The Algarve is considered one of the best destinations worldwide for golf, attracting players from all over the world.
With over 300 days of sun per year, the Algarve is one of the sunniest regions in Europe making it the ideal location to play golf all year round. The wide variety, with almost 50 different courses to choose from carefully designed by golfing champions like Sir Henry Cotton and Rocky Roquemore, makes the southern coast a golfing paradise.
Beginners, as well as more experienced players looking for a challenge, will be spoilt for choice with its 33 courses ranging from 18 or 27 holes, located in unspoilt areas with stunning views. The Pine Cliffs course between Vilamoura and Albufeira even tests golfers with a shot over the beach!
The Penina Hotel & Golf Resort near Portimão was the first course to open back in 1966 and has since been awarded the best in Europe on numerous occasions.
The newer golf courses in the centre of the Algarve – Quinta do Lago, Vilamoura & Vale do Lobo – are much more luxurious and incorporate cliffs, lakes, and bunkers. The most photographed hole in Europe is found at the Royal Golf Course in Vale do Lobo, Par 3, where three incredible sea cliffs stand between the tee and the green.
The most popular time of year for golfers is between April and June and September and October when the weather isn’t too hot and it’s comfortable to spend the day outside on the course. However, the winter months can also offer some excellent weather and of course, accommodation and some courses offer discounted rates during these quieter months. Get in touch if you’d like information on our low season rates for golfers.