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Golf in Portugal - Portuguese Golf Course Resorts - Campos de Golfe

Updated on November 23, 2016

Golf in Portugal

Golf has been growing very fast for the past 10 years around Portugal. Before this golf "boom" Portugal already had some golf courses which were quite known by golf tourists but only few Portuguese players were playing back then.

Because of its climate and of course the fantastic countryside and its marvelous ocean views Portugal has all the conditions to became one of the most interesting golf destinations in the world.

I believe that Portugal already have all the conditions to receive every golf player who wish to play in well designed golf courses with good weather no matter the month of the year and with all the logistics needed (transports, accommodations, alimentation, international events, historic monuments and very welcoming people).

Come and visit Portugal!


So, what are you waiting for!? We are anticipating your visit!

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If you still do not believe me you can always check out the list of the main Golf courses and resorts all over Portugal where you can have your best golf vacations ever:

North (Costa Verde)

  • Vidago Palace Golf - 9 holes

    At Vidago Palace Golf you can discover the renowned Vidago Palace Hotel. Located in the north region of Portugal and occupying 40ha it provides unparalleled holidays with leisure installations like golf and golf clinics among many other activities.

  • Golf Ponte de Lima - 18 holes

    Located in a lovely rural area the golf course has both level and hilly terrain where the first nine holes are hilly and the second nine leveled. Situated 2km from Ponte de Lima and approximately 70km from Oporto airport.

  • Quinta da Barca - 9 holes (with different teeing ground for the second round)

    Situated in the North Coast between Oporto and Viana do Castelo cities, the golf course at Quinta da Barca is located on the right bank of the Cávado River 3km from its mouth. Only in Portuguese.

  • Estela Golf Club - 18 holes

    The Estela Golf course is a true links located in a splendid area with first class commodities. The region has this wonder climate which is cooled by the Atlantic breeze in the summer and warmed by the Gulf stream in the winter. (Loading very slow)

  • Oporto Golf Club - 18 holes

    Being considered one of the oldest courses of the Continental Europe, Oporto G.C. was born in 1890 by the hands of British players involved in the business of the Port wine who created an impromptu "link" of nine holes. Only in Portuguese.

  • Amarante Golf Club - 18 holes

    The Amarante Golf Club was founded in 1997 and in a very short space of time worked out to an important place in the panorama of the Portuguese Golf. Only in Portuguese.

Monte Rei Golf Club

Center North (Costa Prata)

  • Monte Belo Golf - 18 + 9 holes

    Montebelo Golf can be considered nature golfing; it is located ten minutes from Viseu city on a fantastic landscape between two mountains – "Serra da Estrela" and "Serra do Caramulo". It is a 27 hole field with three 18 hole courses.

  • Curia Golfe - 9 holes

    Twenty minutes from Coimbra and Aveiro cities the Curia Golf it is the first course in the center region of the country and seeks to assert itself as a new destination for golf and able to appeal to all golfers. Only in Portuguese.


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Lisbon (Costa Azul)

  • Aroeira (I & II) - 18 + 18 holes

    Set in a pine wood with several lakes, Herdade da Aroeira is located in a preserved area, 25km from the centre of Lisbon and just 600 meter from the beach. It is the largest housing and golf complex in the Greater Lisbon area.

  • Belas Golf - 18 holes

    The route is very diversified and enjoyed by everyone regardless of their "handicap". It requires technique and strategy of game and is recognized nationally and internationally as one of the best fields built in Portugal. Only in Portuguese.

  • Bom Sucesso - 18 holes

    Recently opened the Bom Sucesso Golf Course it is already a big success. Designed by Donald Steel this 18 hole Championship Golf course goes from even terrain during the first nine holes to a hilly second half with spectacular views over the Atlantic and the Obidos Lagoon.

  • Campo Real - 18 holes

    Set in tranquil rural surroundings, just 30 minutes north of Lisbon and 20 minutes drive from the beautiful beaches of the Silver Coast, CampoReal Golf Resort & Spa offers you an unmatched 5-star lifestyle that only a privileged few will enjoy.

  • Golden Eagle Golf Resort - 18 holes

    Framed by a natural environment of rare beauty, where the trees almost touch the limit of the fairways, the Golden Eagle is one of the most fascinating and competitive Portuguese golf courses.

  • Golf Vimeiro - 9 holes

    Designed by the famous English golf architect Frank Pennick, the Vimeiro Golf – Course is 2.350m and has 9 holes. It is located by the Alcabrichel River where its spacious fairways and reduced size greens stand out well protected by bunkers.

  • Lisbon Golf Club - 18 holes

    The Golf Course of Lisbon S.C. is located in the Serra da Carregueira, about 20km from Lisbon, is a typical mountain course from which since 1992 has 18 holes, over 5,261 meters, with a forest biodiversity very rich and beautiful. Only in Portuguese.

  • Marvão Golf - 18 holes

    Marvão Club de Campo - The Golf Course of the Alto Alentejo. Only in Portuguese.

  • Montado Golf - 18 holes

    Near Castle of Palmela (30 minutes from Lisbon), the Golf Course is surrounded by vineyards of the region, where little rivers and lakes make magic the beauty of this vineyard farm. Only in Portuguese.

  • Paço do Lumiar Golf - 9 holes

    The Paço do Lumiar golf is a unique 9 hole course near the centre of Lisbon. The course comprises of 7 par threes and 2 par fours. Each hole is of a standard that would fit in any full size golf course. A great place to play a challenging round.

  • Penha Longa - 18 + 9 holes

    Ranked in the top 30 Courses in Continental Europe, The Atlantic Course designed by the famed Robert Trent Jones jr, is escapist golf at its best. Its sister, the nine-hole Monastery course, is a perfect partner.

  • Praia D´El Rey Golf and Beach Resort - 18 holes

    One of the most exclusive and attractive golf resorts on Portugal's Silver Coast. With year-round sunshine, pristine beaches, unspoiled countryside, a world-class golf course and luxury accommodation.

  • Quinta da Beloura - 18 holes

    A field of 18 holes, Par 73, 5573 meters, wavy, flanked by Eucalyptus, Quercus, Pines, Magnolias, Palm trees and European olive trees among other types of trees and exotic plants. Only in Portuguese.

  • Quinta da Marinha Oitavos Golf - 18 holes

    The routing is a continuous loop of holes, nine out nine in, similar to linksland courses in Scotland. The sequence is an undisturbed golf experience from start to finish. Distant views of the great Atlantic Ocean and the nearby`s of Sintra mountain.

  • Quinta do Peru Golf - 18 holes

    With the Arrabida mountains as its backdrop, the Quinta do Peru Golf Course offers amateurs a pleasant game, whilst also presenting a challenge for professionals. It was voted amongst the top 10 courses in Portugal.

  • Riba Golf - 2 x 18 holes

    Designers Peter Townsend and European Golf Design were blessed with a beautiful piece of virgin cork oak forest and have created a layout which would grace any European Tour event, with superb oversized greens and a length of 7,370 yards from the back tees.

  • Royal Óbidos Spa & Golf Resort

    This exciting new development will include luxury apartments and villas set alongside a fantastic 18 hole championship golf course designed by Severiano Ballesteros, who promises golfers "a great and wonderful place" here on Portugal's Silver Coast.

  • Santo Estevão Golf - 18 holes

    With 18 holes, the field extends to an area of 72 hectares, providing a pleasant challenge for all levels of practitioners. Just 1/2 an hour from Lisbon by A1 and A10 motorways. Only in Portuguese.

  • Troia Golf - 18 holes

    Troia Golf Championship Course, designed by the famous American golf architect Robert Trent Jones Senior, is a spectacular links, and one of the most fascinating golf challenges in Portugal.

Praia D'El Rey Golf and Beach Resort
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South (Algarve)

  • Alto Golf - 18 holes

    ALTO GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB is a premier golf and country club resort, set in beautifully landscaped gardens, with villas, apartments and townhouses, many with superb views of the sea, the golf course or the fabulous gardens.

  • Benamor Golf – 18 holes

    Benamor was completed in the Spring of 2000. In the nearby hills of Barrocal, where you can enjoy the peaceful surroundings of a construction-free golf resort.

  • Boavista Golf - 18 holes

    Quinta da Boavista, the exclusive residential and recreational resort, is a 45 minute drive from Faro International Airport. It is located just off the A22 Motorway, Junction 1 with easy access to Lagos, Luz and Sagres.

  • Castro Marim Golfe – 18 holes

    Is a unique luxury development, which has been created to provide the best of what life has to offer. The course has been designed to give pleasure to any level of golfer.

  • Gramacho Golf Course – 18 holes

    Nick Price, former world Nr.1 player, has teamed up with the golf course architect, Ronald Fream, to create a uniquely designed 18 hole course with 27 varied greens that enable the golfer to play the same course several times with different greens.

  • Herdade dos Salgados Golf – 18 holes

    The course, a 6080 meters links with many water hazards requires much skill in the approach to the greens, the drive is also essential to achieve good results, making the course pleasant especially for skilled golfers.

  • Monte Rei Golf Club – 18 holes

    Monte Rei´s vision is strikingly simple and memorably courageous to collate the very best ingredients creating a groundbreaking and world-class destination.

  • Oceanico Old Course – 18 holes

    Situated in the heart of the Vilamoura seaside resort a mere 20-minute drive from Faro airport, this Frank Pennink designed parkland style layout is one of the oldest in the region and renowned all over the golfing world.

  • Oceanico Pinhal Golf Course – 18 holes

    This was the second golf course built in Vilamoura and inaugurated in 1976, having originally been designed by Frank Pennink. Several refinements were incorporated over the years, the most significant one by Robert Trent Jones Sr. in 1985.

  • Oceanico Laguna Golf Course – 18 holes

    Laid out over low-lying coastal terrain, this course, with its many water hazards and few trees, is considerably different from the other ones at the resort and many of its holes convey a links atmosphere.

  • Oceanico Millennium Golf Course – 18 holes

    This conventional Par-72 course opened in the year 2000, although the completely refurbished back nine holes - formerly part of the 27-hole Laguna Course - had been completed in their original configuration a decade before.

  • Oceanico Victoria Clube de Golfe – 18 holes

    The Victoria Clube de Golfe will be the fifth at Vilamoura and the most exclusive one at the resort, making it ideal to became the Algarve's and Portugal's major venue for top international tournaments.

  • Parque da Floresta - 18 holes

    The Golf Resort boasts a spectacular golf course and golf academy, outdoor heated swimming pool, children's pool, kid’s clubs, children’s football academy, fun and games bar, various restaurants and bars plus a luxurious health and beauty spa.

  • Palmares Golf - 18 holes

    The Frank Pennink designed course enjoys a beautiful location, near to the historic city of Lagos, commanding magnificent views of the bay of Lagos and the distant Monchique hills.

  • Penina - 18 + 9 + 9 holes

    Situated on Portugal's spectacular southern coast, Le Méridien Penina Golf & Resort is located between the traditional fishing port of Portimão and the historic town of Lagos.

  • Pine Cliffs Resort – 9 holes

    This is certainly the right choice for people looking for a certain lifestyle, one that cannot be put into words, only felt. Perhaps this is one of the reasons behind the resort being rewarded for several times at the World Travel Awards.

  • Pinheiros Altos Golf – 18 + 9 holes

    Pinheiros Altos Golf Resort in Quinta do Lago is one of the most prestigious and successful premier private golf and leisure resorts in Europe.

  • Quinta da Ria – 18 holes

    This spectacular 18 hole golf course is in the Ria Formosa Natural Park and spreads along an almost flat surface of 660.000 m2 down to the Ria Formosa itself, hanging over it and with a stunning view of the sea.

  • Quinta de Cima – 18 holes

    Eighteen holes skilfully scattered by an area of 620.000 m2, the Cima Course show themselves very competitive with dog-legs to the right and to the left and greens well protected by sand hazards and lakes, particularly holes 16, 17 and 18.

  • Quinta do Lago Norte – 18 holes (

    All the famous male and female players who have experienced this course, including “Ryder Cup” and “Curtis Cup” team members, have been euphoric in their praise for this course, which will soon take its place among the great European layouts.

  • Quinta do Lago Sul – 18 holes (

    The favourite of many tour players, this course offers the possibility to hit the greens in regulation in several ways.This course favours the long hitter, but requires the player to pick a particular route to score well.

  • San Lorenzo Golf Club – 18 holes

    Located in the Quinta do Lago estate enjoys a reputation for the condition of its course and its attractive views around the lake formed by Ria Formosa. It has been ranked in the past as the second best course in Europe.

  • Silves Golf - 18 holes

    Silves is a serene spot, but the course is anything but the proverbial walk in the park. The excellent condition, all year round, is ideal for low scoring.

  • Vale da Pinta Golf Course – 18 holes

    The Pinta Course is one of the best-designed courses in Europe. It is a Championship course with an exceptional layout designed by the famous American golf course architect, Ronald Fream, and inaugurated in 1992.

  • Vale de Lobo Ocean Golf Course – 18 holes

    The Ocean Golf Course features undulating fairways which run alongside nature reserve, before leading gently down to the shores of the Atlantic. The Ocean Course is composed of two of the original 9-hole golf courses designed by Sir Henry Cotton.

  • Vale de Lobo Royal Golf Course – 18 holes

    The Royal Golf Course has rolling fairways set amidst pine trees and beautiful lakes surrounded by wild flowers. Its features include the almost island green of the 9th and the famous 16th, with cliff-top carryover.

  • Vale Milho Golf – 9 holes (with diferent teeing ground for the second round)

    Vale do Milho is a beautiful 9 hole par-3 course, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, close to the village of Carvoeiro. The course is a scaled-down version of a full sized course. If you are a beginner there is no place better to learn how to play golf.

  • Vila Sol Golf Resort – 27 holes

    At Vila Sol Golf you will find a fabulous 27-hole golf course designed by the famous architect Donald Steel, which stretches along a wide valley, naturally sculpted by Mother Nature.

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Madeira Islands

  • Clube de Golfe do Santo da Serra – 9 + 9 + 9 holes

    The original field was built in 1937 and was later redesigned in 1991 by famed golf architect, Robert Trent Jones. This created a spectacular and completely new field with 27 holes. Only in Portuguese.

  • Palheiro Golf – 18 holes

    Palheiro Golf is situated on Madeira Island some 10 km east of Funchal with magnificent views overlooking the town and bay and is set within the stunning 200 year old Palheiro Estate. The 18-hole par 72 course was designed by Cabell Robinson.

  • Porto Santo Golf – 18 + 9 (pitch & putt) holes

    The golf course of Porto Santo, inaugurated on 1 October 2004 was designed by Severiano Ballesteros, offers a journey of 18 holes. Only in Portuguese.

Açores Islands

  • Cedars Golf Course – 18 holes

    The Cedars golf course is as well known as Furnas Golf Course. The course is situated in one of the most beautiful parts of São Miguel, close to the beautiful Furnas Lake one of the largest and most attractive lakes on the island.

  • Azalea Golf Course – 27 holes

    The Azalea course as well known as Batalha Golf Course is situated on the north coast of São Miguel, just 10 minutes from the centre of the capital, Ponta Delgada in the Azores Islands of Portugal.

  • Club Golf Ilha Terceira – 18 holes

    The Terceira Island Golf Club is located a few kilometres from Angra do Heroísmo and Praia da Vitória, on Terceira Island. It presents some amazing landscapes, with trees, low hills and small lakes, where azaleas and beautiful hydrangeas are seen.


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Portugal Golf Show

To prove how Golf has grown in Portugal during the past years it took place the first big international golf exhibition - Portugal Golf Show.

The event has been growing every year and it is now starting to receive some international recognition.

Portugal Golf Show


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    • suzyjews profile image


      7 years ago from Spain

      Thanks, that's really good to know, you obviously know a lot about the area and the courses there! :-)

    • funride profile imageAUTHOR

      Ricardo Nunes 

      7 years ago from Portugal

      Hey Suzy, nice to meet you. I`m glad this hub was useful to you... if you ever come and try the Praia D`El Rey or Bom Sucesso, feel free to contact. I`ll love to show you around ;)

    • suzyjews profile image


      7 years ago from Spain

      Hi, I live in Malaga, Spain and have always wanted to visit the Algarve as an adult.I remember it as a child and loved it but would now like to come and sample some of the courses you mention. Thanks for a comprehensive article.

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      Buy Portugal property 

      8 years ago

      I found your blog on google and read a few of your other posts. Keep up the good work. Look forward to read more from you in the future.If interested in link exchange please contact me.

    • William F. Torpey profile image

      William F Torpey 

      8 years ago from South Valley Stream, N.Y.

      Golf looks good in Portugal, funride. I'd love to try out all the golf courses, especially Algarve, but I'm afraid I'll never get there. I'll have to stick with the courses I play here on Long Island, N.Y.

    • funride profile imageAUTHOR

      Ricardo Nunes 

      10 years ago from Portugal

      Thanks Art, I hope you´ll have a great time while visiting Portugal ;)

      If you´re thinking about visiting Praia D'El Rey Golf and Beach Resort I would be very happy to meet you and show you around, I live near by. Feel free to contact me here and I´ll give you my phone # ;)

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      Art Speck 

      10 years ago

      Great list man. Planning to hire a friends villa out there, so this has really helped, other than to realize 2 weeks won't be enough now.

    • pjdscott profile image


      10 years ago from Durham, UK

      A comprehensive listing with detailed descriptions and links. A super resource for anyone planning to play golf in Portugal. Excellent.

    • funride profile imageAUTHOR

      Ricardo Nunes 

      11 years ago from Portugal

      Hi Smegs! Did you travel along Portugal? Or you have just been in Algarve?

      I can tell you if you just visit Algarve and you are already in love with Portugal then when you visit the rest of the country you´ll move and come to live here. Eheheheh.

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      11 years ago from Pennsylvania

      While I was in the Algarve, we were really close to a golf course but we didn't have time to go. Since I am so in love with Portugal, I plan to visit as much as I can, and can hopefully get into some golfing!

    • funride profile imageAUTHOR

      Ricardo Nunes 

      11 years ago from Portugal

      Hummmm... I don´t think so Kellyjean eheheheh, you must come to Portugal first to really see everything.

      Thank you for your comment ;)

    • kellyjean profile image


      11 years ago

      Well, now I have seen everything....:)


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