Southern Portugal defines golfing escapism. A sublime natural setting with courses weaving through nature reserves and cliff-strewn coastline. A selection of championship challenges that test you while offering grandeur and flair, clubhouses within steps of the ocean, and the serenity of a boutique five-star golf resort that is nestled between the waves and the fairway. Handcrafted with six of the Algarve’s most iconic courses, this is Southern Europe’s eminent one-week golf getaway.
Quinta do Lago – Relaxing on the Algarve Coastline
The sound of the surf floats gently across the fairway. Scents mingle, eucalyptus trees mixed with the salt that comes in off the Atlantic waves. From a deluxe suite, you gaze out over a dramatic coastline where the cliffs are multihued, and an estuary leads your eye toward a protected nature reserve. You are staying at one of Southern Portugal’s most revered estates, where the five-star Hotel Quinta do Lago is set against a backdrop of coastline and four sublime golf courses. Earlier in the day, you are greeted at Faro Airport and transferred to the hotel, a 20-minute transfer that takes you away from the town’s bustle and into the tranquility of the Algarve. The golfing starts properly tomorrow, but there are various putting greens and driving ranges within the complex, as well as a clubhouse that you are going to get to know over the next week.
Quinta do Lago – Playing Algarve’s Pre-Eminent Golf Club
Quinta do Lago – Playing the Algarve’s Historic Championship Course
Quinta do Lago – Playing the Algarve’s Second Oldest 18 Holes
Quinta do Lago – Driving Long at Arnold Palmer’s Algarve Course
Quinta do Lago – Playing An Iconic Algarve Challenge
Quinta do Lago – Playing A Beautiful Ocean Course to End the Week
Faro – Departure
- Savor seven nights in Southern Portugal’s finest golf retreat, the five-star Hotel Quinta do Lago blending the pleasures of the clubhouse with the tranquility of the coast
- The Vilamoura Old course has long been one of Europe’s finest golfing challenges, a majestic round where every hole is memorable
- Relish 18 holes at Penina, the most historic of all Portuguese golf courses and host of the Portuguese Open on a record eight occasions
- Admire the ocean holes when playing Vale do Lobo, a beautiful course with delectably positioned beachfront greens, flanked by eucalyptus trees
- Take on the challenge of Arnold Palmer’s Vilamoura Victoria course, a tournament-inspired course that has hosted the WGC World Cup and Portugal Masters on multiple occasions
- Quinta de Cima is a celebration of escapism, 18 challenging holes set within the Ria Formosa Nature Reserve
- A round on the Quinta do Lago South course is an iconic way to start any golfing escape in the Algarve, an eye-catching 18 holes with serious championship pedigree
Southern Portugal may be a relatively new golfing region – the first courses were created in the 1960s – but it has risen to become Europe’s favorite golfing destination. The setting is exquisite, some courses winding along a dramatic cliff-strewn coastline, others enclosed in protected nature reserves. The championship courses provide contrasting challenges, from windswept holes along the ocean to fairways flanked by eucalyptus trees and water hazards. You will need to play long on many, especially the unusual par-73 courses, and the general atmosphere seems to define golfing escapism, with blue skies throughout most of the year and a serenity that fits perfectly with the championship courses.
This 8-day golfing getaway combines the best of the region. Arriving into Faro, you spend seven nights in one of Southern Europe’s pre-eminent golfing hotels, the five-star Hotel Quinta do Lago perfectly located between fairway and beach. The clubhouse is a few steps away, as is the soft sand of a quiet coastline that captivates all who visit. Over the week, you will play six distinctive courses, handpicked for their setting, challenge and championship pedigree. Each is a contrast from the one before, and that is why the Algarve has become such an admired golfing escape, this opportunity to play differently on every round. Transfers to the courses are included, and all are within 45 minutes of your base at Hotel Quinta do Lago.
The south course at Quinta do Lago is Portugal’s most popular golfing challenge, the course that everyone seems to want to play whether they have one round or seven. You will take on Penina, Southern Portugal’s historic championship course, and then experience a scent of old grandeur at Vilamoura, the second oldest 18 holes in the region. The 18 holes are emblematic of Southern Portugal, perfectly attuned to Mother Nature while emanating a championship grandeur. It has long been one of the finest courses in Europe. Continuing into the second half of the week, you move onto two long and challenging courses, the Arnold Palmer-designed Vilamoura Victoria and Quinta de Cima. Staying close to the ocean, you finish at Vale do Lobo, with approach shots to sublime oceanfront greens and the smell of the eucalyptus.
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