- There are more than 90 golf courses around Portugal. The concentration of the golf courses is on the Western and Eastern Algarve and you’ll find superb courses on the coast near the capital city of Lisbon. An ideal opportunity to explore this beautiful city and play tremendous golf courses.
- Many of golf’s greats have designed courses in Portugal, including Jack Nicklaus, Severiano Ballesteros and Nick Faldo. Nine courses in Portugal are listed in the Top 50 golf courses in continental Europe.
- Monte Rei on the Eastern Algarve comes in at 12th
- Swiftly followed by West Cliffs, north of Lisbon at 15th
- Troia south of Lisbon is 19th
- Oitavos Dunes with its modernistic hotel near Lisbon is 21st
- Oldie but goodie Palmares near Lagos is 21st
- Algarve favourite Quinto do Lago is 42nd
- One of the original favourites Vilamoura Old is 45th
- Praia D’el Rey, on the same resort as West Cliffs, is 48th
- San Lorenzo is 49th
3.Portugal is on the same time line as the UK. With numerous flights a day from airports all over the UK taking three hours or less, there is plenty of time to enjoy a good lunch and then head for the first tee on your day of arrival.
4. The first golf course opened in 1890 when British port producers formed Oporto Niblicks Club now known as Oporto Golf Club. Golf tourism really took off in 1966 when the magnificent Sir Henry Cotton opened Penina on the Algarve.
5.Don’t overlook Portugal as a winter destination. While the Western Algarve looks over the Atlantic Ocean, head to the Eastern Algarve around Tavira and Monte Rei for cracking winter deals and weather influenced by the Mediterranean Sea.
6.The beautiful Portuguese island of Madeira is a perfect winter destination with luxury hotels and three superb golf courses.