Quinta do Peru
Located 30 minutes’ drive from Lisbon city and framed by the Arrábida Natural Park, Quinta do Peru Golf & Country Club is a beautifully crafted design by Rocky Roquemore and is rated among the ‘Top 100 courses in Continental Europe’ in the prestigious Golf World magazine ranking.
Opened in 1994, the parkland layout meanders through verdant pines and provides a 6,640-yard, par 72 test, with astute bunkering and true-rolling, quick greens that will offer a good examination of any putting stroke.
Practice facilities are first-class and, as such, are a popular draw for visiting golf schools from central and northern Europe.
A large and welcoming clubhouse features a pro shop, restaurant, bar and a sun terrace, in order to take full advantage of the famous Portuguese sunshine.
Aroeira I & II
Only 25 km from Lisbon, located in a protected pine woodland and close to the coastal town of Caparica, Aroeira is a unique estate comprising of two golf courses and a host of impressive mansions.
Designed by Frank Pennink and opened in 1973, Aroeira I was affectionately christened the ‘Wentworth of Lisbon’ by the UK press and it is easy to see why.
Played through tall avenues of pine forest and surrounded by wildlife and nature, the golf course plays to 6,650 yards and demands accuracy and placement off the tee in order to maximize opportunities to hit the target greens in regulation.
Aroeira’s mild climate allows playing golf along all year. Apart from the quality of two 18 holes championship golf courses, Aroeira offers self-catering apartments for rent, a tropical swimming pool, tennis courts and a shopping area with restaurant, supermarket among other shops.
Ribagolfe I & II
Once described as the ‘Valderrama of Portugal’, Ribagolfe I provide a superb test of golf in a unique and natural setting 40 minutes from Lisbon.
Designers Peter Townsend and European Golf Design were blessed with a beautiful piece of virgin cork oak forest and have created a layout which would grace any European Tour event, with superb oversized greens and a length of 7,370 yards from the back tees.
Narrow landing areas also play with the mind for long and straight hitters.
A shorter test than its sibling Ribagolfe I but still measuring more than 6,800 yards, Ribagolfe II was designed by former Ryder Cup player Michael King in collaboration with European Tour Design.
Blessed with the same indigenous cork oak canvas, King has crafted a more forgiving but equally appealing golf course with wider fairways and landing areas. The huge, moderately contoured greens, however, provide a stiff test if you’re to score well here.
Both Ribagolfe courses are set within a forest of cork oak trees and the design makes full use of the sweeping undulations of the site, providing many spectacular golf holes across valleys and lakes.
Designed by Donald Steel and opened in 2004, Santo Estêvão is set in the fertile rolling landscape of the Northern Alentejo region and serves up a par-73 course which is laid out over 72 hectares and plays to more than 7,000 yards.
With well-designed, strategically-placed bunkers and greens, the 18-hole course offers a layout that will challenge golfers of all abilities and the gently undulating land makes for an easy, pleasant walk.
This scenery is complemented by areas of natural vegetation, with the golden tones of dry herbs to contrast with the varied colors of spring flowers.
Santo Estêvão is located close to Ribagolfe and little more than 40 minutes’ drive from Lisbon.
Situated in Oeiras and surrounded by the most important business centers of Portugal, this 3,515-yard 9-hole course offers players an enjoyable and challenging golf experience in a quiet and secluded setting just 10 minutes away from the busy streets of Lisbon.