Best golf courses in Portugal
Massively popular among our customers, Portugal has so many options for a golf break. Take a look at our favourite courses to help inspire your next break.
There is no surprise as to why Portugal is a golfer’s ideal destination, with immaculate playing conditions, glorious weather and almost too many incredible courses to choose from.
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 treasures in our top nine of the best golf courses in Portugal.
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 host to four Portuguese Opens, why not try your hand at tackling this incredible championship spec course.
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 Portugal favourites.
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 being one of Robert Trent Jones Senior’s best. 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.
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.
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. No matter what your handicap, the cocktail of 18 holes will need a high level of concentration on the San Lorenzo 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, 3 putting here is nothing to be ashamed of under the intense Vilamoura sunshine.
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 and make the South course a real work of art.
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.
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.
Senior European Groups Consultant