Easily accessible from Seville and Huelva, the Algarve region of Portugal makes an ideal combination for anyone hoping to play golf in more than one country, and there are some great courses in the area. It would be easily combined with the El Rompido resort or the excellent Islantilla Golf resort, as well as a visit to the Seville club, but the Algarve is a destination in it’s own right, combining amazing golf with the famous beaches of the Algarve and the cuisine and culture of Portugal.
Looking across the bay of Lagos, the Palmares golf course is a set of three nine hole circuits which can be played in any order and provide a different style each time, and the course as a whole takes full advantage of the natural surroundings.
Vale do Lobo is another spectacular golf resort in the centre of the Algarve. Both the Royal and the Ocean courses rank amongst the best in Portugal, and the 16th hole on the Royal course is the signature photo for golf in the area, as it sits on the edge of the sandstone cliffs overlooking the white beaches. Probably one of the most spectacular par three’s you will ever play.
The eastern section of the Algarve offers some great courses in the Vilamoura area, around twenty minutes from Faro airport. Monte Rei is a short hop from the Manta Rota beach, and offers a tranquility away from the bustling nightlife at Vilamoura. Designed by Jack Nicklaus, it is heralded as a world level layout, and a must play if you are in the area. The Dom Pedro Old course is a stand out ‘must play’ for golfers visiting the area, offering a high standard of golf in immaculate surroundings, and a memorable round. Quinta do Lago is another must play, in one of the top rated golf resorts in the world. There are three options, the North the course can be enjoyed by all levels of golfers, the South course is rated 6th in Portuguese courses and enjoys a top fifty ranking in Europe, which is why it is the first choice for many golfers visiting the resort. Finally The Laranjal course sits in the Ludo valley, studded with the orange trees that give it’s name, two kilometres from the main resort.