Golf

Playing Golf in the Algarve
A golfer’s paradise, the Algarve offers outstanding golf courses and wonderful weather. Portugal’s southernmost province is famous for spectacular scenery along a stunning coastline. What could be better! In fact, Algarve regularly tops polls conducted among travel operators (who ought to know!) as the world’s number one golf destination!

During the 1970’s and 1980’s golf courses mushroomed along Portugal’s southern coast. None of the Algarve golf courses are more than 15 kilometres from the coast but the terrain varies from steep hillsides around Parque da Floresta to near sea-level flatlands of Salgados and Vilamoura III, which, together with Palmares, includes links holes.

You may find it puzzling that the mainly dry and arid countryside of the Algarve gives way to verdant oasis at each golf complex. This is due to water catchments and private boreholes which tap into subterranean water sources for irrigation.

Getting to the Algarve
Algarve Golf Holidays are becoming ever more popular. The Algarve is a mere two to three hours’ flight from most European capitals and has been a magnet to discerning golfers for about 30 years. Travelling to and around the Algarve is very easy. Flights into the region arrive at the airport at Faro and are available from most major world airports, making this the quickest and easiest way to travel. However, being part of mainland Europe, the Algarve is a driveable destination through either Spain or Portugal itself. You can also travel by boat or by ferry using the Port of Portimao.

Travel Companies
There are various travel companies offering all-inclusive Algarve Golf Holidays. These breaks can be from just a few days to a couple of weeks for the real enthusiasts. Ladies will even find there are holidays just for them. You can choose how many nights you wish to stay and you can obtain car hire as part of the package too if you wish.

When to visit
The main season for Algarve golf holidays runs from late autumn to late spring. Winters here are mild and golfers from northern European countries can enjoy sunny days and keep their swings smooth at a time when their golf courses at home are unplayable. This means that golfers can truly have the best of both worlds.

When to play
Playing golf in the early morning is highly recommended. This is a cool, calm time of day – before the sun reaches its height. In fact, the Algarve boasts 300 days of sunshine a year so you can be fairly sure of good weather for your Algarve golf holiday

Golf Courses
Arguably Europe’s top golfing destination, world-famous Algarve golf courses include Boavista, Vale do Lobo, Palmares, and Quinta da Ria, to name only a few. There is a wide choice of accommodation to suit all budgets as well as lots of delightful towns offering exciting nightlife. All this makes the Algarve a golf destination “par excellence”.

The Algarve is home to several of the world’s top courses and has played host to many competitions and international tournaments. You may be a skilled-amateur looking for new challenges or a beginner looking for a relaxing break from everyday life. If so, Algarve golf courses are definitely for you.

Over 30 golf courses are situated in the Algarve. These range from 9-hole courses stretching over the grassland, to dramatic coastal 18-hole courses set amongst picturesque cliffs. This makes golf here a pleasure for everyone, regardless of their ability.

Golf Club Rental
Deciding on an Algarve golf holiday does not mean you have to face the hassle of bringing your clubs through busy airport terminals or have the worry of having them stolen. Various companies will personally deliver a quality set of clubs to you and collect it from you at the end of your stay. Clubs will invariably be new and a variety will be offered to suit all standards and tastes. Golf clubs can be hired from one day to two weeks. So leave your clubs at home you’ll be glad you did.

Things to note
Sometimes you might be asked to produce your handicap certificate. Also, many Algarve golf courses have dress codes so remember to take some smart casual clothes with you. If you know where you want to play, it can be a good idea to telephone first and find out what is required. Remember to write down your ‘tee times’ because Algarve golf holidays are very popular!
In general, you will find that the Algarve, with its mild climate, reasonably priced restaurants, breathtaking scenery, friendly people and excellent golf courses, all combine to make a very memorable holiday.

Another popular destination with golfers is Florida in the United States of America (probably because you can dump the kids off at Walt Disney World and head to the nearest course!) – Check out our sister site Kissimmee Hotels for deals for golfers in Kissimmee, Florida.

Further Algarve Golf Holidays Information

Algarve Golf Transfer – Private transfers between golf courses in the Algarve and your holiday accommodation. Get an Algarve Golf Transfer from the south of Portugal and West Spain at very low prices. 15% online discount available…  
algarvegolftransfer.com

Algarve Car Hire – Portugal – Amoita car hire are the car hire specialists in Algarve. We offer a complete selection of late model hire cars in Algarve, and have offices throughout Algarve including the Faro Airport in the Algarve…  
amoita.com

Golf Holidays – Golf Escapes provides golf holidays to Portugal, Spain, Turkey, Cyprus & America and have a sales team familiar with all properties and golf courses featured. As well as this, the site offers information on flights, tuition weeks, tournaments and much more…   
golf-escapes.com

Golf Holiday Spain – Dragon Golf offers golf holiday packages for Spain and Portugal. The site also includes tee times green fees, car hire, golf hotels and more…  
dragon-golf.com

Golf Holidays – The site provides information on a variety of golfing holidays, breaks, society days, corporate days as well as includes a section dedicated to golf clothing and equipment. Alongside sit other sections on tips and drills about going on a golf break, course guides and much more…  
rightclub.co.uk

Golf Handicap, Score Tracking and Community – Golfshake.com is Europe`s leading online golf score tracking, handicap and game analysis service for regular golfers and group organisers. In addition, it features a comprehensive golf society and event management service, a worldwide golf course directory, thousands of course reviews and an active golf community.  
golfshake.com

Golf holidays in Portugal – Visit Golf Holiday Rentals to search for self catering golf properties you can rent direct from the owners or to list your own golf property and advertise it to golfers looking for accommodation for their next golf holiday…  
golfholidayrentals.com

Golf breaks in Portugal – CostaLessGolf.com provide cheap golf breaks in Spain, Portugal and the Balearic and Canary Islands. The company also source cheap car hire and accommodation. As well as this, the site offers information on forthcoming events, competition results, golf articles, golf resources and much more…   
costalessgolf.com

Low cost golf clubs for hire in Algarve – low-cost-golf.com is a company based in Algarve, Portugal, providing quality golf club hire services at Golf Courses, Hotels, Apartments and Airports in Algarve. The site offers options for pre-booking your preferred set of clubs and accessories from daily rentals to weekly hire.  
low-cost-golf.com

Airport and golf transfers – The site offers airport transfers from Faro airport to any of the resorts on the Algarve coast and Costa de la Luz as well as other destinations at your request. In addition we also provide Golf Transfers and A2B Transfers.  
algarveresorttransfers.com

Portugal hotels and tours – Portugal Hotels offers an online booking service for hotels and tours in Lisbon and other Portugal travel information from our local team based in Lisbon.  
portugalhotel-link.com

Professional Classified Adverts – A free and easy way to quickly post your advert to, and list your web site on, the major search engines. Free professional advertisements at http://u4it.com/Googly/  
u4it.com

Golfing holidays in Portugal – Direct golf holidays offer golfing holidays in Spain, portugal and morocco. The site offers private coach transfers, superior hotels, golf tournaments, presentations, Banquet/Gala dinners, promotional materials photography  
directgolfholidays.com

Golf Discount Algarve – Discounts on green fees and golf products.  
golfdiscountalgarve.com

Lisbon Tours – Book Lisbon Hotels and Tours with our trusted online booking service. Get Lisbon travel information from our local team based in Portugal…  
lisbon-hotels.travel

Golf Holiday – Apartment and Villa rental in Tavira. Ideal for family holiday and/or golf breaks….  
portugolf.ie

Spanish Golfing Portal – Specialist Golfing news and information including tournaments, camps and much more information related to amateur and professional golf.  
degolf.org