Best golf courses: Algarve, Portugal

Algarve, Portugal: the table below provides brief details about the top golf courses in this country or region. Each golf club has been visited and/or researched by Where2Golf. Click on the course name below to discover more. The course ratings below range from 5 highest, to 2 lowest. They attempt to provide an indication of the golfing experience you might expect at the course (based on its design, condition and surroundings). Hover your cursor above the Rating Key for the rating definitions.
3-star: Good course – an enjoyable test for your game.
Visitors welcome
Portimao
Cotton, Henry

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Portimao

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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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Faro

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

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Faro

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Christy O'Connor Jr.
3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Faro
Cotton, Henry

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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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Portimao

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Howard Swan

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

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Faro

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Terry Murray designed all three nines: Guadiana & Atlantico nines (opened 2000) and Grouse-nine (2008).
5-star: Fabulous – courses don’t get much better than this.
Visitors welcome
Faro
Nicklaus, Jack

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Faro

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A Jack Nicklaus Signature Course.
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Portimao
European Golf Design

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Portimao

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

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Portimao

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

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

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Portimao

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

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Portimao

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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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Portimao

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

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Faro

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Martin Hawtree

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

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Faro

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

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Faro

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

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Faro

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

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Faro

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Jorge Santana da Silva

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

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Faro

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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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Faro

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William Mitchell

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

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Faro

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

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Portimao

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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

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Faro

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Joseph "Joe" Lee

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

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Faro

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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

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Faro

Designer

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

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

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Faro

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Joseph "Joe" Lee

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

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Faro

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Martin Hawtree

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

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Faro

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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

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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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Faro

Designer

Arnold Palmer

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

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Faro

Designer

Donald Steel

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