Quinta do Lago, Portugal’s best golf resort

Algarve golf courses among European elite in Today’s Golfer rankings

The Algarve’s reputation as one of Europe’s top golf destinations has been cemented even further in Today’s Golfer’s 2021 rankings, which place the region’s golf courses and resorts among the continent’s elite.

The monthly golf magazine’s Top-100 ranking of Best Golf Resorts in Continental Europe places Quinta do Lago at fifth spot, followed by Vilamoura’s Dom Pedro at ninth. Tavira’s Monte Rei is placed 25th while Amendoeira in Alcantarilha (Silves) made the 28th spot.

The Penina Resort in Portimão is 37th on the list, followed by Tavira’s Quinta da Ria (39th), Lagos’ Palmares (40th), Vilamoura’s Pine Cliffs (57th), Almancil’s Vale do Lobo (78th), Albufeira’s Salgados (87th) and Portimão’s Morgado (93rd).

Morgado was also featured on another ranking, placing seventh in a list of the best golf resorts in Continental Europe that “give value for money”.

Meanwhile, Tavira’s Quinta da Ria was named the ninth best golf resort in Continental Europe when it comes to “golf resorts for couples”. The same resort was also featured as the sixth best “golf resort for a beach holiday”, a list in which Albufeira’s Salgados came in second.

The magazine has also listed the best golf courses and resorts in Portugal, with several of them unsurprisingly located in the Algarve.

Portugal’s top-10 list of golf courses features four in the Algarve, led by first-placed Monte Rei in Tavira. Vilamoura’s Dom Pedro (Old) was named the fourth best, while Lagos’ Palmares and Quinta do Lago’s South placed seventh and ninth.

When it comes to Portugal’s best golf resort, the Algarve is again taking scores, with Quinta do Lago in the top spot, followed by Dom Pedro in third, Monte Rei in sixth, Amendoeira in eighth, Penina in 12th, Quinta da Ria in 13th and Palmares in 14th.

The Algarve was also featured in the magazine’s top-100 ranking of new golf courses. Monte Rei is featured at 18th, while Amendoeira (O’Connor) is placed 92th.
The full rankings, as well as many others listing the best golf resorts and courses in the UK and Ireland, can be found online at https://www.todaysgolfer.co.uk/courses/best/

“We want to become the essential reference for golfers all over Europe who are looking for the best places to play (and stay) in our continent and beyond. With the help of the best panels bar none, we are quietly confident we can do that,” writes Chris Bertram, the editor of Today’s Golfer’s Golf World Top 100.

“So, no matter if you are planning a golf break in the Algarve or the Highlands, in west Wales or the south of France, our knowledge and research will enable you to make the best possible choices about where to play.”

michael.bruxo@algarveresident.com