Thinking about taking a golfing break? If so, you should definitely consider heading to the Algarve in Portugal, since this region is packed with loads of great courses and the weathers great too! To give you an idea of what the best courses in the region are, Ive put together a quick list of those that are regularly ranked highly by keen players.
Vale do Lobo Ocean
Best for: amazing ocean views
The Algarve has got a gorgeous coastline, and I think one of the best things about playing here (aside from the world-class courses, that is!) is the amazing scenery you get to enjoy at the same time. Now, there are a fair few courses that offer ocean views, but the Vale do Lobo Ocean course is one of the best.
In fact, this one will take you closer to the sea than any other, so its a real must for anyone itching to make the most of the seaside setting. Plus, Vale do Lobo is the Algarves oldest golf resort, so playing here automatically means youre getting a taste of the regions golfing history.
Vale do Lobo Royal
Best for: seeing famous holes
The Royal is the second of the courses at Vale do Lobo and is actually often said to be the better of the two. So, if youre not fussed about getting particularly close to the shore, it might be worth going for this one over the Ocean course (though you could tackle both!).
Plus, this course still has some spectacular coastal views. Its real claim to fame, though, is hole 16 renowned for its stunning cliff-top carryover. In fact, this is often used on adverts touting golf in the Algarve, so don’t be surprised if you feel like you recognize it when you see it!
Monte Rei North
Best for: Water hazards, experiencing a rare layout and setting
Located in the east of the Algarve, Monte Rei North is a Jack Nicklaus Signature course something that makes it all but irresistible to keen golfers, especially since its one of just a few of its kind Europe. An 18-hole, par 72 championship course, its home to heaps of water hazards so many, in fact, that you’ll find them at 11 of the 18 holes.
As well as offering an interesting set of challenges, its got some great scenery, with the Serra do Caldeirao mountains visible to the north of the course and the Atlantic Ocean to the south. The fairways themselves are very scenic, with hole 14 generally regarded as the prettiest.
Best for: experiencing one of the regions oldest and best courses
The oldest course in Vilamoura, Oceanico Old originally opened in 1969 and was remodeled and upgraded in 1997. An 18-hole, par 73 course, it is famous in the golfing world for being one of the best courses in the Algarve.
If you play here, one of the first things you’ll notice is the abundance of pine trees, which make up the courses principle hazards. If you fancy practicing your short game, there’s a putting green next door, which was part of the changes made back in the 90s.
There are plenty of other world-class courses you can try here, such as San Lorenzo, so its well worth doing your research before you travel to make sure you find something that suits your abilities. Once you’ve found a few that catch your eye, you can bear their location in mind when looking for low-cost rooms to stay in that way, you wont have too far to travel when you want to play.