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Best golf courses in Portugal

Massively popular among our customers, Portugal has so many options for a golf break. Take a look at our comprehensive guide to the very best golf courses in Portugal.

Alex Mabbutt
Alex Mabbutt
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With immaculate playing conditions, glorious weather year-round, and an abundance of incredible courses to choose from, it's no surprise why Portugal is a golfer’s dream destination.

We are often asked by our customers, what are the best golf courses in Portugal? Naturally, Vilamoura springs to mind when exploring the Algarve for ideas, but do not forget about the country's capital, Lisbon, with its own fair share of iconic coastal layouts to brag about. We've put together our list of the best and most popular layouts for your next [Portugal golf trip][4}, in no particular order.

1. Oitavos Dunes

Inaugurated in 2001, Oitavos Dunes bears a delightful mix of links and woodland-type holes that are settled seamlessly into the landscape of Sintra-Cascais National Park. The par 71 Course was built at the most westerly point of mainland Europe and has astonishing views of the Atlantic Ocean, clearly no mistake when Arthur Hills decided on the idyllic location. A multiple-time host to the European Tour's Portuguese Open and GolfSixes, why not try your hand at tackling this incredible championship spec course.

Oitavos Dunes course, The Oitavos

"Oitavos Dunes is one of the more challenging courses in Portugal, especially if you catch it on a windy day! The front 9 winds through a tight sand-dune landscape, before the course opens up on the back 9 as you head towards the coastline. A highlight of the round is the par-3 9th, with an elevated tee shot down towards a green framed by striking views of Portugal’s west coastline." ~ Joel Martin, European Product Manager

Oitavos Dunes facts

  • Location: Cascais, Lisbon
  • Length: 6,526 yards
  • Par: 71
  • Architect: Arthur Hills
  • Founded: 1890
  • Course type: Links

2. Monte Rei Golf Resort

Jack Nicklaus was definitely aiming for perfection when designing this course, but the service and precise attention to detail is what makes the entire experience at Monte Rei a truly memorable one. Be prepared for your round, a hazardous selection of water and bunkers will make the shot choice difficult with delicate approaches and aggressive risk and reward tee shots. This course has been leading the way in the top 100 since 2007 and with plans to expand, deserves its place in our best golf courses in Portugal list.

Monte Rei Golf Resort

"Monte Rei is the best premium golfing experience in the Algarve. From a welcome fit for royalty, to the final shot into the spectacular 18th hole – fronted by water and with the stunning clubhouse overlooking behind the green – it’ll be a golfing highlight of your year. The course itself is a real test for all golfers, but you’ll find it in immaculate condition to match the five-star service." ~ Tom Clayton (Head of European Sales)

Monte Rei Golf Resort facts

  • Location: Tavira, Eastern Algarve
  • Length: 7,182 yards
  • Par: 72
  • Architect: Jack Nicklaus
  • Founded: 2007
  • Course type: Parkland

3. Troia Golf

Sandwiched between Sado Estuary and Arrabida mountain, the Troia par 72 course has some of the best golf in Portugal, with the incredible 3rd hole regarded as one of Robert Trent Jones Senior’s finest creations. Kick off the experience with a ferry across the Peninsula of Troia and prepare yourself for sand aplenty and tough pine-lined doglegged fairways. We hope you bring your a-game as a strategic and technical approach is needed here for a good score.

Troia course, Troia Golf

"Troia Golf Course is my favourite course in the Lisbon area. My recommendation would be to jump on the ferry from Setubal to Troia for that added special experience – we were even lucky enough to see Dolphins on the trip across the bay! The golf course itself is a gem and has a true links feel, with a routing winding in and out of the sand dunes. Every hole is challenging but ultimately playable for all levels of golfer. " ~ Joel Martin (European Product Manager)

Troia Golf facts

  • Location: Troia Peninsula, Lisbon
  • Length: 6,908 yards
  • Par: 72
  • Architect: Robert Trent Jones Sr
  • Founded: 1980
  • Course type: Links

4. San Lorenzo Golf Course

Perfect Bermuda grass fairways and an undulating woodland topography make this incredible course a firm Faro favourite. This beacon of class and allure was the brainchild of American architect Joe Lee who has done a dazzling job, creating a course that feels like three courses in one. No matter what your handicap, the cocktail of 18 holes will need a high level of concentration on the San Lorenzo Golf Course.

San Lorenzo Golf course, Dona Filipa Hotel

San Lorenzo Golf Course facts

  • Location: Quinta do Lago, Algarve
  • Length: 6,384 yards
  • Par: 72
  • Architect: Joseph Lee, Rocky Roquemore
  • Founded: 1988
  • Course type: Parkland

5. Victoria Golf Course

Mostly known for its continuous connection with the Portugal Masters since 2007, the Dom Pedro Victoria Course has been a staple of quality and consistency in the world of golf. Do not be deceived by this relatively flat course as threatening bunkers and ominous water hazards will catch you off guard and your scorecard will pay the price. Mammoth undulating greens will leave you fighting for par, as three-putting here is nothing to be ashamed of under the intense Vilamoura sunshine.

Victoria Golf Course

Victoria Golf Course facts

  • Location: Vilamoura, Algarve
  • Length: 7,274 yards
  • Par: 72
  • Architect: Arnold Palmer
  • Founded: 1999
  • Course type: Parkland

6. South Course, Quinta do Lago Golf

With a number of holes overlooking the Ria Formosa Natural Park, William Mitchell’s brainchild is well up in the top class of courses not only in Portugal but Europe. Being a Quinta do Lago championship course and host to the Portuguese Open no less than eight times, this course should still not scare off players of any handicap. There is a real sense of fluidity that snakes through the fairways scattered with Japanese umbrella pine that make the South course a real work of art.

South course, Quinta do Lago Golf

South Course, Quinta do Lago facts

  • Location: Quinta do Lago, Algarve
  • Length: 7,095 yards
  • Par: 72
  • Architect: William Mitchell
  • Founded: 1974
  • Course type: Parkland

7. Praia D'El Rey Golf Course

Whilst trying to battle the gusts from the lively Atlantic Ocean, the breath-taking Praia D'El Rey course will throw all it can at you to disrupt your game. Devilish rough and ominous deep bunkers encase the greens requiring a high level of concentration and patience to prevent any damage to the scorecard. Regardless, take a step back, relax, and take in the most incredible scenic views of the resort that accompany you throughout the round.

Praia D'El Rey course, Marriott Praia D'El Rey Golf & Beach Resort

"The 18 holes at Praia D’El Rey offer a true balance of traditional Portuguese cork pine-lined fairways and a beach-links style back-nine, which offers stunning views of The Silver Coast. The back-nine at Praia D’El Rey is home to one of the best par-3s in Portugal, with an ‘infinity-look’ green, framed completely by the Atlantic Ocean." ~ Mark Bell (European Sales Manager)

Praia D'El Rey Golf Course facts

  • Location: Obidos
  • Length: 6,251 yards
  • Par: 72
  • Architect: Cabell B.Robinson
  • Founded: 1997
  • Course type: Parkland / Links

8. Palmares Golf Club

Robert Trent Jones Jnr has once again pulled out all the stops with a magical 27-hole course overlooking the beautiful Bay of Lagos. A mixture of 3 loops of 9 provides a number of different scenarios from large sand dunes with links-style holes to woodland and tree-lined fairways. Dramatic elevation changes and depth of challenging environments earn the ‘jewel in the crown of the Algarve’ its place in our list of top golf courses in Portugal.

Palmares course, Palmares Golf Club

"Palmares is my favourite course in the Algarve, a perfect blend of playability, challenge, and excellent conditioning – all laid out across a spectacular coastline landscape in the West Algarve. Of the 27 holes, I always recommend 10-27 which are the closest to the beach, routed through the dunes – the closest thing to links golf in the Algarve! Holes 1-9 are also superb, the 4th & 5th holes in particular, which have unrivalled vistas from Lagos to Alvor." ~ Sam Brinsden (Senior European Travel Consultants)

Palmares Golf Course facts

  • Location: Lagos, West Algarve
  • Length: 6,140 yards
  • Par: 72
  • Architect: Robert Trent Jones Jnr
  • Founded: 2010
  • Course type: Parkland / Links

9. West Cliffs Golf Links

The latest addition to golf in Portugal, West Cliffs Golf Links was introduced in 2017 by Cynthia Dye, Pete Dye’s niece, and has received critical acclaim ever since. The layout is simply stunning, with views of the Atlantic Ocean and/or the Obidos Lagoon on every hole.

Despite being a new design, West Cliffs has a classic links feel, with natural, undulating terrain, expansive bunkers, large sand dunes, and a strong sea breeze on a windy day. This is truly a modern great, and when twinned with its older sibling, Praia d’el Rey, provides a world-class golf holiday.

West Cliffs Golf Links, Praia D'el Rey Golf Resort

"West Cliffs is Lisbon’s newest course and is a fantastic addition to the Portugal’s golfing portfolio. Off the back tees, West Cliffs’ long carries can present a real test, but it’s also home to extremely tricky green complexes with significant undulations to negotiate. It is a must-play for any discerning golfer visiting Lisbon!" ~ Luke Bown (Senior European Travel Consultant)

West Cliffs Golf Links facts

  • Location: Obidos
  • Length: 6,490 yards
  • Par: 72
  • Architect: Cynthia Dye
  • Founded: 2017
  • Course type: Links

10. The Old Course (Vilamoura)

Over the years, the beautiful coastal town of Vilamoura has become synonymous with golf holidaymakers for its easily accessible location and buzzing town centre. There are a selection of fantastic golf courses in a small area and The Old Course is perhaps top of the pile.

As the name suggests, The Old Course is the second oldest layout in the Algarve, dating back to 1969. This matured gem makes full use of its natural land, with gently undulating terrain and beautiful pine trees throughout. Although it may look like a straightforward course, the small, sloping greens, strategically placed fairway bunkers and gentle doglegs make for a tough but worthwhile challenge.

The Old Course, Vilamoura

Old Course facts

  • Location: Vilamoura, Algarve
  • Length: 6,840 yards
  • Par: 73
  • Architect: Frank Pennick
  • Founded: 1969
  • Course type: Parkland

11. North Course, Quinta do Lago Golf

The second Quinta do Lago course to be included on this list, like the South Course, the North Course plays through beautiful and mature Japanese umbrella pines throughout. The course is consistently in pristine condition, with lightning-fast greens, large bunkers, and tree-lined fairways. There is also plenty of water, so precise shot-making is the key to scoring well.

Following a 2014 refurbishment by Beau Welling and Paul McGinley, the North Course has become one of Portugal’s premier layouts and a must-play when visiting the Algarve.

North Course, Quinta do Lago Golf

North Course, Quinta do Lago facts

  • Location: Quinta do Lago, Algarve
  • Length: 6,670 yards
  • Par: 72
  • Architect: William Mitchell, Rocky Roquemore
  • Founded: 1971
  • Course type: Parkland

Faldo Course, Amendoeira Golf Resort

Situated just outside of Albufeira, Amendoeira is a first-class golf resort with two exceptional on-site courses in the O’Connor and Faldo. The latter is undoubtedly the more popular of the two and won Portugal’s Best Golf Course at the World Golf Awards in 2016. The course calls for strategic play through rocky terrain, desert bunkers, water hazards, and olive trees. It’s a great addition to any Algarve golf itinerary and offers a great contrast to the other courses in the area.

Faldo Course, Amendoeira Golf Resort

Faldo Course, Amendoeira Golf Resort facts

  • Location: Alcantarilha, Algarve
  • Length: 7,190 yards
  • Par: 72
  • Architect: Nick Faldo
  • Founded: 2007
  • Course type: Parkland

13. Atlantic Championship Course, Penha Longa Resort

The Atlantic Championship Course has managed to maintain an elegant charm amongst the lush vegetation and wonderful surroundings of the Penha Longa Resort. The secluded feel will pose an intimate and engaging course experience on this Trent Jones masterpiece.

With exciting and challenging shots throughout the round lookout for the par-3 15th as wrong club selection could be the difference between making par and swimming with the fish. With views overlooking the neighbouring coastal towns of Cascais and Estoril, this is a truly breath-taking golf course.

Atlantic Championship course, Penha Longa Resort

Atlantic Championship Course, Penha Longa facts

  • Location: Cascais, Lisbon
  • Length: 6,500 yards
  • Par: 72
  • Architect: Robert Trent Jones Jnr
  • Founded: 1992
  • Course type: Parkland
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