, extensive water hazards and cleverly positioned bunkers. Because of up to six tee boxes golf can be enjoyed by all levels of players.
Oceanico Victoria hosted the PGA World Cup 2005 and the Portugal Masters since 2007.
Linhó, Lisbon Region
The 18-hole Atlantic course, designed by Robert Trent Jones Jnr, opened in 1992 and staged the Portuguese Open two years later. Every hole is different and exciting, with Jones using the contours to significant effect. The course has a superb flow to it, and the views throughout are magnificent, especially away to the coastal towns of Cascais and Estoril and the blue Atlantic ocean.
Linhó, Lisbon Region
The Monastery course, also designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr., is the perfect complement to its sister course. The 9-hole course is less undulated than the Atlantic Championship; offering moderated challenges which suit all levels of players. The Penha Longa Monastery golf is also characterized by fast greens and narrow fairways and benefits from the stunning landscapes of the surrounding national park.
Sintra, Lisbon Region
The 18-holes golf course of Pestana Beloura (1993) belongs to the group of Pestana Golf Resorts. The verdant foothills of the Sintra Mountains offer a breathtaking backdrop for the Pestana Beloura Golf Course. Here the famous American golf course architect Rocky Roquemore has conceived a course that will stretch both your imagination and ability yet provide an enjoyable challenge to golfers of all levels.
The 18-holes championship golf course of Quinta do Lago Laranjal (2009) is the newest course of the resort and voted "Best Golf Course" at the Portuguese 2011 Travel Awards. The course is situated in the Ludo valley, just 2km east of the resort. Laranjal offers an abundance of umbrella pines, cork and orange trees as well as beautiful lakes. The course (6,480 meters) is challenging and it demands driving accuracy.
The 18-holes Quinta do Lago North Course (1974) was originally a 9-hole course known as the Ria Formosa Course designed by the American architect William Mitchell (one to five and fifteen to eighteen). Holes six to fourteen followed in 1989, designed by Joseph Lee/Rocky Roquemore. The course settles in a natural woodland with umbrella pines, gorse, heather and wild flowers.
The 18-holes championship course of Quinta do Lago South (1974) was designed by William Mitchell. Being host to the Portuguese Open for eight times the course gained a reputation as one of the foremost courses in Europe. Overlooking the spectacular scenery of the Ria Formosa National Park the course offers American-standard greens and tees, umbrella pines, lakes, bunkers and wild flowers.
Penina - Portimao, Algarve
The 18-holes Sir Henry Cotton Championship Course (1966) was designed by the great Sir Henry Cotton (British Open Champion). The course stands as a shining example to golfing architecture and one man's passion for the great game of golf. It hosted the Portuguese Open for ten times. The course is as challenging as it is satisfying. Because of the flatness the designer introduced strategically placed water hazards and bunkers to catch the unwary long hitter. The golfer has to be prepared for raised greens.
The 18-hole Ocean Golf Course is the second course of the Vale do Lobo Resort. Based on original concepts by the legendary Sir Henry Cotton and re-developed by the respected American golf architect Rocky Roquemore, the Vale do Lobo courses have twice been host to the Portuguese Open.
The 18-hole Royal Golf Course (1968) of Vale do Lobo features the famous PAR 3 16th hole, with cliff-top carryover, which has become the symbol of golf in the Algarve and one of the most celebrated golfing images at all. Besides of this spectacular hole the course offers rolling fairways set between pine trees and beautiful lakes surrounded by wild flowers. A real highlight for every golfer.
Caparica, Lisbon Region
The Aldeia dos Capuchos Golf Course is located on the main entrance of the Historical Village of Capuchos, reminded by its exclusive character and significant presence of Capuchos Monastery. With an outstanding panoramic view over the sea, integrated into a vast residential condominium area with touristic vocation, served and surrounded by an extensive green area and also a physical maintenance circuit.
The 18-holes golf course Alto Golf (1997) belongs to the Pestana Golf Resorts. This legendary golf course was designed by golf architect Sir Henry Cotton. Pestana Alto Golf is located on the edge of the picturesque fishing village of Alvor. With its rolling fairways and elevated greens it is a test to every golfer. It features the 600 meter par 5 known as the "Sir Henry challenge". But the classic design allows challenge and playability at the same time for all handicap levels.
Ponte de Lima, Norte Region
The Axis Golf was opened on September 15, 1995It is a field with 18 holes to a par 71 of 6005 meters, located 2 km from Ponte de Lima and about 70 from Oporto, served by the motorway A3 (Porto - Valença) or A27 (Viana - Ponte de Lima).
LocationLocated in a typical rural area (Minho), in Ponte de Lima, the golf course is a mixture of plain with mountain, the first nine holes in a zone of hills, and the latter in the flat area.
Fenais da Luz, Azores
The 27-hole Batalha Golf Club (1986) is situated on the north coast of São Miguel island, just 10 minutes from the centre of the capital Ponta Delgada. Where the green of the land meets the blue of the ocean, a historic landscape awaits you. This golf course is nestling on the skirts of the surrounding hills and with sweeping views to the ocean.
Belas, Lisbon Region
Belas is a Championship Golf Course. The layout is extraordinary, with several fairways and greens set in deep valleys, and it offers unforgettable panoramic views. With its excellent variety of holes, the course is a pleasure to play, whatever one’s handicap. It demands both skill and tactical play and is acknowledged, both nationally and internationally, as one of Portugal’s best-constructed golf courses.
Charneca de Caparica, Lisbon Region
Only 25 km from Lisbon, located in a protected pine woodland and close to the coastal town of Caparica, Aroeira is a unique estate comprising of two golf courses and a host of impressive mansions. Designed by Frank Pennink and opened in 1973, Aroeira I was affectionately christened the ‘Wentworth of Lisbon’ by the UK press, and it is easy to see why.
Charneca de Caparica, Lisbon Region
Opened in 2000, designed by Donald Steel and built to exacting European Tour recommendations, Aroeira II compliments its older sister well. Visitors will enjoy the distinct tranquil and serene Aroeira environment but will discover a course that possesses a few more thrills and spills along the way.
One of the delights of visiting Santo da Serra Golf, whether you are a golfer or not is to enjoy the famous views from the Clubhouse terrace whilst relaxing with your beverage.
Situated only 25 minutes from the center of Funchal, this venue has a lot to offer to the discerning golfer or casual visitor. Opened for play in 1937 and designed by famous architect, Robert Trent Jones Sr. the golf course itself winds it way majestically trough an abundance of fauna and flora.
The Paço do Lumiar golf course is a unique 9 hole course near the center of Lisbon. The course comprises of 7 par threes and 2 par fours. The tees and greens are of U.S.G.A. standard. Each hole is of a standard that would fit in any full-size golf course. A great place to play a challenging round without losing the whole day.
Quinta do Conde, Lisbon Region
Located 30 minutes drive from Lisbon city and framed by the Arrábida Natural Park, Quinta do Peru Golf & Country Club is a beautifully crafted design by Rocky Roquemore and is rated among the ‘Top 100 courses in Continental Europe’ in the prestigious Golf World magazine ranking.
The 18-hole Espiche Golf is located in the western Algarve just 10 km from the historical city of Lagos. Espiche Golf has been designed to be a unique golfing experience in the Algarve. The course reflects the importance of maintaining the rich heritage of the game, combined with the protection of the unique natural environment.
Furnas-Sao Miguel Island, Azores
The 18-hole Furnas Golf Course (1936) is a spectacular golf course set in the midst of a powerful volcanic landscape with luxuriant tropical vegetation. This is a truly incredible golfing experience. The holes meander through a landscape of spectacular natural beauty. The course is quite gentle in nature with friendishly contoured greens but it is a genuine test of skill and finesse.
Estela - Póvoa de Varzim, Norte Region
The 18-hole Golf Club Estela (1988) is located just a few minutes by car north of Porto. The golf course is a true links, located in a magnificent area with a climate cooled by the Atlantic breeze in summer and warmed by the Golf stream in winter. The golf course is considered one of the most beautiful in the northern Portugal.
Vila do Bispo, Algarve
The Santo Antonio Golf Course was designed by Pepe Gancedo, one of Spain’s most famous architects, whose philosophy of golf course construction involves minimal alteration to the existing terrain.
Amarante, Norte Region
The 18-holes golf course of Golfe de Amarante (1997) was designed by Jorge Santana da Silva. The course lies on 600 m above sea level and is located within the Quinta da Deveza and close to the town of Amarante. The scenery is very attractive with beautiful hills and vine terraces on the River Tâmega. The fairways tend to either slope upwards or downwards.
The 18-hole golf course Gramacho (1991) on the Algarve belongs as well as Vale da Pinta to Pestana Golf Resorts. 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.
Vau – Óbidos, Centro Region
Guardian Bom Sucesso Golf is a contemporary destination located close to Óbidos Lagoon (50 minutes away from Lisbon), in a unique and beautiful place that offers astonishing and breathtaking views of the natural surroundings in an area of more than 160 hectares.
Belas, Lisbon Region
The course initially had only 14-holes and was later extended to 18 holes. Close to Lisbon, it is embedded in a romantic setting and requires skill and strategy due to its numerous water hazards that affect the game on 12 holes.
Viseu, Centro Region
Montebelo Golfe, ten minutes from Viseu surrounded by Caramulo and Estrela mountains, is a mountain golf course located within a dream landscape. The opening ceremony of the eighteen holes course was in September 1997, and in June 2007 it underwent expansion works to add nine more holes. This course represents a real challenge for all levels of competition, within a 200 hectares scenario of pines, oaks, as well as gorse and heather, the traditional underbrush of this region.
Barcarena, Lisbon Region
Located in Oeiras and surrounded by the most important business center of Portugal, this 3,515-yard 9-hole course offers players an enjoyable and challenging golf experience in a quiet and secluded setting just 10 minutes away from the busy streets of Lisbon.
Espinho, Norte Region
Like any old golf course, Oporto’s greens are small but challenging and the closest to a links you’ll ever find in Portugal. In general terms you can prepare for a pleasant but competitive ride.
Castro Marim, Algarve
Designed by Severiano Ballesteros, Quinta do Vale Golf Resort features an 18-hole Championship layout including 6 Par-5´s, 6 Par-4´s and 6 Par-3´s.
Samora Correia, Lisbon Region
Once described as the ‘Valderrama of Portugal,’ Ribagolfe I provides a superb test of golf in a unique and natural setting 40 minutes from Lisbon.
Samora Correia, Lisbon Region
A shorter test than its sibling Ribagolfe I but still measuring more than 6,800 yards, Ribagolfe II was designed by former Ryder Cup player Michael King in collaboration with European Tour Design. Blessed with the same indigenous cork oak canvas, King has crafted a more forgiving but equally appealing golf course with wider fairways and landing areas. The large, moderately contoured greens, however, provide a stiff test if you’re to score well here.
Benavente, Lisbon Region
In the untouched countryside, just 30 minutes from the Lisbon Airport, lies the new 18-hole course. The place is tree-rich, especially the old cork oaks are typical for this part of the region. Designed by British architect Donald Steel, the space on gently undulating terrain offers carefully integrated bunkers and greens.
The 18-holes golf course Silves Golf (2006) in the Algarve belongs to the Pestana Golf Resorts just as Gramacho und Vale da Pinta . Silves Golf is a serene spot at the foot of the Monchique mountain. This course is for players - low handicaps will find it a serious challenge to come in under par while high handicaps will be able to enjoy their round.
Maia Porto, Lisbon Region
Situated between the Sado Estuary and the Serra da Arrábida, the TROIA GOLF Championship Course is an 18-hole, par 72 and 6,317-meter long course that stretches along the beach with magnificent views of the sea. Designed by North American golf architect Robert Trent Jones Senior, TROIA GOLF was voted one of the best golf courses in the world by Rolex in 2011 and featured in the Rolex World's Top 1,000 Golf Courses guide.
The 18-hole championship course of Vale de Pinta 1992) in the Algarve belongs as well as the Golf Course Gramacho to the Pestana Golf Resorts. 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 Europe.
Praia do Carvoeiro-Lagoa, Algarve
The course is a scaled-down version of a full sized course. It is a high-quality course designed by Dave Thomas, who played in the Ryder Cup 4 times and, besides “The Belfry”, has designed over 40 golf courses.
The impressive 18-hole championship course Boavista Golf offers exceptional conditions for golfers. Howard Swan, the architect has created this space according to the philosophy, so to integrate the space in the area, as he had always been part of the landscape. Not only for the eyes is the place one of the highlights, but also technically he promises some refinements.
CASTRO MARIM, Algarve
This 27-hole course consists of three 9-hole courses "Grouse", "Atlantic" and "Guadiana". The spaces can be extended to two superb 18-hole combinations. The spaces open up breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean, the mountains, the National Park and the River Guadiana. They are characterized by large lakes and uneven fairways. They offer all players a sporting challenge.
Onyria Palmares Golf Resort is a unique combination of rolling hills and flat areas with stunning views over the cliffs of the Algarve. The good reputation of the place is due to the fact that it combines almost perfectly two different landscapes with each other. Here you will discover an almost perfect mix of left- and inland fairways. New shine and was built by the conversion and extension of 18 to 27 holes.
The 9-hole course of Pine Cliffs (1990) was designed by Martin Hawtree. Pine Cliffs belongs to the Sheraton Algarve Hotel. It is a popular course located in pine trees on the cliff top to the east of Albufeira. Due to its general charm it attracts mostly the average player.
The 27 hole championship course of Pinheiros Altos Golf (1992, further 9 holes 2007) consists of three 9 hole golf courses: The Pines (Pinheiros), The Corks (Sobreiros), The Olives (Oliveiras). The Pinheiros Altos Pines Course (Pinheiros) is named after the abundance of pine trees, that surround the fairways. The Corks Course (Sobreiros) is the longest of the three courses and regarded as the most demanding. The Olives Course was the original back nine. The fairways meander between olive trees and lakes. The signature hole of Pinheiros Altos (8th) can be found here.
Cascais, Lisbon Region
The 18-hole Quinta da Marinha Golf Course (1984) was designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr. It belongs to the Hotel Quinta da Marinha Resort. Like on many Portuguese courses the par-3 holes often prove to be the most challenging holes on the course - the Quinta da Marinha Course is no exception. Small tight greens protected by water hazards or bunker. The course hosted some professional competitions like the Ladies Masters or PGA Seniors Tour Championship.
Vila Nova de Cacela, Algarve
The 36-holes Quinta da Ria and Quinta de Cima golf courses stretches along the impressive landscape of the nature reserve Ria Formosa with its centuries-old trees and species-rich lakes. Especially Quinta da Ria offers captivating views of the Atlantic Ocean and the mountains in the hinterland.
The 18-hole of San Lorenzo Golf Club (1988) was designed by the American golf architect Joseph Lee. It is one of the most famous golf courses in the Algarve. The course is bordering the Ria Formosa Estuary and the salt water lagoons.
Praia da Vitória, Azores
The 18-hole Clube de Golfe da Ilha Terceira (1954) is located on the Terceira Island and considered the easiest to play of the three golf courses within the Azores. The fairways are wide partly surrounded by trees and the few bunkers hardly impede the play. The golf course is beautifully landscaped and consists of many hills, small lakes and lush vegetation with flowering azaleas and hydrangeas.
Vidago, Norte Region
Impressive championship golf course in a beautiful hilly countryside with more than 100 hectares of mature trees and well-kept park. The Golf Course Vidago Palace Golf Course is part of the resort is a 5-star luxury hotel.