The Complete Guide To Golfing In The Algarve

The Algarve is one of the most popular destinations for a golf break in Europe. It has everything you need – fantastic nightlife, great bars and restaurants, accommodation options for those on a budget to those looking for bucket list luxury, stunning golf courses, short flight times, and a perfect golfing climate in the months that book end the summer period.

When you book an Algarve golf break, you can choose from the bustling nightlife of Albufeira, the perfect spot for stag parties and groups looking to enjoy the evenings, or go for the stunning Marina towns of Lagos and Vilamoura, which provide the ideal backdrop for golfers with plenty of restaurants to choose from.

Slightly further afield – in regions like Eastern Algarve – are untapped towns like Tavira that give a glimpse into Portuguese culture. In this guide, we explore some of the best golf courses in the Algarve and the best places for a golf holiday to ensure you have all the knowledge to book the perfect golfing holiday in the Algarve!

Luxury golf resorts in the Algarve

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Domes Lake Algarve in Vilamoura is one of the most luxurious options available in the region. Situated to the west of the Marina, it has its own private man-made beach, first-class facilities and is the only hotel with access to Falesia Beach. It’s also just walking distance to the infamous Marina with its wide range of restaurants and bars.

For those looking for luxury with the convenience of the golf course on the doorstep, then the five-star Anantara Resort, which overlooks the Algarve’s Dom Pedro Victoria Golf Course, is the ideal base. This hotel has five swimming pools and Champagne cabanas to relax in, as well as a stunning spa facility to help you relax and unwind away from the fairways.

Away from Vilamoura, and east towards the border with Portugal, Monte Rei Golf And Country Club is definitely one to put on your bucket list of Algarve golf courses. With 27 Jack Nicklaus Signature holes on-site – as well as some incredible apartments and villas to stay in – this resort has everything you need for a five-star golf break in the Algarve.

Family-friendly golf resorts in the Algarve

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Golf isn’t just for adults in the Algarve. We also help lots of families arrange a golfing holiday with a combination of sun, fun and some cracking rounds of golf for everyone to enjoy.

One such option is The Magnolia Hotel in Portugal’s exclusive Quinta Do Lago resort. There are loads of activities for families to get involved with even away from the golf course, including the beach or the neighbouring Ria Formosa Natural Park. This Algarve golf resort has an active calendar of events including soccer camps, cinema nights, cycling and more.

An alternative option is Pestana Viking in the little town of Armação de Pêra, just 45 minutes west of Portugal’s Faro Airport. Perched on a clifftop – and with direct access to the beach in front of it – this is a great option for those looking to spend quality time with the family in a friendly resort, yet still being a short drive to the Algarve’s finest golf courses. The hotel has an outdoor swimming pool, spa, gymnasium and a kids club as well as a games room, so plenty to keep everyone entertained. There are plenty of restaurants and bars within walking distance making it the ideal holiday spot.

Golfing in the Algarve for adults (or for couples)

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For adults and couples looking to escape and unwind, the five-star Onyria Palmares Beach House Hotel is a great option. Close to the pretty town of Lagos, this adults-only beachfront hotel gives you access to the stunning Onyria Palmares Golf Request. Here you will find some fantastic fish restaurants just a short drive away and stunning views over the Atlantic Ocean.

Another Algarve golf resort that suits couples – and is very popular due to having San Lorenzo Golf Course on-site – is Dona Filipa Hotel. This is another five-star golf resort that has access to the beach and is surrounded by lush greenery and panoramic views of the sea. There are a scattering of bars and restaurants nearby, with golf on your doorstep at the 18-hole San Lorenzo.

Additional options include Quinta Do Lago Hotel, which has both Quinta Do Lago North and South on-site. Ideal for those looking to stay in a five-star resort with traditional furnishings, it has two of the Algarve’s best golf 18-hole courses on your doorstep with stellar reputations for a quality golfing experience.

 Action-packed golf breaks in the Algarve

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Algarve golf breaks are ideal for stag parties, hen dos, or just for some beers in the sunshine after a few rounds of golf.

Salgados Palm Village Suites – just outside of Albufeira – is one of our most popular Algarve golf holidays. This all-inclusive resort has access to three golf courses, one of which is on-site and is just a short taxi ride away from the lively nightlife of Albufeira and the beach with its various water sports and activities. What makes this option so popular is the value for money – with free golf shuttles included and all the food and drink you need, it’s incredibly difficult to beat for price.

Part of the same chain of hotels, and in close proximity, is Salgados Dunas Suites. Again, offering access to the same three golf courses and including the free golf shuttle bus, this is a great choice. The fat that it’s bed and breakfast board brings the price of this Algarve golf break down even further, suiting those who will be straight into the town early evening for food and partying.

Relaxing golf holiday in the Algarve

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For those looking to get away from it all and avoid the hustle and bustle that some of the Algarve’s regions offer, try escaping to a boutique hotel close to the beachfront in Eastern Algarve.

Praia Verde Boutique Hotel is a four-star hotel with a modern interior that’s just a short walk to restaurants and the beach. It also benefits from being a short drive from some great Algarve golf courses such as Quinta Do Vale, Castro Marim, Quinta Da Ria and Quinta Da Cima.

Finally, and by no means least, The Residences at Victoria by Tivoli is a quality four-star resort overlooking Dom Pedro Victoria. It offers two- and three-bedroom apartment options and has a great spa facility so you can recharge before hitting the fairways again the next day.

About Glencor Golf 

Glencor Golf Holidays have been providing Algarve golf breaks for over 20 years now. Across our team, we have stayed and played in all of the regions and visited all the major resorts and courses. Call us today on 01904 406550 and we can help create your perfect Algarve golf break.