As most golfers know the Algarve is famous for quality golf and the Spanish Algarve is no exception.
There are innumerable courses within easy distance to suit every mood. Listed below are a few to give you a flavour. Golf de la Luz are the UK leaders in tailor-made golf holidays to the Costa de la Luz.
Yards: 1-9: 3187, 10-18: 3125, 19-27: 3323 Par: 35, 36, 36
This championship 27-hole course is well-designed and built to the highest specifications. Built upon 73 Hectares the Course is immersed in a forest of pine trees with wonderful views over the Atlantic Ocean and the beach. The Course has 3 choices of 18 holes for 3 different styles of play: Blue Course, very demanding and designed for low handicaps. Green Course, which combines the need for length and accuracy. Ideal for average handicaps. Yellow Course, the easiest one, and perfect for higher handicaps.
Benamor Golf Club
Yards: 6017 Par: 71
Located about 30 minutes east of Faro, close to Tavira, this layout opened in May 2000 and is very popular. The course was adapted from Henry Cotton's original concept and offers an interesting challenge amid peaceful surroundings. Cork oaks, water and contoured greens feature prominently and it is well worth the drive.
Castro Marim Atlantic GC
Yards: 6010 Par: 72
Opened in March 2000, and the first phase of a luxury resort, Castro Marim brings further weight to the impressive golf portfolio east of Faro. The layout demands accurate play and has stunning mountain, river and sea views. The challenging aspects of the course, whilst providing interest to the expert, are also a test to the ability of the average handicap golfer and yet remain pleasurable to both.
Yards: 5,988 Par: 71
Located in an area with natural vegetation, mainly populated with pine, running along the sea to the south. This sandy field with its mild features includes a great variety of sceneries with even areas and gentle slopes, perfect for a round of golf. While the course's smart technical design is suitable for international championships, golfers of every level will find the course enjoyable.
Quinta da Ria
Yards: 6517 Par: 72
This splendid new course is located 6 kms east of Tavira and opened in 2001. The first of two 18-hole golf courses (see Quinta da Cima below) extends itself in a spectacular location on the coast of the eastern Algarve, known locally as "Sotavento". Quinta da Ria, situated in the Ria Formosa Nature Reserve, has already been described by experienced golfers as the most breathtaking golf course in the Region. In fact, there will be no houses, or villas, or apartments to distract you from your game: just you and nature.
Quinta da Cima GC
Yards: 6950 Par: 72
Sister course to Quinta da Ria (see above), this layout opened for play in the summer of 2002 and is another of excellent quality. Set among olive groves it is a tougher test of golf than Quinta da Ria with very tricky greens.
Dunas De Doñana GC
Yards: 6425 Par: 71
Located in the heart of the Doñana National Park, in an area of outstanding natural beauty. A true test of golf with many different kinds of hazards including its famed island green.
El Rompido GC
Yards: 6850 Par: 72
Recently opened, this gem of a course is situated in the protected "Marismas" salt marshes a short drive from Huelva. With fantastic views across the salt flats, the front nine gives ample opportunity to get to grips with nearly all of your clubs. A versatile alternative and a definite must whilst golfing in the area.
Isla Canela GC
Yards: 6833 Par: 72
Isla Canela is a relatively flat, open course but do not take it lightly. Water comes into play on no fewer than 10 holes and straying from the fairway leads to big trouble so accurate play is required. Good clubhouse.