There has never been a better time to come and play Portugal's fantastic golf courses. But which top golf courses? To help make such a difficult decision easier, GolfbloggerUK have listed below our top-10 golf courses in Portugal. As part of this selection process, we have considered the quality of the lay-out, general condition and history of the golf course, accessibility, accomodation and amenities, which are all part and parcel of any good golf trip. Apart from ensuring, you book with a reputable and reliable golf travel company. Another factor in GolfbloggerUK's decision making process is identifying courses where there is the logistical opportunity to try and play other Portuguese golf courses, which are in close proximity to one another, as part of the golf break.
Vilamoura in the Algarve is firmly established as one of Europe's elite golf holiday destinations with a variety of four different golf courses catering for different standards of play.
San Lorenzo Golf Course
San Lorenzo is 3 miles SE of Vilamoura and sits in the Ria Formosa nature reserve. This has long been considered by many people to be Portugal's finest golf course.
Vale do Lobo Resort
Vale do Lobo is home to two fantastic golf courses. The Royal golf course is on a cliff-top and the Oceanico golf course runs alongside a nature reserve, before winding down to the shoreline.
Vila Sol Algarve
Vila Sol has three nine-hole loops which were the first in Portugal to be designed by the renowned architect, Donald Steel. This golf complex is located in some 150 hectares of beautiful landscape, set amid the abundant fauna, animal and plant life, including striking fig and almond trees.
Penha Longa Golf Resort
Penha Longa is a spectacular place to play golf, with two golf courses set across the beautiful slopes of the natural landscape, and stunning forests and rocky mountains rising all around. The feeling of tranquility and isolation playing either the Atlantic or Monastery course make Penha Longa the perfect place for a high class golf escape.
Santo da Serra Golf Club
Santo da Serra Golf Course is designed by Robert Trent Jones and is the home of the European Tour Madeira Open. Set against the magnificent views of the rocky Atlantic coastline, Santo da Serra is one of the most spectacular courses in Europe.
Quinta da Marinha
Quinta da Marinha is situated 19 miles West of central Lisbon. This was designed by Robert Trent Jones Junior, and is widely regarded to be one of the best new golf courses in Europe, set against the astounding backdrop of the Atlantic Coast.
Marriott Praia D'El Rey Golf & Beach Resort
Praia D'El Rey is located 54 miles North of Lisbon. This layout is set in an extensive estate of pine forests and undulating dunes, with spectacular views over the Atlantic Ocean and the Berlenga Islands.
Oceanico O’Connor Course
Oceanico O’Connor Course is the perfect complement to Nick Faldo’s more undulating creation. Like the neighbouring Faldo Course, the O’Connor is an exciting new development that only makes the glorious Algarve more attractive for visiting golfers.
Oceanico Faldo Golf Course
Oceanico Faldo Golf Course is just 20 minutes from Vilamoura and 35 minutes from Faro airport. This has the potential to be the best example of a Mediterranean desert-style course in Europe, and golfers will find this golf course, a challenging but enjoyable experience.