Some of us just aren’t inclined to walk links golf courses
or battle the unpredictable weather elements. In fact, there’s no shame in
admitting that you love to smoke cigars, ride in a cart and soak up the vitamin D while playing golf.
Known more for its beautiful beaches, ideal climate, and
relaxed lifestyle, Portugal is a fantastic place to spend a weeklong golf vacation.
The ideal trip would begin in the exciting city of Lisbon.
Here you’ll find the San Francisco of Europe with hills, white cobble stone
streets and a massive castle overlooking the old town. The second part of your
tour would be on the beautiful Algarve coast, where you’ll enjoy fresh seafood
prepared to perfection, swim through spectacular rock formations in crystal
clear waters and play golf at post card beautiful golf courses.
The next time you tee it up in Portugal consider this
world-class line up:
Penha Longa, Atlantic Course (near Lisbon) – Picture
yourself hitting an approach shot towards the green and having to avoid a
centuries old aqueduct neighboring your target. That is only part of the
phenomenal experience at Penha Longa. The Atlantic course sits in the middle of
a large natural reserve with constant elevation and some of the speediest
greens in Portugal.
|Aqueduct hole at Penha Longa|
Oitavos Dunes (near Lisbon) – Rated by Golf Magazine as
one of the top 100 courses in the world, Oitavos Dunes is a perfectly natural
golf course. Located on elevated land overlooking the ocean, this layout gives
the golfer a rugged feel with fast greens and lush, well- groomed fairways.
Oceanico Courses, Victoria & Old Course (Algarve) –
Designed by Arnold Palmer and the host of the Portugal Masters, the Victoria
Course is a true test of golf with rolling hills, well positioned bunkers and
extensive water hazards. The Old Course has narrow fairways and intimidating
tree lines. It has a classic feel that will impress all its challengers.
|The Old Course at Oceanico|
Monte Rei Golf Club (Algarve) – Monte Rei has a clubby,
private club ambiance even though it’s a public golf course. The clubhouse,
perched on top a hill, is simply stunning. Built on the rugged Portuguese
terrain, this Jack Nicklaus golf course will challenge you on every shot.
|Clubhouse at Monte Rei|
Quinta do Logo, North and South Courses (Algarve) – Known as the
Jewel in the Quinta do Logo crown, the South has hosted 8 Portuguese Opens.
Designed by William Mitchell, the South requires target-golf accuracy off the
tee and is known to be a favorite course of many European Tour players.
Vale do Lobo Royal & Ocean Courses (Algarve) – The
Royal Course at Vale do Lobo has the most picturesque golf hole in Portugal,
and, arguably, in all of Europe. Number
16 overlooks the spectacular turquoise blue ocean with a clay cliff separating
the golf hole and the beach. Many believe the Ocean Course has the better
overall layout but it’s hard to beat the eye candy at number 16.
|North Course at Quinta do Logo|
|Number 16 at Vale do Lobo|
San Lorenzo Golf Club (Algarve) – It's important to note that in order to play San Lorenzo
guests must stay at the Dona Filipa Hotel. Opened in 1988, San Lorenzo Golf
Club is one of the most popular golf courses in Portugal. The course is played
on undulating pine woodland with perfectly groomed Bermuda grass fairways and
is located on the South East corner of Quita do Lago bordering the estuary and
the salt water lagoons.
|San Lorenzo Golf Club|
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