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The 10 best golf courses in Portugal   by Rod Ritchie

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Portugal is often regarded as one of the best golf destinations in the world. For such a small country, it has a huge variety of high-quality golf courses, mainly on the Lisbon Coast and in sunny southern Algarve. Choosing the top 10 is always difficult, however the courses listed here all provide a variety of challenges and are set in magnificent surrounds.

Great greens in sunny Algarve

Central Algarve's premier golfing destination, the Quinta do Lago Estate has two of its four excellent 18-hole courses listed among Europe's top 25 golf courses. These are bounded by the Atlantic Ocean and the Ria Formosa nature reserve, there are 72 holes of challenging golf with immaculate greens. Quinta do Lago South, the original championship course, is still regarded as the best.
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Just 20 minutes' drive from Faro International Airport, the par 73, 18-hole Vilamoura Old Course has a great variety of holes that include some some steep grades. The course, lined with pines and cork trees, deserves its reputation as one of the best in Europe. Facilities include a driving range and putting green.

Vale do Lobo, Portugal's biggest luxury golf and beach resort, has three courses. The Royal and the Ocean, both par 72, have stunning views of the coast, and its 5 km-long sandy beach. The ultimate Algarve course is San Lorenzo rated in the top ten in Europe, it is difficult to get a tee time unless you stay in the 5 star Dona Filipa hotel which owns the course.

One of the best courses in the Algarve, the par 72, 18-hole Vale da Pinta, was designed to retain natural valleys and undulations. Free of green fees for those lucky enough to be staying at the Pestana Carlton, the course, with large, deep greens and bunkers, follows hills and valleys through old olive, almond and fig orchards.

The pick of the Lisbon Coast

Oitavos Golf Club at Quinta da Marinha, is the home of the Portuguese Open. Kept in pristine natural condition, coastal scenery combines with holes lined with umbrella pines, shrubs and dunes. It is Europe's first Audubon Gold Signature Sanctuary. The two consecutive par 5s on the front side, and two par 3s on the back are part of one of Europe's toughest 18-hole courses.

The Ritz-Carlton's Penha Longa course features 27 holes in a stunning natural setting that runs to 6,890 yards from the championship tees. A nine-hole option, The Monastery, includes a section of old ruins.

Estoril opened in 1936, is short (less than 6,000 yards) but tight and difficult, and the longer holes require accurate wedge and iron play. Guests of the Palacio Estoril Hotel are given preference to play here, although the course is included in some golf packages.

Aroeira I, opened in 1973, is renown for its stunning natural beauty. The 18-hole, par 72, championship course is one of the best in Europe, and has hosted the Portuguese Open.

One of the most challenging courses in the Lisbon area, Quinta do Peru, is in the Costa Azul region, between the castle towns of Sesimbra and Setubal. The par 4, 12th has a lake running the length of the fairway and the par 3,16th, all of 200 metres, has a lake guarding the green.

In the North of Portugal, an hour from Lisbon, lies the challenging, par 72 Praia Dél Rey course with its mixture of links-type fairways and forests and dunes. Many of the holes have ocean views, but the walk between some greens is long and hilly, so a cart is recommended.

The Madeira Islands' best course - The Madeira Islands have three major golf courses, and the par 72, 18-hole Palheiro, on the main island, is recommended for its challenging greens. Built on volcanic hills, the course traverses peaks and valleys, and is set among a pine forest and other natural vegetation.

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About the Author: Rod Ritchie, a travel writer and editor, writes for many publishers including AA Publishing and Fodors. Bill Goff Golf Tours and Longshot Golf Holidays offer great value golf breaks to many European and worldwide destinations.



Casa Buglio near CAPE ROCA (Ref: 21027), Self catering villa in Colares, Portugal
The villa offers: a large suited, double-bedroom facing the sheltered pool, with bathroom, walk-in wardrobe and own sun-terrace. A medium-size twin-bedroom with its own bathroom and facing a little patio (to be used as a sun-terrace). A large suited, twin-bedroom with bathroom, chimney, walk-in wardrobe, facing the village and with a glimpse to the ocean. A twin-bedroom with shower en-suite, facing the pool. A conservatory area with a view down to the ocean. Central heating all over the house. A sheltered Swimming Pool with its own Bathroom. Closed parking area and storage possibility for your caddie-cart. Other amenities like use of a PC with internet (broadband) and wireless connection for your laptop; use of a fax machine and a house - "Safe" . Rentals period: Minimum 1 week 

Casa da Torre (Ref: 26031), Self catering country house in Sintra, Portugal
Relax in a pleasant garden enjoying the fantastic landscape.  Casa da Torre is inside Sintra Natural Park.  Sintra, one of the most beautiful towns in the world, and certainly one of the most romantic. Enjoy a ride in a horse-drawn carriage and discover the mysteries of the mountains.  Just 30 km away from central Lisbon, the "Cultural Landscape of Sintra" is part of the World Heritage List, displaying a unique mixture of nature and architectural treasures.  From escarpments to baroque Palaces, between imposing crags and luxurious greenery, Sintra-Cascais, on the Lisbon Coast, concentrates and symbolizes the enchantment of a heritage that must be preserved.  Comprises 6 bedrooms in total; 3 double, 2 twin, 1 single and 1 cots, 1 of the bedrooms with en-suite facilities. The property also has 3 double sofa beds located in the room, bed-room and living-room. Sleeps 15.

Casa Sete Mares (Ref: 2508), self-catering villa in Sintra, Lisbon, Portugal
Villa at seaside, with garden and pool, childrens' pool, spa, jacuzzi, games room, 30 Km from Lisbon, Portugal, sleeps up 12.  Lovely pool 10 x 5 m with nice garden furniture, facing south. Three bedrooms with entrance direct to the pool. Three bedrooms :two double beds an a twin beds, have exclusive doors direct to the pool. The main entrance / electronic gate, closed at night. Cars inside parking. Living-dining room seats up 12 people. Parking up 8 cars inside property. 
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