The bright blue skies, golden sands and whitewashed towns of the Algarve have long seen visitors drawn for a relaxing holiday. When the first golf course was built in 1966, it set the Algarve on a path of becoming one of the best golfing destinations in the world.
This beautiful coastal region now has an incredible forty-two 9 and 18-hole golf courses spread across it. The greens are stunning, and with golf being such a focus here the Algarve has everything you would want in a golfing holiday.
Most of the courses are grouped into one of three areas, although the region is small enough that you can reach any course easily wherever you are staying. And when you want a break from the greens, there is plenty to explore: peaceful fishing villages, bustling towns, fresh cuisine, and golden sand beaches.
With a destination as cultured as the Algarve, you won’t be surprised to discover that there is a fair choice of deluxe hotels and resorts here. Some have their own golf courses or driving ranges, but all are primed for golf and have knowledgeable staff. It goes without saying they all have top-notch facilities too!
Here’s our pick of the best hotels for a golf holiday in the Algarve.
Pine Cliffs Resort lies in Praia de Falasia, and has a 9-hole course, a golf shop, and a well-equipped academy with a team of internationally qualified PGA professional teachers.
The resort extends across 168 beautiful acres, the deep blues of the Atlantic contrasting beautifully with the rich reds of the sandstone cliffs.
For those non-golfers, there’s a tennis academy, a health and fitness club, a choice of water sports, a spa, and the largest kids’ club in the region.
Resort’s Golf Highlights:
- Scenic 9-hole golf course with stunning views
- Golf Academy with short game area and video swing analysis
- 18-hole mini-golf
Situated in beautiful subtropical gardens, this hotel has a selection of golfing delights on offer. From a 9-hole course to the clifftop driving range, and the putting green to mini-golf, it provides an ideal base from which to explore the region’s many golf courses.
Staff can book tee times at courses across the Algarve, and coaches are on hand to help you brush up on both theoretical and practical sides to your game.
Guest can also enjoy a relaxing spa, a unique wine cellar, and even an exclusive yacht. Families are well catered for, with activities and games for children six months and above.
- Nine-hole pitch and putt, driving range, putting green, mini-golf
- Individual and group golf lessons
- Reduced green fees at nearby courses
Found in the heart of Vilamoura, the hotel is nestled in four acres of picturesque gardens surrounded by lakes and grottos. The resort has a great choice of courses within striking distance, and staff can book green fees and arrange transport.
The prestigious Pinhal Golf Course is a very short walk from the hotel, and some rooms overlook the course. For non-golfers there are six pools, Portugal’s largest spa, a fitness centre, and a huge kids’ club.
- On the doorstep of Pinhal Golf Course
- Green fees and transport to courses can be arranged by staff
- A golf simulator is available in the hotel
A really luxurious hotel with a fantastic location, Blue & Green, The Lake Spa Resort is great for golf enthusiasts and non-golfers alike. There are five golf courses nearby, and the hotel offers a complimentary bus to all of them, as well as green-fee booking service. If you fancy a round further afield, there are over 20 courses within an hour’s drive.
When you are not golfing there are plenty of options; kayaks and bikes can be hired for free. The spa offers a range of treatments, there are three swimming pools, gardens and a kids’ club for families.
- 5 courses nearby
- Complimentary shuttles and green-fee booking service
- A wide choice of courses within driving distance
If you’re looking for a golf hotel in the Algarve, Sovereign has a selection of 14 hand-picked hotels that will provide the ultimate in relaxation in between rounds. Have a look at our full selection of luxury hotels in the Algarve.