Portugal and Spain, each with its own colourful history, rich cultural heritage, fine gastronomy, intriguing ancient cites and home to some of the best golf courses in Europe. For most golfers, to play golf in Portugal and Spain is on their bucket list.
Starting from Portugal’s enchanting capital city of Lisbon, following the Atlantic shore south to the Algarve, then crossing into Spain and continuing along the Mediterranean Sea to the Costa del Sol. Discover rugged coastal beauty, hillside vineyards, historic towns and villages and a cornucopia of amazing golf courses.
Listed below are some of the most picturesque courses to play golf in Portugal and Spain.
Penha Longa Golf Club
One of many fantastic courses in Portugal designed by Robert Trent Jones Jnr. Penha Longa has 18 glorious holes, sculptured amongst the verdant mountains of Sintra. The rolling hills offer an alluring landscape. Decorated by an ancient Aqueduct at the back of the green and guarded at the front by a lake, is the short Par 5 6th Hole. The finishing holes are excellent, notably the stunning 16th from the elevated tee the view is just spectacular.
Troia Golf Club
This course is set on gently undulating sandy land bordering the sea on the Troia Peninsula, south of Lisbon. The 368m par 4 3rd hole is one of the finest sea holes in Portugal, and there are numerous other outstanding holes on this lovely course. This naturally rugged course is one where the elements play a huge part. The narrow fairways are lined with shrubs, and the small greens are well protected by deep bunkers.
Quinta Do Lago South
This is one of Europe’s finest courses and it is easy to see why it is immensely popular. Carefully blended into the beautiful natural surroundings, on fabulous rolling terrain that is ideal for golf. Subtly woven into the course are numerous hazards. Water has been used sparingly, but intelligently, especially on the 3rd Hole. One of the joys of the South course’s design is its play-ability for all standards of golfer. Quinta Do Lago South is certainly a must play course.
Monte Rei Golf Club
This Jack Nicklaus signature course is now the jewel in the Algarve´s golfing crown. The clubhouse, facilities and the service you receive make it a day to remember. Sculptured over some wonderful natural golfing land, it offers beautifully manicured fairways, large deep crystal white bunkers, natural and manmade water hazards and slick undulating greens. Each hole a design gem blending effortlessly into this natural canvas. Consistently ranked No 1 in Portugal and amongst the best in Europe by many leading publications.
Santana Golf Club
One of the newest courses on The Costa del Sol again built on an old Avocado plantation. Just enough of the trees have been removed to shape each hole superbly. The golf course retains the feeling that it has been there for years. Guarded by cleverly positioned bunkers are excellent putting surfaces at the end of generous fairways. This beautiful enclave is home to many eucalyptus, orange and lemon trees, cactus, pines, fig trees, olive and mango trees. The cork oaks along the 5th hole have been present here for more than 500 years.
Finca Cortesin Golf Club
This Cabell Robinson designed course is simply spectacular and captures the natural essence of the surrounding area. This course is ranked as one of the top 5 Spanish golf courses by Golf World Magazine. US Masters champion Sergio Garcia compared the greens with those at Augusta National for their quality and speed. The service, clubhouse and grounds are the epitome of style and luxury, so it is must when you come to play golf in Portugal and Spain.
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