Porto & North

The Porto & North areas of Portugal cover an expanse of land extending to 19,000 square miles with a population of around 6 million people. Stretching from Costa Verde on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean to the border castles that once protected the mountainous inland boundary with Spain, it’s a largely unspoiled region that’s well worth exploring.

Sixteen of Portugal’s ninety-seven 9-hole and 18-hole courses are located at fourteen different venues within the Norte and Centro zones of the Federação Portuguesa de Golfe. The only 27-hole facility is located at Golfe Montebelo, where Mark Stilwell and Malcolm Kenyon carved out three returning circuits on heavily forested, hilly terrain near the town of Viseu in the late 1990s.

Best in Region courses include two Philip Mackenzie Ross layouts. The first of these, Oporto, is one of the oldest layouts on the continent of Europe (established in 1890) and the architect remodeled it in the late 1950s. The other course, Vidago Palace, was laid out as a 9-holer in 1936 within the grounds of a magnificent five-star hotel and Bob Cameron and Chris Powell have recently overhauled this old track to form a new 18-hole layout.

Top 100 Golf Courses - Porto & North

Estela

1st Porto & North - Best in Area

Estela is a wonderful golf course with all of the features expected of a true seaside ‘links’ golf course and will be a great test for any standard of golfer.

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Description: Estela is a wonderful golf course with all of the features expected of a true seaside ‘links’ golf course and will be a great test for any standard of golfer. Rating: 4.75 out of 6

Vidago Palace

2nd Porto & North - Best in Area

The original 9-hole Philip Mackenzie Ross golf course at Vidago Palace was remodeled by the Cameron Powell design company during the refit of the hotel and opened for play in 2010.

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Description: The original 9-hole Philip Mackenzie Ross golf course at Vidago Palace was remodeled by the Cameron Powell design company during the refit of the hotel and opened for play in 2010. Rating: 4 out of 6

Oporto

3rd Porto & North - Best in Area

The eldest club in Portugal (and fifth oldest in Continental Europe after Pau, Dinard, Biarritz and Royal Antwerp) was renamed Oporto Golf Club in 1901 and it remained an exclusive British preserve for the next three decades.

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Description: The eldest club in Portugal (and fifth oldest in Continental Europe after Pau, Dinard, Biarritz and Royal Antwerp) was renamed Oporto Golf Club in 1901 and it remained an exclusive British preserve for the next three decades. Rating: 3.5 out of 6

Ponte de Lima

4th Porto & North - Best in Area

Situated in the hills overlooking the old Roman town of Ponte de Lima, the golf course of the same name is operated by the Axis hotel group.

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Description: Situated in the hills overlooking the old Roman town of Ponte de Lima, the golf course of the same name is operated by the Axis hotel group. Rating: 4.6666666666667 out of 6

Miramar

5th Porto & North - Best in Area

Laid out on coastal land between Espinho and Porto, the 9-hole course at Club de Golf de Miramar was designed by Philip Mackenzie Ross shortly after the club was established.

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Description: Laid out on coastal land between Espinho and Porto, the 9-hole course at Club de Golf de Miramar was designed by Philip Mackenzie Ross shortly after the club was established. Rating: 4 out of 6

Amarante

6th Porto & North - Best in Area

First opened for play in 1997, the 18-hole layout at Amarante Golf Club is a short mountain golf course located within the Quinta da Deveza Estate...

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Description: First opened for play in 1997, the 18-hole layout at Amarante Golf Club is a short mountain golf course located within the Quinta da Deveza Estate... Rating: 4 out of 6