Algarve

It’s hard to imagine that up until 1966 – when Henry Cotton laid out the Championship course at Penina – golf as a sporting pursuit in the Algarve was virtually non-existent. Fast forward almost half a century and the region is now one of Europe’s premier holiday destinations, drawing hundreds of thousands of golfers to its fairways all year round.

An incredible total of forty-two 9-hole or 18-hole layouts can be played at thirty-five different golf clubs within the Algarve zone of the Federação Portuguesa de Golfe and more than half the courses strung out along this 100-mile southern-facing coast feature in our Portuguese ranking list of top courses in the country.

The wonderful Oceânico complex at Vilamoura dominates the golfing scene in the Algarve with the Old, Victoria, Laguna and Pinhal layouts all rated in the national charts. Other courses meriting closer examination include Joe Lee’s 1988 layout at San Lorenzo, Rocky Roquemore’s new millennium offering at Quinta de Cima and last, but certainly not least, the magnificent Monte Rei (North) course from Jack Nicklaus which was unveiled in 2007.

Top 100 Golf Courses - Algarve

Monte Rei (North)

1st Algarve - Best in Area

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

Oceanico (Old)

2nd Algarve - Best in Area

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

San Lorenzo

3rd Algarve - Best in Area

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)

4th Algarve - Best in Area

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)

5th Algarve - Best in Area

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

Quinta do Lago (South)

6th Algarve - Best in Area

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

Quinta do Lago (North)

7th Algarve - Best in Area

The South course at Quinta do Lago is the layout that most avid golfers rush to play, but the North course, formerly called the Ria Formosa, named after the Nature Reserve, is definitely worth savouring.

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Description: The South course at Quinta do Lago is the layout that most avid golfers rush to play, but the North course, formerly called the Ria Formosa, named after the Nature Reserve, is definitely worth savouring. Rating: 4.6923076923077 out of 6

Quinta do Lago (Laranjal)

8th Algarve - Best in Area

The Laranjal course is the new kid on the block at Quinta do Lago and the reputation of their third course already is growing.

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Description: The Laranjal course is the new kid on the block at Quinta do Lago and the reputation of their third course already is growing. Rating: 4.7058823529412 out of 6

Quinta de Cima

9th Algarve - Best in Area

The Quinta de Cima course has been designed with tournament play in mind and its inbuilt degree of difficulty is meant to attract the more accomplished amateur as well as the professional golfer...

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Description: The Quinta de Cima course has been designed with tournament play in mind and its inbuilt degree of difficulty is meant to attract the more accomplished amateur as well as the professional golfer... Rating: 4.3333333333333 out of 6

Quinta da Ria

10th Algarve - Best in Area

Opening for play in 2002, the Quinta da Ria golf course was designed by architect Rocky Roquemore, and it's a traditional par 72 layout measuring 6,016 metres from the back tees.

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Description: Opening for play in 2002, the Quinta da Ria golf course was designed by architect Rocky Roquemore, and it's a traditional par 72 layout measuring 6,016 metres from the back tees. Rating: 4.6666666666667 out of 6