Best golf courses: Portugal

Golf in Portugal: The Championship course at Penina, designed by Sir Henry Cotton and opened for play in 1966, is the oldest golf course in Portugal. Nowadays there are an abundance of top golf courses, especially in the Algarve and Around Lisbon, which cater to both the travelling golfer and the growing number of Portuguese golfers. Some of the best weather for golf in Europe can be found here in Portugal. To make the most of your golfing trip, and to help in your planning, you can look up the location of the best courses in Portugal on our customised maps.

3-star: Good course – an enjoyable test for your game.
Visitors welcome
Portimao
Cotton, Henry

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Portimao

Designer

Sir Henry Cotton (1907-87) designed the course at Alto Golf in 1986; the course opened in 1991.
4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Faro
Faldo, Nick

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Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Faro

Designer

Nick Faldo

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Faro
O'Connor Jr, Christy

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Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Faro

Designer

Christy O'Connor Jr.

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Lisbon
Pennink, Frank

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Lisbon

Designer

Frank Pennink

3-star: Good course – an enjoyable test for your game.
Visitors welcome
Lisbon
Steel, Donald

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Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Lisbon

Designer

Donald Steel

3-star: Good course – an enjoyable test for your game.
Visitors welcome
Ponta Delgada
Cameron & Powell

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Ponta Delgada

Designer

Bob Cameron & Chris Powell (of Cameron Powell Assocs).
3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Lisbon
Roquemore, Rocky

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Lisbon

Designer

Rocky Roquemore
3-star: Good course – an enjoyable test for your game.
Visitors welcome
Lisbon
Roquemore, Rocky

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Lisbon

Designer

Rocky Roquemore
3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Faro
Cotton, Henry

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Faro

Designer

Sir Henry Cotton (1907-87) designed the course at Benamor in 1986; the course was completed in 2000.
3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Portimao
Swan, Howard

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Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Portimao

Designer

Howard Swan

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Lisbon
Steel, Donald

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Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Lisbon

Designer

Donald Steel
3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Lisbon
Steel, Donald

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Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Lisbon

Designer

Donald Steel
3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Faro
Murray, Terry

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Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Faro

Designer

Terry Murray designed all three nines: Guadiana & Atlantico nines (opened 2000) and Grouse-nine (2008).
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Porto
Sottomayor, Duarte

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Porto

Designer

Duarte Sottomayor

3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Rsrt guests only
Lisbon
Ross, Mackenzie

Visitors?

Rsrt guests only

Nearest city

Lisbon

Designer

Scottish course architect Philip Mackenzie Ross (known as Mackenzie Ross).
3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Ponta Delgada
Ross, Cameron & Powell

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Ponta Delgada

Designer

First nine-holes laid out by Philip Mackenzie Ross (1936); extended to 18-holes by Bob Cameron & Chris Powell (1992).
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Lisbon
Roquemore, Rocky

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Lisbon

Designer

Rocky Roquemore
3-star: Good course – an enjoyable test for your game.
Visitors welcome
Lisbon
Hawtree & Sons

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Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Lisbon

Designer

Current course at this location designed by Hawtree & Sons (1962). Initially opened as a 9-hole course, then 14-hole and finally extended to 18-holes in 1992.
3-star: Good course – an enjoyable test for your game.
Visitors welcome
Setubal
Mayor, Duarte Sotto

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Setubal

Designer

Duarte Sotto Mayor
5-star: Fabulous – courses don’t get much better than this.
Visitors welcome
Faro
Nicklaus, Jack

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Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Faro

Designer

A Jack Nicklaus Signature Course.

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Portimao
European Golf Design

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Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Portimao

Designer

European Golf Design
5-star: Fabulous – courses don’t get much better than this.
Wkends restrictd
Lisbon
Hills, Arthur

Visitors?

Wkends restrictd

Nearest city

Lisbon

Designer

Arthur Hills

4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Portimao
Pennink & RTJ II

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Portimao

Designer

Original design by Frank Pennink (1975). Extended to 27-holes and redesigned by Robert Trent Jones Jr (2011).

3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Porto
Olazabal, Francisco Javier

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Porto

Designer

Francisco Javier Olazabal
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Funchal
Robinson, Cabell

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Funchal

Designer

Cabell B. Robinson
4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Lisbon
Jones II, Robert Trent

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Lisbon

Designer

Robert Trent Jones II (lead designer Kyle Phillips).

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Portimao
Cotton, Henry

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Portimao

Designer

Sir Henry Cotton

3-star: Good course – an enjoyable test for your game.
Visitors welcome
Portimao
Fream, Ronald

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Portimao

Designer

Ronald Fream (designed the opening four and closing five holes).
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Portimao
Fream, Ronald

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Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Portimao

Designer

Ronald (Ron) Fream
3-star: Good course – an enjoyable test for your game.
Visitors welcome
Faro
Hawtree, Martin

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Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Faro

Designer

Martin Hawtree

3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Faro
Fream & da Silva

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Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Faro

Designer

Original 18-holes designed by Ronald Fream (1989). Additional-nine (holes 4 to 7 of Pines, and 2 to 6 of Corks) designed by Jorge Santana da Silva (2010).
Unrated: Well regarded course not yet visited by the Where2Golf team.
Visitors welcome
Porto Santo
Ballesteros, Seve

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Porto Santo

Designer

Seve Ballesteros
4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Lisbon
Robinson, Cabell

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Lisbon

Designer

Cabell B. Robinson

3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Lisbon
Jones Sr, Robert Trent

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Lisbon

Designer

Robert Trent Jones Sr.

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Faro
Roquemore, Rocky

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Faro

Designer

Rocky Roquemore

4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Faro
Roquemore, Rocky

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Faro

Designer

Rocky Roquemore

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Faro
da Silva, Santana

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Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Faro

Designer

Jorge Santana da Silva

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Faro
Mitchell & Lee

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Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Faro

Designer

Holes 1-5 and 15-18 were designed by William Mitchell (1974). Holes 6-14 designed by Joseph "Joe" Lee & Rocky Roquemore (1989). Major revamp by Beau Welling & Paul McGinley (2014).

4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Faro
Mitchell, William

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Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Faro

Designer

William Mitchell

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Setubal
Roquemore, Rocky

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Setubal

Designer

Rocky Roquemore

3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Faro
Ballesteros, Seve

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Faro

Designer

Seve Ballesteros
4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Lisbon
Townsend, Peter

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Lisbon

Designer

Peter Townsend (European Golf Design)
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Lisbon
King, Michael

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Lisbon

Designer

Michael King (European Golf Design)

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Lisbon
Ballesteros, Seve

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Lisbon

Designer

Seve Ballesteros

3-star: Good course – an enjoyable test for your game.
Visitors welcome
Portimao
Vasconselos & Graves

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Portimao

Designer

Pedro Vasconselos (1994) with later improvements by Robert Muir Graves.
4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Faro
Lee, Joseph

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Faro

Designer

Joseph "Joe" Lee

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Funchal
Jones Sr, Robert Trent

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Funchal

Designer

The original course, dating from 1937, was substantially redesigned by Robert Trent Jones Sr in 1991.
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Lisbon
Steel, Donald

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Lisbon

Designer

Donald Steel

4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Setubal
Jones Sr, Robert Trent

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Setubal

Designer

Robert Trent Jones Sr.
3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Faro
Cotton, Henry

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Faro

Designer

Original design by Sir Henry Cotton, with later changes by Rocky Roquemore (2003).

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Faro
Cotton, Henry

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Faro

Designer

Original design by Sir Henry Cotton, with later changes by Rocky Roquemore (1997).

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Porto
Cameron & Powell

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Porto

Designer

Original nine-hole course designed by Philip Mackenzie Ross (1936); extended to 18-holes by Bob Cameron & Chris Powell, of Cameron Powell & Assocs (2010).

3-star: Good course – an enjoyable test for your game.
Visitors welcome
Faro
Lee, Joseph

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Faro

Designer

Joseph "Joe" Lee

3-star: Good course – an enjoyable test for your game.
Visitors welcome
Faro
Hawtree, Martin

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Faro

Designer

Martin Hawtree

4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Faro
Pennink, Frank

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Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Faro

Designer

Original design by Frank Pennink, with later modifications by Martin Hawtree.

3-star: Good course – an enjoyable test for your game.
Visitors welcome
Faro
Pennink, Frank

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Faro

Designer

Original design by Frank Pennink; later modifications by Robert Trent Jones Sr (1985).

4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Faro
Palmer, Arnold

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Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Faro

Designer

Arnold Palmer

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Faro
Steel, Donald

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Faro

Designer

Donald Steel

5-star: Fabulous – courses don’t get much better than this.
Visitors welcome
Lisbon
Dye, Cynthia

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Lisbon

Designer

Cynthia Dye McGarey of the Dye Design Group.

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