Great golf awaits in Portugal’s second largest city
Portuguese golf holidays are becoming more and more popular with golfers now exploring areas which do not necessarily get the plaudits they deserve. Porto is one such area. Known already for its grand architecture and fine wine, Portugal’s second-largest city is now getting the recognition it deserves for its plethora of great courses, with golf holidays in Porto quickly establishing itself as a prime option when visiting Portugal.
Why choose a golf holiday to Porto?
- Discover Porto’s nightlife, including clubs, comedy & music
- Oporto is the oldest golf course in Portugal
- Vidago Palace is the perfect golfing retreat for couples
- Estela golf course is a hidden gem
What makes a golf holiday in Porto so special?
With golf in Portugal as popular as ever, playing golf on Porto’s golf courses is now a serious option for travelling players. Porto has a wealth of excellent courses dotted around its suburbs and the wider golfing world is now beginning to sit up and take notice of the great courses here.
Porto golf courses are characterised by their supreme quality, tough designs, thick rough and immaculate fairways.
A top Porto golf course you have to check out is Vidago Palace Golf Course. Opened in 1936, the course boasts stunning views of the surrounding countryside yet golfers are advised to stay focused as the course is extremely challenging with undulating greens and many bunkers ready to ruin your round.
Ponte de Lima Golf Course is another top Porto golf course, not as challenging as Vidago Palace but offers a pleasant golfing experience with great views of the Lima Valley. One notable feature here is one of Europe’s longest holes measuring in at a whopping 680 yards.
Stunning architecture, wine & great golf
Portugal’s second-largest city, Porto is often regarded more for its outstanding historic architecture and fine wine than its golf courses. However, this would be doing the city a massive discredit as the courses on offer in Porto are amongst some of the most varied you will find in all of Portugal.
Notable courses of Porto include the beautiful and historic course at Oporto Golf Club, the tricky and demanding Ponte de Lima Golf Course and the sensational links of the [Estela Golf Course].
What makes golf in Porto so good is the supreme variation of the golf courses here. For a golf organiser it can often be a difficult task to pick a destination everyone is happy with, yet that is the beauty of Porto, groups can find a great variety from contemporary to historic parkland courses, traditional links courses and all styles in-between.
Porto is a true crowd-pleaser. Plus, when you consider the excellent continental climate, frequent flights, great accommodation and wealth of other non-golfing activities on offer, its no wonder that Porto is becoming more and more popular.
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Luxury hotels in idyllic countryside
Being such a popular city, golfers will never struggle to find accommodation in Porto and the city boasts a wider array of luxury hotels and resorts which perfectly complement the outstanding courses the city is becoming known for. Whether you wish to stay in the city itself or in the glorious idyllic countryside of the outskirts, there is accommodation to please every group.
Vidago Palace Resort is an excellent 5* hotel based in a beautifully built 1910s construction. Consisting of 69 rooms and excellent onsite golf facilities including a championship golf course, golf academy, driving range, practice grounds and 2 putting greens, it’s a great choice for those wanting to be at the heart of Porto’s golf action.
Hotel Solverde Spa & Wellness Center is another super 5* hotel set just outside of Porto, offering some truly incredible views of the Atlantic Ocean. The hotel consists of 166 rooms, 108 of which have beautiful balconies boasting sea views. The hotel allows you to truly appreciate the glory of the oceanic landscape. With onsite swimming pools, a large garden expanse, a tennis complex and a Spa centre you can enjoy your Porto golf holiday in style.
Axis Ponte De Lima Golfe Resort is a relatively small yet quaint 3* resort specifically built to accompany the neighbouring Ponte de Lima golf course. The Axis Ponte de Lima has 40 well-equipped rooms, an onsite Health & Wellness Centre, tennis courts, a heated indoor swimming pool, gymnasium, horse-riding, water sports facilities and exquisite restaurant serving up fresh local cuisine.