8 Best Golf Courses In The Algarve Portugal

Quinta do Lago Laranjal Course

Every year, thousands of golfers head to Portugal to play some of the best golf courses in the Algarve.

With over 300 days of glorious sunshine each year and very little rainfall, the Algarve is the obvious choice for those looking to soak up the sun while experiencing some of Europe’s finest courses.

At Golf 4U, we have been providing golfing breaks in the Portugal and Spain for many years. During this time, we have acquired a wealth of knowledge in terms of which courses offer the best value for money along with the best golfing experience.

Below we list our eight top rated golf courses in the Algarve based on not only the quality of the course, but also the facilities on offer and the value it offers our golfers.

Best Golf Courses in the Algarve, Portugal

 

#8 – Victoria (Vilamoura)

Victoria Course, Vilamoura

Image Credit: Dom Pedro Golf

Located in the popular tourist destination of Vilamoura, the Victoria course is considered by many to be one of the top courses in the Algarve.

The course is owned by the Dom Pedro Group and is one of five courses operated by the group in the Algarve.

The Victoria course was first opened to the public in 2004 and was designed by golfing legend Arnold Palmer.

At 6,651 metres in length and a par 72, the championship course is the perfect challenge for golfers of all abilities offering six different tee positions.

The course offers wide undulating fairways and a number of well placed water hazards that are not only positioned strategically to catch wayward shots, but also serve to irrigate this beautiful course.

The Victoria course is so good that it has had the pleasure of hosting the Portugal Masters every year since 2007 and the World Cup Championship in 2005.

The golf and leisure facilities at the resort are first-class and feature a driving range and a 2,500 sqm practice putting green.

Year Built2004Par72DifficultyDifficult
DesignerArnold PalmerWalkable?YesClubhouseYes
Length6,651 MetresFlat or HillyFlatLocationVilamoura
FacilitiesClub house, golf school, pro-shop, putting green, chipping green, pitching green, practice bunker, buggy bar, free Wi-Fi

#7 – The Old Course (Vilamoura)

The Old Course - One of the best golf courses in the Algarve

Image Credit: Dom Pedro Golf

Located in the heart of Vilamoura, The Old Course is considered to be ‘The Grande Dame’ of golf courses in the Algarve.

Owned by the Dom Pedro Group, the course was one of the first established layouts in the region.

Designed by Frank Pennink, the course first opened in 1969 and is well regarded in the golfing world. It was redesigned by Martin Hawtree in 1996 to increase the overall quality of the course while still retaining it’s initial layout.

At 6,254m in length, and a Par 73, the Old Course remains to be one of the most popular golf courses in the Algarve.

The golf and leisure facilities at the resort are top quality and include a free shuttle to/from Vilamoura hotels, a golf shop, a driving range, a bar/restaurant, valet service, a practice putting green and Wi-Fi.

Year Built1969Par73DifficultyModerate
DesignerFrank PenninkWalkable?YesClubhouseYes
Length6,254 MetresFlat or HillyFlatLocationVilamoura
FacilitiesClubhouse, golf school, pro-shop, putting green, chipping green, pitching green, practice bunker, buggy bar, free Wi-Fi, valet service.

#6 – Quinta do Lago North (Almancil)

Quinta do Lago North
Image Credit: Quinta do Lago

The Quinta do Lago North course is just one of three courses at the Quinta do Lago resort.

It was originally designed by William Mitchell and was opened to the public in 1974.

In 2014 the North Course was totally redesigned by Beau Welling (the renowned golf course architect) along with Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley. With an investment of 9 Million Euros, the new layout has been built to the highest specifications.

The course has a total length of 6,126m and a Par of 72. All of the holes on the North course have four tee positions and feature strategically placed bunkers and a number of water hazards.

The North course is a great challenge for players of all abilities, particularly those who can draw the ball well and have a good touch around the greens.

The resort offers great golf and leisure facilities including electric buggies, buggy bar and rental, a pro shop and a great clubhouse.

Year Built1974Par72DifficultyModerate
DesignerWilliam MitchellWalkable?YesClubhouseYes
Length6,126 MetresFlat or HillyFlatLocationAlmancil
FacilitiesClubhouse, golf academy, pro-shop, driving range, practice facilities, buggy bar, buggy rental, restaurant.

#5 – Quinta do Lago South (Almancil)

Quinta do Lago South Course

Image Credit: Quinta do Lago

The Quinta do Lago South course is highly regarded as one of the finest golf courses on the Algarve.

It was first designed in 1974 by William Mitchell and is a favourite among the European Tour Players.

The South course has played host to a number of professional golf tournaments including the Portuguese Open from 1976 to 2001 and It has also won various awards.

The course sits in 2,000 acres of stunning countryside and offers views of the neighbouring Ria Formosa National Park.

Measuring 6,448m in length and a Par 72, the championship status of the Quinta do Lago South course does not deter amateur golfers.

The course is a good challenge for golfers of all abilities. The front nine holes favour a draw from the tee and the back nine holes, which loop around the lake favour a fade. In order to hit the greens in regulation, you will need to be consistent off the tee and drive well.

The golf and leisure facilities Quinta do Lago are great and include electric trolleys, buggy bar, buggy rental, a practice putting green and a clubhouse.

Year Built1974Par72DifficultyModerate
DesignerWilliam MitchellWalkable?YesClubhouseYes
Length6,448 MetresFlat or HillyFlatLocationAlmancil
FacilitiesClubhouse, golf academy, pro-shop, driving range, practice facilities, buggy bar, buggy rental, restaurant.

#4 – Vale do Lobo Ocean (Vale do Lobo)

Vale do Lobo Ocean

Image Credit: Vale do Lobo

The Vale do Lobo Ocean course was designed by Sir Henry Cotton and is a creation of two of the original 9-hole golf courses he designed.

The nine hole courses were opened to the public in 1968 and 1972 and his plans to merge them both didn’t become a reality until after his death in 1995.

The course measures 6,137m in length, is a Par 73 and features gentle undulating fairways that run parallel to a nature reserve, offering stunning views to the Atlantic Ocean.

The Ocean course differs from the neighboring Royal course. There you need to be consistently hitting straight shots, whereas the Ocean course requires more shaping of your shots if you are to shoot a low score.

The Ocean course offers fantastic facilities including the Royal Spa, Beauty and Fitness Centre.

Year Built1995Par73DifficultyModerate
DesignerSir Henry CottonWalkable?YesClubhouseYes
Length6,137 MetresFlat or HillyFlatLocationVale do Lobo
FacilitiesClubhouse, golf academy, pro-shop, driving range, practice facilities, mini golf, tennis, spa, fitness and beauty centre.

#3 – Vale do Lobo Royal (Vale do Lobo)

Vale do Lobo Ocean Course

Image Credit: Vale do Lobo

The Vale do Lobo Royal golf course is the sister to the neighboring Ocean course. It was designed by top American golf architect Rocky Roquemore, using the original drawings of Sir Henry Cotton and opened in 1997.

Thought by many to be one of Portugal’s most prestigious golf courses, it’s features include the famous 16th hole, with its cliff-top carryover – one of the most photographed holes in European golf.

The Royal golf course is 6,059m in length, a Par 72 and features some beautiful and challenging golf holes.

The course offers great golf and leisure facilities including a bar and restaurant, golf shop, practice facilities, a wellness centre and a lovely clubhouse.

Year Built1997Par72DifficultyModerate
DesignerRocky RoquemoreWalkable?YesClubhouseYes
Length6,059 MetresFlat or HillyFlatLocationVale do Lobo
FacilitiesClubhouse, golf academy, pro-shop, driving range, practice facilities, mini golf, tennis, spa, fitness and beauty centre.

#2 – Monte Rei Golf & Country Club (Vila Nova de Cacela)

 

Monte Rei Golf Course

Image Credit: Monte Rei

The Monte Rei and Country Club was designed by Jack Nicklaus, who after retirement became synonymous with the design and development of top-flight courses across the world.

His signature course, the Monte Rei and Country Club is regularly rated as the best golf course in Portugal and has challenged players of all levels since 2007.

Measuring 6,567 metres in length from the tournament tees and a Par 72, the North course has wide forgiving fairways that weave through mature trees and valleys creating a unique challenge on every hole.

The golf and leisure facilities at the Monte Rei Golf and Country Club are outstanding and include the clubhouse, cafe, restaurant and grill, driving range and swing studio and a luxury hotel and spa.

Year Built2007Par72DifficultyModerate
DesignerJack NicklausWalkable?YesClubhouseYes
Length6,567 MetresFlat or HillyFlatLocationVila Nova de Cacela
FacilitiesClubhouse, golf academy, pro-shop, driving range, putting green, short game practice area, tuition, swing studio, restaurant & bar

#1 – Quinta do Lago Laranjal (Almancil)

 

Quinta do Lago Laranjal

Image Credit: Quinta do Lago

Located 2km east of the Ludo Valley in what was once an orange grove, the Quinta do Lago Larajal golf course opened to the public in 2009.

It was designed by Jorge Santana da Silva and won the Best Golf Course Award at the Portuguese Travel Awards in 2011.

With a total length of 6,480 metres and a Par 72, the Laranjal compliments the neighboring North and South courses.

This championship course is quite demanding, it has five Par 5’s, eight Par 4’s and five Par 3’s and will require a high level of creativity and accuracy from tee to green.

The resort offers great golf and leisure facilities including a splendid clubhouse, a bar, restaurant, pro-shop, practice facilities, buggy rental and a buggy bar.

Year Built2009Par72DifficultyDifficult
DesignerJorge Santana da SilvaWalkable?YesClubhouseYes
Length6,480 MetresFlat or HillyFlatLocationVila Nova de Cacela
FacilitiesClubhouse, golf academy, pro-shop, driving range, practice facilities, buggy bar, golf buggy rental, restaurant.

 

So there you have it! Eight of the best value courses for you to experience while on your golfing holiday in the Algarve.

It’s fair to say that although there could only be one course in the number one spot, all of the courses are of a very high standard and we would definitely encourage you to play as many as you can while in the Algarve.

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