Basic Characteristics Of Any Decent Golf Course In Portugal

Without a doubt, the Iberian Peninsula is one of the best golfing locations in Europe. Both Portugal and Spain receive many visitors throughout the year whose sole purpose is to play the beautiful courses found in both countries.

Portugal, is in fact very popular with golfers from the United Kingdom, the rest of Europe and as far afield as the United States. There are a number of reasons for this including the stunning scenery, value for money and of course the golf courses on offer.

If you have never played on a Portuguese golf course before, what exactly can you expect?

Unbelievable beauty and stunning views

The first thing that will strike you about any course you play in Portugal are the simply stunning locations you will find the golf courses in. From those around the capital of Lisbon, to those found in the north of the country near Porto and finally, the Algarve, all the courses will simply take your breath away with the views and scenery on offer. For example, the Algarve has a number of courses set along the stunning coastline. Here, you can see the beautiful beaches, towering cliffs and the incredibly blue Atlantic Ocean. Sometimes it’s hard to focus on the golf with the beauty on offer!

The number of courses on offer

Portugal has many golf courses. In fact the Algarve alone has 35 with Lisbon boasting 23 of her own. Then of course, there are those found near Porto and in other areas of the country. No matter what style of course you would like to play, you can find it in Portugal including 9 hole, 18 hole and 27 hole layouts, links styled courses as well as those set in very hilly terrain.

Courses for beginners to pros

Of all the course you will find, there are a variety of layouts as well. These include those that are easier for beginner golfers, to championship courses where the Portuguese Open has been played before. Of course, there is nothing stopping a beginner trying these out, just expect to shoot high!

Excellent weather

Even during the off season, the weather in Portugal is still perfect to play golf. During high season, temperatures can reach 30 degrees Celsius while in the colder months, expect it to range from around 16 – 19 degrees Celsius (practically summer if you are from the United Kingdom). Do expect a little rain in winter, although this slows the course down a bit, especially the greens which are pretty fast during summer thanks to the blazing Portuguese sun.

A range of facilities

A large percentage of golf courses in Portugal are built on golfing resorts, or near them at least. Not only does this help sort out any accommodation problems, but it opens up a number of excellent facilities, from pro shops, golfing tuition, practice facilities and a range of entertainment for your family.

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