6 Algarve Golf Courses With Amazing Views

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Golf is one of the biggest attractions in the Algarve. Every year, thousands of golfers descend on the region to indulge in their favourite pastime in one of the world’s most beautiful settings. It’s easy to see why. The Algarve is home to courses designed by renowned professionals like Nick Faldo and Jack Nicklaus — as well as some of Portugal’s most stunning scenery. Surrounded by nature reserves, mountains, and the sea, playing golf in the Algarve is unlike any other destination. Here’s our pick of the best Algarve golf courses with the most amazing views.

1. Vale Do Lobo

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The Vale Do Lobo resortVale Do Lobo resort is home to 2 of the Algarve’s most iconic courses: the Royal and the Ocean. The Ocean course begins amidst a nature reserve, where you’re surrounded by forest and wildlife. Early morning tee times increase your chances of spotting kingfishers and swamphens around the fairway. The course runs down towards the shoreline, offering expansive sea views, particularly from the 14th and 15th greens. The Royal, meanwhile, is famous for its iconic cliff-top carryover on the 16th. As well as a golfing challenge, it’s a great opportunity to snap a photo across the Atlantic.

2. Monte Rei Golf & Country Club

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Monte Rei regularly tops lists of the best golf courses not just in the Algarve, but in the whole of Portugal. And with its incredible surroundings, it’s easy to see why. The Jack Nicklaus Signature Course is one of the most celebrated golf courses in the world. Situated at the foot of the Serra do Caldeirão mountains, you can appreciate this breathtaking backdrop as you make your way through the course.

You’ll also get glimpses of the ocean as you walk through the wide fairways and valleys. As well as offering fantastic play for golfers of all abilities, you’ll feel immersed in the essence of the Algarve as you play the Monte Rei.

3. Quinta Da Ria & Quinta De Cima

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Quinta Da Ria and Quinta De Cima aren’t far from the Monte Rei — and they’re actually a little closer to the sea. So if you’re looking for a quieter course with similarly spectacular views, these courses are definitely worth a look.

Located on the brink of the Ria Formosa Nature Reserve, you’ll enjoy a quiet wildlife setting, with no buildings to break up the surrounding vista. Olive and fig trees spring up around the fairways, leading to holes that play along the coastline and give you incredible ocean views

4. Espiche Golf

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Espiche Golf is dedicated to sustainability, and to preserving the Algarve’s rich natural beauty — so expect to experience this as you play the course.

Located close to Lagos, the Espiche course offers something a little different. The course slots effortlessly into its surroundings, which include a nature reserve, sprawling countryside, and dense indigenous trees. Wind turbines turn in the distance, reminding you of Espiche Golf’s commitment to creating a sustainable experience.

If you’re looking for an authentic view of the natural Algarve, this is the course to play.

5. Silves Golf

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While it’s not too far from established Algarve theme parks like Aqualand and Sand City, Silves Golf feels a little off the beaten track, as it’s set further north than most people tend to venture.

As a result, it’s often quieter than other courses — but don’t let the tranquillity of this spot lull you into a false sense of security. This course is challenging, but you’re rewarded for your efforts with stunning mountain views.

Nestled just beneath the Monchique mountain, you’ll have continuous views of the lush green landscape as you play through fairways scattered with olive and palm trees. It’s the perfect course for golfers seeking an authentic Portuguese experience as well as a challenge.

6. Pine Cliff Golf Course

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The Pine Cliffs resort  is popular with all kinds of tourists, thanks to its luxury accommodation and stunning location. But golfers are especially keen, thanks to the 9-hole on-site course. While this course isn’t full-length, it’s based right on the coast, so it offers some of the best sea views in the region.

You’ll play along the clifftops, taking in the expansive ocean vista (while trying to keep your ball on the fairway). There’s also a cliff-top carryover shot on the 6th that demands your attention — so this is a great rapid-fire challenge for any golfer who’s short on time. 

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