Top 40 Golf Courses of Portugal 2014

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Top 40 Golf Courses of Portugal 2014

Top 100 updates its Portuguese golf course rankings

14 January 2014

One hundred and seventy golf associations and member clubs are affiliated to the Portuguese Golf Federation and these various societies play their golf across Portugal’s ninety or so courses. Despite the relatively low number of layouts in the country, the average course quality in Portugal is generally a notch higher than in Spain. Consequently we feel it’s reasonable to showcase a larger percentage of the country’s golf courses.

We have only sixty Portuguese layouts on our shortlist, but it was still a real challenge to assemble our 2014 Portugal Top 40. The Algarve region has the lion’s share of courses, but the Lisbon area has four top ten tracks featured and these are among the best in Iberia.

Furnas Golf CourseHowever, no golfing trip to Portugal is complete without sampling the Azores and Madeira where there is some capital golf to be played, especially at Furnas and Porto Santo, where you’ll find both courses riding high in our top ten.

The top ten shows little change, although a former Portuguese Open venue, the Atlantico course at Penha Longa, breaks into the elite top group for the first time.

Frank Pennink originally laid out Palmares in the Algarve in the 1970s but a RTJ II extension and upgrade has enabled the facility to make a bold upward charge – although some golfers preferred the course as it once was.

Monte ReiAll three tracks at Quinta do Lago (North, South and Laranjal) make positive upward progress and many golfers feel that this is the perfect golfing base from which to explore the region’s best courses, including nearby San Lorenzo, which moves up one position to 3rd.

However, if you want to play Portugal’s No.1 course you’ll need to head to the Eastern Algarve where you’ll find the Golden Bear’s Monte Rei. We recommend you schedule a little more time in this more relaxed region and try Rocky Roquemore’s pair of Quintas – da Ria and de Cima – which are both located close to the sparkling Gulf of Cadiz.

Royal Obidos GolfTwo new courses enter our Portuguese Top 40 for the first time – Bom Sucesso (40th) and Royal Obidos (20th). You’ll find Bom Sucesso on the Silver Coast to the north of Lisbon, a layout that Martin Ebert designed when he was attached to Donald Steel and Company. Royal Obidos lies just a few kilometres to the north of Bom Sucesso and it’s the architectural swan song of the late Seve Ballesteros, who sadly died before the project was completed.

We always welcome feedback at Top 100 Golf Courses, so feel free to let us know what you feel about our golf course coverage in Portugal – are there any other layouts in this popular country that are worthy of exposure on the Top 100 website?

Keith Baxter
Editor-in-Chief
www.top100golfcourses.com

2014

Course

Move

1

Monte Rei

No change

2

Oitavos

No change

3

San Lorenzo

Up 1

4

Oceanico (Old)

Down 1

5

Praia D'El Rey

No change

6

Troia

No change

7

Furnas

Up 1

8

Penha Longa (Atlântico)

Up 5

9

Porto Santo

No change

10

Quinta do Lago (South)

Up 1

11

Oceanico (Faldo)

Up 1

12

Palmares

Up 11

13

Quinta do Peru

Up 2

14

Quinta da Ria

No change

15

Quinta de Cima

Down 8

16

Quinta do Lago (North)

Up 16

17

Quinta do Lago (Laranjal)

Up 12

18

Penina

Down 2

19

Santo da Serra (Machico & Desertas)

Down 2

20

Royal Obidos

NEW

21

Oceanico (O'Connor)

Down 2

22

Oceanico (Victoria)

Down 12

23

Vila Sol

Up 2

24

Belas

Up 6

25

Aroeira 1

Up 1

26

Vale do Lobo (Royal)

Down 8

27

Aroeira 2

Up 4

28

Estela

Down 4

29

Palheiro

Down 1

30

Quinta da Marinha

Down 10

31

Vale do Lobo (Ocean)

Down 10

32

Vidago Palace

Down 10

33

Pinheiros Altos

Up 2

34

Vale da Pinta

Up 2

35

Oporto

Down 8

36

Ribagolfe (1)

Down 2

37

Oceanico (Laguna)

Down 4

38

Morgado

Down 1

39

Oceanico (Pinhal)

No change

40

Bom Sucesso

NEW

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