Top Golf Courses in Portugal

Golfing is one of the major attractions fuelling the wanderlust of the visitors heading to Portugal. With a mild climate that stays the same for a major part of the year, exquisite golfing sites and the magnificent landscapes, golfing in Portugal is indeed an experience to watch out for.

If you have Portugal listed on your bucket list, here we are sharing some of the best Portuguese golf courses for you. Here you go!

San Lorenzo Golf Course

San Lorenzo Golf Course

San Lorenzo Golf Course

San Lorenzo Golf Course is one of the top-notch golf courses of Portugal. It is a beautiful and upscale residential golf complex that offers a complete and exotic holiday experience to the golfers and visitors. The course has been designed by Joseph Lee and was opened back in 1988.

The 18-hole course, par 72, is renowned for its palatial services, high-end facilities and freshly manicured greens and fairways. With mountain views on the sides and the ocean panorama at the front, the course is perfect for a fine golfing experiment during your holidays in Portugal.

Pine Cliffs Course

Pine Cliffs Course

Pine Cliffs Course

Being a small 9-hole course, you might estimate it as a cake walk for the golfers. The reality is that you can never get enough of the mystery and complexity of the game that this course has the potential to offer. Perched on the slopes of Albufeira Cliffs, Pine Cliffs Course was designed by Martin Hawtree and opened in 1991.

The fairways entail 9 holes, all par 33, and the field is set up facing the deep blue panorama of the ocean. The course intensifies its complexity, as it ascends with the holes, and a requires some strong focus on the players’ part during the game.

Oceanico Victoria

Oceanico Victoria

Oceanico Victoria

Oceanico Victoria Golf Course is a memento of the architectural mastery of the acclaimed designer, Arnold Palmer. The course is nestled on the lush green landscapes of Algarve, amidst the coastal wetlands, Oceanico Victoria is an 18-hole course, par 72 and is considered as bête noire by the most skilled golfing champions.

The course offers an ascending degree of challenge to the players. While the fairways are by and large wide, and expansive across the field, they tend to narrow down and form alleyways at many places. The tree clusters standing at the borderlines give the course a strong feel of an oasis and the classic vintage construction makes a cherry on the top.

Oceanico Victoria hosts Portugal Masters and the PGA World Cup, two major and internationally-acclaimed golfing events.

Vale da Pinta

Vale da Pinta

Vale da Pinta

If you love playing on hilly, coiled and rolling greens, Vale Da Pinta is just the right place for you. Situated in the exquisite Algarve region, Vale Da Pinta was designed by Ronald Fream and launched in 1992.

The 18-hole course, par 72, is a treat to play at, for the golfing enthusiasts. Vale da Pinta features wide fairways that roll over hills and descend into small and narrow valleys. The most challenging holes are 10th and 13th, par 3 and par 5 respectively and with tight and complex greens, environed by thick clusters of olive trees.

Terramar Golf Course

Terramar Golf Course

Terramar Golf Course

With narrow tree lines, expansive parkways and featuring flat-terrains, Terramar Golf Course is one of the oldest courses nestled in the serenity of the Catalonia region, near Barcelona, in Spain. The course was designed and opened around 95 years ago, in 1922.

The original design was illustrated by Tom Simpson featuring 18 holes and had a more classic vintage appeal attached to it. Since the course has undergone periodic renovations, that incessantly added and enhanced the characteristics and appeal of the course.

The last major renovation overhaul was conducted in 1993, during which the designers completely changed the outlook and reconstructed and reshaped the meadows as well as the playing structure to a modern, intricate and more challenging configuration.

The course has been segregated by a railway line that slices through the fairways. Holes 1 to 4 are simplistic and convenient for a warm up and recharge, situated 180 yards from the tee. The north side of the track is lined with holes 5 to 17 and fluctuates in their degree of intensity and challenge until they meet the four hazardous water ponds. Some of the holes are exceptionally tricky and demand a greater input of precision and accuracy. The 3rd par-three features a little creek. The 8th par four is the trickiest and the most demanding of all, slightly doglegged on the left side.

Terramar Golf Course is ranked at 24th among the best golf courses in North Spain. The facilities offered at the course provides an all-inclusive experience to golfers and makes it one of the top picks of golfers in the region as well as from across the globe.

Aside from metal spikes, driving ranges, putting greens, rental carts, and caddies, the course also offers golf school and coaching facilities. Additionally, there is also a clubhouse, a restaurant, banquet, lockers, patios, lounges, and bars within the premises, to provide a complete holiday experience to the visitors.

Please note our Ladies European Tour ‘Estrella Damm Mediterranean Ladies Open’ event will take place in Golf Terramar next 17-23 April.

Terramar Golf Club, founded in 1927, is one of the best golf clubs in Spain , second oldest course of Catalonia and seventh of Spain. It is located on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea in the town of Sitges (Barcelona), known for its beautiful beaches and temperate climate that makes it a pleasure to play golf all year round.

Valderrama Golf Club

Valderrama Golf Club

Valderrama Golf Club

Also known as Real Club Valderrama, Valderrama Golf Club is one of the most-prized golf clubs of Europe. A living memento of the professional mastery of the professional mastery of Robert Trent Jones, Valderrama Golf Club was constructed and launched over four decades ago, in 1974. Since then, the course has undergone periodic changes and has managed to preserve its signature classic appeal over the course of the time.

Aside from the renovations, the club has also acquired multiple identities till date. Initially named as Sotogrande New, the course was named Las Aves in 1981 before it gained its current identity ‘Valderrama Golf Club‘ in 1984. However, despite it all, it has managed to bag a consistent increase in its popularity among the golfers from Spain, Europe as well as from across the globe.

Ranked as the 8th in Continental Europe, 2nd in Southern Spain and 3rd among the best golf clubs in Spain, Valderrama Golf Club is affectionately rendered as ‘The Augusta of Europe’ among golf communities. The course features some exceptional fairways that are considered as the best fairways of entire Europe.

The course features some of the most complex holes that throw an incredible degree of challenges and require utmost accuracy, focus, and precision on the player’s part. Each hole is specifically named. While all of them vary on their attributes and the degree of intensity, the 4th hole, named La Cascada is indeed the most prized cynosure on the course’s profile.

With its strategically placed sand traps, bunkers, slopes, greens, and alleyways, as well as the hazards that infuse a dab of a mysterious appeal – Valderrama is an ideal course to enjoy golf at its best, for visitors, spectators and golf players alike. Valderrama Golf Club hosts a number of events and championship tournaments throughout the year.

Valderrama hosted the American Express Championship where Tiger Woods, the uncrowned king of golf outclassed Miguel Angel Jimenez in a sudden-death play-off. The nail-biting match turned out to be a treat to watch, where Jimenez started off setting a grip on the game only to be overruled by Woods, who elegantly inched his way forward and ended up making his first 14 holes in 7 under par.

Not forgetting the tumultuous surprises that Valderrama throws as the game proceeds, Woods seemed to have lost as his full hit nine iron third came spinning back from beyond the flag and into the water hazard by the green. Having made a strategic yet risky move taking the eight, the feat turned out to be his ticket to acing the American Express Championship.