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2017
May

Golf

Golf in the Algarve

In the Algarve, the southernmost province of Portugal, there are no less than 37 golf courses located east to west. Some are well-known, others less so, but according to international standards, many will agree that golfing in the Algarve is a fantastic experience. Whether you are a visitor or a resident, the experience is one to be remembered. Separate tee times can be reserved for members and visitors. Many golf courses in the Algarve will provide spacious times between starting golfers, so as to provide a good flow on the course without giving the impression that the course is saturated. Golf course architects include: Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Robert Trent Jones, Sir Henry Cotton, Nick Faldo, Severiano Ballesteros. The area around Vilamoura is especially a golfer's paradise with 11 different courses within a short distance from Vilamoura. The majority of them are 18 hole golf courses, although there are a number of 9 hole golf courses and a few short practice courses.

The European Tour hosts the Portuguese Masters event at the Oceânico Victoria course in Vilamoura, which in 2017 was presented for the eleventh time. This tournament is held in the third week of September.

Below is an overview of all Algarve golf courses:

Golf Course

Holes

Par

Architect

Location

Alamos

18

Par 71

European Golf Design (2006)

North of Portimao

Alto Golf

18

Par 70

Sir Henry Cotton (1991)

Portimao

Amendoeira Golf, Faldo

18

Par 72

Nick Faldo (2008)

Alcantarilha

Amendoeira Golf, Oconner

18

Par 72

Christy OConnor (2008)

Alcantarilha

Balaia

9

Par 27

Southern Golf (2001)

Olhos d’agua

Benamor

18

Par 71

Sir Henry Cotton (2000)

Tavira

Boavista

18

Par 71

Howard Swan (2001)

Lagos

Castro Marim Golf

18

Par 72

Terry Murray (2001)

Castro Marim

Espische Golf

18

Par 72

Peter Saureman (2012)

Lagos

Gramacho

18

Par 72

Ronald Fream (1991)

Carvoeiro, Lagoa

Laranial

18

Par 72

Jorge Santana da Silva (2009)

Quinta do Lago

Monte Rei

18

Par 72

Jack Nicklaus (2007)

Vila Nova de Cacela

Morgado

18

Par 73

European Golf Design (2003)

Portimao

Palmares

27

Par 72

Robert Trent Jones Jr. (1976)

Lagos

Penina Championship

18

Par 73

Sir Henry Cotton (1966)

Portimao

Penina Resort

18

Par 71

Sir Henry Cotton (1966)

Portimao

Pine Cliffs

9

Par 33

Martin Hawtree (1991)

Olhos d’agua

Pinheiros Altos

18

Par 72

Donald Steel/Jorge Santana da Silva (1991)

Quinta do Lago

Quinta da Ria

18

Par 72

Rocky Roquemore (2001)

Vila Nova de Cacela

Quinta de Cima

18

Par 72

Rocky Roquemore (2002)

Vila Nova de Cacela

Quinta de Lago South

18

Par 72

W. Mitchell & R. Roquemore (1974)

Quinta do Lago

Quinta do Lago North

18

Par 72

W. Mitchell & R. Roquemore (1974)

Quinta do Lago

Quinta do Vale

18

Par 72

Severiano Ballesteros (2008)

Castro Marim

Salgados

18

Par 72

Vasconselos & R. Muir-Graves (1994)

Guia

San Lorenzo

18

Par 72

Joseph Lee (1988)

Quinta do Lago

Santo Antonio

18

Par 71

Pepe Gancedo (1987)

Vila do Bispo

Silves Golf

18

Par 70

Fausto Nascimento (2007)

Silves

Vale da Pinta

18

Par 71

Ronald Fream (1992)

Estômbar

Vale de Milho

9

par 27

 Dave Thomas (1990)

Carvoeiro

Vale do Lobo Ocean

18

Par 73

Sir Henry Cotton (1968)

Vale do Lobo

Vale do Lobo Royal

18

Par 72

Sir Henry Cotton and Rocky Roquemore (1997)

Vale do Lobo

Vilamoura Laguna

18

Par 72

Joseph Lee (1990)

Vilamoura

Vilamoura Millenium

18

Par 72

Michael Hawtree (2000)

Vilamoura

Vilamoura Old Course

18

Par 73

Frank Pennink (1969)

Vilamoura

Vilamoura Pinhal

18

Par 72

R. Trent Jones Jr. (1976)

Vilamoura

Vilamoura Victoria

18

Par 72

Arnold Palmer (2004)

Vilamoura

Vilamoura Vila Sol

27

Par 72

Donald Steel (1991)

Vilamoura