Alamos Golf Course
If you are looking for a challenging technical course that is situated in a beautiful setting, look no further than the Alamos Golf Course.
The 18-hole course offers superb views out towards the rolling hills of Serra de Monchique. This relaxing and peaceful environment will help you to focus your skills on the challenges that are provided by the course.
Most of the greens are small and undulating, which means that precision is essential in both your short game and your long game. Thankfully, the quiet and harmonious course is conducive to concentration.
Back at the clubhouse, you will have access to bar and restaurant facilities, and a range of practice areas.
Balaia Golf Course
The Balaia Golf Course and Village are perfect for those who are looking for a relaxing multi-sport itinerary.
In addition to the fantastic course, there are also bowling facilities for those who wish to play. The course here is a 9-hole, par-3 course which is perfect for those who want to enjoy a round without the intensity of a full 18-hole round. Visitors can also brush up on their skills in the fantastic onsite golf academy. The Academy offers tailor-made support for golfers of all ability levels, and driving, putting and chipping areas are available for use.
Balaia Resort Village also offers visitors countless facilities to help to make their stay as enjoyable as possible.
Benamor Golf Course
Sir Henry Cotton was asked to design the Benamor course in the 1980’s, but he died before he was able to see his plans come to fruition.
Nonetheless, course architect Howard Swan took on the project and kept many of Cotton’s original design ideas.
The undulating fairways wend their way through the carob, cork, almond and olive trees. In the distance, players can enjoy splendid views of the mountains. A number of elevation changes throughout the course mean that players must understand lie of the land if they wish to make par.
The clubhouse, which sits next to a historic disused church, contains a bar, restaurant and ProShop. The restaurant serves a mix of fine cuisines.
Boavista Golf Course
The Boavista course truly lives up to its name, as it is nestled between the gorgeous Bay of Lagos in the East and the Monchique Mountains to the North.
Designer Howard Swan has played with the natural contours of the terrain to create a course that is as challenging as it is beautiful. The first nine holes gradually climb to a tricky high point, whilst the back nine descend past streams, lakes and other water features. Players will need to hold their nerve on some holes as tricky ravine shots are required. Back at the clubhouse, you will be able to use exclusive practice areas and gain access to expert tuition.
The Clubhouse restaurant and bar serve light snacks and a la carte menu choices to help to keep you satisfied.
Castro Marim Golf Course
The Castro Marim resort offers 3 sets of 9-holes, which can be played in multiple combinations.
The Atlantic and the Guadiana configuration is considered to be the most testing, but any combination involving the Grouse course is perfect if you are looking for a quicker game. There are plenty of memorable holes, including the 4th hole on the Atlantic course which has been included in 1001 golf holes you must play before you die. All courses run through mature pine groves and are built to maximise the Portuguese terrain. They tend to be quieter than some of the courses in Faro, and are therefore great options for golfers who are searching for tranquillity.
Lessons and practice facilities are available to visiting golfers.
Dom Pedro Laguna Golf Course
The 18-hole Laguna course offers visitors the chance to play the Portuguese interpretation of a links course.
With nearly 80 bunkers to contend with, player must show accuracy and intelligence as they make their way around the course. There are also many well-placed water hazards to deal with as you go. To up the ante even further, the course is known for its gentle breezes which must be understood if you wish to make par.
The course shares many facilities with its sister Oceanico Vilamoura courses, so you will be able to find everything that you need on one site, including; practice facilities, Pro Shop, and full refreshment facilities.
Dom Pedro Millennium Golf Course
The Millennium course was opened to visitors in the year 2000 and has since gone from strength to strength.
Half of the holes used to be part of the Oceanico Laguna course, but they have now been adapted to provide the perfect foil for the other courses in the Oceanico range.
It has been designed to be accessible for players of all ability levels, with wide open fairways throughout most of the course. A few holes offer challenging narrow fairways which pass through wooded areas, whereas other areas test the nerves with dangerous bunkers.
Off of the course, you can enjoy all of the facilities that the 126-hole Oceanico Golf resort has to offer.
Dom Pedro Old Golf Course
The Old Course has been described as the Grande Dame of Algarve courses and it isn’t hard to see why it is held in such renowned. Although the course has been modernised, it still retains much of the original Frank Pennick design.
The design works with the natural contouring of the landscape to produce thrills and spills all round, whilst the course maintenance staff also continue to work hard to ensure that the Old Course retains its environmentally-friendly status. Players will be pushed during their round, as many exciting features have been included in the course.
Once you have sunk your last shot, you may return to the refined clubhouse and restaurant area. Here you will find a delicious array of food and drinks, as well as gorgeous views out across the course.
Dom Pedro Pinhal Golf Course
The original Pinhal course has been revamped by Robert Trent Jones to create a course which combines both classical and modern features.
The rolling parkland terrain is broken up by Atlantic pines and other local fauna. Tree-lined fairways are interrupted by streams and players must avoid light water features, although these never dominate the course. Likewise, bunkers have been placed to protect the greens on some holes, but do not dictate play.
The course is ideal for players who are looking for enjoyment rather than a serious challenge. The modernised clubhouse offers refreshments and gorgeous panoramic views of the surrounding area.
Dom Pedro Victoria Golf Course
The Victoria Club is one of the most sophisticated courses in Europe, because of the way that it integrates fantastic play with preservation of the natural wetland environment.
It is also the only Arnold Palmer Signature course in Europe. Each fairway wends its way past fragrant carob, olive and almond trees, and skirts by clever water features. The course itself is loved by professionals and has played host to the PGA World Cup and the Portuguese Masters.
Onsite facilities that are available to guests include practice putting greens, a driving range and a well-stocked golf shop. Refreshments are available from the clubhouse.
Monte Rei Golf Course
For great golf in the East Algarve, why not try your hand at the Monte Rei North course?
This Jack Nicklaus Signature course blends effortlessly with the amazing landscape of the area. Even though it was only opened in 2007, it has already become a firm favourite amongst visiting players and Monte Rei consistently ranks highly in ratings of Continental European courses. The abundance of water hazards will delight any players who enjoy risk-reward play. Innovative bunkering force players to choose every shot carefully.
Back at the clubhouse, the Monte Rei staff are known for their hospitality and excellent service. There are four different restaurants and two bars so that every visitor can find something to take their fancy.
Morgado Golf Course
The Golfe do Morgado course is a relative youngster compared to some of the other course in the Algarve, but it is still an excellent course to visit if you are in the region.
The course wends its way past lakes, valleys and vineyards which help to form one of the region’s toughest layouts. The back nine are considered to be particularly challenging because of the tricky rolling greens. Although it is a comparatively short course, players will need to consider where to place each shot if they do not want to fall foul of the fiendishly-located hazards.
Nonetheless, the course is also known for exuding peacefulness and tranquillity. The calming citrus and olive groves help to give the course a truly Algarvian feeling.
Oceanico Faldo Golf Course
The Oceanico Faldo transposes classic Nick Faldo design into a gorgeous Mediterranean setting.
Traditional British flora and fauna are replaced by desert scrub, Portuguese cacti and fragrant wild herbs. The way that the amazing Amendoeira landscape has been integrated means that the course contains a number of strategic challenges which will test even the most skilled players. Hilly fairways and undulating greens mean that you will have to read the course right if you want to reap the rewards.
The Oceanico Faldo also blesses players with top-of-the-range facilities, including a 9-hole, par-3 practice course. A fantastic clubhouse offers al a carte meals all day, which can be eaten on a beautiful outdoor terrace if you wish.
Oceanico O'Connor Golf Course
The Oceanico O’Connor has been designed to perfectly complement the Oceanico Faldo course.
The stunning natural landscape has been used to maximum effect to create a rich and varied course. Designer Christy O’Connor has even chosen to focus an entire hole on the gorgeous natural orange groves that grow in the area.
The lush course is an oasis of calm for visiting golfers. Oceanico O’Connor also has a range of excellent facilities off of the golf course. Practice facilities include; putting greens, a driving range, short game practice areas and a 9-hole floodlit academy course. The clubhouse also offers delicious International cuisine in a sublime setting.
Onyria Palmares Golf Course
Known amongst golfing circles as the “Jewel in the crown of the Algarve”, this course has long been a popular choice for golf tourists.
The gorgeous natural location, above and along the Atlantic Coast, offered course designer Frank Pennick some wonderful style opportunities when he first created the course in the 1970’s. It has since been updated by Robert Trent Jones III. The course design seamlessly mixes links-style holes with parkland holes in a wonderfully eclectic way. There are now 3 sets of nine holes, known as “Praia”, “Alvor” and “Lagos”. You can choose the combination that meets your personal preferences or you can play all three courses for a real golfing challenge.
As part of a large resort, this course offers visitors a whole host of extra features to enable them to have the best possible golf trip.
Penina Golf Courses
Sir Henry Cotton Course
Over 50 years ago, former professional player Sir Henry Cotton came to the Algarve and set up the region’s first golf course. He transformed a former rice growing area into a 360-acre wooded estate which has since gone on to play host to a huge number of golf championships. The course is still as beautiful as it is challenging.
The layout mixes up overt hazards like streams, ditches and bunkers, with subtle slopes and raised greens that will test even the most competent players. It is always well worth visiting the Penina Championship course, if only to see where golfing history began in the Algarve.
If you are searching for a course which offers solid golf for beginner-level players, try out the Resort Course instead. Alternatively, take on the Resort Course as a steady practice round before heading on up to the Championship holes.
This parkland course offers up some tricky hazards and requires players to have a varied skill set. It is a wonderful course for mixed-ability groups to enjoy together. Back at the clubhouse, you can enjoy a range of different services.
The Penina Golf Academy, complete with 9-hole practice course, offers an excellent venue for visitors to brush up on their skills. Additional golf clinic packages are available to help players to work on any aspects of their game where they particularly struggle.
Pestana Alto Golf Course
The Pestana Altos is a magnificent course for visiting golfers to try.
It was the last course in the Algarve to be designed by Sir Henry Cotton, and contains many of his signature elements. The highlight of the day will be the trying your hand at the 570 metre, par 5 “Sir Henry Challenge” hole. This hole was formerly the longest hole in Europe and the club is willing to offer a free beer to anyone who is able to make par! That being said, the course is highly rewarding for players of all abilities.
Back at the clubhouse there is a fantastic restaurant and bar facility with spectacular views out over the course.
Pestana Gramacho Golf Course
The Pestana Gramacho course has been designed to offer variety to returning players.
There are 27 greens which are used in different formations, so you can expect different challenges every time if you decide to return to the course another year.
Former world No. 1 Nick Price has worked with designer Ronald Fream to build a course which makes the most of the truly amazing traditional landscape. Stony outcrops and ancient trees provide players with fascinating challenges as they complete their rounds.
The Clubhouse Restaurant and Bar looks out over the 18th hole, so you will be able to continue enjoying the excitement that the course has to offer, even after you have finished your round.
Pestana Silves Golf Course
The Pestana Silves is a peaceful course which sits in the shadow of the Monchique mountain.
However; players should not be lulled into a false sense of security by the peaceful setting, because this course will test even the best with challenge after challenge. The opening hole, which is flanked by water hazards on both sides, will throw players in at the deep end.
Back at the clubhouse restaurant and bar, players can admire views out over the 1st and 2nd holes. A mixture of Portuguese and International cuisine is served daily until 10PM.
Pestana Vale da Pinta Golf Course
The Vale Da Pinta has always attracted the finest golfers, because of its playability and beauty.
The course has played host to the European Seniors Tour Qualifying Final 8 times, and is widely held as one of the finest in the Algarve region. The rolling fairways are surrounded by natural carob, fig, olive and almond trees, including some trees that are over 1000 years old. Holes are a test of skill, accuracy and nerve, with players forced to make risk and reward choices. Back at the clubhouse there is a well-stocked golf course which offers a huge range of international golf brands.
The Clubhouse Restaurant and Bar serves an exciting mixture of International and Portuguese cuisines, including options for special dietary requirements.
Pestana Vila Sol Golf Course
This Donald Steel original course provides 27 holes of amazing championship golf.
The luscious surroundings are rich with fig, almond and pine trees that give this unforgettable course a wonderful fragrant touch.
The three sets of 9-holes can be played in various combinations, giving the Vila Sol course a high replay factor. There are interesting challenges for all ability levels. Well-placed hazards give way to quick greens, so clever play is always required. The narrow fairways require accurate play and careful judgement of the conditions.
Pine Cliffs Golf Course
The spectacular Pine Cliffs Golf Course sits 200 feet above sea level on the spectacular Atlantic Coast.
The contrast of the dark red sandstone cliffs with the lush green course and the dazzling blue of the ocean help to make this one of Portugal’s most colourful courses. Many of the fairways run along the cliff edge, so accuracy is essential when placing your shots. The unparalleled par-3 sixth hole includes a nerve-jangling shot across a perilous 198-metre wide ravine.
Once you make it back to the clubhouse, you will be able to enjoy drinks and light fare whilst looking out towards the 1st tee. The onsite Golf Academy also offers amazing practice facilities for golfers who need to work on their game.
Pinheiros Altos Golf Course
Quinta da Cima
The Cima course acts as a pleasant foil to the sister Quinta da Ria course.
Although the Cima retains the same natural vibe as the Ria, the Cima is packed with harder and sharper holes. Players must navigate tricky doglegs and a number of taxing water hazards, including a fast flowing stream which bisects the fairways of holes 4 to 6. Long, challenging fairways will require good club selection for accuracy and distance. It is a wonderful course for anyone who enjoys playing parkland golf with a Portuguese flavour.
Back at the clubhouse, you can visit the wonderful Restaurant Quinta Da Ria. The restaurant serves Portuguese food with exciting contemporary twists.
Quinta da Ria
The Quinta da Ria course is nestled in the Ria Formosa Natural Park and skirts the gorgeous Ria Formosa.
Although it is a relatively flat course, players must contend with the gentle ocean breeze. Reading the conditions is essential for those who are looking to make par. The course has been designed to be beautiful, wild and rugged to fit in with the spectacular natural environment in which it is sited.
The clubhouse sits in a beautiful converted bar and contains a restaurant serving traditional Portuguese foods with a contemporary twist.
Quinta do Lago Laranjal
Although the Laranjal course is the newest of the Quinta Do Lago courses, it is nothing short of spectacular.
Winding through orange groves and cork trees, the course embodies the Portuguese golf spirit. Around the course there are 5 beautiful lakes, which act as water hazards on many of the holes. Players are required to think carefully about ball placement because good ball control is essential on this distinctive rolling terrain.
Once off of the course, players are able to use all of the facilities that the Quinta Do Lago has to offer, including the Paul McGinley Golf Academy and the TaylorMade fitting centre.
Quinta do Lago North
Quinta Do Lago North is a charming course that offers players a challenging-yet-fun round.
Although there has been a course at the site for over 40 years, it has been through many different incarnations. Taking inspiration from a number of different designers means that the course integrates a number of different styles, to produce an eclectic mixture of challenges. The recent renovations also mean that the North course is now one of Portugal’s most environmentally friendly golf courses.
Visitors can also take advantage of the TaylorMade practice programmes. The team at the golf academy makes use of TaylorMade technology to give players targeted advice aimed at the individual themselves. Light meals and refreshments are available from the clubhouse bar.
Quinta do Lago South
The South course at Quinta Do Lago is one of the most famous courses in the Faro area, because of its well-established roots.
The course itself has been open for play since 1974 yet it continues to surprise and delight new players. Since opening, Quinta Do Lago South has hosted the Portuguese Open eight times and often features on the European Tour schedule. However, a selection of tees at each hole means that this course is still a great option for the discerning amateur golfer. Crafty doglegs and bold bunkering mean careful shot placement is essential around the course, but players can do well if they read the territory correctly.
The clubhouse offers light snacks and refreshments, as well as a well-stocked ProShop.
Quinta do Vale Golf Course
Quinta do Vale was designed by Seve Ballesteros to be a challenging-yet-enjoyable course for all golf tourists.
His mission was to create a course which could be enjoyed by the majority of players, whatever their current golfing ability. The design has been carefully integrated into the natural landscape, so that players can continue to appreciate the wonderful views out across the Guadiana River.
The clubhouse is perched above the course, so that patrons can look out across the vista as they relax in the bar and restaurant. The terrace creates the perfect viewing platform during the summer months.
Salgados Golf Course
The Salgados Course is the perfect option for anyone who is based in Albufeira.
The course lies just outside the city next to the Salgados Beach and the Salgados Lagoon Nature Reserve. Players will be greeted by idyllic views and unique birdsong from many of the rare breeds which live in the locality. During the Summer months, the Salgados course is cooled by a gentle sea breeze, which helps to keep players on their toes. The sixth hole at the Salgados is considered to be one of the most difficult holes in the world.
If you need any practice before daring to tackle this huge challenge, then you can take the chance to hone your skills at the Salgados Golf School.
San Lorenzo Golf Course
San Lorenzo is widely held to be one of the best golf courses in continental Europe.
Take your chance to play this exclusive club and follow in the footsteps of some of Europe’s top players. The course sits next to the Ria Formosa Estuary and winds its way through undulating pine woodland. Beautiful Bermuda grass fairways are some of the best kept in the Algarve. The waters of the Estuary and nearby salt marshes are utilised to act as water hazards on certain holes. The final hole is a classic risk and reward finish, with players aiming for a semi-island green.
Back at the clubhouse, there are a range of practice facilities and a Pro Golf shop for visitors.
Vale de Milho
The Vale de Milho course is the perfect choice for players who are hoping to squeeze in a quick round.
It is an ideal course for beginners and family groups who want to test out their skills on a scaled down 9 hole, par-3 course. Nonetheless, the Vale de Milho still has all of the ambience of a full sized course, thanks to beautifully contoured greens, well-placed bunkers and perilous water hazards.
There is an onsite golf shop and golf school for those who are looking to stock up or brush up on their golfing skills. Lessons with the multi-lingual Pro can be booked in advance.
Vale do Lobo Ocean
The Vale de Lobo course perfectly complements the sister Royal course by providing a wonderful mixture of shoreline holes and hilly inland holes.
Many of the fairways run right down to the beach and give this course a real exotic feel. The fairways are closely guarded by umbrella pines and eucalyptus trees which will guide shot placement and create natural hazards. A warm Atlantic breeze regularly blows across the course and must be considered when planning shots. It is a varied course which caters for a lot of different tastes and abilities. Back at the clubhouse, refreshments can be taken on the terrace.
The Vale do Lobo complex also offers a Golf Academy and a selection of practice facilities for the use of visitors.
Vale do Lobo Royal
The dramatic Vale de Lobo Royal course is widely praised as one of the best golf destinations in the Algarve.
It has previously played host to major international tournaments, including the Portuguese Open. Pine clad fairways run through parkland and up to the exciting cliff top area, where players can enjoy one of the most famous cliff edge holes in the whole of Europe. On the famous 16th hole, players must drive their ball across a steep ravine towards a green which is protected by a large bunker. Skilled players can hope for a hole-in-one, whereas those who do not make the most of their chances may find themselves over par.
The stylish clubhouse serves food from breakfast until late night, and visitors can find any essential golf gear in the Nevada Bob golf shop.