Golf Holidays on the Algarve
Amazing golf holidays, weekends, breaks and tours across the Algarve in Southern Portugal.Find Out More
Albufeira can make the perfect base for your golfing holiday, not only does it have the best nightlife on the Algarve, but being bang in the middle of the coast and right on the beach its the perfect location to reach courses in Lagoa to the West or Vilamoura to the East with only 30 mins travel time. Albufeira is often overlooked as a golf destination due to its sister resort, Vilamoura along the coast. In fact, Albufeira makes more sense as a base for your golfing holiday than anywhere else, and here's why.
Being smack bang in the centre of Algarve, Albufeira gives you easy access to eleven, 18 hole, stunning courses, both coastal and inland with no more than 25 mins transfer time to each one depending on where you stay in Albufeira.
So depending on what you're looking for we normally recommend that for the pure golfer you base yourself in the Salgados area, for real luxury we have the 5-star Sao Rafael Atlantico, Salgados Dunas Suites, Sao Rafael Suites or the Salgados Palace, if you looking for something easier on the budget, you can choose the Vila das Lagoas or the Palm Village Apartments, either way, you will be within walking distance of the 18 hole Salgados Golf Course (the only course in Albufeira). If you're looking for something closer to Albufeira's nightlife we can recommend the Orada Resort in the Albufeira Marina, which gives you both access to the golf and watersports, go-karts, restaurants and bars. For those who want to really be in the thick of it close to the strip in Albufeira, we recommend the Paraiso Hotel, the Ouramar or Janelas do Mar again depending on the standard of the resort you want.
Finally if you're looking to be in or close to Albufeira but you want to paly the Vilamoura courses too, we suggest you look at the eastern side of the town in either the Grand Real Santa Eulalia, the Sheraton Pine Cliffs (has their own 9 hole course too) or the Pedras dos Bicos Hotel. Albufeira has such a wide range of hotels, villas, apartments and hostels you really are spoiled for choice, feel free to get in touch and we will put a free quote together for you.
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If you want to stay in Albufeira and really do not want any kind of travelling but still enjoy a golfing holiday then Salgados is your destination. Salgados is found to the West of Albufeira Old Town and just in front of the stunning beaches of Salgados and Gale. The resort has several hotels and apartment complexes that are all either 4 or 5 stars, most are equipped with a gym, pool and spa facilities, all have pools, bars and restaurants, but most importantly they are all within easy walking distance of the Sagados Golf Course. The Course itself is a challenging 18 hole track that starts with water to the left and pretty much has some kind of water in play for 10 of the 18 holes. However, do not be deterred, the fairways are wide and very forgiving, the views of the Atlantic ocean and the protected nature reserve of Salgados Lagoon along the back 9 are stunning.
The back 9 is more of a challenge than the front, with a cheeky par 3 across 90 yards of water and a monstrous par 5 dog legging left to right around yet another huge expanse of water to test even the single figure handicappers. It is very easy to play 2 or even 3 rounds here over a weekend, we suggest that you book a 1 to 18 round and then mix it up with a 10 to 9 round to follow. In our opinion for a fun, relaxing golfing holiday of any size group, this stay close to home approach is perfect if you want to have easy access to the course, putting and chipping greens, high-end bars and restaurants within the hotels that will serve you and your group only staggering distance from your rooms, stunning beaches and pools where you can relax walk and enjoy watersports, surfing and boat trips in the summer months. There are also several, incredible, beach seafood restaurants that pepper the coastline along Salgados and Gale beaches that again are within walking distance of the resort and hotels, for more information on this style of golf break get in touch with us today.
Probably the most popular combination is the value for money found in Albufeira and the golf courses of Vilamoura. Vilamoura tends to be around 30% more expensive than Albufeira, this was certainly an acceptable amount going back 10 years ago, however, at the time of writing this in 2021 the accommodation standards of Albufeira have risen considerably, the restaurants, bars and nightlife are often busier, the beaches are bigger and there are far more activities and choices in Albufeira which is a much bigger town than Vilamoura. If you chose to stay in the east of the Albufeira in the areas of Faleisa or Olhas do Agua you will only have around a 15 to 20-minute transfer to most of Vilamoura's golf courses, but even the furthest, Vila Sol, is only 25-minutes.
The closest is the Millennium and Victoria courses, it also used to include Laguna however since 2020 this course has closed and is undergoing a huge redevelopment to include new hotels, apartments, shops, bars and restaurants combined with a new 18 course that will combine both Laguna and Millennium in one. Victoria golf course is world-famous and hosts the Portugal Masters each year in September or October depending on the tour calendar, its a very challenging track and we only recommend that this course is tackled by either low handicappers or the unstressed golfer who doesn't mind losing a few balls in the high rough or water hazards and being on the European Tour you can imagine even off the yellows, it's long, very long. Millennium is a great course, beautiful scenery, challenging, but not too ridiculous, and fairly forgiving terrain, but like all courses on the Algarve, we recommend a buggy. The next closest courses to Albufeira are the Old Course and Pinhal, the Old Course is the original Vilamoura golf course and responsible for putting Vilamoura on the map back in the early 1980s finally if these four courses are not enough there is Vila Sol, home of the Sir Bobby Robson Tournament played by many of the stars and celebrities of Football, Golf and Sports, this 27 hole course, is what we call a marmite course, you either love it, or you don't. Either way combining Albufeira and Vilamoura is a great way to experience both areas and play multiple courses, for more information on this style of golf break get in touch with us today.
Heading in a westerly direction from Albufeira towards Portimao and Lagos there is a small golf enclave called Carvoeiro, the area is actually known as Lagoa and Carvoeiro is a town within that area and it is home to 3 fantastic courses. Obviously being based in Albufeira Salgados is still your first pick course but just a 20-minute journey you find the first course in this area called Pestana Silves Golf Course, this is a great little track, and although it is being developed slowly by Pestana it is not a huge sprawling golf resort surrounded by villas, hotels, bars and restaurants like Vilamoura, it's quiet, rural and peaceful. Nestled amongst the Orange groves of Alcantarilla and Silves there are stunning views of the Algarve, with wide sweeping fairways you can really open your shoulders and play this course aggressively, with several stand out holes like the signature hole 13 that curves around a huge lake and those with the balls can try and drive the green in 2, there are several challenging par 3s and 2 monster par 5s to keep you on your toes.
Two other hidden gems lay just around the corner from Silves and these are the Amendoeira Faldo and O'Connor. The late Christie O'Connor Jnr designed course is laid out in the Silves Valley, a beautifully kept course that is always in pristine condition and with its lakes, ponds and streams lined with full-size palm trees it gives the feeling of an oasis in the desert. Sir Nick Faldo designed course is sculpted around the side of the valley with half the course laying flat while the back 9 slopes upwards offering stunning views of the Silves valley, Orange groves and Algarve Scenery. Both courses share a stunning clubhouse with a pro-shop, bar, restaurant and a huge practise area with a free driving range, on arrival at the course the concierge will meet you, take your clubs and prepare them on your buggy while you check-in at reception, by the time you are ready your buggy will be waiting with iced water included, for more information on this style of golf break get in touch with us today.
Moving back towards the sea from Silves you will come to the main town of Lagoa and as you head towards Carvoeiro 2 more Pestana Courses the first called Vale da Pinta which has been the host of the European Seniors Tour Qualifying final eight times on the trot. The course offers a great atmosphere, friendly staff and 18 challenging holes including the butt-clenching 13th that requires a long drive over 150 yards of water. Its sister resort Gramacho can be found just a kilometre down the road and over the years has become one of our favourite courses on the Algarve. Undulating hills and wide fairways the course offers you a chance to place your ball in key areas of the fairway opening greens and improving your score round on round. Gramacho is a clever course it makes you feel good, elevated tees make for longer drives which everyone loves.
Being part of the Portugal Rocks Group, Portugal Rocks Golf & Leisure specialise in not only providing the best golf breaks but we can also attach any of our activities and events to your weekend to make your golfing holiday one to remember, the Albufeira area offers hundreds of activities that will compliment a golfing holiday perfectly, whether you choose a simple restaurant reservation or club entry right through to clay pigeon shooting or a game of bubble football we can tailor a package just for you so for more information on this style of golf break get in touch with us today.
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