Repeatedly voted Europe’s and the world’s best golf destination in various competitions, including the World Golf Awards, the Algarve is a golfer’s paradise. More than a million rounds are played here each year, by visitors from all corners of the world.
With more than 300 days of sunshine a year, this region has an invitingly mild climate for golf in all seasons, on 40 courses dotted along it from Sagres in the west to Vila Real de Santo António in the east. Many were laid out by world-renowned golf course architects, in beautiful natural settings ranging from clifftops overlooking the Atlantic to rural landscapes in the hills, all with irresistible greens and tees.
The best golf near Vidamar Algarve
Salgados Golf Course
Right next to Vidamar Resort Algarve, at a distance of just two kilometres, and with special discounts on green fees for our guests, the 18-hole Salgados Golf Course offers a stimulating golfing experience. Caressed by a sea breeze and within sight of the Salgados Lagoon Natural Reserve, it boasts a series of lakes, on a course with the typical characteristics of a traditional Scottish links. It is perfect for golf enthusiasts because of the skill it demands, and stands out for its setting and birdlife, which includes several endangered species.
Oceânico Faldo Course
A landscape of rolling hills with almond, olive and carob trees, inhabited by some 50 bird species, are what makes this 18-hole course near Silves, within sight of the Serra de Monchique range, so special. On the Faldo Course the natural terrain demands expertise and concentration from the first hole – a challenging uphill par-four.
To get here from Vidamar Algarve takes just 20 minutes by car, whether you opt for the 12-kilometre drive on the EM526 to Alcantarilha and then towards Pêra, or the 16-kilometre route via the EM526 and then the A22 toll motorway.
Oceânico O’ Connor Golf Course
Voted the country’s best golf course in 2015 by the Portuguese Architects’ Golf Club, this course has a range of tees that complement the Oceânico Faldo well. The design, the well-kept greens and fairways and other key elements all helped bring it the award. Here the main challenges are presented by the lakes and streams that feature in nine of the 18 holes, as well as the strategically located bunkers.