Few countries in Europe boast the number and concentration of high quality golf courses as Portugal, where the climate and terrain help craft a superbly diverse golfing landscape. Skirting the country’s Atlantic shores is a collection of courses that forms the backbone of our Portuguese golf tour packages, all twinned with hand-picked hotels to suit the discerning golf traveller.
Around Lisbon, the country’s capital, situated on the western shores, golfers can uncover a remarkable cache of top class courses, ranging in style from manicured parkland layouts to the sort of rugged seaside tracks that are more associated with the British Isles. Allow around an hour’s travel North or South of the city, and your golfing senses will be treated to a feast, courtesy of names like Praia d’El Rey and Oitavos Dunes, both distinctive coastal layouts, and the iconic Trent Jones Senior designed Troia, ranked in some commentaries as continental Europe’s top-ranked course.
Clinging to Portugal’s southern shores is a region known as the Algarve, a tourist centre known for its mild year-round climate, laid back atmosphere and a clutch of truly gorgeous golf courses. The style here is characterised by manicured holes carved through stands of age-old pine trees, with the cliffs and sandy beaches serving regularly as the backdrop, likely to be a stand-out memory of your golf tour in Europe.
Tackle the celebrated San Lorenzo layout whilst lodging at the comfortable Dona Filipa hotel, and play one, two or all three of the magnificent courses at the nearby Quinta do Lago estate – the Old Course, multiple Portuguese Open host, boasts more than a couple of holes with a distinctive Augusta National look and feel. The ultimate contrast against these established classics comes in the shape of Monte Rei, a Signature Jack Nicklaus crafted course that has rightly been received as one of Europe’s finest modern creations.
Best time to travel
Summer: May – Sep
Shoulder Season Mar & Oct
Connecting from Lisbon or London to Faro