The Espiche Golf Course, located 10 kilometres northwest of Lagos, is one of the best golf courses in the Algarve. Our full review will show you how to get the most of playing this spectacular golf course.
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Green fees range from €51 in the low season (December-February & June-September.
During the high season, green fees rise to €79 (February-March & September-October).
Green fees for 2 players and a buggy range from €115 in the low season to €177 in the high season.
Twilight green fees are available and cost €37 if you tee off after 15:30 and are available between January-October.
Note: Green Fees prices may vary season to season
To say that Espiche Golf Course was a long time coming is something of an understatement. The course was conceived in the early nineties, but was beset with financial problems. It finally opened in 2012 and is one of the youngest golf courses in the Algarve. We can confirm that it was worth the wait.
Set in an Ecological reserve, Espiche has worked hard to ensure that it blends into its surroundings. You’ll get views of the Monchique Mountains to the North and plenty of natural fauna along the fairways around the green. Native olive, fig and almond trees greet you as you plot your way around 18 holes of pure heaven.
There’s some water too. Holes are strategically built around the streams and lakes that run through the property to ensure the avid golfer has decisions to make during their round.
The Course is set away from the main tourist hotspots and the result is complete tranquillity while completing your round. There are no large developments of villas or hotel complexes here and large groups are generally limited.
Many who play here often comment on how well-maintained the course is. In fact, we’d go as far as to say, it’s one of the best-kept golf courses in the Algarve, second only to Monte Rei.
Greens are manicured and run fast and true. There are plenty of contours too, ensuring some interesting and challenging putts, so make sure your approach shots are on target.
Green fees are also extremely reasonable, and boarding is inexpensive. A round of golf here starts at €51 in the low season and rises to €79 in the high season. This is, dare we say, a steal for a golf course of this calibre.
Espiche Golf Course isn’t long, measuring 6411 yards off the competition tees, but it’s very narrow in many places. You’ll need to bring an accurate driving game to ensure you don’t lose plenty of golf balls. It’s probably best to pack a few spares, just in case.
The par here is 72, and men need a handicap of 28, while ladies need a handicap of 36. You may be asked to show your certificate, so make sure you have it with you.
No review could go without mentioning the opulent clubhouse. Designed by Nadine Berger and the recipient of several architectural awards, you’ll get spectacular views of the entire golf course on the second floor. It’s the perfect place to unwind after a wonderful round of golf.
The majority of specialist golf travel agents offer package deals for Espiche. Most packages will include a stay in one of the many hotels based in Lagos, which is only a 10-minute drive away.
There are a range of deals available that allow you to get the lowest green fees. It is possible to play this course for some of the lowest green fees in the Algarve.
If you can tee off after 15:30, you can get a twilight round of golf for just €37. This is perfect when playing in the long summer months, as it’s very possible to fit the full 18 holes in before it gets dark.
Prices start at €118 for 2 players and a buggy for 18 holes of golf during the low season between December and mid-February. This rises to €177 during peak season, but that’s still less than €89 per person during the busiest times.
Espiche is located 10 kilometres northwest of Lagos and is only a 20-minute drive away. The golf course is an inland course known for its tranquillity.
Portimao is also a short drive East and a perfect base for a golf holiday. Check out our guide to golf in Portimao for suggestions on the best courses to play and hotels to stay at during your visit.
However, there is plenty to see and do in the area, including boat trips, wine tasting, and kayaking.
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There is no hotel on site, although there are plans to develop a boutique resort complete with Spa.
There are, however, some excellent hotels in Lagos, which is only 10 kilometres and a 15-minute drive away. Below are our highlighted recommendations.
Tivoli Lagos, Marina Club Lagos and Hotel Vila Gale Lagos are all excellent options nearby. For more options take a look at our guide to the best hotels near Espiche Golf Course, or view our handpicked selections below.
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