Algarve Golf Courses -  East

Covering the eastern to central area of the Algarve - From the picturesque town of Castro Marim by the Spanish border to the stunning Vilamoura golf and beach resort.

The Algarve is home to an large number of  amazing golf courses, golf hotels and resorts. There are over 35 golf courses in the Algarve to choose from, each one offering something unique to visiting golfers. This guide covers the top golf resorts from Castro Marim and Monte Rei close to the border with Spain to the central region and the stunning resorts such as Quinta do Vale, Val do Lobo and Vilamoura.

Castro Marim Golf


Castro Marim Golf Info

» Course Layout: Parkland

» Num of Holes:  27 

» Buggy Recommended:  No

» Yellow Tees: -  Meters

» Driving Range: Yes

» Club Rental:  Yes

Castro Marim Golf


Castro Marim Golf Club is located at the very eastern end of the Algarve coastline, close the medieval town of the same name and just a 10 minute drive from Spain.

 It is one of the most established golf courses on the Algarve offering 3 x 9 hole courses.  With splendid  views over the Atlantic Ocean, the nearby Guadiana River which separates Portugal from Spain.

The Castro Marim golf courses run rough undulating rolling hills which are beautifully dotted with pine trees and other local plants.  The courses require careful and strategic play to make your handicap. Well placed waters hazards can get even the better players in trouble.

Generous fairways, a golf friendly layout and lots of large greens make Castro Marim a good choice to enjoy your golfing holiday to the Algarve.

Quinta Do Vale  Golf 


Quinta Do Vale  Golf Info

» Course Layout: Parkland

» Num of Holes:  18

» Buggy Recommended: No

» Yellow Tees: 5756 Meters

» Driving Range: Yes

» Club Rental: Yes

Quinta Do Vale  Golf 


Quinta Do Vale golf Resort is another fine golfing destination close to the border with Spain. Designed by the late great Seve Ballesteros. Quinta do Vale offers an 18 hole championship golf course with the 666 layout! 6 pars 5s, 6 Par 4s and 6 Par 3s.

The course design makes the most of the natural valley and features stunning views over the River Guadiana which separates Portugal from Spain.

Golfers playing at Quinta do Vale enjoy wide fairways in superb surroundings. Various doglegs and the often unusual layout of the holes ensures that the course is  quite challenging in places.  Beginners here will find some parts of the course reasonably difficult to play whilst the low handicappers will enjoy the test.

Monte Rei Golf Resort


 

Monte Rei Golf - North Course

» Course Layout: Parkland

» Num of Holes:  18

» Buggy Recommended: No

» Yellow Tees: 6030 Meters

» Driving Range: Yes

» Club Rental: Yes

Monte Rei Golf Resort


Located just along the coast from Castro Marim, the impressive Monte Rei Golf Resort is located in the rolling hills behind the town of Vila Nova de Cacela.

The championship golf course opened in 2007 and was the first in Portugal designed by Jack Nicklaus, another course is planned for the future.

And to approve the pedigree of this fine golf course, Monte Rei has been ranked the top course in Portugal by Golf Monthly and is often ranked in the top 20 courses in Europe.

The superb layout of the course is a delight to play at any time of the year. Golfers enjoy no less than 5 lakes and all set within the picturesque natural landscapes of the area. Superb bunkering, wide fairways and amazing views over the Atlantic Ocean make Monte Rei a pleasure to play.

The service is 6 star at the Monte Rei golf resort with valet parking and a personal meet and greet service with bag drop off awaiting all lucky visiting golfers.

Quinta Da Ria Golf 


 

Quinta Da Ria Info

» Course Layout: Parkland

» Num of Holes:  18

» Buggy Recommended: No

» Yellow Tees: 5910 Meters

» Driving Range: Yes

» Club Rental: Yes

Quinta de Ria Golf Resort


 

Quinta da Ria Golf Resort is located close to the coastal town of Tavira and includes the Quinta de Ria and Quinta da Cima golf courses.

Quinta  da Ria enjoys a spectacular position by the cliffs and the stunning Ria Formosa nature reserve. Its natural beauty and lack of surrounding buildings give a real peaceful atmosphere to the whole resort.

The Quinta da Ria course  is a Par 72 with two distinctive 9 hole layouts.  The course is just over 5.900 meters in length from the yellow tees, so although not overly  long the design and hazards ensure you will need to play well to achieve a good score.

Golfers playing at Quinta da Ria enjoy 5 lakes, a number of which are located close to greens which makes the approach play interesting and rewarding when you get it right. None more so than the island green of the 17th. Gentle undulating greens are well protected by lots of strategically placed bunkers add to the enjoyment

Quinta Da Cima Gol


 

Quinta Da Cima Info

» Course Layout: Parkland

» Num of Holes:  18

» Buggy Recommended: No

» Yellow Tees: 6147 Meters

» Driving Range: Yes

» Club Rental: Yes

Quinta Da Cima Golf 


Quinta da Cima is the sister course to Quinta da Ria and arguably the better of the two due to its quality championship course layout.

The low handicappers will most defiantly enjoy the more challenging layout with numerous hazards which come into play, lakes, streams and lots of well placed bunkers make Quinta da Cima a strategic course to play.

Hundreds of olive and carob trees, local vineyards, orange trees and lots of local plants enhance the beauty of the course during your round.

The whole surrounding area, its natural beauty and awesome views over the Ria Formosa nature reserve and Atlantic Ocean make playing a round here a real joy and will leave you wanting more.

Benamor Golf 


 

Benamor Golf Info

» Course Layout: Parkland

» Num of Holes:  18

» Buggy Recommended: No

» Yellow Tees:  5197 Meters

» Driving Range: Yes

» Club Rental: Yes

Benamor Golf 


The Benamor golf club is a popular club located close to the picturesque town of Tavira on the Algarve coastline.

The course was designed by the late Henry Cotton, architect to a number of top golf courses on the Algarve.  A Par 72, 5500 meters in length the course offers a golf friendly layout with superb views over the countryside and down to the Atlantic Ocean.

The indigenous olive, cork, carob and fig trees are in abundance throughout the course so accurate play is required at all times or you could end up playing through the trees.

Benamor will be  enjoyed by players of all levels as there are enough hazards and well placed bunkers to make the course interesting and fun to play. Benamor is noted for the  high quality Penn A4 greens which are a delight to putt on.

Quinta Do Lago Golf Resort


 

Quinta Do Lago Golf Info

» Course Layout: Parkland

» Num of Holes:  3 x 18

» Buggy Recommended: No

» Yellow Tees:   Meters

» Driving Range: Yes

» Club Rental: Yes

Quinta Do Lago Golf Resort 


The Quinta do Lago Gof, Resort is one of the most prestigious on the Algarve located in the picturesque area around Almancil,  just a 30 minute drive from Faro airport.

This award winning golf resort is home to three 18 hole championship course, the Paul McGinley Golf Academy and a TaylorMade performance centre.

The Laranjal course offers 5 lakes, well defined greens and topography and all played under an umbrella of olive, cork and pines trees. A high tech drainage and irrigation system make the Laranjal course ideal to play on throughout the year.

The North course was redeveloped in 2014 by golf architect Beau Welling and Ryder Cup Captain Paul McGinley at a cost of over 9.5 Million Euros. It is now recognized as one of the best courses in Europe. The course borders the Atlantic Ocean and offers an amazing natural layout within the gently rolling terrain, pine, cork and carob trees, natural to the area. The Par 3 holes have been strategically placed and are influenced by the typical prevailing Algarvian wind, one requires an accurate well placed shot.

The South Course is the most popular and well know of the three courses and a firm favorite with visiting top European tour players.  The South Course opened in  1974, designed by William Mitchel it has hosted the Portuguese Open on no less then 8 occasions. The course is enjoyed by players of all levels, although the low handicapper will particularly enjoy the long fairways and long approach shots. The front nine favors the draw with the back nine favoring the fade.  The South course is home to the famous 15th Hole, a stunning Par 3 which requires a long tee shot over a lake.

Quinta do Lago is an amazing golf and sports resort located in a beautiful natural area of the Algarve. And once the round is over you can enjoy the stunning  modern club house located in the heart of the resort and the three world class golf courses.

San Lorenzo Golf Resort


 

San Lorenzo Golf Info

» Course Layout: Parkland

» Num of Holes:  18

» Buggy Recommended: No

» Yellow Tees:  -  5837 Meters

» Driving Range: Yes

» Club Rental: Yes

San Lorenzo Golf Resort 


The San Lorenzo golf course is located within the stunning Quinta do Lago resort and within the Ria Formosa Nature Reserve. The award winning  San Lorenzo course has been ranked within the top 100 courses in the world by Golf World Magazine.

Nestled within the beautiful pine clad valley and gently rolling hills of Almancil, the course is a real joy to play on at anytime of the year. The impressive layout winds itself around the Ria Formosa habitat with many fairways running alongside the saltwater marshes and freshwater lagoons of the reserve.

The course overall is very user friendly with enough natural obstacles and water hazards to make the course interesting and often quite challenging in places.

Golfers playing at San Lorenzo enjoy all the features that a memorable golf course can offer including pine clad fairways, impeccable maintenance, lovely club house, an amazing stunning natural environment, a backdrop of mountains and unforgettable views over the Ria Formosa and Atlantic Ocean.

Pinheiros Altos Golf Resort


 

Pinheiros Altos Golf Info

» Course Layout: Parkland

» Num of Holes:  27

» Buggy Recommended: No

» Yellow Tees:  -   Meters

» Driving Range: Yes

» Club Rental: Yes

Pinheiros Golf Resort 


Pinheiros Altos Golf is another high quality golf course located within the prestigious Quinta do Lago resort in Almancil at the heart of the Algarve.

Pinheiros offers 3 x 9 hole courses which can be played to suit visiting golfers. The original 18 hole course was designed by architect Ronald Fream with the third 9 hole course being added by Jorge Santana de Silva.  The courses are aptly named Olives, Pines and Corks, tree which are in abundance in the area.

The Corks course is generally considered to be the toughest to play. The Olives course is home to the original back 9 with an island green on the 8th hole, one of the great signature holes of the Algarve.

Amazing views throughout over the Atlantic Ocean, the rolling hills and the perfect natural environment makes Pinheiros one of the must visit golf destinations on the Algarve.

Vale Do Lobo Golf Resort


 

Vale Do Lobo Golf Info

» Course Layout: Parkland

» Num of Holes:  36

» Buggy Recommended: No

» Yellow Tees:  -   Meters

» Driving Range: Yes

» Club Rental: Yes

Vale Do Lobo Golf Resort 


The Val do Lobo Golf Resort is located within the stunning  Almancil area of the Algarve and is home to two exceptional golf courses.

The Ocean and Royal courses are based on concepts by the great architect Sir Henry Cotton and redeveloped by leading American designer, Rocky Roquemore. Both courses are unique in design and compliment each other perfectly.

The Ocean course is located adjacent to the Atlantic and offers golfers a links style experience with a wide variety of sandy fairways and incredible views over the coast and beaches.  The Royal course is similarly spectacular with a beautiful undulating fairways, pine trees and shimmering lakes. Golfers enjoy two amazing signature holes, the island green on the Par 3 9th  and the famous Par 3 16th with its cliff top tee off position. You will need to hit the ball well over 200 meters to get over the cliffs and reach the green. Get your cameras out on this hole as it is truly spectacular.

Playing on these two stunning courses, golfers are treated to an unforgettable golfing experience leaving you wanting more. The club house, service and  facilities are second to none at the Val do Lobo Golf Resort and has become one of the leading golf destinations in Portugal.

Dom Pedro Golf Resort


 

Dom Pedro Vilamoura Golf Info

» Course Layout: Forrest & Parkland

» Num of Holes:  5 x 18

» Buggy Recommended: No

» Yellow Tees:  -   Meters

» Driving Range: Yes

» Club Rental: Yes

Dom Pedro Golf Resort 


Dom Pedro Golf is owned by the Oceanic Group and is rather a collection of five golf courses located around the town of Vilamoura,  one of the most popular destinations for visiting golfers.

The five golf courses are Millennium, the Old Course, Laguna, Victoria and Pinhal. Each one is unique, offering a different golfing experience on each one.

The Laguna course is located close to the sea, opened in 1990 it makes good use of the marshy, wet land. Wide forgiving fairways  with few trees offer players the chance to open up with their divers without the fear of losing to many balls. Lots of water hazards and over 75 well placed bunkers make for an interesting and challenging round of golf.

The Oceanic Millennium golf course was originally part of the Laguna course but was transformed by Architects Hawtree & Sons and reopened in 2000 to much acclaim.  The Millennium course is noted for its stunning natural surroundings set within Pinewoods and an interesting layout. The fairways are not as wide as the other courses requiring a great amount of accuracy.  The course is enjoyed by players of all levels.

The Pinhal golf course is one of the oldest on the Algarve having opened back in 1976. It has been renovated and modified over the years. The course offers British and American concepts in layout and design which makes for interesting rounds of golf for players of all abilities. The Pine trees are once again in abundance around the course and the small greens make the approach shots somewhat harder if you are to land on  the smaller playing surface.

The Victoria golf course is one of the most sophisticated courses in Portugal. Created by the design team of the late great Arnold Palmer this course offers players a chance to play on an exceptional golf course scattered with lots of water, beautifully manicured greens, wide fairways and thoughtful use of the local vegetation of Pines, Carob and Olive trees.  Mildly undulating greens, clever water obstacles and well placed bunkers make the Victoria course a joy to play for players of all levels.

 The Old Course at Vilamoura opened in 1969 but was completely renovated in 1969.  With a  stunning parkland style layout , the Old Course is often referred to as the Grande Dame of the Algarve  golf courses. Gentle undulating fairways lined with pine trees  offer a top notch golfing experience and the smaller greens make you think hard about your approach shots.

With these five memorable golf courses located within close proximity to the vibrant resort and marina at Vilamoura it is easy to see why the area has become the golf destination of choice to most of the visiting golf groups to the Algarve. 

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