All You Need to Know about Algarve Golf Course Ratings
Lee Westwood was once asked if he thought St Andrews was one of the top 100 courses in the world. He replied: "No. It's not even in the top 100 in Fife". This quote shows you how many great courses are in that region of Scotland and the only area that comes close for quality of golf courses is the Algarve. I could list over many and narrowing them all down to ten is tough:
- Oceanico Faldo
Sir Nick's first, and so far, only design in Portugal. This course requires the precision play that made the six time major champion famous.
- Oceanico O'Connor
The sister course to the Faldo, the O'Connor course has lots of water so get ready to lose some balls or go swimming. Set your alarm clock for the middle of the night so you can play the floodlight 9-hole par 3 course.
- Quinta do Lago Laranjal
The third and newest course in the Quinta do Lago resort. All three courses at the Quinta do Lago resort could be included here, but I have chosen the newest. The course is open and forgiving for big hitters and the five par fives give you chance for plenty of birdies and eagles.
- Monte Rei
This Jack Nicklaus design is built into the hills northeast of Tavira towards the Spanish border rather than in the typical golfing hotbed of western Algarve. The golden bear would not put his name to anything not of the highest standard - you can see evidence of this in all the way from the staff service to the clubhouse.
Golf in Portugal all began when the late Sir Henry Cotton started building a winter home and golf course in Penina. The legacy of Sir Henry lives on today in a course that gets better with age.
- Vale do Lobo
Here you have your pick of two courses: The Royal and the Ocean. The Royal hosted the Portuguese open in 2003 so it's no birdie fest.
- Benamor golf
The third Sir Henry Cotton layout in this list. This tribute to the grandfather of Algarve golf was built in 1986. While many say that Sir Henry never got to see the course (he died before it was completed) the truth is he "saw" it before anybody else and that why it was built.
- San Lorenzo
You won't find a greater variety of golf holes on one single course in all of the Algarve than you will find here. You'll face plenty of doglegs so make sure you know how to curve the ball and water comes into plays on many holes- not least along the coastline.
- Onyria Palmares Golf
This unique design features three different stretches of nine holes so you can make your own 18 holes depending on how you feel.
This European Golf Design opened in 2003 and has already gained a reputation as one of the toughest courses in the Algarve. Five par fives adds up to a par 73 on the scorecard.