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Best Golf Courses in Portugal

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Best Golf Courses in Portugal

Golf in Portugal

Having risen to the top of the ranks as one of Europe's premier golfing destinations, Portugal now has a total of 75 golf courses with 31 of them in the Algarve.

Boasting a vast array of picturesque courses skirting the stunning coastline, the Algarve still remains the country's golfing hotspot with the Nicklaus designed Monte Rei Resort being at the forefront of this. The emerging stars of the country are the fantastic courses surrounding the capital, Lisbon.

Combining sun, sea and pristine fairways Portugal is tailored to provide for every golfers needs, making it an ideal location for your summer or winter golfing getaway.

Read on to discover the courses our experts have played and consider the best in Portugal or check out some of the best golf holiday deals in Portugal >>

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Dom Pedro Old Course

Established in 1969 the Dom Pedro Old Course is often seen as the 'old father time' of the region. In line with other layouts from that era, the Old Course requires players to think their way round rather than simply blast it off the tee.

The renovation of the clubhouse in 1996 has kept the club up with the modern era and the combination of the new with the old makes it truly spectacular venue to play it.

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Dom Pedro Old Course facts
Location Vilamoura, Central Algarve
Length 6,839 yards
Par 73
Designed by Frank Pennink
Established 1969
Where to stay Vilamoura accommodation

"The front 9 is your best bet at making a score with many challenging holes awaiting on the back 9. It is easy to see why so many play here each year."
Oliver (Marketing: Handicap 1)

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Oitavos Dunes

Away from Portugal’s golfing paradise of the Algarve lies one of the Europe’s top ranked courses. Oitavos Dunes is located outside the capital city of Lisbon and is the perfect blend of masterful golf course design with the already beautiful natural landscape of the Portuguese coastline.

Renowned mainly for his work in America, Arthur Hills has created a beautiful golfing set up which is reminiscent of some of Scotland’s most famous golf courses. Though not strictly a links course, the fairways are often bordered by woodland but the sandy turf and spectacular sea views still gives golfers the feel of a links set up. This unique golf course sees over 300 days of sunshine a year and is a great place to get some winter sun.

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Oitavos Dunes facts
Location Lisbon, Portugal
Length 6,968 yards
Par 71
Designed by Arthur Hills
Established 1937
Where to stay Lisbon

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Dom Pedro Victoria Course

Taking the title of Dom Pedro's flagship course, golfers are treated to some truly scintillating golf holes throughout a round on the Victoria Course. Designed by the great Arnold Palmer it is no wonder that the course is a regular stop on European Tour playing host to the prestigious Portugal Masters, where winners include the likes of Lee Westwood, Shane Lawry and Padraig Harrington.

Just minutes from the vibrant town of Vilamoura, the course provides you with a fantastic day of golf and leaves you just minutes away from an even better evening.

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Dom Pedro Victoria Course facts
Location Vilamoura, Central Algarve
Length 7,229 yards
Par 72
Designed by Arnold Palmer
Established 2004
Where to stay The Residences at Victoria

"The 17th is a long par-5 stretching well close to 600 yards from the back tees with water in play off the tee and on the approach to the green. With a favourable wind, you can reach this in two but you'll be faced with a high number if you fall short of the green."
Ian (European Team: Handicap 1)

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Vale Do Lobo (Royal Course)

Arguably Portugal's most renowned golfing estate, there aren't many better places to stay and play than Vale Do Lobo. The Royal Course boasts some of the most dramatic holes in the Algarve culminating with the par 3, 16th which quite literally leaves you on a cliff hanger.

Designed by the great Sir Henry Cotton and revamped by Rocky Roquemore, the stunning golf course will not leave you disappointed and is a must play for anyone heading to the Algarve.

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Vale Do Lobo (Royal Course) facts
Location Vale do Lobo, Central Algrave
Length 6,626 yards
Par 72
Designed by Sir Henry Cotton, R. Roquemore
Established 1997
Where to stay Vale do Lobo

"The 16th on the Royal Course is an obvious favourite, just don't miss left! It can get windy there so good to practice your knockdown shots before you play here."
Alex (European Team: Handicap 11)

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Monte Rei (North Course)

Bursting onto the Algarve's golfing scene in 2007, the North Course at the magnificent Monte Rei Resort is designed by 18 time major champion Jack Nicklaus. Employing every bit of his golfing knowledge, Nicklaus has sympathetically merged incredible course design with the region's stunning natural landscape.

The course winds its way through the dramatic valleys creating multiple mini amphitheatres which add to the sense of drama with any drive or approach shot.

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Monte Rei (North Course) facts
Location Vila Nova de Cacela, East Algarve, Portugal
Length 7,182 yards
Par 72
Designed by Jack Nicklaus
Established 2007
Where to stay Monte Rei Resort

"Each hole is very individual with it rare to see any of the other holes while playing. It is the 1st golf course we book when we visit The Algarve each year, it gets better and better each time we play it."
Oliver (Marketing: Handicap 1)

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San Lorenzo

Ranked inside the European top 100 golf courses, San Lorenzo has long been considered one the country’s finest golfing setups. Situated in the heart of the Ria Formosa nature reserve, American architect Joseph Lee has combined superb golf course designed with the beautiful natural landscape to create a true golfing spectacle.

With holes like the stunning par 4, 6th which leaves players hitting out towards the ocean it is easy to see why the course has played host to the Portuguese Open on 7 different occasions.

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San Lorenzo facts
Location Faro, Central Algrave
Length 6,822 yards
Par 72
Designed by Joseph Lee
Established 1988
Where to stay Dona Filipa Hotel

"There are countless spectacular holes, like the sixth, a par-4 towards the ocean which gets the juices flowing, before the course builds up to a magnificent crescendo with the closing stretch."
Bronagh (European Team: Handicap 2)

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Quinta do Lago (South Course)

At the helm of Quinta do Lago's 3 courses is the South which has played host to a number of European Tour Amateur events. The 18 hole championship layout tests all aspects of a players game but with its variety of tee boxes it is accessible by all abilities of golfers.

Overlooking the Ria Formosa National Park, you will be hard pushed to find a course in the Algarve which offers many better inland views that here at Quinta do Lago.

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Quinta do Lago (South Course) facts
Location Faro, Central Algarve
Length 7,095 yards
Par 72
Designed by William Mitchell
Established 1974
Where to stay Magnolia Hotel, Wyndham Grand Algarve

"The holes around the water on 15, 16 and 17 provide a grandstand finish before heading to the testing 18th before you enjoying a well-earned beer in the 19th with views across the 1st hole and beyond."
Oliver (Marketing: Handicap 1)

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West Cliffs Golf Course

Having only opened in June 2017, West Cliffs Golf Course is a one of the hottest new courses that have been added to Portugal’s golfing portfolio. As you may have guessed the course skirts the Silver Cliffs of the country’s spectacular coastline and gifts golfers with superb views of the Atlantic Ocean.

Each hole on this glorious golf course is unique from the other with one featuring the dramatic sand dunes of the coast to another being lined by pines before you emerge out to a strong Atlantic breeze. In true links fashion the course has a rather rugged feel to it and is reminiscent of some of the world renowned Open Championship setups.

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West Cliffs Golf Course facts
Location Lisbon, Portugal
Length 7,000 yards
Par 72
Designed by Dye Design Group
Established 2017
Where to stay Monte Rei Resort

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Onyria Palmares Golf

Since its opening in 1975, Palmares has gone from strength to strength and now features on the PGA Europro circuit. The course offers up spectacular views of Lagos Bay and the Monchique Hills which are good enough to make even your worst round of golf worthwhile.

With 5 of the holes skirting the stunning coastal sand dunes the course is made to feel like a links but with the rest winding its way through tree lined fairways players are treated to the best of both set ups.

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Onyria Palmares Golf facts
Location Lagos, West Algrave
Length 7,125 yards
Par 72
Designed by Robert Trent Jones Jnr
Established 2010
Where to stay Palmares Beach House, Vila Gale Lagos

"Five of the holes border the sand dunes near the coastline, and have a distinct links feel, while the remainder winds through the lovely tree-lined undulations of the estate's higher ground."
Nick (European Team: Handicap 16)

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Oceanico Faldo Course

Designed by one of the game’s greats, the Faldo course utilises the natural landscape of the region to create a truly spectacular golfing set up which is due to become one of the regions most desirable courses. With 5 different tees Faldo has created the perfect layout which aims to challenge golfers of abilities through their accuracy and their distance. Those seeking the round of a lifetime should be sure to include this course on their Algarve adventure.

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Oceanico Faldo Course facts
Location Vilamoura, Algrave
Length 7,215 yards
Par 72
Designed by Nick Faldo
Established 2008
Where to stay Vilamoura, Amendoeira Golf resort

"The undualting layout along with all the olives trees, rocky hazard areas and scrub areas can make it a little tricky to score well if like me, you can't always keep the ball in play, but it made it interesting thinking about which club to play on each tee."
Gabriella (Marketing Team: Handicap 23)

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Best Golf Courses in Portugal - based on our Customer Reviews

Course Score out of 10
Quinta do Lago Laranjal Course : 9.7
Monte Rei : 9.6
Dom Pedro Old Course : 9.6
Dom Pedro Victoria Course : 9.3
Quinta do Lago South Course : 9.2
Course Score out of 10
Quinta da Cima : 9.2
Vale do Lobo Ocean Course : 9.1
San Lorenzo : 9.0
West Cliffs : 8.9
Gramacho Old Course : 8.9

Frequently asked questions about Golf in Portugal

How many golf courses are there in Portugal?

There are 75 golf courses in Portugal with the Southern region of Algarve home to 31. These range from inland championship tests such as that of the Jack Nicklaus designed Monte Rei to shorter 9 hole coastal golf courses such as Pine Cliffs on the West Coast of The Algarve. Golfers heading to Porto can enjoy some of Portugal's oldest golf courses including Oporto Golf Club which is the country's oldest. Lisbon is home to some stunning courses with views across Atlantic coastline including West Cliffs and Praia D'El Rey.

Where can I play golf in Portugal?

Golf is most popular in and around Lisbon, Porto and The Algarve. The Algarve is the most popular for golf holidays with both beginners and experienced golfers heading to these courses which meander through the countryside of established umbrella pines. Beginners can enjoy resorts such as Penina which offer tuition, a dedicated golf academy and 2 9-hole golf courses which are great to learn to brush up on your golf skills.

Is golf expensive in Portugal?

Portugal is very similar to mainland Europe in terms of cost with green fees ranging from £30 to £250 per person per round. There are many packages available which can reduce the cost significantly with some hotels, such as Penina, often including complimentary rounds of golf with your stay. The best value green fees can be enjoyed in the winter months with specials also offered for early-bird (before 8am) and twilight (typically after 3pm).