Tee Times In Portugal: 5 Great Unsung Golf Courses In Algarve
Portugal is famous for the Oceanico Laguna golf course, Quinta do Lago North and South, and of course the ever famous Benamor. But there are some golf courses that you will be missing out on if not played. Here is a list of five of our favourite golf courses which we consider to be unsung heroes in the Algarve.
Laranjal is not as well known as its neighbours, Quinta do Lago North and Quinta do Lago South. However it has built up a reputation over the past 6 years as a course that delivers the same standard in both playability and club service. Greens are easy to spot from a far away distance allowing golfers to really exercise the strategy part of their brains. Many of the fairways are also quite narrow, so be sure to work on your accuracy.
With so many new golf courses springing up in Portugal, many have forgotten some of the classics. Palmares is one such course. It still delivers an exceptional golfing experience to those who have played it during its many years of remaining unchanged. Golfers still come for the ocean view scenery, but those who know the course intimately come because of its intricate challenges.
Paço do Lumiar
A course that stands out as the perfect entry-level golf course in Portugal is Paço do Lumiar. This golf course has relatively short holes (all but two being Par-3s) as well as full training facilities on the premises. We had to add this unsung hero to our list as it is one of the best courses for beginners to sharpen their teeth on before taking on others in Portugal.
We had to add Pine Cliffs to our list because of the ‘Devils’ Parlour’ sixth hole. It’s a hole that demands extreme accuracy but will have you and your golf buddies chuckling every time you mess it up. The ball will have to fly across two cliffs and once it lands, it had better not role. The rest of the holes are mild in comparison, but still offer the same challenge we would expect from any Algarve golf course.
The Miramar golf course is played in the same general direction throughout. The ocean is to your back while you play hole after hole which adds to the magic atmosphere of this course. The scenery is quite breathtaking—especially during October and November when the leaves of the trees turn golden brown.