Golf Courses In Portugal: Features To Pay Attention To
The Iberian Peninsula is fast becoming a popular holiday destination. And why wouldn’t it? Blessed with incredible summer weather from October to March, Portugal is certainly a tourist's dream, and certainly the avid travel golfer as well.
The Algarve region, in particular, boasts a number of incredibly varied courses. From those further inland to links offerings hugging the coastline, a golfing holiday to Portugal provides a different golfing experience every day.
What features can you expect when golfing on one of the Algarve courses?
Incredible natural beauty
Now a golfing holiday is about playing as much as possible but don’t forget to bring a camera. Many of the course in the Algarve are simply stunning in terms of natural beauty. When playing along the coast at courses such as Praia, the beaches of the Algarve and the blue Atlantic Ocean are your constant companion. Further inland, courses such as Boavista are set in the natural undulations and ravine near the Monchique Mountains. In fact, forgo that golf cart and walk each and every course, taking in the natural splendor on offer. Remember to take some pictures as well!
The sheer variety on offer
With so many courses in a relatively small area, you would expect many of them to be similar. This is far from true. The Algarve boast so many different layouts and course options including 9-hole, 18-hole and even the three course, 27-hole layout of Palmares. If you are after a unique links golf experience with holes set along the Atlantic Ocean or prefer the inland courses with their natural undulations, Portugal has a course for you.
Portugal is blessed with a number of older, established courses as well as new, recent developments, designed by some of the world’s best golfing architects and former players. Expect to find modern facilities at each course. Many include hotels or golfing resorts, golfing academies, professional lessons and facilities for the whole family.
A testing golfing experience
The courses on offer in Portugal will test even the most skilled golfer. From the narrow, tree-lined fairways at Oceanico to the wind that buffets the coastal courses, you will need to be on top of your game. Expect extremely fast greens, especially in the summer months thanks to the baking hot Mediterranean sun!