Long considered one of the top golf destinations in the world, year after year the Algarve continues to grow its reputation as a unique golf destination. From specialist tour companies and pro magazines to passionate holidaying golfers, it seems anyone who loves golf soon comes to love the diversity of play found upon Algarve golf courses.
The Perfect Golf Destination... All Year Round!
A climate of pleasant summers and mild winters provides 320 days of sunshine annually for year-round play on almost four dozen courses. A golfers’ paradise of stunning views and natural challenges, the blue skies and rugged countryside have inspired famous courses designed by prestigious players and legendary champions such as Sir Henry Cotton, Rocky Roquemore, Arnold Palmer and Ronald Fream.
Spectacular Golf From Coast to Coast
From east to west, from golden beaches to rolling hillsides, the choice of course is varied in setting and play style, but all of them offer the chance of birdies and eagles…maybe even that elusive hole in one for the skilled – or very lucky – player! Despite the first Algarve golf resort opening near Portimão at Penina – recognised on several occasions as one of the best in Europe – the most famous Algarve golf clubs can be found within the golden triangle of Vilamoura, Quinta do Lago and Vale do Lobo
The Vilamoura Golf Experience
The courses here combine links and fairways with cliffs, lakes and bunkers, providing the rich play experience that sets golf courses in Vilamoura apart from other destinations. Hole 16 at the Royal Golf Course, for instance, is a particularly demanding Par 3 in which three spectacular sea cliffs stand between the tee and the green. It is for good reason that it bears the distinction of being the most photographed hole in Europe
Incredible Natural Surroundings
From the legendary Vilamoura Old Course to the more recent Pinhal and Millennium courses, we discover imaginative course designs that require the use of various clubs. Many are peppered with local fig, olive, carob and oak trees, making each round feel like an authentic nature hike. In fact, the panoramic views of the Guadiana River, Atlantic Ocean and the Ria Formosa Natural Park are so striking that simply keeping your eye on the ball can prove to be your greatest challenge
Beginners and Masters Love Algarve!
The courses here are regularly put to the test by the world’s top players who regularly come to the Algarve for several important international tournaments, including the Algarve World Cup and the Cup of Nations. The Portugal Masters is a part of the PGA European Tour and has been held at the Victoria Golf Course in Vilamoura since 2007. This may sound intimidating – but Algarve golf is also for beginners. Many courses offer kids training programmes, practice areas and pitch & putt courses – at the Algarve there is something to help everyone love their golf!