The 8 Best Golf Courses In The Algarve

The 8 Best Golf Courses In The Algarve

 

The modern game of golf as we know it originated in Scotland around the 15th century and since then it has changed quite a bit. From all woods to steel clubs, lighter golf balls and even spiked shoes, golf has certainly changed throughout the ages. But what has remained the same is the inadvertent joy every golf player gets when landing that perfect drive shot, the feeling of being surrounded by nature in a beautiful golf course.

And now that golf season is here, there is nothing quite like the magic of playing in the stunning courses in the Algarve. With all year-round sunny weather, the golfing experience here takes to a whole new level. There are many courses scattered around the Algarve, with beautiful ocean views just over the beaches near Vale do Lobo to stunning greens up near the hills up in Tôr. But with over 31 golf courses here we would like to recommend you our selection of golf courses that will make any golfer go around the course again and again.

In case you are worried about the safety here, the Algarve is one of the places in Europe least affected by COVID-19. On top of that, Portugal has strict regulations in place that everyone is following, so rest assured that golfing season is still on!

 

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San Lorenzo Golf Course: Quinta do Lago

 

Considered by many the most beautiful golf course in the Algarve, the San Lorenzo Championship Golf course was designed by US architects Joseph Lee and Rocky Roquemore, who were the designers of the first three golf courses at Walt Disney World!

For over 30 years and counting, the course has been voted one of the best in Europe. It is located in Quinta do Lago and it was designed perfectly designed around the Ria Formosa Natural Park, a unique wildlife natural lake reserve created in 1988 and home to some unique wildlife found only here, like the iconic Purple Swamp-hen!

From saltwater marshes mixed with freshwater lagoons and even the Atlantic Ocean as the background set, the San Lorenzo course boasts 18 beautiful holes along a clubhouse, a golf pro shop and a restaurant with a bar.

If you are interested in playing a round of golf in San Lorenzo just let us know and we can book It for you. Alternatively, you can book it here.

 

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Dom Pedro Victoria Golf Course: Vilamoura

 

Designed by legendary golfer Arnold Palmer, the Dom Pedro Victoria Golf Course is considered as one of the most challenging golf courses in Europe. Victoria was home to the "World Cup Championships" tournament in 2005 and has been welcoming the Portugal Masters tournament every year since 2007.

With a par 72 championship layout, the course has total area of 90 hectares and is well known for its wavy fairways, sandy bunkers and tricky lakes that act both water hazards for increased difficulty and as a water reservoirs for the maintenance of the course.

The natural setting of the course has been preserved with carob, almond and olive trees that surround the course.

Victoria has a lovely clubhouse available for all golfers, along with a golf shop, a driving range and a restaurant on-site.

Should you wish to book a round at Victoria you can do so here or just contact our Rental team for more information.

 

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Pinheiros Altos Golf Course: Golden Triangle

 

Located just on the edge of the Ria Formosa Natural Park, the Pinheiros Altos Golf Course is a beautiful 27-hole course with a view of Quinta do Lago's finest colonial-style villas and immense green lush gardens.

With a quiet and tranquil feeling that allow you to really get your head in the game and relax, the course features three 9-hole groupings, each with a par 36 that are tailored to your level of expertise. The three courses that make up Pinheiros Altos are named The Pines, The Corks and The Olives after the trees found in Quinta do Lago, one of the three locations that make up the Golden Triangle region alongside Vale do Lobo and Vilamoura. These courses were designed by famous golf architects Ronald Fream and Jorge Santana da Silva who planned out their creations with a competitive outlook of the course in mind. All rounds start and finish near the clubhouse, so you can take a break in-between all three!

There is also a golf academy established in 1990 that has been at the forefront of golf teaching in Southern Europe, featuring V1 and flightscope technology, a number of teaching bays right next to a Titleist fitting centre and a fitness studio. There is also a driving range with practice greens, bunkers and a chipping area. This facility is run by leading British PGA golf professionals that keep the course and its training facilities to the highest standards.

If you want to book a round of golf at Pinheiros Altos, you can do so here or just ask reception upon arrival.

 

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Laranjal Course: Quinta do Lago

 

The word laranjal actually means orange grove in Portuguese, and it comes as no surprise that this golf course used to be a big orange grove in Quinta do Lago way back when.

The course opened In 2009 and just two years later was voted "Best Golf Course" at the 2011 Portuguese Travel Awards!

Composed of five par 5s, eight par 4s and five par 3s, the field totals a par 72 championship course. The course measures 6,480 meters in total length, and is located just east of Quinta do Lago, in Ludo.

Some of the original orange trees have been kept and are part of the environment, alongside cork-oaks, pine trees and five stunning lakes scattered around the course.

The course also features classic sand banks near the lakes, just for an extra touch of difficulty - we advise you to not take the course lightly!

Fancy a round at a modern golf course? Then Laranjal is the right course for you. Give it a booking here or just contact Quinta Rentals and we can sort out your booking in no time!

 

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Sir Henry Cotton Championship Course: Penina, Portimão

 

Venturing out to Western Algarve you can find the Portugal's first ever golf course, the world renown Sir Henry Cotton Championship Course. C

Considered by many the kickstarter for the Algarve golfing industry, Sir Henry's course is located just outside Portimão. The course has been voted Portugal's Leading Golf Resort by the World Travel Awards. The crown jewel of Penina, this course was designed by Sir Henry Cotton himself, and has hosted the Portuguese Open on ten different occasions.

Considered one of the most challenging golf courses in the world, this challenge is not for the faint of heart. Flanked by water streams and ditches, alongside elevated greens and dangerous sand banks, it seems there is a hazard at every corner.

There is also the Resort Course, which is a lovely, easy-going green that provides a good practice run for the main course. With a par of 71, the Resort Course is a solid option for players of any skill level.

And if you are in the mood to practice your short game, the Academy Couse is the ideal 9-hole gem for any golfer. With six par 3s and three par 4s, the Academy Course maintains the perfect balance between challenge and enjoyment.

There are also driving ranges, two chipping greens and two putting greens, a practice bunker and a golf clinic. The course provides classes with two PGA professional golfers for the best advice on how to get your game on!

You have to try the Sir Henry Cotton Course during your stay. It is an absolute must! You can get your booking done here or alternatively contact your Rental Manager for a booking.

 

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Monte Rei Golf & Country Club: Tavira

 

Let us take you to Eastern Algarve. Just outside Tavira and next to the Spanish border you will find the Monte Rei Golf & Country Club nestled between the unique mountain foothills of Serra do Caldeirão and with a golf course designed by none other than Jack Nicklaus himself.

Monte rei is a well-known golfing paradise in Europe. After retiring from professional golfing in 2005, Jack Nicklaus has been working with Monte Rei in order to provide its golfers one of the best golfing experiences the Algarve has to offer.

During your game some holes may get a bit steep, so do not be afraid to grab a golf buggy at the club house. The course was designed to provide a fun, yet challenging experience for everyone, from professional golfers to high handicapped players. It is also a friendly course for beginners, allowing young players to practice their short game between the sand traps and lake hazards.  The course boasts a par of 72 and consists of 7182 yards with the stunning Serra do Caldeirão as the background for an incredible late afternoon golfing game.

Fancy a round at Monte Rei? Just contact us directly at Quinta Rentals or book it straight here.

 

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Dom Pedro Old Course: Vilamoura

 

If Sir Henry's course is the oldest course in the Algarve, then the Dom Pedro Old Course is the runner-up. Designed by the great Frank Pennick, the Old Course is located in the centre of Vilamoura, only a 20-minute drive from Faro Airport.

Surrounded by pine trees and and nature, this 73-par course has 6254 meteres in length and is one of the big names in the golfing industry in the Algarve.

The course is known for its lush greens and beautiful, straight fairways where you can just let it all out. Dom Pedro prides themselves with the high quality service offered to their golfers, with a valet service available between all holes, a fantastic clubhouse for resting up and socializing with fellow golfers, a buggy bar that comes down to your rescue for a cool break in-between those blazing hot afternoon rounds and even a restaurant should you wish to spend a full day at the course.

If you happen to be in the mood for some golfing in Vilamoura, then give it a go and book a few rounds here. Otherwise, we would be happy to assist in your booking.

 

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Salgados Golf Course: Albufeira

 

The Salgados Golf Course is a beautiful 18-hole golf course right next to Salgados Beach in Albufeira. Its almost as if you are chipping balls right in the sand!

The golf course opened in 1994 and was designed by Pedro Vasconcelos, who wanted to design an enjoyable, strategic experience for all golfers. The course has countless lakes and marshes that act as water hazards providing for a challenging experience regardless of your experience. On top of that, It can get a bit windy at times so be prepared for some curved shots!

The course is a par-72 that will literally provide a walk in the park as the course is also the home for many different bird species such as the Cattle Egret and the Gull-billed Tern. Unlike other golf courses on this list, the Salgados Golf Course is very flat and provides a unique feeling of relaxation during the game.

At Salgados you will find a golf academy for any on-the-spot lessons, alongside practice greens, a wonderful clubhouse with a restaurant should you wish to spend the full day at the course and a professional golf store.

Up for a game? Give it a go and book yourself a game here or alternatively give us a call and we can arrange some rounds on your behalf.

 

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