Golf breaks in Portugal

Planning a golf holiday to Portugal? We can help you decide where to choose. In an ever-changing golfing landscape, it is very easy for the traditional countries and areas to seem a little underwhelming. A bit dated, even. Sometimes it's true that they have expanded so expansively over the years they have become so big and opulent they now seem out of reach to the ‘ordinary’ golfer.  That description might be true of some old favourites living off reputations forged decades ago, but it certainly does not apply to either of Portugal’s two main areas – the Algarve and around the capital, Lisbon.

You might have heard of high-priced Algarve courses – they do exist, and you might well fancy coughing up for the pleasure of playing them – but trust us, you can play on the Algarve on a reasonable budget. Before reading the rest of our guide to golfing in Portugal, a word about how well equipped the areas are to satisfy the needs of golfers. It is impossible to overstate just how accommodating Portugal is to travelling golfers; the game is barely played at local level, so the clubs and courses are almost exclusively for visitors’ use. It adds even greater premium on Portuguese venues providing quality, and as well as these internal pressures the market is made even more fiercely competitive as a result of external factors. Because, where once they only had Spain to worry about, Portugal now has Belek, North Africa, the UAE, Bulgaria and so on to contend with. Complementing the courses are lots of tourists attractions in the two areas; both the Algarve and Lisbon are hugely popular with holidaymakers.

So when you are not playing golf you can laze by the pool, enjoy some water sports, soak up the sun on the beach or take day trips to heritage sites, water parks or bustling city centres. And if you want to save some euros and be extra kind to your tastebuds for a lot less money, choose your venues wisely by heading a little off the well-worn track. The same is true of the courses; choose wisely and you can feast on the golf without enormous outlay. Click below to discover more about the different areas of Portugal and why you should try golfing there. 


Playing golf in the Algarve keeps getting better. There are amazing courses wherever you look, from Oceanico’s Old Course, to Victoria, the Faldo and the O’Connor at Amendoeira.



There are plenty of golf courses to choose from in and around Lisbon, which is a vibrant city with lots to offer off the course too.


Oitavos Dunes

One of the best courses to open in recent times, 30 minutes outside of Lisbon, with a sophisticated on-site hotel, you should make a special trip to this course during your golf break in Portugal.


Vidago Palace

More than 100 years old, this golf venue was remodelled in 2010 and is a must-visit during your Portugal golf holiday.


Vale De Lobo

Named Portugal's best hotel/resort in the 2014 TG Travel Awards, Vale De Lobo recently celebrated its 50th anniversary - click through to find out more about this great golf venue.


Vilamoura's Old Course is the Algarve's second-oldest course, and remains a popular venue for golfers travelling to Portugal.