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Golf courses in Portugal

The best golf courses in the land of port wine

Golf courses in Portugal

Portugal is the golf travel destination on the Atlantic coast. Enjoy the spectacular golf courses. The south part of Portugal with the Algarve is characterized by long sandy beaches, red cliffs, olive trees and the famous Portuguese cork. The North of Portugal is covered with lush green areas. There is much to discover.

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Estoril Palacio Golf Course

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Estoril, Lisboa 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. 

Golfe de Amarante

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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. 

Penha Longa Golf Club

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Sintra-Linhó, Lisboa Region

The 27 holes of Penha Longa Golf Club (1992) lying between Sintra and Cascais were designed by the famous Robert Trent Jones jr. The championship Atlântico Course is ranked in the top 30 Courses in Continental Europe. It is located in the parklands of what was originally a 14th century Monastery that has been very carefully restored. The course runs over gently wooded hills which adds to its overall beauty. It offers interesting water hazards, some elevated greens. Besides of some international events the Atlântico Course also hosted the Portuguese Open.

The Mosteiro 9-hole Course which was also designed by Robert Trent Jr. is less demanding than the championship course but still interesting to play. 

Oceânico Academy Course

Alcantarilha, Algarve

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.

Oceânico Faldo Course

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Alcantarilha, Algarve

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 Resort also offers the Oceanico Academy - 9 hole, PAR 3 floodlit course.

Oceânico Laguna

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.

Oceânico Millennium Golf Course (Vilamoura)

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Vilamoura, Algarve

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. 

Oceânico Old Course (Vilamoura)

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Vilamoura-Algarve, Algarve

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 - the principal hazard - over gently undulating natural terrain. The course was completely renovated and modernised in 1996 without any  major changes to the magnificent layout.

Oceânico O´Connor Jnr.

Alcantarilha, Algarve

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, and the rich topsoil has been skillfully landscaped and planted with mature palm trees, affording a lush, ornamental setting like an extensive oasis.

Oceânico Pinhal Golf Course (Vilamoura)

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Vilamoura-Algarve, Algarve

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. 

Oceânico Victoria Golf Course (Vilamoura)

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Vilamoura, Algarve

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.

Vale do Lobo Ocean Golf Course

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Almancil, Algarve

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 front nine holes of the Ocean course are located on a slightly hilly land. The undulating fairways are surrounded by pine trees with sea view from several holes. The back nine in particular are characterised by spectacular ocean views, with some holes almost stretching down to the beach. The course provides an enjoyable game for golfers of all standards.

Vale do Lobo Royal Golf Course

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Almancil, Algarve

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.

Alto Golf - Pestana Golf Resorts

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Alvor, Algarve

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.

Gramacho - Pestana Golf Resort

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Carvoeiro, Algarve

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 but always with slightly different challenges. Apart from the special golf design, Ronald and Nick managed to incorporate the traditional landscape by utilizing the natural stone outcrops, historical dry stone walling and existing ancient trees with some artfully sculpted lakes and bunkers. 

 

Having hosted the Portuguese Ladies Open on a number of occasions Pestana Gramacho is recognized as a championship course enjoyable and playable even by those with a higher handicap.

Monte Rei Golf & Country Club

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Vila Nova De Cacela, Algarve

The 18-holes of Monte Rei Golf & Country Club (2007) were designed by the famous Jack Nicklaus. The magnificent course is laid out in rolling hills and offers everything a player would expect. Each hole offers not only visual challenge but a variety of factors to ensure that golfers of most standards can play the course with enjoyment.

Pestana Beloura Golf Resort

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Sintra, Lisboa 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.
Over 40,000 eucalyptus, oak, pine, magnolia, palm and other exotic trees and plants have been planted on this gently undulating Par 72, 18 hole course that measures 5,573 metres from the Men's Tees and 5,173 from the Women's Tees. Water comes into play on many of the holes as they meander between the various lakes and streams that border the Fairways.

Quinta do Lago Laranjal

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Almancil, Algarve

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. 

Quinta do Lago North Golf Course

Almancil, Algarve

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. 

Quinta do Lago South

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Almancil, Algarve

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.

The golfer will find testing holes for low handicap players. Accurate tee shots are essential in order to reach many of the greens in regulation and the course is made more challenging by a good variety of doglegs and strategically located hazards. The front nine holes wind their way through parkland while the back nine loop around the lake. Nevertheless the course is playable for golfers of all levels and abilities.

Silves Golf - Pestana Golf Resorts

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Silves, Algarve

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. Most holes offer spectacular mountain views overlooking palm trees and olive groves, the surrounding cork and citrus farms generate a true feeling of authentic Portuguese golf.

Sir Henry Cotton Championship Course (Penina Resort)

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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. 

Vale da Pinta - Pestana Golf Resorts

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Carvoeiro, Algarve

The 18-hole championship course of Vale de Pinta 1992) in the Algarve belongs as well as the Golfcourse 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 in Europe. The fairways offer Bermuda grass, strategically placed sand bunkers, and greens clad in Pen Cross Bent grass, ornamental lakes in a rolling terrain dotted with carob, fig, almond and up to 1200 years old olive trees.

The 8 times consecutive host of the European Seniors Tour Qualifying final, Vale de Pinta golf in the Algarve, is rightly respected not just for its playability and challenging layout but for outstanding levels of beauty and enjoyment.

Benamor Golf

Conceicao de Tavira, Algarve

The course was designed by Sir Henry Cotton and offers different fairways and requires very precise strokes, so that the ball does not get lost in the uneven areas of the site. The landscape in Benamor is characterized by the hills in the north and the sea to the south.

Espiche Golf

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Lagos, Algarve

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.

GOLF SANTO ANTONIO

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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.

Guardian Bom Sucesso Golf

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Vau – Óbidos, Centro Region

The golf course, with breathtaking views as you play among lakes and strategic bunkers, has 18 holes, par 72, and was designed by the
famous Donald Steel. Guardian Bom Sucesso Golf it’s also a friendly course if you aren’t a scratch golfer.

Tróia Golf

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Setúbal Codex

Just off the Costa Azul, in front of the ancient castles of Sesimbra and Setúbal, is picturesquely the Tróia Peninsula, has the karst character, bordering a nature reserve. Here between endless sandy beaches and fragrant pine woods is one of the best courses in Portugal.

Axis Golfe Ponte de Lima

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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.

Batalha Golf Club

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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 Clube de Campo

Belas, Lisboa Region

Situated between the mountains of the Serra da Carragueira, the golf course offers a beautiful view of the Sintra mountains, the Palácio da Pena and the Cap Espichel south of the Tagus.

Clube de Golf Santo da Serra

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Machico-Madeira

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.

Golf Club Estela

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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.

Montebelo Golfe

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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.

Oitavos Dunes

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Cascais, Lisboa Region

The 18-hole championship course of Oitavos Dunes (2001) was designed by the famous golf course architect Arthur Hills. He carefully crafted the course working with the beautiful natural site overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Oitavos Dunes is located in the Natural Park situated between Cascais and the hills of Sintra.

Since 2013 Oitavos Dunes is rated the 65th best course in the world and the second best in mainland Europe by Golf Magazine.

Oporto Golf Club

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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.

Quinta do Vale Golf Resort

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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.

Royal Óbidos

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Vau, Lisboa 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.

Par 72, 6695 meters

 

Vale de Milho Golf

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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.

Álamos Golf

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Portimao, Algarve

Álamos Golf course is a short but stunning test for golf with great views of the Monchique mountains.

Boavista Golf & Spa Resort

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Lagos, Algarve

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 GOLFE & COUNTRY CLUB

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.

Furnas Golf Course

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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.

Morgado Golf

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Portimão, Algarve

The 18-holes of Morgado Golf is a challenge for beginners as well as for the more experienced player. The course offers characteristics of a links with flat fairways and Scottish inspiration bunkers but inserted into an area of parkland.

Onyria Palmares Golf Resort

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Lagos, Algarve

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.

Pine Cliffs Golf & Country Club

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Albufeira, Algarve

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.

Pinheiros Altos Golf Club

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Almancil, Algarve

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.

Quinta da Marinha Golf Course

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Cascais, Lisboa 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.

Quinta da Ria

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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.

Salgados Golf

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Albufeira, Algarve

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 a number of bird species. The beach is within walking distance and the sea view from the course adds to this scenic golfing experience.

San Lorenzo Golf Club (Quinta do Lago)

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Almancil, Algarve

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, available exclusively to guests of Dona Filipa Hotel, Amarante Formosa Park Hotel. The course - bordering the Ria Formosa Estuary and salt water lagoons - underlines the wonderful topography of Quinta do Lago estate, winding its way gently over undulating pine woodland.

 

Terceira Golf Course

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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 Palace Golf Course

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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.