Portugal is a great golfing destination and one of Europe’s most popular, due to its weather and location framed by the Atlantic Ocean. With about 70 courses in total, half being high standard, there is no doubt why many golfers choose Portugal for an exciting round of golf.
Most of the courses overlook the Atlantic, which provides amazing views, plus you can enjoy great local food, and local ambience. Here is a list of the most famous, important and best golf courses you’ll find in Portugal.
Monte Rei (North)
This amazing golf course, the number 1 course in Portugal, is ranked number 12 within the top golf courses in Continental Europe. Located on the eastern side of the Algarve, nested in the charming foothills towards the Spanish border. The location allows for fantastic views of the Atlantic Ocean to the South and the Serra do Caldeiråo mountains to the north, located in Sintra-Cascais National Park. A unique Jack Nicklaus signature course, eleven of the eighteen holes involve water along with some of the toughest bunkers. It’s a 72 par course, with 4 restaurants for you to choose from.
This Arthur Hills designed course is ranked number 16 within the top golf courses in Continental Europe, and second best in Portugal. Known for the perfect blend of challenging holes, and environmental sensitivity. This is an 18-hole masterpiece that tests you to up your game while you admire the fantastic scenery. A par 71 course, with a marvelous combination of woodland and links-type holes masterly designed to take advantage of the landscape. Oitavos Dunes has a dramatic setting with amazing views of the Atlantic Ocean, the Sintra Mountains, and the westernmost point of Continental Europe: Cabo de Roca. You will find this golf course passing through the seaside towns of Estoril and Cascais, where you will find the resort Quinta de Marinha, which houses this wonderful golf course. This was the first golf course in Europe to receive Audubon Gold Certification (environment focus, preserving the natural heritage).
Sheltered along the Atlantic on sandy terrain framed by pines and the marshland bird sanctuary of the Ria Formosa. This course sits on prime location on the Algarve alongside the picturesque Rio Formosa. Your round of golf includes impressive views of the Atlantic and finishes with a semi-island green on the 18th hole. Sometimes peaceful, with many memorable holes, umbrella pines, and water hazards, this is a course that tests you and one that you will remember.
Situated in the coastal town of Vilamoura, this course is in a perfect central location that provides a “Scottish” climate that is preferred by many golfers. The set up and mix of its design has earned a certification by the ISO 14001 standard that rewards the protection and blend of the environment. Designed by Frank Pennik, it has been one of Portugal’s finest courses since it opened, and is crafted in a way that will make you think twice before you take your shot, as some hazards are strategically positioned to catch any errant strokes. An unusual par 73 that will test your confidence, accuracy and club selection. You can also enjoy the clubhouse and restaurant, which provides superb service while you relax from your round of golf.
Located an hour northwest of Lisbon on the Costa de Prata, you’ll find this fine course in a perfect set up. Designed by Cabell B. Robinson, the course is set in two loops of nine holes, and is a par 72. The architect was able to capture the nature of the landscape, while protecting it and strategically planning the holes to enhance your game. You will have some holes running along the coastline next to some sand dunes with fantastic views of the Atlantic Ocean, and nearby Berlenga Islands. Praia D’El Rey will test your abilities from tee to green with its bunkers, undulating dunes, pines, water hazards, and hills going up or down to challenge your expertise. The clubhouse and restaurant is a place where you can relax and enjoy some delicious food while preparing for your round of golf, or relaxing and reminiscing after finishing your game.
You’ll find this amazing course in the south side of Lisbon, down the coast. You need to take a ferry crossing from Setubal to the Peninsula of Troia. Sceneries like out of a postcard of the Atlantic Ocean, the Sado Estuary, and the Serra de Arabida combined to marvel you with their beauty. Designed by Robert Trent Jones Senior using his trademark bold bunkering, raised greens, and some doglegs that sweep between pine trees. This course is home to one of the best sea holes in Portugal, and is a tough course that can be even harder to play when wind comes into play. You’ll find that every day you play it is a different challenge and a different selection of shots that you’ll have to make.
Created by Alejandra Larade