Golf in the Algarve

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The Algarve – A Golfers Paradise 

The Algarve is a region located in southern Portugal that has been considered on various occasions one of the best golf destinations in the world. With privileged weather, around 300 days of sunshine and a mild climate it is possible to play golf all year round

With one of the most spectacular shorelines in Europe that stretches across 150 miles, with coves, bays and inlets all with golden sandy beaches washed by the crystal clear blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean, it’s no wonder that the Algarve is famously referred to as “Europe’s most famous secret”. This is the setting in which you will find over 40 quality golf courses, many of which are located in superb protected locations and with enough options and variety to suit everyone.

Do the names Henry Cotton, Rocky Roquemore, Arnold Palmer and Ronald Frea ring a bell? These legendary champion players are a few of the architects that designed some of the Algarve’s finest golf courses, which are internationally renowned for the quality of their installations. Many of these golf courses also host international tournaments such as the Algarve World Cup and the Portugal Masters. The Algarve is well connected with Faro International Airport with numerous transfers to take you anywhere in the Algarve and if you factor in the great hotels, resorts, facilities and accessibility, it’s no wonder why it’s considered a golfer’s haven.

The only question is how many rounds of golf can you squeeze into your vacation?

Below our top ten favourite Golf Courses:

1. Amendoeira Faldo

  • Architect: Nick Faldo
  • Opening Year: 2008

Characteristics

  • Holes 18
  • PAR 72
  • Back Tees 6598m

Visitor Restrictions

HCP limit: 24 men; 36 ladies; dress code; soft spikes mandatory; shirts must be worn at all times.

Contacts

Amendoeira Golf Resort
Morgado da Lameira
8365-023 Alcantarilha
Algarve, Portugal

GPS 37º 8’ 49.24” N 8º 21’ 31.24” W

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Tel: (+351) 282 320 820
Email: amendoeira@amendoeiraresort.com
Website: https://www.amendoeiraresort.com

Why we love it – For its architecture!

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Tel: (+351) 282 320 820
Email: amendoeira@amendoeiraresort.com
Website: https://www.amendoeiraresort.com

Why we love it – For its architecture!

2. Amendoeira O’ Connor Jnr.

  • Architect: Christy O’ Connor Jnr
  • Opening Year: 2008

Characteristics

  • Holes 18
  • PAR 72
  • Back Tees 6708m

Practice Areas

Pro-Shop; Putting-green; driving range; golf academy.

Visitor Restrictions

HCP Limit 24 men, 36 ladies; dress code; soft spikes mandatory; shirts must be worn at all times.

Contacts

Amendoeira Golf Resort
Morgado da Lameira
8365-023 Alcantarilha
Algarve, Portugal

GPS 37º 8’ 49.25” N 8º 21’ 31.24” W

3. Onyria Palmares Golf

  • Architect: Robert Trent Jones Jnr.
  • Opening Year: 2011

Characteristics

  • Holes 27
  • PAR 72
  • Back Tees 6312m
  • With practice Areas

Visitor Restrictions

HCP Limit 28 men, 36 ladies; dress code; soft spikes mandatory. All players must wear proper clothing and shirts with collar.

Contacts

Apartado 74,
Meia Praia
8601-901 Lagos
Algarve, Portugal

GPS 37º 7’ 35” N 8º 38’ 31.19” W

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Tel: (+351) 282 790 500
Email: golf@onyriapalmares.com
Website: https://www.onyriapalmares.com

Why we love it – For its spectacular view of 27 holes overlooking the Ria

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Tel: (+351) 282 320 100
Email: victoria@dompedrogolf.com
Website: https://www.dompedrogolf.com/courses/victoria-golf-course/

Why we love it – it hosts Masters Portugal, need we say more?

4. Dom Pedro Golf Victoria

  • Architect: Arnold Palmer
  • Opening Year: 2004

Characteristics

  • Holes 18
  • PAR 72
  • Back Tees 6609m

Practice Areas

Driving Range; putting green; chipping area; practice bunker.

Visitor Restrictions

HCP limit: 24 men, 36 ladies; soft spikes mandatory; dress code; shirts must be worn at all times.

Contacts

Victoria Golf Course
Caminho da Fonte do Ulme
8125-406 Vilamoura
Algarve, Portugal

GPS 37º 06’ 09” N 8º 08’ 36” W

5. Monte Rei

  • Architect: Jack Nicklaus
  • Opening Year: 2007

Characteristics

  • Holes 18
  • PAR 72
  • Back Tees 6567m

Practice Areas

Practice areas; putting greens; bunker practice area; indoor and outdoor swing studio with swing analysis software.

Visitors Restrictions

HCP limit: 24 men, 32 ladies; general etiquette; soft spikes.

Contacts

Sesmarias
PO Box 118,
8901-907 Vila Nova de Cacela
Algarve, Portugal

GPS 37º 12’ 16.75” N 7º 33’ 4.31” W

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Tel: (+351) 282 510 330
Email: golf@monterei.com
Website: https:// https://www.monterei.com

Why we love it – it won best golf resort in 2019 and its architecture is amazing!

Tel: (+351) 282 353 465
Email: golf@vdl.pt
Website: https:// https://www.valedolobo.com

Why we love it – For its amazing beach backdrop!

6. Vale do Lobo Royal

  • Architect: Sir Henry Cotton & Rocky Roquemore
  • Opening Year: 1997

Characteristics

  • Holes 18
  • PAR 72
  • Back Tees 6059m

Practice Areas

Pro-shop; golf academy; putting green.

Visitor Restrictions

HCP limit: men 28, ladies 36; dress code; soft spikes mandatory.

Contacts

Vale do Lobo,
Resort Turístico de Luxo, S.A.
8135-864 Vale do Lobo
Algarve, Portugal

GPS 37º 3’ 17.72” N 8º 3’ 51.07” W

7. Penina Championship Course

  • Architect: Sir Henry Cotton
  • Opening Year: 1972

Characteristics

  • Holes 9
  • PAR 35
  • Back Tees 2983m

Practice Areas

Not applicable

Visitor Restrictions

HCP limit: 28 men, 36 Ladies; dress code; soft spikes mandatory.

Contacts

PO Box 146
8501-952 Penina
Algarve, Portugal

GPS 37º 09’ 49.27” N 8º 34’ 49” W

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Tel: (+351) 282 420 200
Email: penina-golf@jjwhotels.com
Website: https://www.penina.com/golf/

Why we love it – For its championship course with 36 holes and for its historic value – it was the first golf course built in the Algarve

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Tel: (+351) 282 241 540
Email: morgadohotel@nauhotels.com
Website: https:// www.morgadogolfhotel.com

Why we love it – It’s one of the biggest golf courses in the Algarve

8. Morgado

  • Architect: European Golf Design
  • Opening Year: 2003

Characteristics

  • Holes 18
  • PAR 73
  • Back Tees 6433m

Practice Areas

Driving range; putting and chipping green with practice bunkers.

Visitor Restrictions

HCP limit: 28 men, 36 ladies; dress code; soft spikes mandatory.

Contacts

Morgado do Reguengo
8500-000 Portimão
Algarve, Portugal

GPS 37º 11’ 49.21” N 8º 34’ 01.77” W

9. Pestana Vale da Pinta

  • Architect: Ronald Fream
  • Opening Year: 1992

Characteristics

  • Holes 18
  • PAR 71
  • Back Tees 6115m

Practice Areas

Open or covered tees, 8 target greens, Chipping area.

Visitor Restrictions

HCP limit: 27 men, 35 ladies; Dress Code; soft spikes mandatory.

Contacts

Aldeamento Turístico do Gramacho,
Lote 4,
8401- 908 Carvoeiro
Algarve, Portugal

GPS 37º 7’ 56.05” N 8º 25’ 41.11” W

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Tel: (+351) 282 340 900
Email: info@pestanagolf.pt
Website: https://www.pestanagolf.pt

Why we love it – For its Championship Senior Tour Card.

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Tel: (+351) 289 390 705/6
Email: golf@quintadolago.com
Website: https://www.quintadolago.com

Why we love it – Amazing beach views and hole 16 is over the cliffs which makes it one of the most photographed golf holes in the Algarve!

10. Quinta do Lago North

  • Architect: Beau Welling
  • Opening Year: 2014 (complete redesign)

Characteristics

  • Holes 18
  • PAR 72
  • Back Tees 6126m

Practice Areas

Driving range; putting greens.

Visitor Restrictions

HCP limit: men 36, ladies 36; dress code; soft spikes non mandatory.

Contacts

Soc. Do Golf da Quinta do Lago, S.A.,
Quinta do Lago
8135-024 Almancil
Algarve, Portugal

GPS 37º 3’ 25” N 8º 1’ 30” W

Paul Noel McGinley

Paul Noel McGinley (born 16 December 1966) is an Irish professional golfer who has won four events on the European Tour.

At the 2002 Ryder Cup, he famously holed a ten-foot putt on the 18th hole in his match against Jim Furyk at The Belfry which won the Ryder Cup for Europe.

He was the winning captain of Europe in the 2014 Ryder Cup and the first Irishman to captain Europe’s Ryder Cup side. – Read More (wikipedia)

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