A golf holiday in Portugal may be something that a great many foreign visitors would not initially consider. Regarding European golf, the country is competing against the golfing super-powers of the British Isles, with its golfing heritage, and neighbouring Spain, with its range of courses. In the past thirty years, the Portuguese golfing industry has taken off and is finally maturing with some regions containing excellent golf resorts and a high calibre of courses to play.
The Algarve region, on the south coast of Portugal, offers the broadest range of courses to play and for many is the ideal base for a golf vacation. The western part faces onto the Atlantic Ocean so provides some great links courses to challenge any golfer (such as the Boavista golf club and the scenic hillside Parque Da Floresta course).
Vilamoura, in the central Algarve, hosts an abundance of golf resorts and world class courses including the Quinta do Lago Laranjal and several clubs in the Oceanico resort. The eastern Algarve climate is a little cooler, and green fees become a little pricier the more east you travel. Highlights of the area are the Seve Ballesteros designed Quinta do Vale Golf course, and the Jack Nicklaus-designed Monte Rei.
The island of Madeira (a small island 500 kilometres due west of the Algarve in the North Atlantic) is a different proposition. It prides itself as a paradise island location, and it is truly that.
A round of golf can be booked online with many courses, and there are now various service providers online offering this tee times booking service, sometimes at a discount to the ‘turn-up’ fee. There are plenty of highlights to be found on an Algarve Golfing Holidays,,, and listed below are some of the best features that it has to offer…
If you are interested in an Algarve Golfing Holidays, the quality of the courses is what matters above all. You won’t be disappointed – the Algarve’s golf courses are among the prettiest in the world. There are plenty to choose from, and there are some real gems to be found all along the coast.
As any keen golfer will tell you, enjoying the scenery is an essential part of a great round of golf, and the Algarve doesn’t disappoint. From lush forests and verdant greens to dramatic coastal landscapes, a golf break in the Algarve will give you plenty of spectacular scenery to admire as you play. The landscape around Tavira is especially beautiful as the town is a part of one of the biggest nature reserves in Portugal, and nature-loving golfers should head to this part of the Algarve for their golf holidays.
Plenty of golfers take their golf holidays in the Algarve because of the quality of the courses, but the gorgeous weather is another big draw for the region. The combination of sunshine and soothing coastal breezes make for perfect golfing weather, and some of the best beaches in Europe provide an opportunity to correct the “golfer’s tan”.