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So Many Courses, Only One Player

It's easy to find a golf course in certain areas of Portugal. Finding the best golf course in Portugal for you your own particular wants and needs is even harder. There are so many top golf courses that you can be faced with an embarrassment of options. A paradox of choice if you will. There are many factors to decide: hotel, best 18 hole track for your particular handicap level, the best place for you your family to stay, cost and so on. This article will help you make the best decision by presenting a few of the best Vilamoura golf courses that have had high ratings.

Penina Sir Henry Cotton Golf Course

Sir Henry Cotton was the grandfather of golf in Portugal. He saw the potential the Algarve had to offer as a golfing holiday destination and built Portugal's first 18 hole links, This links was designed by the great man himself. Interesting trivia: It was at Penina where Sir Henry groomed his young protégé at the time - the man who took over the mantle as the greatest British player - Nick Faldo.

Oceanico Faldo

Sir Nick enjoyed the area so much that, when he became a designer himself, he decided to leave his own mark on the region by creating the Oceanico Faldo. The 6-time major winner was always famous for his dedication and attention to detail. He never does anything less than 100%. These qualities that made him the greatest British player of all time come through in his designs. As you would expect from a player known for his strategic play rather than power, this 6598m PAR 72 championship layout demands careful positioning and straight hitting to score well.

Penina Resort Golf Course

As mentioned earlier, the main course at Penina is the Sir Henry Cotton design. However, the Penina Resort is home to four other top golf courses. While the Sir Henry Cotton layout will challenge the expert player who can hit the ball long and straight like the great man, the Resort layout offers a gentler introduction to the game in the Algarve for the beginner player. When it was built, Penina set the standard for hotels with golf courses in Portugal. If you are looking for a combination of hotels with golf courses then the Penina Resort is one of your best options in the Algarve.

Oceanico O´Connor Jnr.

Located right next door to the Faldo Oceanico, the Oceanico O'Connor Jnr. was designed by Faldo's Ryder Cup Teammate, Christy O'Connor Junior. This is a poignant destination as the Irish sporting legend recently passed away this year. He was loved in the game for his friendliness and remember for the famous 2-iron over the water at the 18th hole at The Belfry that helped the European team tie the Ryder Cup in 1989. These challenging 18 holes offer package deals all your round.


I hope you enjoyed these golf course reviews. Whichever location in the Algarve you choose to book at, you will enjoy anyway because the area is amazing. You can't go wrong booking at any of the places mentioned here. There is a reason that many famous pros from Nick Faldo, Paul McGinley, Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Christy O'Connor Jnr. and Sir Henry Cotton decided to design masterpieces here. They all saw the beauty and potential of the country. But don't be intimidated by some of the legendary names here and assume that you cannot find cheap golf courses in the area that are affordable. There are plenty of golf course offers available at discount rates for you to take advantage of.