Repeatedly considered to be the best golfing destination in the world
The Algarve has 34 golf courses with international appeal that are frequently being used for (international) golf competitions. In October the Algarve welcomes the annual golf event Portugal Masters, considered as one of the most important and biggest tournaments worldwide.
- The Vale do Lobo Royal golf course a remarkable championship course that offers players of all abilities an unforgettable golf experience.
The Royal fairways travel inland on the front nine and towards the ocean on the back nine and are lined with pine trees, lakes and wild flowers and then surprises players with exhilarating sea views.
A well-known symbol of the Algarve, his cliff top par 3 16th is one of the most photographed holes in Europe and in the opinion of some professionals, the hole is rivaled only by the 17th ‘road-hole’ at St. Andrews.
- Often described as the Grande Dame of Algarve courses, the Oceanico Old Course is the oldest and most popular of the five Vilamoura courses and renowned all over the golfing world.
It is laid over and around gentle sloping hills with tree lined fairway sit meanders throughout impressive pine trees — the principal hazard – over gently undulating natural terrain, and poses quite a stern test and forces you to put the emphasis on accuracy and course management ahead of length.
- Penina is a truly magnificent golf course. The challenging layout will test every golfer’s shot-making ability, a very well maintained course, played through Eucalyptus trees and clumps of palms trees to mainly elevated greens.
An excellent golf course to walk as it is quite flat but be aware with the various streams, ditches, water hazards, bunkers and out of bounds that you will encounter during your round; a demanding test of golf for players of all abilities.
- Located within the well-known Quinta do Lago estate, Pinheiros Altos course enjoys a solid reputation.
The golf course has an unusual layout with three nines of contrasting character, ‘The Pines’, ‘The Corks’ and ‘The Olives’. The Pines, as its name suggests, meanders through typical Algarvian pine woods whereas many water hazards must be negotiated coming home. The rest is much flatter but the holes work their way through a series of lakes requiring accurate driving and precise iron play.
The golf course embraces part of the Ria Formosa Natural Park, making this another course of beauty and challenge for players of all standards.
- Benamor was the first golf course built east of Faro in the Algarve, with views to the Atlantic and Tavira Island to the south and towards the hills and valleys in the north the golf course is set in groves of olive, cork, carob and almond trees on the lower slopes of the hills.
The rolling terrain and widely varying holes provide an interesting test of your game, there are many strategically placed bunkers and water hazards so precision off the tee and on the approach shots is an absolute must.