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 87 courses in the country with less than 15,000 registered 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 50 Golf Courses of Portugal were last updated in February 2018. 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: 5.6486486486486 out of 6

West Cliffs

2nd Portugal Ranking

Located an hour’s drive north of Lisbon on Portugal’s spectacular Silver Coast, West Cliffs is a Cynthia Dye design that opened its doors to golfers in June 2017.

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Description: Located an hour’s drive north of Lisbon on Portugal’s spectacular Silver Coast, West Cliffs is a Cynthia Dye design that opened its doors to golfers in June 2017. Rating: 6 out of 6

Oitavos Dunes

3rd 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: 4.76 out of 6

Troia

4th Portugal Ranking

Troia Golf Resort is located on the coast to the south of Lisbon 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 on the coast to the south of Lisbon and you can reach the club via a lovely short ferry crossing from Setubal to the Peninsula of Troia. Rating: 4.8461538461538 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: 4.6875 out of 6

Vilamoura (Old)

6th Portugal Ranking

Vilamoura 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: Vilamoura 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

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: 5.0588235294118 out of 6

Quinta do Lago (South)

8th 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: 4.7142857142857 out of 6

Praia D'El Rey

9th 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

Oceanico (Faldo)

10th 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