Golf

Intro

The Algarve was awarded 'Established Golf Destination Of The Year 2006' by the International Association of Golf Tour Operators.

There are 3 local golf courses a short drive away, the closest being a 5 minute drive away.

These are Salgados (18 holes), Pine Cliffs (9 holes) Balaia Golf (9 holes).

Some of the other world class golf courses in Vilamoura include Victoria, Millenium, Pinhal, and Old Course which are approximately 15-20 minutes drive away (see Algarve Courses section for more details).

In addition to the many courses in the central and western Algarve, there are also numerous high-class courses in the eastern Algarve and nearby Costa de la Luz in Spain. Amongst these are signature courses from two of the world's greatest names in golf; Monte Rei designed by Jack Nicklaus, and Quinta Do Vale designed by Seve Ballesteros. Both of these courses can be reached from the apartment in around an hour.

Algarve Courses

Oceanico Millenium

Oceanico Victoria Home of the Portugal Masters

Oceanico Old Course

Oceanico Pinhal

Penina The first course to be built in the Algarve. Completed in 1966 and designed by Sir Henry Cotton.

Boavista Opened on Jan 1, 2002, this impressive 18 hole championship course was designed by Howard Swan, president of the European Institute of Golf Architects

Gramacho Designed with the help from former world number 1, Nick Price

Vila SolThe magnificent Vila Sol Spa and Golf Resort is located in an estate of 150hectares, and is characterised by its beautiful natural surroundings and vat range of animal and plant life

Castro Marim: 27 challenging holes in a narrow, hilly environment. Spectacular views of the Altantic and of Ayamonte, especially from the fabulous bar terrace!

Quinta Do Vale: Recently opened just a couple of minutes from Castro Marim, this Severiano Ballesteros course is a challenging test, with superb mountain country views

Quinta Da Ria: This spectacular 18 hole golf course is in the Ria Formosa Natural Park and spreads along an almost flat surface of 660.000 m2 down to the Ria Formosa itself and with a stunning view of the Atlantic. It is a PAR 72, comprising loops of 9 holes and each loop with 2 PAR 5, five PAR 4 and two PAR 3 holes. Its total length is about 6.016 metres. Five lakes were strategically built along the course, specifically near greens 5, 10 and 14. Hole 16, PAR 5, is played between the two biggest lakes

Quinta Da Cima: The sister course to Quinta Da Ria. Eighteen holes skilfully scattered across an area of 620.000 m2, the Cima Course is very competitive with dog-legs to the right and to the left and greens well protected by sand hazards and lakes, particularly holes 16, 17 and 18. A stream with dams and permanent flowing water crosses holes 4, 5, 6 and 13

Benamor: One of the oldest courses in the area, about 20 minutes from Ayamonte, very close to Cabanas and Tavira. Designed by Henry Cotton

Monte Rei: Undoubtedly the jewel in the crown of the eastern Algarve courses. A Jack Nicklaus Signature course, opened in 2007, Monte Rei delivers unsurpassed levels of service and quality both on and off the golf course; creating a Golf and Country Club unrivalled in the region and unlike anything seen before on the Iberian Peninsula.

 

Costa De La Luz Courses

Isla Canela: situated between the centre of Ayamonte and the beach area

Costa Esuri: the West Course faces Portugal and has great views of the Guadiana river. The newer East Course is still developing

Islantilla: Opened in 1992 and has become one of the best and most well-known Spanish golf courses in Europe. In 1995 it was the venue for the Turespaña Masters won by Alex Cejka, as well as various Challenge Tour tournaments, including the APG of Spain. This has given a great status and reputation to Islantilla, which in the year 2000 was placed among the top 100 golf courses in Europe by the prestigious magazine Golf Digest. 27 holes, three different courses surrounded by leafy vegetation and impressive sea-views

Nuevo Portil: The Nuevo Portil Golf Course, designed by Alfonso Viador, lies on 46 hectares of land and has a length of 6,040 meters . It features wide fairways, gentle greens and views across the Natural Park of Marismas del Piedras and Flecha del Rompido

El Rompido:

Dunas de Doñana: Located nearby the spectular Doñana National Park bewteen Huelva and Seville, close to the Atlantic

Book a Golf Package

For golf packages in the Costa de la Luz and eastern Algarve we recommend Golf In Luz. Talk to Karl on 00351 911 898 833.

For golf packages in the central and western Algarve we recommend Algarve Golf Desk. Talk to Alistair on 00351 289 591 665.

If you would like some great souvenir photographs of your golfing exploits, talk to top photographer and web designer, Neil Marks !

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