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A regular host to the European Tour and among Europe’s most popular holiday destinations, Portugal’s Algarve and Lisbon offer first-class layouts in magnificent coastal settings.
The luxury Oceanico complex includes courses recently designed by golfing great Nick Faldo and former Ryder Cup star Christy O’Connor Jr, as well as the Victoria course, home to the Portuguese Masters, while other former European Tour venues include Praia D'El Rey Golf Course and Vila Sol.
The bustling resort marina of Vilamoura is the golfing capital of the Algarve, with six golf courses within 5km of the town centre. There also a casino, beach and numerous bars and restaurants in a relaxing resort setting. Nearby are the impressive luxury resorts of Hotel Quinta do Lago and the award-winning Vale do Lobo, both overlooking the wonderful Ria Formosa Wildlife Reserve and Lagoon.
Near Lisbon, the Quinta da Marinha Resort is located within the upscale Cascais/Estoril area, with excellent golf courses, shopping, beaches and a casino all nearby.
Portugal offers excellence in service and hospitality, with luxury spa facilities or excellent children programme, such as Penina Golf Resort Hotel’s Penguin Club. You can take a sunset horse ride at Westin Campo Real or simply lie back and enjoy the magnificent beaches of Praia del Rey.
Weather: Play is available for 12 months, with peak season from February to May, and from September to October. Average temperatures: 18 to 30°C (65 to 85°F).