We can design and arrange a Golf based holiday in Portugal from 2 or 3 days to 2 or 3 weeks for any a group as small as 2 or more.
Portugal is a golfer’s paradise. Not only because it boasts more than 70 courses, 8 in Porto and Northern Portugal, 2 in the Beiras region, 22 in the Lisbon region, 1 in the Alentejo region, 32 in the Algarve region, 3 in the Acores islands and 3 in Maderia island. but because of its mild climate it is possible to play all year round.
It also boasts 2 golf courses in the top 100 golf courses in the world.
Troia Golf course (80th) and Victoria Golf course (84th)
Close to the sea and with excellent weather, Portugal attracts some of the most discerning golfers in the world, who come to enjoy courses that vary in both design and difficulty. That’s why Portugal regularly hosts major tournaments on the international circuit, such as the Portugal Masters.
Many of our courses are designed by famous architects such as Henry Cotton, Rocky Roquemore and Arnold Palmer. And all of them combine great natural beauty with challenging course designs.
Where else would you find so many courses of such exceptional quality, alongside an array of additional tourist attractions such as the Algarve or the Lisbon Coast?
And as if that wasn’t enough, golf-lovers can also to take advantage of Portugal’s wonderful hospitality, fine cuisine, wine and culture, to make your stay even more enjoyable.
TOP TEN HOLES
The 5th hole of Ocean Course in Vale do Lobo, in the Algarve. A par 4 ending in a dogleg. Part of a championship course created by Henry Cotton. Hard, but superb!
The 17th hole of Victoria, in the Algarve. A par 5 bordered by lakes in a fantastic course bearing the signature of the famous Arnold Palmer.
The 17th hole of San Lorenzo, in the Algarve. Joseph Lee’s creation has earned international renown. This par 4 has a long lake running the full length of the fairway.
The 4th hole of Aroeira II, south of Lisbon. Donald Steel designed this par 5 where pine-trees, bunkers and an unsighted green at the second shot create a true challenge.
The 16th hole of Penha Longa, in Estoril. A gorgeous par 4 with raised tees within a course designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr. Probably the most difficult on the whole course.
The 2nd hole of Belas, in Estoril. Designed by “Rocky” Roquemore, this par 5 is known as Augusta – a fitting tribute to the US Masters course.
The 3rd hole of Tróia, in the Lisbon region. A par 4 set along the beach, which Robert Trent Jones, Sr. rates among the best he’s ever designed.
The 7th hole of Quinta do Brinçal, in the Óbidos area. Known as “The Pine-Tree Hole,” this is a par 4 with a dogleg on the left, within a course with 87 bunkers and eight lakes.
The 1st hole of Ponte de Lima, in Porto e Norte. This hole has a raised fairway, dogleg to the right and a green surrounded by tall trees. A showcase for Portuguese course architects.
The 10th hole of Porto Santo, in Madeira. Severiano Ballesteros made this hole particularly difficult by including water and sand obstacles on the first shot of this par 5.
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The Japanese delicacies of Midori, the Penha Longa restaurant, in Sintra.
The smell of the sea while horse riding among the pine-trees in Quinta da Marinha, in Estoril.
The Hole in One massage in the Praia d’El Rey Spa, north of Lisbon.
The tennis academy and the two gorgeous courses in Vale do Lobo, Algarve.
The unsurpassable quality of the 4 courses and excellent shopping in Quinta do Lago, Algarve.
Yoga and tai-chi lessons in Vila Sol spa, in the Algarve.
The sophisticated private swimming-pools of Pestana Golf Resort, in the Algarve.
The liveliest bars and restaurants in Vilamoura – plus a casino, should you wish to have a flutter in the Algarve.
The dazzling garden of Palheiro, in Madeira.
Parque da Floresta near the Costa Vicentina Natural Park. Leisure and sport combine in the resort’s relaxing atmosphere – you’ll
Ten experiences you can’t miss after your round:
In Praia da Galé, in the Algarve, some of the best Portuguese food can be found in “Vila Joya” restaurant, which boasts two Michelin stars.
In the Algarve, relax with a thalassotherapy treatment at Vila Lara, Real Spa Thalasso, Vila Sol Spa & Golf and Spa Floresta - to name but a few.
In Hotel da Quinta do Lago, also in the Algarve, set off to discover the idyllic Ria Formosa - on foot, of course.
Go back in time and enjoy the sophistication of Portugal’s Pousadas. Explore the Castle of Palmela, not far from the greens of Quinta do Peru, south of Lisbon.
In one of the most scenic parts of Lisbon, near the Monastery of Jeronimos, taste the delicious pastéis de Belem. They’re irresistible!
If you go to Lisbon, enjoy the pulsating nightlife. Stop in at the exclusive Lux-Frágil club, co-owned by the actor John Malkovich. If you prefer a more traditional evening, visit Clube do Fado.
Experience the imposing Cabo da Roca, Europe’s westernmost point; and enjoy the landscape of the Serra de Sintra, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
In Madeira, make time to visit Quinta Splendida, with a very tempting gourmet restaurant, just 10 minutes from the centre of Funchal.
In the Azores, watch the preparation of the unusual cozido das Furnas. This traditional dish is cooked underground by hot volcanic springs. And don’t forget that whale watching is a must for all who visit this island.
Taste the Port in the wine-cellars of Porto, and go on a romantic cruise up the River Douro. Where you can stay in one of the port wine growing quintas of the Douro Valley.
10 PLACES YOU CAN’T MISS
In the Algarve, next to Costa Vicentina Natural Park, admire the 5th hole of Parque da Floresta, one of the prettiest raised tees.
Still in the Algarve, at the Ocean Course, you’ll be forgiven for spending a few moments gazing at the beach with its white sand and clear sea.
At Quinta da Ria, deep inside the Ria Formosa Natural Park in the Algarve, marvel at the sheer variety of birdlife.
Close to the romantic town of Sintra in the Lisbon region, face the challenge of the Atantic course at the Penha Longa.
In Estoril, don’t miss the Oitavos Championship Golf Course, with a view of one of the most spectacular stretches of sand in the country - the Guincho beach.
The Praia d’El Rey, north of Lisbon, is set on a particularly scenic stretch of the Atlantic coast. Nearby, you can also visit the Berlengas Isles Maritime Reserve or the famous town of Óbidos.
In Tróia, south of the Capital, course designer Robert Trent Jones built one of his most famous golf courses by the sea. Its fairways are banked by the sand dunes next to the beach.
At Palheiro Golf in Madeira, near the centuries-old gardens of Quinta do Palheiro (just 15 minutes from Funchal), lush vegetation blends with exceptional views.
Playing golf in Ilha Terceira in the Azores is a unique experience due to the contrast between the dark volcanic sands in the bunkers, and the blue azaleas bordering the course.
In Ponte de Lima, located in the northern region near Porto, test the precision of your shots among centuries-old pine trees and eucalyptus.