Golf

The Algarve is famous for its many Golfcourses. Because golf is becoming increasingly popular, golf players regard the Algarve as an ideal holiday destination.

Just around our villas you will find two famous golf resorts.: 

Urbanisation Quinta do Lago is on 3 kilometres distance in eastern direction from all our villas. Quinta do Lago locates 4 superb 18-holes golfcourses: Quinta do Lago North (Ria Formosa), Quinta do Lago South, São Lourenço and Pinheiros Altos.

Urbanisation Vale do Lobo is on 3 kilometres distance in western direction from all our villas. Vale do Lobo locates 2 great 18-holes golf courses, called the Ocean Course and the Royal Golf Course. On the Royal Golf Course especially hole 16 (par 3) is world famous. You will have to hit the ball over a cliff next to the beach of the Atlantic Ocean.

Grand Champions Tennis Tournament - Vale do Lobo

But there are many more!

Parque da Floresta
A course built on hillsides and over uneven ground with views over a fishing village. With a number of different obstacles such as bunkers, lakes and rivers, it provides challenge of great diversity.
Palmares
This is a course of great beauty, perfectly blending beach and mountain scenery. Its clubhouse, set between holes nine and ten, provides a fantastic panorama of 25 km of the Atlantic coastline.

Boavista
Designed by Howard Swan, the course has been successfully integrated into the existing natural terrain; his use of these features makes Boavista a delight to the eye.

Penina
The first golf course to be built In the Algarve, Penina is considered the masterpiece of Sir Henry Cotton. It was the location for five of the Portuguese Open Championships.

Morgado do Reguengo
This course is the newest course to open in the Algarve. Lying to the north of Portimão it is laid out in a large 980 hectare estate through undulating small valleys.

Alto Golf
Alto Golf runs through two valleys, and was the last to be designed by Sir Henry Cotton. Its hole number 16, named “The Giant”, is a 604 metres for a Par 5, and is considered the longest in Europe.

Vale da Pinta
Situated near Carvoeiro in an old olive grove, Vale da Pinta is a championship course that is, nonetheless, adaptable to any kind of game.

Quinta do Gramacho
With just nine holes, Quinta do Gramacho has nevertheless a complete course layout, thanks to its double tees and greens. The natural vegetation surrounding it is very beautiful, blending perfectly with a number of artificial lakes and gently sloping fairways.

Vale do Milho
This is a short nine hole course which is visually very attractive, yet surprising because of its challenging nature. Ideal for practising with short irons.

Salgados
Situated close to the sea, Salgados and its lakes pose a challenge to the technical skills of golfers.

Pine Cliffs
Known for the impeccable condition in which it is kept, Pine Cliffs is a nine hole course that runs along impressive cliffs overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.

Balaia Golf Village
Based on a 9-hole (all par 3) loop, the Balaia Golf Village is an ideal course for beginners or for perfecting distance control.

The Old Course
A Par 73 course set in beautiful and tranquil landscape. Because of the great variety of its holes, it requires a careful selection of irons. In 1979 it hosted the Portuguese Open.

Pinhal
This course, built in the middle of a pinewood, brings together two very different architectural concepts – British and American.

Laguna
Situated very close to the beautiful coastline of the Algarve and with water as a constant presence, this course has three loops of nine holes each that are an enduring challenge for any player.
 

Millennium
Well-established UK golf architects Hawtree & Sons were contracted in 1999 to plan this modification and design work which has culminated in the creation of the new, exciting 18-hole Millennium Golf Course. It opened in May, 2000.
Vila Sol
The great variety of trees adds special charm to a course blessed with excellent facilities. In 1992 and 1993 it was selected for the Portuguese Open, so consolidating its international reputation.

Ocean Course
The Ocean Course, part of the Vale de Lobo tourist resort, is located near the sea, thus creating very pleasant game conditions. It is est in a region that is a genuine paradise.

Royal Course
This is one of the best known courses in the world, because of its famous Par 3 hole, which requires a shot of more than 200 metres over three spectacular cliffs.

Quinta do Lago South
Situated in an truly international setting, synonymous with luxury and exclusivity, Quinta do Lago has played host to seven Portuguese Opens.

Quinta do Lago North (formerly Ria Formosa)
This course has great par 5 holes requiring power and accuracy to play them well, also providing superb views. All par 4 holes, except 10 and 13 are dog-legs, demanding precise tee shots.

Pinheiros Altos
This is a highly original course with two sets of nine holes that have completely opposing characteristics. The spacious practice area is well used by a number of professional golfers in the period before the tournament season begins.

San Lorenzo
Rare and many-faceted beauty matched by impeccable upkeep make this course a true “pearl” of Portuguese golf. Its eighteen widely-ranging holes run past pine trees, lakes and beaches beside the Atlantic Ocean.

Benamor
This course. designed by Sir Henry Cotton, is the first golf course to open east of the capital of the Algarve, Faro, and lies just outside of Tavira. The course is an undulating one, although not excessively so, offering views over the mountains to one side and the sea to the other.

Colina Verde
The Colina Verde is a small inland 9-hole course situated in Maragota, between the coast and the Algarvan mountain range.

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, hanging over it and with a stunning view of the sea.

Quinta de Cima
A Championship style course of great character. Running through the stunning layout is a series of lakes connected by a stream, which the architect has skilfully incorporated as an added challenge.

Castro Marim
The recently built course is part of a truly exceptional tourist development, designed to provide unforgettable moments of leisure. It has a very special setting in the peaceful atmosphere of the eastern Algarve

More interesting links:

http://www.golfbenamor.com

Parque da Floresta, golf and leisure resort, Algarve, Portugal

http://www.palmaresgolf.com