A vacation or stay in the Algarve is an excellent reason to practice your golf game, and the year-round sun paired with an excellent climate makes this region a fantastic destination for golfers. From the east coast to the west, there are many great courses to try out, and Culture Trip has compiled a list of a few extra special spots.
The 1000 acres of green estate that makes up the Monte Rei resort sits a short distance from the Portugal-Spanish border, just east of Tavira, Portugal. The two courses within the country club reflect the world-renowned Jack Nicklaus’s signature design and feature an 18-hole setup. On-site, visitors can rent apartments or villas and have many amenities to enjoy.
Belonging to the five-star Penina Hotel, the original course, called the Sir Henry Cotton Championship Course, was the first 18-hole series in the Algarve. Today, the Penina estate boasts three unique courses for visitors to find different challenging levels.
Whether you’re looking for a tournament to watch or want to spend a day with on the green with a few friends, Vale do Lobo is one of the best spots in central Algarve. It is also one of the oldest courses and has been running for over 50 years. Located on the Vale do Lobo luxury resort, one of the largest and most lovely resorts in Portugal, visitors will appreciate the range of services on-site, in addition to the two beautiful courses called the Ocean and Royal.
Last but not least is the newest golf course to the region. The Espiche golf course is self-proclaimed as eco-friendly and designed to help support the surrounding natural ecosystem. It has 18 holes, typical of most other courses in the Algarve, and the club’s vision centers around the idea of preserving and conserving this southwestern Portuguese countryside. Located in Lagos, it’s close to major beaches, shopping centers, restaurants, and hotels.
Sítio dos Matos Brancos, 701 – N, 8600-114 Espiche, Lagos, Portugal, +351 282 688 250