Golf in Portugal has long had a reputation as being one of the most popular destinations for golfing holidays in Europe. The most popular golfing region is without doubt the Algarve; situated on the south coast, the region has become one of the most popular golfing destinations in the world thanks to the numerous quality courses and resorts.
Hundreds of thousands of golfers travel to the Algarve every year to see what all the fuss is about and it is extremely for someone to leave unsatisfied. With 46 courses in the region, it is home to more than half of all the golf courses in Portugal – if you’re looking for a wide choice of courses within a region, then look no further!
The legendary designer, Sir Henry Cotton, designed the first course in the Algarve in 1966 at Penina. The Championship course has been host of the Portuguese Open on eight occasions and has played host to many more professional tournaments over the years. Unusually, par for the course is 73 – with four par 5’s on the back nine!
The most popular destinations in the region now are probably the Oceanico resort in Vilamoura, which is home to the Laguna, Millenium, Old, Pinhal and Victoria courses, and the outstanding Jack Nicklaus designed North course at Monte Rei which was opened in 2007 to great critical acclaim.
Due to the popularity and quality of the golf courses in the Algarve, the other regions are often overlooked as golfing destinations despite their obvious quality. There are several golf courses in the North of Portugal as well as in and around the capital, Lisbon. There are also a handful on the island of Madeira.
One of the best golf resorts in Portugal is located an hour north of Lisbon. The Royal Obidos Spa and Golf Resort is situated in a beautiful location on the silver coast just a couple of hundred metres from a superb beach. The luxurious spa and brilliant leisure facilities make your stay extremely pleasant away from the golf course – which was designed by Seve Ballesteros. Even including the Algarve, it is without doubt one of the best resorts in Portugal, if not Europe!
Travelling to Portugal is easy; there are numerous flights daily to and from a huge number of destinations across Europe as well as North and South America and Africa. The three main international airports are Lisbon, Porto and Faro located in the Algarve.
Having arrived in Portugal, there are numerous ways of travelling around. Caminhos de Ferro Portugueses (CP), the Portuguese national rail service, provides regional and intercity services which connect all the major town and cities all over the country. There are also a number of different bus companies that connect the major towns and cities of the country. Another option is to rent a car, which can be arranged before arrival or there are numerous car rental firms situated at the airport.
One of the major reasons why golf holidays are popular in Portugal is the weather. Sunshine is virtually guaranteed throughout the summer and you can expect the temperature to stay in the late 20’s until the end of October! If you find the heat of the summer months unbearable, then the cooler winter months are definitely an option for a golf holiday - golf is played all year round in Portugal and the courses maintain the high standard they are known for during the winter.
Despite not having the quantity of golf courses on offer as the likes of Spain and France, Portugal has been one of the most popular destinations in the world for golfing holidays for a number of years.
The sheer quality of the golf courses shines through and it’s not difficult to see why hundreds of thousands of people flock to the Algarve for a golf holiday. There are numerous golf packages available on our website that will ensure you experience all that golf in Portugal has to offer!