In the Western Algarve there are 6 proper golf courses starting from Alto Golf and Penina as the most to the east (just beyong Portimão) followed by Morgado, Palmares, Boavista and Parque de Floresta as the most westerly. Below, we present details on these including contact numbers to arrange rounds, sort out equipment and find accomodation. The Algarve is golf heaven - come and be an angel.
The Algarve's first golf resort and hotel complex (built in 1966) and considered one of the classic courses in Europe. Also features 2 nine-hole layouts (par 35 and par 30), 3 putting greens, driving range, chipping practise area and a roving bar on course. The course has hosted five Portuguese Open Championships including the 2004 tournament. For the 5* Le Meridien hotel website click here
A park-land course with rolling topography featuring a 605 metre par 5 on the 16th hole. Driving range and putting and chipping greens available. A current handicap card is required to play. 4km from A22 junction 4.
The newest course in the Algarve.
Founded in 1975, the course is set-out overlooking the Bay of Lagos and offers amazing views. Links style on the outward nine (the par-5 fifth is a 550 metre classic) with more rolling country-side on the way back. Pro-shop, driving range and putting and chipping greens available. A current handicap card is required to play. Has a celebrated annual 'Almond Blossom' tournament every February.
Founded in 2001, it is one of the newest courses in the Algarve. Situated between Lagos and Luz in 260 acres of rolling terrain, many of the 18 holes have a view of the sea and the course features some excellent water-hazard holes. Driving range, chipping and putting greens and a teaching academy are available. A current handicap card is required to play (men 27 ladies 34) and proper soft spikes must be worn.
Founded in 1987, at Vale do Poço, it is still a somewhat raw and rugged course with perhaps a little too much slope in places, but a bright change from some other open-park style layouts common in the Algarve. The short fifth, only 88 metres from the yellow tees, is played from an exposed hill top towards a crown green on a hillock and club selection can vary widely in fickle winds. Driving range, putting practice greens, pro shop and short-game practise area are available. Located just off the EN125, 16km west of Lagos, there are villas and apartments to rent or buy within the park. A health and beauty spa, tennis, archery, bowls lawns, swimming pools and gym facilities are incorporated.