Enhanced by being on the western edge of the European continent, Portugal has a long Atlantic coast line which has contributed to its rich seafaring heritage; it was from there that in 1415 a new breed of conquerors sailed to establish new ocean routes and discovered new continents. With a mild climate, diverse cultural attractions, and a wide range of entertainment choices, make Portugal a wonderful all-round holiday destination, as well as a golfer’s paradise.
Golf was introduced in Portugal in the 19th century when a group of British wine exporters formed the Oporto Niblicks Club in 1890 (later renamed Oporto Golf Club in 1901). Sir Henry Cotton started the Portuguese golf boom with the world famous Penina Golf Course which is the oldest course in the most popular holiday destination of the country, the Algarve.
Since then to the present more than 80 golf courses have been inaugurated, most of them are concentrated in the country’s most popular holiday destinations regions: the Algarve, Lisbon Coast and Madeira.
While in Northern Europe most of the golf courses are closed due to the harsh winters, Portugal is one of the most wanted golf destinations in the continent receiving more than 400,000 golfers annually.
One of the finest golf destinations in Europe, the Algarve is regarded today as an elite venue by top professionals.
The plans for the golf courses, mostly designed by internationally recognised golf course architects, together with the superb landscapes in which they are located, satisfy the requirements of the most demanding enthusiasts, marking out the region as first-rate destination for golf and golf holidays.
If, like us, you're always looking for new golfing experiences, you'll like the sound of a new area of the Algarve Coast that we've only recently discovered.
The favorable climate with more than 300 days of sun per year, allows the golf season to be extended over several months, bringing players from all over the world to the Algarve.Book Algarve tee times
All the nine islands of the Azores Archipelago are volcanic origin and are located in the North Atlantic, scattered along a 600 km stretch of ocean from Santa Maria to Corvo.
Let yourself fall in love with the wonderfully green golf courses of São Miguel and Terceira. Stages for international tournaments, the 18 and 36 hole courses allow golfers to have moments of pure bliss.
This island offer you magnificent landscapes with high cliffs covered with green forests, black basalt headlands that penetrate the sea, promontories and sweet inlets, and numerous beaches with grey volcanic sand are some of the features of São Miguel’s coastline that deserve to be seen and visited with tranquillity.Book Azores tee times
The golf is great, the beaches are blissful, but there's a great deal more here too. Estoril and Cascais are the places the discerning Portuguese visit to play golf, relax, enjoy the scenery and savour the superb local cuisine. What's more, you're just a short drive away from the elegance and sophistication of Lisbon.
Sesimbra lies at the heart of the Costa Azul and is a delightful unspoilt Portuguese resort where you can sample the local culture and enjoy some first class golf.
About an hour's from the airport, the scenery changes dramatically as you enter the Estremadura region. We loved its dense forests and the breathtaking views of the Serra dos Candeeiros Mountains. The coast is wilder here too, combining natural beauty with small fishing bays and towering cliffs. All this adds a tremendous variety to your golf holidays.Book Lisbon tee times
The pleasant year-round climate, the stunning scenery and the peacefulness mean Madeira is the ideal golf destination. Their golfing tradition goes back to 1937, when three British men, Miles, Leacock and Blandy, built the first nine-hole course.
In the two islands, three magnificent golf courses with a wide range of accommodation, leisure and wellness for all golfers. In Madeira you have two golf courses to choose from, Palheiro Golf Course with its 18 holes and Santo da Serra Golf Course with 27, both set in outstandingly beautiful scenery.
Whichever course you choose, you can look forward to spectacularly stunning views, exotic flowers and challenging courses suitable for players of all levels. If you feel like some relaxing golf holidays in beautiful surroundings with a mild climate and fine food and wines, then head for Madeira.Book Madeira tee times
The North of Portugal has a rich cultural, historical, and architectural and landscape heritage, pearls that UNESCO has classified over the years as World Heritage Sites.
While visiting the region, you cant miss the Upper Douro Wine Region, a unique setting in the world that will leave you mesmerized; the historical centers of Porto, the city of granite, but with an open heart, and Guimarães, birthplace of Portugal and European Capital of Culture 2012, and the Côa Valley, one of the most important rock art sites in the world.
By the sea or on the mountains, play golf in fascinating scenery, with a mild climate and fresh mountain air and professional courses rivalling with the best infrastructures in the world.
Golfing in a wide variety of courses, surrounded by inspiring landscapes.Book Northern Portugal tee times