The small town of Faro in the Algarve region of Portugal is particularly popular as one of the centers for golf in the region. Thanks to the incredible weather, where even winters are fairly mild when compared with other regions of Europe, golfers flock to the Algarve and Faro in particular for golfing holidays of a few weeks or even just a weekend.
The close proximity of Portugal to many other countries in Europe make the Algarve an attractive option for a golfing holiday – no need to travel for hours and hours to play a round of golf. Faro itself has thirteen courses, with some of the most popular in the country situated here.
The Oceanico Victora golf course is often one of the top rated in the region and regularly receives stunning reviews. Set in a natural wetland and amongst a host of local vegetation, including olive and almond trees, Victora has a number of water hazards, well-positioned bunkers but luckily, wide undulating fairways. This par 72 measures in at around 5628 meters in total.
The course at San Lorenzo is set in pine woodlands and has some incredible views of the natural beauty found in this part of the Algarve, including the Atlantic Ocean and the Ria Formosa Nature Reserve. San Lorenzo is a mere 7km from Faro and interestingly is set out in a figure of 8 shape. Not a particularly challenging course, San Lorenzo is a par 72 and measures in at around 5837 meters in total.
Blessed with two excellent courses, the Royal and the Ocean, Vale do Lobo has some of the best natural sights in the Algarve. Many golfers never forget playing the 16th hole on the Royal course for the first time. Here, large cliffs form a barrier between the sun-soaked beaches and the course high above them. Naturally, as the courses are set near the coastline, wind can cause a problem, especially for new golfers, but if it is links play you are after, look no further than the Ocean course.