Portugal

Situated on the west side of the Iberian Peninsula with a long Atlantic coastline, it’s not surprising that Portugal has a rich seafaring heritage. In 1415, the Portuguese discovered new ocean routes and they set sail to conquer new continents.

An independent kingdom since the 12th century, Portugal is one of Europe’s oldest nations and their way of life is still gloriously simple and relaxed with honest food and world famous Port and Madeira.Thanks to great weather, Portugal is also one of Europe’s popular golfing destinations and this is despite the fact that there are only 70 or so courses in the country with less than 20,000 Portuguese golf club members.

Fortunately, more than half of Portugal’s courses are high standard and they can thank the British for introducing the game of golf to the country in the 19th century when a group of British wine exporters formed Oporto Niblicks Club in 1890 (renamed Oporto Golf Club in 1901). Sir Henry Cotton started the Portuguese golf boom with the remarkable Penina which is the oldest course in the Algarve, dating back to 1966.

Our rankings of the Top 40 Golf Courses of Portugal were last updated in December 2015. Click the link to read the story.

Top 100 Golf Courses - Portugal

Monte Rei (North)

1st Portugal Ranking

Set in the picturesque foothills of the Eastern Algarve, with sweeping views of the Serra do Caldeirão mountains to the north and the Atlantic Ocean to the south.

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Description: Set in the picturesque foothills of the Eastern Algarve, with sweeping views of the Serra do Caldeirão mountains to the north and the Atlantic Ocean to the south. Rating: 5.6857142857143 out of 6

Oitavos Dunes

2nd Portugal Ranking

The golf course at Oitavos Dunes is a lovely mix of woodland and links-type holes that have been expertly laid to make the most of the existing landscape.

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Description: The golf course at Oitavos Dunes is a lovely mix of woodland and links-type holes that have been expertly laid to make the most of the existing landscape. Rating: 4.75 out of 6

Oceanico (Old)

3rd Portugal Ranking

Oceânico Old is the original and eldest course at Vilamoura but it's also the best. Grand, pine-lined, strategic and in tune with Mother Nature.

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Description: Oceânico Old is the original and eldest course at Vilamoura but it's also the best. Grand, pine-lined, strategic and in tune with Mother Nature. Rating: 5 out of 6

Troia

4th Portugal Ranking

Troia Golf Resort is located to the south of Lisbon a little farther down the coast, and you can reach the club via a lovely short ferry crossing from Setubal to the Peninsula of Troia.

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Description: Troia Golf Resort is located to the south of Lisbon a little farther down the coast, and you can reach the club via a lovely short ferry crossing from Setubal to the Peninsula of Troia. Rating: 4.8333333333333 out of 6

San Lorenzo

5th Portugal Ranking

San Lorenzo is a world-class golf course, which is set alongside the Atlantic on sandy undulating terrain with fairways bordered by umbrella pines and the marshland bird sanctuary of the Ria Formosa.

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Description: San Lorenzo is a world-class golf course, which is set alongside the Atlantic on sandy undulating terrain with fairways bordered by umbrella pines and the marshland bird sanctuary of the Ria Formosa. Rating: 4.6551724137931 out of 6

Oceanico (Faldo)

6th Portugal Ranking

Faldo’s course at Amendoeira calls for golfers to play strategically, avoiding the desert scrub bunkers, rocky outcrops, wandering water hazards and olive trees that lurk in wait for errant shots.

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Description: Faldo’s course at Amendoeira calls for golfers to play strategically, avoiding the desert scrub bunkers, rocky outcrops, wandering water hazards and olive trees that lurk in wait for errant shots. Rating: 5 out of 6

Palmares (Praia & Lagos)

7th Portugal Ranking

Palmares Golf is billed as the golfing “jewel in the crown of the Algarve” and it’s certainly an eclectic golf course, which originally opened in 1975, with distinct flavours.

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Description: Palmares Golf is billed as the golfing “jewel in the crown of the Algarve” and it’s certainly an eclectic golf course, which originally opened in 1975, with distinct flavours. Rating: 5.1333333333333 out of 6

Praia D'El Rey

8th Portugal Ranking

Praia D’El Rey is "A mix of holes – some in the mighty dunes, others among fragrant pines – that are an assault to the senses. Wild and wonderful"

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Description: Praia D’El Rey is "A mix of holes – some in the mighty dunes, others among fragrant pines – that are an assault to the senses. Wild and wonderful" Rating: 4.7894736842105 out of 6

Quinta do Lago (South)

9th Portugal Ranking

American architect William Mitchell raised the bar in terms of golf course architecture here at Quinta do Lago by importing American standard greens, tees and bunkers.

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Description: American architect William Mitchell raised the bar in terms of golf course architecture here at Quinta do Lago by importing American standard greens, tees and bunkers. Rating: 4.7037037037037 out of 6

Penha Longa (Atlântico)

10th Portugal Ranking

The Atlântico, designed by Robert Trent Jones Jnr, opened in 1992 and received such acclaim that it played host to the Portuguese Open in 1994.

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Description: The Atlântico, designed by Robert Trent Jones Jnr, opened in 1992 and received such acclaim that it played host to the Portuguese Open in 1994. Rating: 4.6363636363636 out of 6