For true golf devotees, Portugal is usually at the top of the game bucket-list. One of Europe’s most popular golfing destinations, the country with its warm sunny climate plays host to over 40 courses in the Algarve region alone. Golfing opportunities in Portugal attend to all skill levels ensuring time to hone your skills and even possibly lower your handicap.
So be sure to protect your equipment with quality golf travel insurance, then take your pick of the crop from Portugal’s stunning offerings!
Top 3 Golf Courses in Portugal
Given the sheer number of fabulous courses to choose from I have narrowed them down to my favourite 3. These courses offer thoroughly enjoyable games which are both steady and challenging – and the scenery is bound to take your breath away!
San Lorenzo Golf Course
San Lorenzo can be found on the magnificent, exclusive Quinta do Lago estate in the Algarve. This winding figure eight shaped course guides you through stunning pine woodland covered in beautifully manicured Bermuda grass. By the course’s 6th hole a true golfer’s skills are seriously challenged on this dogleg and Stroke Index 1-rated play. Many of the holes require knowledgeable club selection, a perfect drive and nerves of steel!
Course: 18-hole par 72
Facilities: Driving Range, Chipping Green, Putting Green, Pro-Shop, Restaurant
Note: This course is only available to guests staying at the Dona Filipa Hotel
Vale do Lobo
As one of Portugal’s most photographed golf courses, Vale do Lobo’s scenery does not disappoint. The course’s most famous cliff-top carryover is one of the most challenging and thrilling shots in the country. Maintaining accuracy throughout your game will be paramount as you work your way through the long undulating fairways and greens. With cliff edges, several water hazards and deep bunkers you will be grateful for your golf travel insurance!
Course: 18 hole par 72
Facilities: Putting and Chipping Green, Practice Net, Swimming Pool, Pro Shop, Tennis, Restaurants and Bars
Set on the Lisbon coast this world renowned, natural links golf course was designed by architect Arthur Hills. The course overlooks the Atlantic Ocean which certainly plays into everyone’s game. The gusting winds make strategic play your top priority and low running shots are often needed. The greens are contoured around the magnificent sand dunes and acres of umbrella pines grip the shifting terrain. This course with its rugged landscape will challenge your accuracy, club choice skills and steadiness.
Course: 18 hole par 71
Facilities: Clubhouse and Restaurant, Repair Shop, Pro Golf Clinics
There is no doubt that a trip to Portugal to play a few rounds may be a highlight of your golfing career. The warm climate, relaxing atmosphere and exciting play opportunities are just a few reasons why you will probably want to come back.
Portugal has a number of airports to fly into where you can find, or reserve, a shuttle to transport you to your hotel. Your golf travel insurance will cover any possible damage or loss of equipment so that you can rest assured that your golfing holiday will experience few interruptions.
Truly dedicated golfers generally choose annual golf travel insurance that covers unlimited golf trips throughout the year. At InsureMore, we offer specialised insurance policies that cover any loss or damage to equipment. So book your trip and your insurance now, as Portugal will soon become a favourite destination for you and your clubs!
Patrick Chong is the Managing Director of InsureMore, an award-winning team of specialists in global single trip, annual, family and golf travel insurance . Besides offering great deals on travel insurance, Patrick also collects and shares the best free travel competitions to help his clients get the most out of their holidays.