Golf Tour

Portugal is slowly inscribing its name in the international golf circuits. Possessing some of the most exceptional courses, not only in Europe but in the entire world, this is still an unknown nook for many golfers, but that’s what makes its discovery so much more inviting! Besides exploring this secret world, on this tour, you may also witness the best Portugal has to offer in other areas.

San Lorenzo Golf Club

San Lorenzo Golf Club

Where else could we begin this tour? Algarve, Portugal’s main tourist destination, is much more than sun and sand, as it offers many luxurious golf courses. Considered Portugal’s best golf course in 2005 and over the last years, one of the best in Europe, the San Lorenzo Golf Club is located only a few kilometres from the Faro airport and is part of the Quinta do Lago complex.

  • Opened: 1988
  • Architect: Joseph Lee
  • Number of holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Location: Almancil, Algarve

Oceânico ‘Old Course’ Golf Club

Oceânico ‘Old Course’ Golf Club

One of Algarve’s most renowned courses, the “Old Course” is located in Vilamoura – one of the region’s main tourist centres – and is any golfer’s dream. Profoundly remodelled and modernized in 1996, but maintaining the original configurations which made it famous, it is now equipped with infrastructures that put it next to the best golf courses in the world.

  • Opened: 1969
  • Architect: Frank Pennink
  • Number of holes: 18
  • Par: 73
  • Location: Vilamoura, Algarve

Tróia Golf Club

Tróia Golf Club

After crossing beautiful Alentejo – where you could and should make several stops to enjoy, for example, the exquisite local gastronomy – we’ve reached the Tróia Peninsula, right outside Setúbal. The Tróia Golf Club’s location is simply fabulous – on the peninsula’s extremity, with breathtaking views over the Sado estuary, one of Portugal’s wildlife sanctuaries.

  • Opened: 1980
  • Architect: Robert Trent Jones
  • Number of holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Location: Tróia, Setúbal

Oitavos Dunes

Oitavos Dunes

Specifically conceived to be one of the best golf courses in Europe, it is safe to say “mission accomplished”! Besides the exceptional quality of the green and the infrastructures that complete the complex, its location is the course’s greatest advantage. Close to Cascais – one of the most luxurious areas of metropolitan Lisbon – in Quinta da Marinha, it is situated on Europe’s extremity, with an endless view of the beautiful Atlantic Ocean. It presently hosts the Portugal Open.

  • Opened: 2001
  • Architect: Arthur Hills
  • Number of holes: 18
  • Par: 71
  • Location: Quinta da Marinha, Cascais

Estela Golf Club

Estela Golf Club

Heading North, close to the city of Oporto and “green” Minho, we’ll encounter a lovely stronghold with a view of the sea. The Estela Golf Club is a wonderful surprise and, as the best golf course located north of the Tejo River, it has already hosted various international competitions.

  • Opened: 1988
  • Architect: Duarte Sotto-Mayor
  • Number of holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Location: Estela, Póvoa de Varzim

Furnas Golf Course

Furnas Golf Course

Across the Atlantic Ocean, we head towards the Archipelago Azores, a collection of rare beauty and stunning landscapes. There we’ll also find the Furnas Golf Course, a scottish-inspired course, befitting seeing as that is its architect’s nationality. Originally built with only 9 holes, its extension was duplicated in 1989, making it a modern and attractive destination for any golf enthusiast.

  • Opened: 1939
  • Architects: Mackenzie Ross and Cameron & Powell
  • Number of holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Location: Lagoa das Furnas, Ilha de S. Miguel

Porto Santo Golf

Porto Santo Golf

From the Azores to Madeira, we’ve reached the island that is most probably the East Atlantic’s main tourist destination. Famous for its casinos and five star hotels, Madeira also has equally exquisite golf courses. In this case, the recent Porto Santo Golf is one of the country’s most beautiful, surrounded by landscapes that only this region can offer.

  • Opened: 2004
  • Architect: Severiano Ballesteros
  • Number of holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Location: Porto Santo, Ilha de Porto Santo

Oceânico Victoria Golf Course

Oceânico Victoria Golf Course

Lastly, we return to the place where we started – Algarve – Portugal’s main golf centre. Very close to the already mentioned “Old Course”, the Oceânico Victoria is also unmissable. Although it was only inaugurated in 2004, it is already considered one of the best golf courses in the country and is the host of many internationally renowned tournaments.

  • Opened: 2004
  • Architect: Arnold Palmer
  • Number of holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Location: Vilamoura, Algarve

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