Portugal is slowly opening up again, adjusting to the new normal post this crisis. It’s with a feeling of relief golfers in Portugal now can get theirselves out on the course again. And soon enough we’ll also be able to travel to enjoy golf in this beautiful country. Let us introduce you to eight amazing courses in Portugal, with a couple of tips of where to eat nearby each course.
1. Vale do Lobo
With the two Parkland courses Ocean Course and Royal Course, designed by Sir Henry Cotton and Rocky Roquemore, Vale do Lobo truly offers luxury and challenges for golfers all over the world. These two 18-hole championship courses are home to some of the most iconic holes and golfing view to be found.
2. Espiche Golf
Espiche Golf with it’s design by Peter Sauerman really stands out among other golf clubs in Algarve. It takes pride in being one of the eco-friendliest in the region – the way that the course is structured aims to enrich and preserve the biodiversity in the area. Friendly and helpful staff, wonderful views and well-planned obstacles – that is what makes Espiche Golf a real pleasure to play on!
Boavista Golf & Spa Resort is a modern golf course located a short drive away from Lagos. What makes it stand out from the crowd is an interesting layout – the course is quite hilly, so a buggy is recommended. The first nine holes go up to the highest point of the golf course. The second half of the course will challenge you with various water hazards and terrain undulations. Here is spectacular views from almost every hole guaranteed!
4. Palmares Golf Course
Welcome to one of the most attractive golf destinations in the region Algarve! Palmares golf course has everything that you look for when you plan your next golf holiday: fantastic undulating greens, three 9 hole loops that can be played in any order and spectacular views over the beach and the ocean. Couldn’t ask for more!
5. Penina Championship Course
Designed by Sir Henry Cotton, three times British Open Champion, Penina Championship Golf course does not stop attracting golfers from all over the world since it was opened in 1966. The course is unpredictable and challenging – players will face water hazards and streams as well as slopes and elevated greens. Penina Championship Golf Course truly is one of a kind!
6. Pestana – Vila Sol & Gramacho
Vila Sol – the prestigious 18-hole championship course with Donald Steel design, will not disappoint. Vila Sol offers well-maintained greens designed to preserve the natural layout of the terrain. Apart from tricky yet enjoyable greens, golfers can count on fantastic service that will make your visit to Pestana Vila Sol unforgettable!
With 18 interesting holes, strategically placed obstacles and well-preserved flora, Gramacho offers more than just a round of golf – it is a wonderful experience that stays in golfer’s mind long after the last shot.
7. San Lorenzo
San Lorenzo Golf represents the highest standard and the best quality among golf courses. It’s not without a reason it’s called one of the best in Portugal and in Europe. The course offers undulating fairways in an excellent condition and rewards you with magnificent views of the sea. Even though the first few holes might seem easy, the course reveals itself in full glory as you progress. Get ready for the fantastic views from the last hole!
8. Troia Golf Championship Course
In the heart of the Troia peninsula, you’ll find one of Portugal’s most engaging and challenging golf courses, the Troia Golf Championship Course, voted one of Europe’s best 20 resorts by Golf World magazine in 2018. Unwind in this 6-hectar, 18-hole and par 72 golf course alongside the beach with a dazzling view of the Arrábida Mountain. Regardless of your handicap, the Robert Trent Jones Sr. course is ideal for improving your technique and for expecting the best performance and the best results.