Our site is designed to help you out when
planning your golf trip. You might be looking for the best deals, but a
lot of golfers just want to play on the best courses (just like us). On Leadingcourses.com
it’s very easy to find the best golf hotspots in every country:
- Just search for a country
- Select the map view
- Filter golf clubs with a 8.0 higher.
This will provide you a great starting point, where to go and where
to stay. And to help you even further, we also show the best hotels,
B&B’s and resorts on the map. A golf hotspot gives you value for
money and the Algarve is no different.
Head to the area between Faro and Olhos de Água
Based on all reviews, it turns out that our golf hotspot in the
Algarve is the area between Faro and Olhos de Água. This is the best
place to be for golf. This area in central Algarve between Quinta do
Lago, Almancil and Quarteira is often referred to as the Golden Triangle
. Why? It has an abundance of luxury accommodation in beautiful settings, some of the best golf courses in the Algarve
, and is only about 20 minutes from Faro airport.
Based on your reviews we can certainly say that this area is home to
the largest density of good golf courses. There are 31 golf clubs in
total in the Algarve (some clubs have multiple courses), but in this
small area you will find 5
golf clubs which all have a rating of 8.0
and higher. These clubs are within a 10 km radius of the central town
of Vale do Lobo. So if you want to stay somewhere, renting a villa or
apartment at Vale do Lobo Resort
is a good start. Alternatively, you can always head towards the The Magnolia Hotel
which belongs to Quinta do Lago.
How to get there?
The golden triangle is located in the proximity of the main airport and gateway to the Algarve: Faro Airport
(IATA code: FAO). Faro Airport is located only 4 km from Faro, the
capital of Algarve District. The airport is quite modern and car rental
companies are located just outside the terminal. Often hotels will offer
a pick-up service so if you want to play the courses below, then
transportation from your hotel to the golf course is no problem at all.
Taxis are also quite cheap in Portugal.
The best golf course in Portugal
is Monte Rei Golf & Country Club
(according to our Golfers’ Choice rankings). This course is not located
within the golden triangle but it is certainly worth a visit. Monte Rei
lies to the east of Faro, close to Tavira and contributes to the label
of golf hotspot in the Algarve.
Algarve: a great climate and coastline
The most photographed hole in Europe: 16th hole at the Royal Course (Photo credits, member marksheehan)
Faro has a subtropical-mediterranean climate. Summers are warm to hot
and sunny with average daytime temperatures of 27–35 °C (81–95 °F). The
weather in the autumn and winter months is generally mild with
temperatures around 8–17 °C (46–63 °F). Faro receives most of its
rainfall over the winter months; rain is very rare between June and
When planning a trip, spring is the best season to play golf in the
Algarve. That is also the high season for golf. If you really want to go
during summer, then go early June. September and October are also good
months to go. It’s not so hot and it’s less crowded while the days are
still pretty long. If you still want to play during the summer, then
bring enough water, wear a cap, hire a buggy….and use sun lotion!
The coast and beaches in the Algarve are also reason for its golf
hotspot status. The red sand and rock formations start anywhere from
Olhos de Água and stretch up to Ferragudo.
The Best Golf Courses near Olhos de Água
The following golf courses are very close to Vale do Lobo and Olhos de Água. They are all highly rated by our members.
Vale do Lobo
Home to the most photographed hole in Europe (16th, Royal Course). Vale
do Lobo golf courses have twice been host to the Portuguese Open. The
courses are based upon original concepts by the legendary Sir Henry
Cotton and re-developed by the respected American golf architect Rocky
Roquemore. Both courses (Royal & Ocean) take players through
umbrella pine and fig tree-lined fairways to the Atlantic. The Royal
plays dramatically along the cliff’s edge, while the Ocean sweeps
daintily down to the beach. This combination of links and parkland golf
provides an enjoyable game for golfers of all standards.
Quinta do Lago (4,1 km from Vale do Lobo)
Quinta do Lago is an exclusive golf and residential estate bordering
both the Atlantic Ocean and the Ria Formosa Natural Park. It’s neatly
nestled in nearly 2.000 acres of countryside and pine forests. The club
itself was created in 1972 and now boasts three golf courses: the South
course, North course and Laranjal. The first two courses have more height differences and water, while Laranjal is much more open. Golfers on Leadingcourses.com prefer the Laranjal course
San Lorenzo Golf Club (5,3 km from Vale do Lobo)
San Lorenzo opened in 1988. The course was designed by American gοlf
course architects Joseph Lee and Rocky Roquemore and is located within
the protected Ria Formosa Nature Park. The elegant fairways run
alongside saltwater marshes, freshwater lagoons and the cooling Atlantic
ocean. The course is the most scenic in the Algarve according to
reviewers on our site. The layout is good and certainly holes 5-8 have
great vistas across the Ria Formosa Nature Park and estuary.
The Old Course – Dom Pedro Golf (8,9 km from Vale do Lobo)
In the heart of Vilamoura, only 20 minutes from Faro, lies the Grande
Dame of Algarve courses, The Old Course Golf Club. This Frank Pennink
designed, parkland layout, is one of the oldest in the region and
renowned all over the golfing world. This beautiful course meanders
through impressive pine trees (the principal hazard) over gently
undulating natural terrain. Although it opened in 1969, the course was
completely renovated and modernised 27 years later. Fortunately no major
changes were made to the magnificent layout.
Victoria Golf Course – Dom Pedro Golf (10,0 km from Vale do Lobo)
The Victoria Golf Course (opened in 2004) covers some 90 hectares and is
the most recent Arnold Palmer project in Portugal. It prides itself as
one of the best and most sophisticated golf courses in Europe. Therefore
every care has been taken to ensure the preservation of the wetlands
and the typical vegetation of carob, olive and almond trees. Several
lakes, occupying 13 hectares, provide mirrors of water and strategic
reservoirs for irrigation.
We hope this blog has inspired you to visit this region and to share
your opinions afterwards! More ‘hotspot’ regions will be posted soon; we
hope you appreciate them!