The range and quality of Portugal’s championship golf courses mean they are top of the leader board year after year, and with Europe’s best winter climate and travel restrictions easing, it’s time to pack your clubs…
Quinta do Lago, Algarve
Awarded Europe’s Best Golf Destination at the World Golf Awards in 2015 and 2016, the Quinta do Lago resort in the Algarve is an ideal choice for both budding and seasoned golfers. It offers three 18-hole world-class championship courses, plus outstanding practice facilities. Of its three courses, the iconic and recently renovated South Course has played host to eight European tour events and frequently stages the Algarve Open.
Then there’s the award-winning and highly challenging North Course, together with the beautifully designed Laranjal Course, for golfers of all abilities. Quinta do Lago is situated just 15 minutes from Faro airport and is positioned within the beautiful Rio Formosa nature reserve. Not only that, but the resort also features magnificent accommodation at the Wyndham Grand Algarve Residences, as well as a state-of-the-art sports hub, the Campus, sealing its place as one of Europe’s premier golf resorts.
Sports For All
Facilities at the Campus at Quinta do Lago are world-renowned and include a Desso Hybrid Grassmaster pitch, plus a pitch-side feeding station with an ice machine. There’s also a high-performance gym, dedicated studios for cycling, tennis and a 25m outdoor pool. And for those looking to chill out after a hard session, the recovery suite includes a sauna, steam room and hot and cold plunge pools.
The Troia course south of Lisbon is laid out across a peninsula close to the sea, with the majestic backdrop of the Arrabida mountain range, and surrounded by beaches. The stunning setting is matched by incredible design, with perilous bunkers to thrill amateur and experienced golfers alike. The nearby Design Hotel provides a luxurious setting for that well-deserved 19th hole.
Praia D’el Rey, Obidos
Don’t miss this outstanding 18-hole course an hour from the Portuguese capital, Lisbon. With its fabulous fairways and perfectly manicured greens, Praia D’el Rey is located on the Silver Coast, with spectacular views over the Atlantic Ocean and Berlengas Islands beyond. Adjacent is the challenging West Cliffs course, which was named World’s Best New Course in 2017.
Dom Pedro, Vilamoura
There are five courses on offer at this coastal hotspot, with the prestigious Dom Pedro Old Course known as the ‘grand dame’ of the resort. Set among pine trees and boasting a renowned clubhouse, it has been a must-visit since its inception in 1969. The resort also features the Victoria Golf Course designed by golfing legend Arnold Palmer as well as the Millennium, Laguna and Pinhal courses for players of every ability.