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This very simple and technically highly demanding sport has been growing in popularity since it was invented in Scotland in the fourteenth century. Despite being an inclusive sport, golf is traditionally associated with entrepreneurs and the business world. Studies show that golf is an excellent “helper” when it comes to closing business deals and strengthening business relations. Not convinced? Read the article “10 Reasons Golf Will Always Be the Ultimate Business Tool!” here.

The Algarve is largely responsible for Portugal being considered “One of the world’s best golfing destinations”. Portugal’s sunniest region is home to many of Europe’s best golf courses, which is why it is considered such a great destination by aficionados of the sport. There are more than 40 courses spread across the region, and the scenery, with views of the sea and the uplands, is breathtaking. A wonderful climate and friendly, welcoming locals combine to make the Algarve a favourite destination for golfers from all around the globe.

Here are some of the Algarve’s golf courses that you should be sure not to miss:

Monte Rei & Country Club| Vila Nova de Cacela

Covering an area of over 400 hectares, this par 72 course features water hazards in 11 of its 18 holes. In 2017, the Monte Rei & Country Club was considered the best golf course in Portugal by the platform that promotes the Golfers’ Choice Awards. Designed by Jack Nicklaus, this course offers a unique layout at every hole, with details that truly impress. The course has also featured in Golf World magazine’s list of the 100 best courses in Europe. Enjoyable and challenging, with scenery that will leave nobody indifferent.

Onyria Palmares| Palmares

One of the Algarve’s very first courses, this 27-hole par 72 course was initially planned by Frank Pennink in the mid-1970s and redesigned by American Robert Trent Jones Jr in 2011. It is also one of the region’s favourites and is a five-time winner of the Publituris Portugal Travel Awards best golf course category. The Onyria Palmares offers courses with a range of characteristics, elevations and degrees of difficulty, as well as affording marvellous sea views from around 90% of the tees.

San Lorenzo Golf Course| Quinta do Lago

The San Lorenzo Golf Course has been included in Golf Digest magazine’s Top 100 best golf courses in the world, and it is easy to see why. Designed by Joseph Lee and W. Roquemor, the course, which was founded in 1988, is located in Quinta do Lago, on the edge of the stunning Ria Formosa. The 18-hole par 72 course promises great strokes and special fairways, ensuring splendid conditions for the game.

The Old Course – Dom Pedro Golf Collection| Vilamoura

This iconic 18-hole par 73 course is located in Vilamoura, in the heart of the Algarve. A firm favourite with golfers, The Old Course has also been included in Golf Digest‘s list of the Top 100 courses in the world. One particularly striking characteristic of the course is the way in which the architect, Frank Pennink, took advantage of the contours of the land and the natural vegetation of the space. The Old Course was founded in 1969, and its list of achievements includes being considered one of the best 100 golf courses in continental Europe by Golf World magazine.

Quinta do Lago South| Quinta do Lago

This is another of the Algarve’s fine 18-hole par 72 courses for golfers to enjoy. Quinta do Lago Sul comprises three championship courses and has hosted the Portuguese Open eight times. Its championship status, however, does not deter the amateur golfer. While the 8th, 15thand 18thare testing holes for low handicap players, the course’s varying difficulty challenges golfers of all levels and abilities. This world-famous course was designed by William Mitchell and founded in 1974. Lakes, flowers and trees are a constant along its more than 6,000 metres in length.

Benamor Golf| Tavira

This well-known par 71 course is located in Tavira. Founded in 2000, Benamor Golf boasts a prime location between the uplands and the sea. Designed by Sir Henry Cotton, the 18-hole course offers golfers a varied landscape and, at times, uneven terrain, creating challenging experiences for players of all levels.

Vale da Pinta| Carvoeiro

This well-known championship golf course was founded in 1992. For many years it was the course which hosted the European Seniors Tour Qualifying Final, boosting its prestige even further. Featuring various types of terrain, fairways protected by bunkers and perfect greens for putting strokes, Vale da Pinta is an 18-hole par 71 course designed by Ronald Fream.

For anyone interested in learning how to play or just starting out, there are also golf academies all over the region. En route to the perfect stroke?

Thanks to Faro Airport, the Algarve’s golf courses are closer to Europe.