The Top 10 Golf Courses of Portugal in 2018

The Top 10 Golf Courses of Portugal in 2018


The Top 10 Golf Courses of Portugal in 2018


A small gem in the west of Europe, Portugal has everything for a fun, refreshing and delicious trip that fits all tastes.

From the beauty of great historical cities, such as Lisbon and Oporto, to the soft sand beaches, the exotic islands of Azores and Madeira and not forgetting the exquisite typical gastronomy, portuguese lands are becoming ever more coveted in the touristic landscape.

Following these standards, Portugal’s golf courses have built quite a reputation for themselves. Whether it be for the highly ranked courses, the world-class holes, the outstanding views or the friendly weather that allows for great golf all year long, Portugal is one of the most popular golfing destinations in Europe.

There are 87 golf courses spread fairly all over the country, each availing the singular perks of the distinct portuguese regions.

Here we present you the top 10 of Portugal’s golf courses, according to

1. Monte Rei (North)

Portugal’s golf courses tend to be quite versatile, but the North course of Monte Rei exceeds at it. This Jack Nicklaus signature course in Algarve is set in the hills northeast of Tavira, allowing for magnificent views that will greatly enhance the experience. The abundance of water hazards, a sublime bunkering and the quality of the holes are the main reasons for Monte Rei’s leadership. Not to forget the world-class service provided at the Club, which equally fits this flawless reputation.

2. West Cliffs

Located in Óbidos, in the Lisbon & Center region, West Cliff has only just debuted in 2017. The Cynthia Dye design course immediately jumped to the 2nd best national place and conquered the 16th place Europe wise. It is described as “the most natural golf course site imaginable” by the designer herself. West Cliffs offers wonderful views of the Atlantic, Berlengas Islands and Óbidos Lagoon. One reviewer wrote that it is possible to look at the sea from absolutely every hole of this 6,382 metres course.

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3. Oitavos Dunes

One of the only two European courses designed by the renowned Arthur Hills, Oitavos Dunes is located in Quinta da Marinha, Cascais, in the region of Lisbon. In the Sintra-Cascais National Park and with the Atlantic Ocean and the Sintra Mountains as background, this par 71 course offers 18 pleasantly challenging holes. “All the holes flow well and have testing hazards and excellent greens that are always firm and fast and full of slopes and borrows”, writes

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4. Troia

Troia golf, in the heart of the Peninsula of Troia, lies in the South of Lisbon and is reachable through a ferry from Setubal or by car, from Algarve. The peninsula offers magical views of the Atlantic Ocean, the Sado Estuary and the Serra da Arrábida. Designed by Robert Trent Jones Senior, the course displays his trademarks: bold bunkering, raised greens and some doglegs. According to, this courses holds one of the finest sea holes in Portugal – the 368-metre par four 3rd -, along with several other outstanding and thoroughly challenging holes.

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5. San Lorenzo

A world-class golf course in Algarve, San Lorenzo by US architect Joe Lee is built on one of the best terrains of the region and makes a great use of the natural surroundings. The course extends itself from the beach, bathed on the Atlantic, to the waters of Ria Formosa and beyond, with holes as risky as the 18th, “a wicked 400-yard plus par four with water all the way up to the left and a semi-island green”.

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6. Vilamoura

The second oldest course in Algarve, opened in 1969, this Frank Pennink course had upgrades in 1997 and preserves its majestic quality. The intense Old course has an unusual 73 par, perfectly placed hazards, quality crafted and tree-lined fairways, small greens and remarkably kept tees.

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7. Palmares (Praia & Lagos)

Another one of Portugal’s golf courses by Pennink’s in Algarve, Palmares combines miscellaneous golfing and amazing views above the Atlantic coast. Opened in 1975, it was upgraded by Robert Trent Jones Junior in 2010, who asserted that “The expansive ocean vistas, dramatic elevation changes, quintessential Mediterranean intimate valleys, and expansive dunes land” give this course an “enormous depth of character and challenge”.

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8. Quinta do Lago (South)

Located in Algarve, this luxury residential development with 2,000 acres is the work of William Mitchell, American architect. This course features American standard greens, tees and bunkers and it has been the host to the Portuguese Open for 7 times. Quinta do Lago’s South is built to please competitors and handicap golfers, with generous fairways and sandy but undulating ground.

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9. Praia D’El Rey

The uniqueness of Cabell B. Robinsons’s creation relies on the fantastic natural settings on which it was built. “With large threatening bunkers and thoughtfully designed and located greens the course will make the golfer think from tee to green”, writes Praia D’El Rey, in the Lisbon & Center region, has been described by reviewers as “wild and wonderful” and “a strong 5-ball ranking”.

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10. Oceanico (Faldo)

In the Amendoeira Golf Resort, in Algarve, Oceanico’s Faldo by Nick Faldo offers modern facilities that call for a strategic gameplay. The course is challenging, with desert scrub bunkers, rocky outcrops and water hazards that will trick the player’s instinct. “There are some really long holes out there, that demand accuracy and length at the same time”, states one reviewer.

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