The Algarve is known for its wonderful beaches, the privileged climate, the amazing food and its lovely inhabitants and due to its wonderful golf courses, the Algarve region was recognized as one of the best golf destinations in 2020. This prize/award was awarded by the International Association of Golf Tour Operator (IAGTO), which represents the global golf tourism industry within the 20th IAGTO Awards. The Algarve had already been awarded in 2006 and in 2014 it was recognized as the best golf destination in Europe.
For golf lovers, here are some of our most prestigious golf courses:
The Sir Henry Cotton Championship Course, designed by the legendary Sir Henry Cotton, is the first 18-hole course to have been constructed in the Algarve - and is legendary for some of the finest and most challenging golf courses in the world. It is located in the Penina Hotel & Golf Resort and is without any doubt one of the jewels in Portugal’s golfing crown. The 6,869-yard layout takes golfers through the trees and is reminiscent of the world’s best parkland set ups.
Situated on the magnificent Monte Rei Resort in the Eastern Algarve you will find the Monte Rei North Golf Course. This one was designed by the 18-time major champion Jack Nicklaus that has sympathetically merged incredible course design with the region's stunning natural landscape. The course winds its way through the dramatic valleys creating multiple mini amphitheaters which add to the sense of drama with any drive or approach shot. Having already established the North Course as the best course in Portugal, soon Monte Rei will begin construction on its South Course.
The 27-hole Palmares Golf Course with breathtaking natural beauty and stunning views from 90% of the tees, is located near Lagos in the Algarve. It was considered the 26th golf course in Continental Europe. This course has been totally transformed by the American course designer Robert Trent Jones Jr. The 27 holes are laid out on the side of a south-facing hill overlooking the Bay of Lagos. On the Palmares Course there are three 9-hole circuits the Alvor Course, the Lagos Course, and the Praia Course. The first nine holes run through woodland and the down to the beach with lovely views of the Alvor Estuary and the ocean. The Lagos nine take the player down to the beach and again with superb view.
Situated in the holiday resort Dom Pedro Hotels & Golf you will find the Dom Pedro Victoria Golf Course, one of the best and more sophisticated golf courses in Portugal, this course hosts every year in October the biggest competition in Portugal: The Portugal Masters of the European Tour which welcomes many stars from the PGA Tour. It was designed by Arnold Palmer and it’s the longest 18 holes golf course in Portugal.
The Vale do Lobo resort besides being a 5-star hotel, medical center and a Spa is also known to be the host of two 18-hole championship golf courses: The Ocean Golf and the Royal Golf that are world renowned and are the home to some of the most iconic holes and golfing views to be found. The Ocean Golf course is a par 73 and presents itself with some of the most spectacular views. Both courses are a well worth to play any time of the year in the Algarve.