Explore the bustling heart of the Algarve & play remarkable courses

Located in central Algarve, just a 30-minute drive from Faro Airport, Vilamoura is a destination that has seemingly been designed with golfers in mind. 13 top-class courses surround Vilamoura, as demonstrated in our Algarve brochure, most of which offer a free shuttle service. Some of the big-name designs in the region include the multiple layouts within the Dom Pedro Golf Collection, Vale do Lobo, as well as the well-renowned Quinta do Lago Golf.

There’s plenty to keep you entertained in Vilamoura with the world-famous marina at its centre. Enjoy great bars, authentic restaurants, and local markets while you stay in this lively resort. All in all, a tailored Vilamoura golf holiday is simply a must.

Why book a Vilamoura golf holiday?

  • Play several world-renowned golf courses nearby
  • Stay in the heart of the action, with bars & restaurants aplenty
  • Benefit from free transfers to a selection of top courses
  • Discover the famous nightlife which surrounds the marina
  • Experience & indulge in Portugal’s wonderful culture
  • Easily accessible via flights from London to Faro Airport

What makes a Vilamoura golf holiday so special?

With great hotels, nightlife, and plenty of courses in close proximity, Vilamoura is without doubt the crown jewel in the Algarve. Arguably some of the best golf courses in Europe are in this beautiful resort town, including the must-play Victoria Golf Course – home to the European Tour’s Portugal Masters.

On top of this, we offer some fantastic accommodation in and around the town centre, be that four and five-star hotels, all-encompassing golf resorts, or apartments and villas for that home-away-from-home experience. Add to this one of our favourite town centre, rife with bars, restaurants, clubs, beaches, and more, for a special European golf holiday!

Some of our top-rated golf courses in Vilamoura include:

Dom Pedro Old Course One of our favourites in the Dom Pedro Golf Collection, the Old Course is an exciting design set within a stunning pine forest just 10 minutes from Vilamoura marina. It is one of the most mature and oldest layouts in the area, with gentle undulations, perfectly manicured, small greens, and strategic hazards.

Quinta do Lago South Course Situated 20 minutes outside of Vilamoura, between the marina and Faro, lies one of our premier golf clubs – Quinta do Lago Golf. There are three exceptional golf courses located on-site, but it is the South Course that has received most acclaim over the years, having hosted the Portuguese Open on eight separate occasions.

In 2020/21, the South Course underwent significant renovations to improve the layout and to bring it up to speed with the modern game. And the results are mightily impressive with new bunkering, fairways and greens, and the overall conditioning.

San Lorenzo Golf Course Located just down the road from Quinta do Lago sits San Lorenzo Golf Course, one of our favourite designs in the Algarve. The layout benefits from the same beautiful land as QDL, which includes beautiful umbrella pine lined fairways and scenery from the Ria Formosa Natural Park. Visitors can expect one of the most varied layouts in the area, with a mix of pine forest holes, oceanfront holes, and some exciting risk and reward elements towards the end of the round. Superb fun!

Dom Pedro Victoria Course Designed by Arnold Palmer, and the former home of the Portugal Masters, the Dom Pedro Victoria Course is perhaps the most famous course in the Algarve. The layout is a drivers dream, with a lot of long and flat holes. We absolutely love the back-9 which includes water on six of the holes and some fantastic par-5s.

Quinta do Lago Laranjal Course The latest addition to Quinta do Lago Golf Club having only opened in 2009, Laranjal has become one of our favourite courses in recent years. Unusually, the Laranjal Course consists of five par-5s, eight par-4s, and five par-3s. Expect five lakes, umbrella pines, cork oaks, and orange trees throughout your round!

Stay in top-rated hotels or all-encompassing golf resorts!

Whether you’re looking for a luxury hotel or a convenient golf resort with all the necessities on-site, a Vilamoura golf trip offers a wide selection of first-class accommodation options for you to choose from.

Some of our favourite hotels for a Vilamoura golf holiday includes:

Pestana Vila Sol Located 10 minutes inland from Vilamoura town centre, Pestana Vila Sol is a five-star golf resort set within 371 acres of pine trees, lakes, and lush gardens. The on-site golf course offers 27-holes of Donald Steel design that fits beautifully within the surrounding environment, naturally sculpted by Mother Nature.

Off the course, Vila Sol provides everything you could want from a first-class golf holiday in Vilamoura. Make use of the beautiful spa, swimming pools, tennis courts, and much more, as well as a good mixture of bars and restaurants. All of this combined produces one of our favourite Algarve resorts!

Vale do Lobo Resort While it’s not technically located in Vilamoura, Vale do Lobo Resort is only 15 minutes away from the marina and is one of Portugal's top golf resorts. Active holidaymakers will absolutely love it here, with a multitude of sports and fitness facilities set within stunning pine forests and natural scenery. Those looking to relax will also be well catered for a top spa and the beautiful Vale do Lobo beach within walking distance.

Golfers staying here will also not want to miss Vale do Lobo's Royal Course or the world-famous Old Course which provides a fun challenge for golfers of all levels. After your round, you can relax in the clubhouse which overlooks the 9th and 18th holes.

Dom Pedro Vilamoura Ideally situated equidistant from the marina and beach, Dom Pedro Vilamoura is one of our favourite hotels in the area and is incredibly popular among groups and couples. The hotel is a four-star standard with well-appointed rooms, a great spa, multiple bars and restaurants, and perhaps most importantly, its close proximity to the town centre is great for getting the full Vilamoura experience.

Although there are no golf courses on-site, the hotels benefits from free transfers to the fantastic golf courses within the Dom Pedro Golf Collection – Victoria, Old Course, Pinhal, Millennium, and Laguna.

Hotel Vila Gale Marina Set in prime position overlooking Vilamoura’s marina, Vila Gale Marina is another great option for golfers looking to reside in the epicentre of the Algarve golf scene. Larger groups can benefit from great group discounts, a myriad of bars and restaurants within walking distance, and some of the best courses the Algarve has to offer!

On-site at the hotel guests will be well taken care of with beautiful rooms, a spa with an indoor pool, sauna and therapies, a fully equipped gym, and an outdoor swimming pool. The food is great too, and visitors not looking to explore the local area can take advantage of Galeao Restaurant serving up Portuguese specialties.

Dona Filipa Hotel Dona Filipa is another exceptional all-encompassing golf resort, with a five-star hotel that blends luxury, scenic beauty, and first-class golf facilities. The hotel itself provides a local beach, first-class on-site spa, and swimming pools, which makes it perfect for guests looking to relax.

The on-site San Lorenzo Golf Course is one of the best and most varied layouts in the region, playing through the beautiful surroundings of pine forests and the Formosa Nature Reserve. Golfers can also take advantage of Pinheiros Altos when staying at Dona Filipa Hotel, which is another excellent course that offers three loops of nine.

Our experts say...

Enjoy a lively town center mixed with some of Europe’s best golf courses

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Mark Bell

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Golf travel tips for Vilamoura

Best months for golfing weather:

June & September

Best months for value:

February & November

Most popular months:

April to May & September to October

Our experts recommend:

November to March

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Explore the vibrant nightlife & famous marina

It’s not just the golf courses that make Vilamoura our most popular golf tour destination. It is a resort town known for its large marina, exciting nightlife, and casinos, so there is plenty to keep you entertained off the course. Take a stroll around the centre of Vilamoura in the evening and browse the great selection of bars and restaurants, many of which offer live music which only adds to the buzzing atmosphere.

As well as the long sandy Vilamoura beach and water parks, we recommend a trip to Ria Formosa lagoon, an area of outstanding natural beauty. History buffs can visit the Cerro da Vila archaeological museum which houses a ruined Roman villa with bathhouses and intricate mosaics. With so much to see and discover in the area, you’ll certainly have a packed schedule for your Vilamoura golf holiday.


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