A List Of The Most Challenging Golf Courses Near Lagos, Portugal

Lagos and the Algarve

If there is any town that can claim to be the cultural and commercial center of the Algarve, it is Lagos. While the town has more to offer than just being a golfing hub (the old city walls, sea caves and azure waters, for example) many end up staying here because of the wealth of challenging golf courses nearby.

  1. Boavista - the nearest course to the town of Lagos. With a wealth of extra-curricular options, your non-golfing friends and family will be entertained.

  2. Espiche - one of the newer courses on the Algarve golf scene, a big effort was made by the designers to fit the course into the landscape and not the other way round. Expect to see plenty of natural lakes and streams dotted around the course. Espiche is 18-holes, par 72 so bring your long game.

  3. Onyria - This Robert Trent Jones course boasts 27 holes so players can mix and match loops of 9 holes to make up their own unique 18. With the Atlantic Ocean running alongside, the Onyria has a links feel on some holes.

  4. Penina - The first 18-hole course in the Algarve. If the Grandfather of Algarve golf, Sir Henry Cotton, were alive today he would be pleased to see how Penina has retained an air of refined good taste.

  5. Mogrado - The sister course to the Alamos, so you can play either depending on how your golfing muscles feel that day. This European Golf Design project opened in 2003.

  6. Vale Da Pinta - one of the many courses at the Pestana golf resort range and host to the European Senior Tour qualifying school where every year, senior players fight it out for the best pension scheme in the world - the European Seniors' Tour. The bent grass greens and bermuda grass fairways give this course a very American style feel.

  7. Silves - located near the town of Silves, this course is the latest addition to the Pestana group. The opening tee shot will make the driver tremble in your hands with water left and right. With a watery grave awaiting you on both sides, you'd better stripe it down the middle.

If you do find yourself staying near Lagos this year and you want to subject your golf game to the toughest challenge, any one of these 7 courses will test your skill and patience.