With Britain suffering its wettest July in five years, sunshine has been in short supply. However, Lisbon’s famous ‘golf coast’ provides hope for golfers dreaming of a glorious game in the sun. Portugal’s cosmopolitan capital city boasts 290 days of sunshine a year and with temperatures rarely dropping below 15oC, it is the ultimate destination for a golf break at any time of year.
There are around 20 golf courses to choose from across the Lisbon region and all benefit from the area’s natural and striking landscapes of ocean, beaches, rivers, cliffs, dunes and lakes. From former Portuguese Open host, Penha Longa, to another Robert Trent Jones course at Quinta da Marinha, or the rugged links course at Praia d’El Rey, Lisbon delivers something for every golfer, from beginners to professionals.
Here are some of Lisbon’s finest courses for golf enthusiasts:
Belas Clube De Campo
Just 30 minutes north east of Lisbon, the Belas Clube De Campo’s golf course is located between the towns of Belas and Vale De Lobo. The course, which was designed by the American architect Rocky Roquemore is set into a beautiful valley. Its varied terrain makes the course a challenge for golfers of all levels, and visiting golfers are encouraged to try out its standout hole named the ‘Serpentine’, which has a stream dissecting the fairway. For more information: https://www.belasclubedecampo.pt
The Quinta da Marinha Golf Course
Located in Cascais, the Quinta da Marinha Golf Course has 18 holes set within 5,870 metres of plush fairway. Designed by the legendary English–American golf course architect Robert Trent Jones, the course offers fantastic views across the Atlantic Ocean and the Sintra Mountains. In true Robert Trent Jones style, there are many elevated greens and tees, bunkers and water hazards, making it a more demanding course than most. For more information: http://www.quintadamarinha.com
Paço Do Lumiar Golf Course
The Paço do Lumiar golf course is in a unique location as it is just 15 minutes from Lisbon’s downtown. The nine-hole golf course comprises seven par threes and two par fours, and is the fifth biggest golf club in Portugal. The course also benefits from a two tier 32 bay floodlit, covered driving range. For more information: https://www.golf-in-lisbon.com
The Penha Longa Golf Course is listed as one of the top 30 courses in Continental Europe by the Golf World Awards. Designed by architect Robert Trent Jones, it has challenging fairways and picturesque greens that ensure every game offers surprise and delight. Famous around the world, Penha Longa appeals to golfers of every level, from amateur to professional and champion. For more information: http://www.penhalonga.com
Praia D’El Rey Golf
Praia d’El Rey is an award-winning 18-hole course. Designed by legendary golf course architect Cabell B. Robinson, and surrounded by pine trees, this course has incredible views across the Atlantic and the Berlengas Islands. Praia d’El Rey has a deeply contrasting terrain with deep bunkers, dunes and forests. Located in Amoreira, Obidos, Praia D’El Rey is 50 minutes north of Lisbon. For more information: http://www.praia-del-rey.com
For more information, ideas and inspiration on visiting Lisbon, please go to www.visitlisboa.com
From the UK, direct flights to Lisbon operate from London, Manchester, Birmingham, Liverpool, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Bristol with TAP Portugal, British Airways, easyJet, Ryanair and Monarch. From Ireland, direct flights to Lisbon operate from Dublin with Aer Lingus and Ryanair.
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About Turismo de Lisboa
Turismo de Lisboa is a non-profit organisation established through an alliance of public and private bodies operating in the tourist sector. It has over 800 associated members. Since its inception in 1998, the main objective of this association is to improve and increase the promotion of Lisbon as a tourist destination and therefore enhance the quality and competitiveness of the city.