For five consecutive years, Portugal has been considered the best golf destination in Europe as well as in the world. And the Algarve is the mecca. It is in the south of the country that the best golf courses are located. The Mediterranean climate, ideal for outdoor activities, and the real estate offer in luxury resorts make this region an unbeatable spot for investment, rest and leisure all year round.
The best golf resorts offer quality, exceptional facilities, award-winning holes, diversity of services, hospitality, proximity to beaches and properties for sale, namely detached villas and dream apartments. There are places of rare beauty, where it is even possible to buy plots of land for construction, with sea views, which is the supreme luxury.
It's no coincidence that internationally renowned golfers, such as English golfer Lee Westwood, former world number 1, will return to Portugal Masters, the Portuguese European Tour event, 10 years after the last time, in the company of his compatriots Andy Sullivan and Eddie Pepperell. The 13th edition of the event, which will take place from 24 to 27 October in Vilamoura, also includes two other English players: Tom Lewis, defending champion and the first golfer to win the event twice (2011 and 2018), and Oliver Fisher, the first to take a 59-stroke turn in the European Tour.
If you like playing golf and are looking for a paradise to practice it while enjoying your holidays or retirement, you don't need to be a champion, you just need the right place. LUXIMOS Christie's International Real Estate helps you find the 5 most irresistible luxury resorts in Portugal.
Monte Rei Golf & Country Club was elected the Best Golf Club in Portugal in 2017, through the Leadingcourses.com platform, one of the most highly-regarded by the players. In 2018, in the Golfer's Choice ranking, which has 350 thousand players from all over Europe, this golf course, with 18 holes and more than 400 hectares, received 9.2 points out of 10. Located in Vila Nova de Cacela, in a pristine rural area, between the mountains of Serra do Caldeirão and the Atlantic Ocean, 15 minutes away from Tavira, Monte Rei stands out for its quality of service, facilities, price-quality ratio and luxury properties.
The Royal Golf Course of Vale do Lobo is one of the most prestigious and disputed golf courses in the country. It was designed by American architect and designer Rocky Roquemore (perhaps the world's greatest golf course designer), who drew on Sir Henry Cotton's original designs to conceive it. The course is characterised by a Par 3, including an island green on the 9th hole, and the famous 16th hole, one of the most photographed in Europe, due to the surrounding cliff. It also benefits from being located next to the most stunning beaches in the Algarve and surrounded by unique villas. It is the ideal geography for those looking for a place to spend the rest of their lives.
It's at the Amendoeira Golf Resort, right in the heart of the Algarve, that the award-winning Faldo Course lies, designed by Sir Nick Faldo, three times champion of the Masters of Golf and three times champion of the British Open. This is also where you will find the challenging O'Connor Jnr course, surrounded by lakes, and the only illuminated PAR 3 in Portugal, allowing you to play at night. We’re talking about 270 hectares of unparalleled beauty, plus a football field, two football fields of five, six tennis courts and two swimming pools. Last but not least, the villas, inserted in the gardens adjacent to the golf courses, with breathtaking views.
The Penina Hotel & Golf Resort is one of the closest scenarios to paradise. Located on the south coast of the country, between Portimão and Lagos, it has a 360-hectare golf resort, which is framed by beaches, countryside and mountains. And if the view is irresistible, this resort has the particularity of being the only one in the country with three golf courses. Among them is the first course in the country to have 18 holes, and that even today is considered one of the most challenging. For various reasons, which combine beauty, comfort and leisure, the Penina has been, among golf lovers, the most sought-after place to buy a house.
Anyone who likes properties in luxury golf resorts must visit Vale do Lobo, the Algarve's most sought-after place. The award-winning Ocean and Royal Courses do not require presentations, even in a global context, as this is where some of today's most reputable and media-friendly golf events are held.
Of its two courses, our highlight goes to the Ocean Golf Course, composed of two magnificent 9-hole courses designed by Sir Henry Cotton and first opened in 1968 and 1972. The goal was to unite the two courses in a magnificent project, which took place in 1985. No wonder, therefore, that it is one of the favourite fields of professional players. For golf lovers, the activities don't end at the fabulous green courses. The conviviality between peers and friends and the sharing of experiences continue in the social activities of the Clubhouse.
Moreover, it is also in Vale do Lobo, with a direct connection to the beach, that some of the Algarve's most desired properties are located.