Algarve Travel Tips provides a comprehensive guide to Algarve golf, including the top golf courses, the best times to visit, & tips for planning the ultimate golf trip.

Golf course with lake in Algarve


Algarve Golf Courses - How many golf courses are in the Algarve?

Algarve is home to some of the world’s most spectacular golf courses, each with its own unique features and challenges.

The Algarve has an area of 4,997 square kilometers (1,929 square miles). It has a coast line of 205 kilometres (127 miles).


There are currently 31 golf courses in the Algarve. 15 of these golf courses are close to the coast or even along the coast. 


Algarve Golf courses are a golfer’s paradise.  They offer some of the world’s most stunning golf courses and breathtaking scenery.

There is always something to offer every golfer. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or a beginner, a golf trip is an experience you won’t forget.

Map of Algarve Golf Courses

Easy to locate your favourite golf Course using the Algarve Travel Tips Golf Map Locator. Here you can easily see the location of each of the Algarve Golf Courses and how far they are from eachother.

Play on a golf course along the coast with spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean.

Play on one of the Algarve Courses inland. These courses offer a different experience, with rolling hills, lakes, and countryside providing a perfect backdrop for your golf game.


Do you need a handicap certificate to play golf in the Algarve?

To play golf in the Algrve, most golf courses require players to have a valid golf handicap certificate in order to play.

The specific handicap requirement can vary from course to course, but generally, it is around 28 for men and 36 for women. Some may also allow players to play without a handicap certificate.

This can happen on non-championship courses and also in the low season (summer months)

It’s always a good idea to check with the golf course you plan to play at in advance to find out their specific requirements for playing golf.

Tee off at Algarve Golf courses
Tee Off at Algarve Golf Courses


What is the dress code for golfing in the Algarve?

Most golf courses in the Algarve have a dress code that must be followed by all players. The dress code typically requires golfers to wear proper golf attire, which includes collared shirts, golf shorts or trousers, and golf shoes.

Denim, t-shirts, and athletic shorts or pants are generally not allowed on the course.

It’s always a good idea to check with the golf course in advance to find out their specific dress code requirements.

It’s also worth noting that some courses may have more relaxed dress codes for their practice facilities or driving ranges, so be sure to check with the course staff before heading out to play or practice.

Two people walking on golf course





When is the best time to visit Algarve for golf?

The best time for an Algarve golf holiday is between late September and early June when the weather is cooler, and the region has fewer tourists. During this time, the temperature is usually ideal for golfing, with average highs ranging from around 18ºC to 24ºC.

This is also considered the high season for golf and therefore green fees are higher during the winter period.

During the summer months, green fees are lower and most courses have “twilight rates” after a certain hour of the day. 

Temperatures are high between June  – September often reaching 30ºC – 35ºC. The best time is to play early morning or late afternoon.

Is it possible to hire golf clubs?

Most of the Algarve Golf courses have clubs for hire, but these can be expensive.

There are companies throughout the region where you can hire clubs. They will deliver & collect them to & from your hotel. Generally, these have more competitive prices.

You can compare prices and book with these companies;



Do I need to book tee times in advance?

If you are planning a Algarve golf holiday during high season ie. between the months of September – March, it is highly recommended that you pre-book your tee times in advance.

Getting on a golf course during these months can be difficult at times, especially if you want to play on the most popular golf courses such as the Vilamoura, Vale do Lobo & Quinta do Lago courses.

If you are traveling as a group, it is also recommended you pre-book your tee times in advance. You may not get tee times close to eachother, if you leave it to the last minute.

Video and information on Algarve Golf courtesy of the Algarve Tourist Board