With its temperate climate, the Lisbon Coast region enjoys sunshine almost all year round while the Portuguese island of Madeira has a mild sub-tropical climate, producing perfect backdrops for a round or two of golf. Here's just a little taster of what these holiday spots have to offer.
Penha Longa Golf Resort
In the Lisboa e Vale de Tejo region of Portugal, Penha Longa is situated among a stunning landscape of valleys, forests, and rocky mountains, and is a fantastic place to play golf. The resort's two courses are the Atlantic, an 18-hole, par 72 championship course, and the Monastery, a nine-hole, par 35 golf course. The Atlantic is now ranked as one of the top 30 golf courses in continental Europe and can be particularly challenging on days when the wind blows across the mountains.
Green fees (dependent on time of year)
- 18 holes (Atlantic) - from 60 euros (weekends/holidays) 45 euros (weekdays)
- 9 holes (Atlantic) - from 37.50 euros (weekends/holidays) 32.50 euros (weekdays)
- 18 holes (Monastery) - from 25 euros (weekends/holidays) 20 euros (weekdays)
- 9 holes (Monastery) - from 17.50 euros (weekends/holidays) 15 euros (weekdays)
If you opt to stay at the Penha Longa Golf Resort's five star hotel, rates start at 150 euros a night for a deluxe room. Their unlimited golf package includes one night's accommodation in a deluxe forest view room, breakfast buffet, unlimited green fees over 24 hours, and costs from 245 euros. Alternatively, there is ample choice of hotels in the nearby town of Sintra. The Sintra Bliss House is a small but charming hotel and a one night stay in a double room will cost 70 euros upwards.
Praia D'El Rey Golf & Beach Resort
An hour north of Lisbon, Praia D'El Rey's championship golf course, opened in 1997, is considered one of the best in the area. Set among a vast estate of pine forests and rolling sand dunes, this 18-hole, par 72 seaside links course has a wonderful variety of holes that make for an exhilarating round of golf. With breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean and nearby Berlenga Islands, you really can't ask for much more from a golfing holiday.
Green fees (dependent on time of year)
- 9 holes - from 63.75 euros (weekends/holidays) 52.50 euros (weekdays)
- 18 holes - from 93.75 euros (weekends/holidays) 75.50 euros (weekdays)
- 36 holes - from 157.50 euros (weekends/weekdays) 127.50 euros (weekdays)
Prices start at 120 euros a night for a standard double room, with buffet breakfast included, at the resort's five star Marriot Hotel. They also offer golf packages from 230 euros a night and that includes room, buffet breakfast, and a full day's golf. If you're on a tighter budget, the Estalagem Do Convento Hotel in the medieval town of Óbidos has double rooms from as little as 60 euros a night. Óbidos is a half-hour drive from Praia D'El Rey.
Santo da Serra Golf Club
Madeira, known as 'the pearl of the North Atlantic', has some lovely golf courses despite its small size. The Santo da Serra Golf Club is the oldest on the island having been originally opened in 1937 as a 9-hole course. It is now made up of three 9-hole circuits; the Machico, the Desertas, and the Serras. Located high above the Machico Bay, the views from the course on a clear day are simply spectacular. Putting will probably present the most difficulty during a round as the greens are small and slope considerably.
- 18 holes - 100 euros
- Seven days unlimited golf - 275 euros
- Four player offer (includes green fee, trolley, and lunch) - 370 euros
Surrounded by dense forest, the Enotel Hotel Do Santo is just a five minute walk from the Santo da Serra Golf Club. Rates for a standard double room with breakfast start at around 40 euros a night. If you fancy staying somewhere a bit more luxurious, why not try the Estalagem Albatroz. It has 400 metres of private beach, views to die for, and is just over a mile from Santo da Serra. One night's stay will set you back at least 100 euros.
Flights to Lisbon are available with Easy Jet from London, Liverpool, Bristol, and Edinburgh. Return fares start at around £52 from London Gatwick and £62 from Edinburgh. You can also fly return to Madeira from London Gatwick for as little as £68 and £98 from Bristol.