In recent years, Portugal has become a more popular place to play golf. It’s easy to see why players are flocking to this Iberian gem. It has a mild temperature all year, beautiful scenery along the coast, and world-class golf courses.
One of the best things about golf trips to Portugal is how many and how well-made the courses are. Portugal has a lot to offer players, from championship links along the Algarve coast to quiet mountain courses in the interior. Golf magazines always say nice things about top courses like Oitavos Dunes, San Lorenzo, and Quinta da Marinha.
Most of Portugal’s golf grounds are in the Algarve area in the south of the country. It’s a golfer’s dream, with nearly 50 courses spread out along golden beaches and rocky rocks. Top locations like Penina, Monte Rei, and Vila Sol have 36-hole golf courses and luxury rooms for stays of more than one day. Around Lisbon and along the Silver Coast north of the city, there is also great golf in central Portugal.
Portuguese golf vacations are also popular because they are affordable and easy to get to. Most courses have green fees that are much cheaper than the top courses in Spain, France, or the UK. Many direct flights from big cities in Europe to Faro Airport also make it easy to get there.
Golfers also love the nice people of Portugal and the tasty food from the Mediterranean. Golfers have a lot of tasty choices when they’re not on the course, like fresh fish, local wines, pastries, and grilled meats. In southern beach towns like Lagos, the nightlife adds to the lively feel of the area.
Many Europeans go to Portugal to play golf because it’s close to home and easy to get to. Brits and Germans like the Algarve because it’s only a two-hour trip away and has things that are known to them. But players from North America, Asia, and other places are also adding rounds along the Portuguese coast to their trips to work.
Some parts of the golf travel market are also making more people want to go on Portuguese golf vacations. Senior players like that the weather is mild all year, so they can play comfortably. Women-only groups also like Portugal because it is safe and has beautiful scenery.
Portugal has kept putting money into new courses and resorts in response to the boom in golf tourism. One of the best things about the new Parque da Floresta complex near Lisbon is that when it is finished, it will have several golf courses and hotels. The well-known golf course designer Beau Welling is also opening a new course at Quinta do Lago.
When we look into the future, it looks like golf tourism in Portugal will grow even more. Allied Market Research predicts that by 2030, the global golf travel market will be worth $341 billion. Portugal is likely to get a big chunk of that money because it has a wide range of classes, good prices, and a strong tourist infrastructure.
Portugal has everything a player could want: world-class links, delicious food, interesting history and culture, beautiful coastlines, and old-world style. As more courses are built and more people visit, this Iberian country will strengthen its status as one of Europe’s best places to play golf.