Algarve Golf

Algarve Golf Breaks and Holidays have been voted best Golfing destination for UK and Irish golf groups for many years, the region offers such a diverse range of courses, hotels, nightlife, towns and cities that you can build almost any style of golf holiday for any amount of players that will fit into any budget. The first thing to bear in mind when your booking is to make sure the company you are using know the area, the courses, the hotels and have staff available in the Algarve to help or assist you should you need them, also make sure you are choosing the right courses for your group's overall handicap and enjoyment and finally pick a hotel, apartment, villa or resort that will suit both your golf and nightlife expectations.

Algarve Golf Courses list

In order of most visits by our clients

Laranjal Golf
Quinta Do Lago, Algarve
Pinheiros Altos
Quinta Do Lago, Algarve
Quinta do Vale
Castro Marim, Algarve

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Where is the best place to stay for golf on the Algarve?

To make things easier we will split the Algarve into 3 areas, Eastern, Central and Western, and as the Algarve is only around 130 miles from the Spanish border in the east, right across to the Atlantic coast in the west regardless of where you choose to stay you could, in theory, play any of the 40 plus courses the region has to offer.

Eastern Algarve

Again to make things simple and not necessarily geographically correct we will class the Eastern Algarve as everything in between the Spanish border and Faro Airport. This gives us a large area that includes Tavira, Monte Gordo and Castro Marim, we won't go into too much detail on each course however if this is the area you have chosen we have a dedicated page to Tavira Golf so take a look. On the eastern Algarve, you have a choice of 6 courses that are actually on the Algarve but 8 if you include the two Spanish courses a short 20-minute ride over the Guadiana River which include Isla Canela and Islantilla Golf Clubs. Just across the border, you will find Quinta do Vale Golf Club that is north of the main motorway in the region of Castro Marim, slightly further into Portugal, about 10km, you have the Castro Marim Golf Club in the town of the same name these 4 courses are perfectly placed for those who want to play in Portugal and Spain in the same weekend and enjoy the food, drinks and nightlife of both. These courses also leave you in the range of one of Portugal best courses and part of the top 100 leading courses of the world namely the Monte Rei Golf & Country Club, however, this course takes some planning it is always full and you would need to book way in advance to secure a round but it is well worth the effort considering you have valet parking on arrival (if your driving), your clubs are taken to your buggy and cleaned after the round and in the warmer months staff patrol the course in buggies offering iced towels to the players.

The venue is second to none and the course is always immaculate. Continuing eastwards our next courses are sisters, Quinta de Cima and Quinta da Ria Golf Courses, the 2 courses are within the same complex that has a hotel, bar, restaurant and is within walking distance to the beach. The final course on our eastern section is the Benamor Golf Club also known as Tavira Golf Club (Golfe Clube de Tavira). The whole eastern area is laid back, relaxing and slow-paced, no outrageous nightclubs or loud bars, just fantastic restaurants serving incredible authentic Portuguese food, fine wines and Ports, in our opinion the east coast is for the very serious golfer, maybe playing 2 rounds a day, eating a good meal with a glass or two of even better wine then retiring to their accommodation for an early night and an early tee time.

Central Algarve

This is golf ground zero, Faro through to Carvoeiro including and not forgetting the number one golf destination, Vilamoura, the Luxury of Quinta do Lago and Vale do Lobo, plus the nightlife and partying of Albufeira. Our journey begins in the Beverly Hills of Portugal, Quinta do Lago, a short 15-minute transfer from Faro Airport nestled amongst the pine forests of the Ria Formosa National Park. Quinta is a mecca for golfers who are looking for luxury, pristine courses, fine dining, glamour and where budget is of no importance, multi-million-pound villas line the fairways of all the courses and our first is Pinheiros Altos Golf Club, this 27 hole course with views out to the Atlantic and a monster par 5 is the perfect place to start, moving on we have the San Lorenzo Golf Club, huge challenging greens and undulating fairways it is an overlooked course but a must play in our opinion. The third course in the area is Laranjal Golf Club another stunning location within Quinta do Lago and another must play in your lifetime, course.

This leaves us with the two courses that share the same name as the area, Quinta do Lago North and Quinta do Lago South, these two courses alone are worth the journey both could easily qualify as Europe's most stunning golf locations and although you will pay for the privilege, they are rounds of golf you will never forget. Quinta do Lagos older sister can be found a stone's throw away, Vale do Lobo and its two courses are synonymous with golf breaks in the region the Royal Golf Club with its signature 16th hole, a daunting par 3 that plays over a cavernous bay and the Ocean Golf Course with its long fairways and tight greens are both courses that must be seen to be believed. We could leave things here and you would not be disappointed, if this was all the central Algarve had to offer it would still be award-winning but we are yet to visit Vilamoura.

Vilamoura, if you didn't know any better, was exclusively designed for golfing holidays and breaks with an incredible nightlife of bars, restaurants and clubs and the daytime attractions found on the beaches and the famous Vilamoura Marina as well as 4 incredible courses. The first is the 27 hole Pestana Vila Sol Golf Course, home of the Sir Bobby Robson Pro-Am, which is a tight and challenging course, you need to keep it straight or bring a few sleeves of balls. The most famous course in Vilamoura is the Old Course, the first course to open way back in the 1970's it is still pristine, in high demand and difficult. The next course which is centrally located is the Pinhal Golf Club, pine trees and bunkers are the order of the day but still a stunning and great value course. Now the next two courses are a bit of a debate which we will try to quickly explain, at the time of writing this (January 2021) the Laguna Golf Course had been closed and on one side of the fence it is rumoured that one huge course combining Millennium and Laguna has been proposed that will see large areas of the 2 courses developed into a shopping and entertainment complex including villas and hotels meaning that the area will rival the marina as a nighttime destination and provide much-needed accommodation for the yearly Portugal Masters held at the Victoria Course which is on the other side of the road. The other half of the camp think that Laguna will just be redeveloped into a new 18 hole course and the area will remain much the same as it is now, we will keep you posted, however either way we don't currently feature the Laguna Golf Course as it is closed either way.

Leaving Vilamoura we continue to head east and onto Albufeira, there is only one official golf course in the municipality of Albufeira and that is Salgados Golf & Resort and from our point of view based on the location, it is our number one golf break destination in the central Algarve. Salgados is beachfront, it is located just a short taxi ride from the legendary Albufeira Nightlife and with easy transfers to Vilamoura (around 25 minutes), this means you can still play all the Vilamoura courses, plus Salgados and as a bonus have easy access to 3 extra courses to the west that are only 15 mins away by transfer. Salgados is built along the shore of Gale Beach a huge golden expanse of sand several miles long with numerous beach bars, restaurants and cafes serving incredible seafood and wine. The protected bird sanctuary that surrounds the course means unbroken views of the sunset and with miles of purpose-built wooden boardwalks that crisis crosses the whole area means even those who don't like sand can enjoy the area.

The three extra courses we spoke of earlier are firstly the Amendoeira brothers, the Faldo and the O'Connor as they are known, the two courses are in the same complex one designed by Sir Nick Faldo the other by Christie O'Connor Jnr, both are named after their designers and both are in pristine condition all year round and with complimentary driving range and practice area, extensive clubhouse, bar, pro-shop and restaurant as well as apartments and villas available for golf break rentals its an ideal golfers destination. The final course on our journey through the central Algarve is the Pestana Sives Golf Club, this is an often overlooked course but a great track and one that should be played when your visiting the Algarve.

Western Algarve

Starting in Carvoeiro and running all the way down to the town of Lagos this region of the Algarve has seen a huge surge in golfing holidays for groups who are looking for something outside of the traditional Vilamoura and Albufeira breaks. Beginning where we left the central Algarve region in the coastal town of Carvoeiro the first two courses are part of the Pestana Hotel Group, Vale da Pinta and Gramacho, these courses are among our favourite in the area, both are a challenge, located just outside of the fishing village of Carvoeiro where great accommodation, fantastic food and a relaxed nightlife can be found.

Moving on towards the west we arrive in the town of Portimao, a bustling town/city with bars, clubs, restaurants and the beach resort of Praia da Roche, here we find another of the Pestana Groups courses and one of the regions oldest, Alto Golf & Country Club. Slightly outside of Portimao on the outskirts of the beautiful coastal village of Alvor you find the Penina Hotel and Golf Resort, which with its 5-star hotel and championship course is a haven for golf breaks and holidays. Inland from Portimao is another popular destination and home of the Portugal Open in 2017, 2018 and 2019 and count Matt Wallace amongst its winners. The courses are part of the same group that owns Salgados near Albufeira named Alamos and Morgado, the two sit amongst the sloping foothills of Monchique and offer stunning views across the area.

Moving back towards the coast and just before the picturesque town of Lagos we have the only real true links course on the Algarve, Palmares Golf Club overlooks the Meia Praia Bay and entrance to Lagos Marina, the 27 hole course combines parkland on 2 of the nines and links on the third and is a stunning destination. As we move west through Lagos we have the final courses in the region, Boa Vista Golf and Spa and Espiche Golf club both are surrounded by incredible scenery and within a 10-minute drive from Lagos town where the surf style nightlife is second to none. Our last course on this journey through the Algarve is the Santa Antonio Golf Club, formerly known as Parque da Floresta it rounds off our guide of the Algarve and its courses.

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