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Golfing Holidays in Portugal


Portugal is the most popular golfing holiday destination in Europe for the British, with seventy  courses from which to choose. The Mediterranean climate makes it ideal for golfing, when playing in the UK may not be too pleasant or even possible. Not everyone wants to spend their whole holiday on the green, so Portugal has plenty of other activities on offer for those who’d be happy with a a couple of rounds, or golfing widow(er)s and orphans.

Estoril Coast

The stunning Estoril Coast, close to Lisbon Portugal’s capital, offers nearly a dozen high-quality venues that can be a thrill to play, as the Atlantic breezes often whip up interesting challenges for amateur and professional players alike.  In fact in 2007 the golfing organisation IAGTO declared the area to be the best European golfing destination because of its very wide range of courses and facilities, catering to all types  of golf enthusiasts. Two great courses are the world-famous Praia d’El Rey and the Estoril Gold Club which first opened in 1936, making it one of the oldest courses in Portugal.

Praia d'el Rey

Golf Holidays in The Algarve

Another popular golfing region as well as a major tourist destination is the Algarve on the southern coast of the country, offering the widest selection of golf courses in this part of the world.

  • Monte Rei North in the eastern Algarve is rated as the top Portugese golf course on the Top 100 Golf Courses of the World site.
  • Parque de Floresta in the south western tip of the Algarve was constructed in hillly terrain, so is a pretty challenging course.
  • Another testing course lying at the far eastern end of the Algarve, close to the border with Spain, is the Castro Marim course which overlooks the Gaudiana River.
  • The Balbia course, close to Villamoura, is reckoned to be good for beginners.
  • The Boavista golf club lives up to its name with ocean views and a course with two noticeably different parts, the Resort and the Country Selection.
  • At the Quinta de Ria there are three courses: the Ria, the Cima and the Academy. During the Summer months the club offers Twilight Specials for rounds starting after 3pm.

Quinta da Ria Golf

Whichever area of Portugal you choose for your holiday, it is bound to be a hit with both golfers and non golfers, combining a sun drenched beach holiday or city break with the best of European golfing.

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Karen Bryan

Karen Bryan is the founding editor of the UK based, multi author Europe a la Carte Blog which features Europe travel tips about the best places to visit in Europe.

Posted : Monday, July 19th, 2010 at 10:51
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