Portugal is one of Europe’s oldest nations that benefits from the desirable weather, fine cuisine and a relaxed way of life. Unsurprisingly, this makes the country somewhat of a haven for those looking to invest in property abroad. One allure for those looking to spend leisure time in Portugal is the abundance of high-quality golf courses on offer across the region. The desirable Algarve coast is particularly well-known for world-class golfing facilities, accommodating investors in improving their game, regardless of abilities.
Below is a list of the best golf courses in Portugal, including a brief description and followed by a few of our recommended Algarve property for sale nearby.
This award-winning course is consistently ranked as a number one establishment in Portugal, and amongst the best in Europe by a variety of leading publications. A Par 72 Championship golf course which measures 6567m² and boasts a truly unique design; eleven of the eighteen holes feature an element of water, and the layout is divided into eight par-4s, five par-3s and five par-5s. Presentation is of utmost importance, with ingeniously shaped and sculptured bunkers highlighting the impressive levels of attention to detail. The course blends effortlessly to its natural canvas, and each hole is as enjoyable and remarkable as the next. A must-play if you are planning on golfing in the Algarve.
A stunning course with spectacular sea views throughout and the impressive backdrop of the Sintra Mountains, it is unsurprising that Golf Magazine named it the second best golf course in mainland Europe in 2015. Oitavos Dunes is a par 71 course that benefits from a spectacular mix of woodland and links-type holes. The holes flow into the next particularly well, and each has their own testing components. The greens are firm, fast and full of slopes and burrows to keep even the keen golfer engaged. Head to the Sintra-Cascais National Park, for a perfect round of golf surrounded by some of Portugal’s most incredible landscapes.
The second oldest course in the Algarve, The Oceanico Old opened for play in 1969 and has remained one of the finest and most popular courses in the area ever since. Unusually, the par is set at 73 for this course, with a range of complex and challenging holes to reflect that. Of particular note is the 8th hole, which slopes towards a fairway bunker, before doglegging to the right and rising back up the green surrounded by woodland on either side. A par here is few and far between. The course boasts an impressive clubhouse and restaurant to compliment the course, providing a place for players and spectators alike to unwind.
This beachside course is par 72 and holds unparalleled sea views. Troia is located in a desirable spot on the peninsula between the Atlantic Ocean, the Sado estuary and the Serra da Arràbida. A highly underrated course that was designed by Robert Jones Senior, featuring many of his trademarks including bold bunkering, raised greens and doglegs. The course itself is so challenging, that in the Portuguese Open in 1983, Sam Torrence was the only player to better par for the Championship, a testament to the difficulty of the course. Troia is nestled amidst a beautiful part of Portugal, and plenty of other opportunities for activities are available in the area.
First opened in 1988, San Lorenzo has been highly ranked amongst some of the best courses in Europe ever since. The world-class course is set in an enviable spot alongside the Atlantic, with fairways bordering the marshland bird sanctuary of the Ria Formosa. Built upon favourable terrain, the course was erected on a grand scale, cementing its position amidst the best golf courses in the Algarve. The final hole is a thrilling, 400-yard, par 4, with water all the way up the left-handside and a semi-island green, encapsulating a classic risk and reward finish.
Properties for sale nearby
This 4-bedroom villa is located near to the accredited Monte Rei golf course. The spacious property benefits from extensive gardens, a private swimming pool, terraces and unrivalled views of the Eastern Algarve, providing the perfect setting for some post-game leisure time. Find out more about the property here.
A stunning 4-bedroom townhouse, located close to the renowned Oceanico golf course, perfect for a holiday home or potential rental income. The property is within walking distance to the Marina and a plethora of bars, restaurants and markets amidst other amenities. The interior was recently renovated to include good quality fittings and fixtures of the highest quality. Find out more about this property here.
This superb modern villa can sleep up to 14 adults and five children, making it the perfect retreat for large groups of family and friends. Set amidst extensive grounds, the property boasts its own swimming pool and is just 60m walk away from the beach. Find out more about the property here.