In the last year, Portugal has been the recipient of several accolades, and in terms of golf, all of them pivot around the word “BEST.” The World Golf Awards named Portugal the best golf destination not only in Europe, but also, the World. The awards do not stop there: the Quinta do Lago was named the Best Golf Course, and the Vidago Palace, best Golf Hotel.
. Each year they recognize the best golf destinations, courses, and resorts in the world. The World Golf Awards are part of the World Travel Awards, the travel industry equivalent to the Oscars.
Stunning ocean views, dramatic cliffs, glistening white sand dunes, pristine lakes or stoic mountains set the back drop for Portugal’s 80 golf courses. In addition to breath taking views, the mild year-round climate also makes Portugal the ideal golfing destination.
Many of Portugal’s courses, which are popular among golf pros and host many world class events on the top circuits including the European Tour, were expertly designed by architects, including Henry Cotton, Rocky Roquemore and Arnold Palmer.
Quinta do Lago is home to three championship courses. The newest of its three courses, Laranjal, was voted ‘Best Golf Course’ at the Portuguese Travel Awards (Publituris) in 2011. The Portuguese Open has been hosted eight-times in Quinta do Lago on the iconic South Course. This course was included in Golf World Magazine’s ‘Top 100 Golf Courses in Europe’ in 2012.
Bathed in the revitalizing water of the town of Vidago’s underground springs, Vidago Palace was just totally redone, with an emphasis on preservation of the 1910 landmark with its Belle Époque façade of orange and white. Consistent with the period exterior, the interiors are notable by their high-ceilings, stucco artwork and classic architecture. Possibly more breath taking than the converted palace is the 18-hole, 72 par, golf course set among the rolling hills of Northern Portugal. Originally designed in 1936 by Mackenzie Ross, the golf course at the Vidago Palace was recently redesigned to meet all USGA specifications for tees and greens.