The Best Golf Courses In Portugal That You Need To Try
Ever since the British introduced golf to the Portuguese in the 19th century, Portugal has made a name for itself in the golfing world. And it’s not a surprise why Portugal became such a popular golf destination considering its excellent playing conditions and its diverse offer of courses along the country. Plus, its amazing weather is the cherry on top. If you’re wondering where to play golf in Portugal, WarmRental put together a selection of the 10 best golf courses in Portugal that you need to try. Take a look!
Overlooking the Serra do Caldeirão and the Atlantic Ocean, Monte Rei Golf Course is located in Tavira, allowing you to split your time between golfing and exploring the Algarve. Jack Nicklaus, American golf legend, is the architect behind this golf course.
Located an hour’s drive north of Lisbon, from the West Cliffs you can not only have fun playing golf but also enjoy the view over the Atlantic Ocean and Óbidos lagoon. Opened in the Summer of 2017, it features sustainable links well-integrated with its stunning surroundings.
Located in the beautiful Sintra-Cascais National Park and designed by architect Arthur Hills, Oitavos Dunes is a championship golf course with a mix of links and woodland type holes. The fact that it is influenced by the winds coming from the sea, requires that you play strategically and makes it an exceptional golf course.
Located South of Lisbon, you will need to pop on the ferry crossing from Setúbal to the Peninsula of Tróia, to get to this championship golf course. The Par 72 course features tough pine-lined doglegged fairways and spectacular links.
San Lorenzo is a world-class golf course located on Quinta do Lago estate, in the Algarve, and near the stunning Ria Formosa – so expect incredible views! The 18 holes of this golf course require high levels of concentration as the play can be quite challenging.
Often described as the Grande Dame of Algarve courses, Old Course, located in Vilamoura, is the second oldest golf course in the Algarve. Opened in 1969, it is set in an umbrella pinewood and makes the best of the natural landscape of the Algarve.
Opened in 1975, Palmares is considered the golfing “jewel in the crown of the Algarve” featuring a stunning view of Lagos. This 27-hole course can be a challenge thanks to its dramatic elevation changes but it makes the play even more interesting.
Quinta do Lago
Overlooking the Ria Formosa Natural Park, Quinta do Lago is not only a top golf course in Portugal but also in Europe. This championship golf course designed by William Mitchell in 1974 hosted the Portuguese Open eight times and is absolutely beautiful.
Praia D’El Rey
Located near Óbidos, the Praia D’El Rey Golf Course is known for its two loops of nine holes, vast pine forest and beautiful dunes. Don’t get too distracted with the scenic views because this excellent golf course requires a high level of concentration and patience.
Located in the beautiful town of Amendoeira, Sir Nick Faldo designed this 18 hole golf course with strategic play in mind as it features a few hidden traps. It’s a demanding course from the first hole but one of the best ones in the country.
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