The Algarve is famous for being a golfer’s paradise hub for over five decades now. It boasts a range of stunning golf courses, all of which have breathtaking views. The surroundings are incredible too, making them a pleasure to play on. Henry Cotton put the Algarve on the golfing globe when he designed the first proper grass course at Penina in the mid-sixties.
Are you overwhelmed by the number of golf courses to choose from in the Algarve?
It’s difficult to pinpoint which golf course is the best, as there are many beautiful, yet challenging courses all over the Algarve. Here you’ll find our guide on the 5 best golf courses in the Algarve that attract amateur and professional golfers alike from around the world.
Quinta do Lago – Laranjal
This is the third of three courses to be built in Quinta do Lago. Laranjal is a par 72 championship course and got its name from the masses of orange groves all around it. Laranjal was voted Best Golf Course at the Portuguese 2011 Travel Awards. It’s no wonder why, as the courses encompasses five beautiful lakes, umbrella pines, and cork trees. Let us not forget the sweet scent of orange groves as previously mentioned.
Vale do Lobo – Ocean & Royal Golf Courses
Vale do Lobo boasts two 18-hole championship golf courses. It is renowned for its golf club, exceptional facilities, and exciting year round tournaments and competitions. If you’re after ocean views, then these 2 courses are where you’ll find them. Overlooking the jagged red cliffs, you will set sight on some of the most breathtaking views in the Algarve.
Vilamoura – Dom Pedro Victoria Golf Course
This very famous course is a par-72 championship layout. The course has some typical Algarve vegetation all around it, including carob, olive and almond trees. It has been host to many top international tournaments, including the Portugal Masters on every occasion since 2007. It has also hosted the World Cup Championship in 2005. This course is 90 hectares and features an exceptional driving range and a putting green of some 2,500 m2. The venue also encompasses one of the most complete golf complexes in Europe.
Vila Nova de Cacela – Monte Rei Golf & Country Club
The award-winning Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course is nestled amongst the picturesque foothills of the Eastern Algarve . Monte Rei lets you escape from the daily grind as its secluded location lets you enjoy all the tranquility and beauty that surrounds it. The course has an abundance of water hazards and is not short of tricky bunkers either, but nothing can take away the amazing beauty around it.
Alcantarilha – Amendoeira Faldo Course
The course, named after the iconic golfing figure, Sir Nick Faldo is in the district of Silves. Faldo’s Course won, the title of Portugal’s Best Golf Course, given by World Golf Awards in 2016. Nick stated that,
“The land at Amendoeira is dramatic and the project has the potential to be a real talking point in the Algarve. With so many courses in the region that’s no mean feat.”by Nick Faldo
Instead of the normal sight of tall trees along the course, cacti and wild herbs replace the role of Sunningdale’s heather. Crushed limestone replaces sandy tracts in a golf course that causes a lot of strategic play.
So, as you can see, after checking out some of the best golf courses the Algarve has to offer, you will not be short of one to play on!
No matter which course you decide to play on, Seagull Circuit can get you there. Just make a booking with us and get in touch for more information. You’ll be sure to have an amazing experience on a golf course manicured to perfection!