Toh Portugal is the alpha and omega: the large selection. Nobody goes on a golf vacation in Portugal to be confused by a course that is too demanding, so the country has specialized in offering something for every level. The other attraction is that most golf courses are owned by hotels and they can offer significantly discounted rates when staying, which means the green fees here – which range from € 40 (£ 34) to € 250 – are cheaper than many others other countries.
Then of course the cloudless blue sky and the warm sun that make golf so popular in autumn, even for non-golfers, who may represent the view of the American writer Harry Leon Wilson that golf is “too much walking for a good game”, and just enough game to spoil a good walk ”.
So where do i start? Talking to a golf tour operator is a good first step. Golf Escapes, for example, can advise you on which part of Portugal is best to stay in to best suit your needs. But what if, from visiting the countryside, you want to not only play good golf, but also enjoy a bit of culture or another sport that Portugal is famous for, like surfing? Or if your golf vacation is really about fitness and you want to stay somewhere with an excellent gym and spa to really benefit from the exercise and tone the other parts of the body that need fine-tuning?