Nestled amongst the hills behind the charming fishing village of Salema in the Algarve, lies the stunning Santo António Golf Course.
Our complete guide to Santo António includes a full course review and information on green fees and tee times.
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Green fees at Santo António cost €50 in the low season (November-February and May-September).
Santo António green fees rise to €60 in the high season (March-April and October).
A round of golf for two players and a buggy costs €110 in the low season and €130 in the high season.
Note: Green Fees prices may vary season to season
Originally named the Parque da Floresta Golf Course, this gem of a course first opened its greens in 1987 and has since become a must-play for golf enthusiasts visiting Portugal.
The famous Spanish architect Pepe Gancedo designed the landscape at Santo António Golf Course. Gancedo is known for making golf courses that use the natural shapes of the land on which they are built.
Gancedo has achieved this at Santo António, creating a blend of undulating fairways, deep ravines, and carefully placed water hazards. There is plenty of variety here, which promises to hold your attention for the entire round.
It’s not just us mere mortals that have the privilege of experiencing Santo António. In the past, this wonderful course has hosted the Europro Tour, and it’s not hard to see why. With its breathtaking scenery and many challenging holes, there is plenty to test even the lowest handicapper.
Santo António isn’t a particularly long course. The championship tees measure 6426 yards, a distance that’s perfectly manageable for mid-handicappers in a bit of form. The yellow tees measure 5781 yards, and the red tees are 5051 yards.
Even though the course isn’t long, given the undulating terrain, we recommend hiring a buggy when playing here. Some of the inclines can be difficult for those who are unsteady on their feet.
Men require a handicap of 28 to play at Santo António, and although this isn’t always asked for, it’s best to have a copy of your certificate just in case.
The first nine holes are set in a valley that cuts through the countryside, creating undulating fairways that will put your skills to the test.
The back nine includes several holes with water hazards. There are some strategically placed lakes you’ll want to avoid at all costs to ensure a low scorecard at the end of the round.
As you make your way through the course, be sure to take in the spectacular views of the village of Figueira and the sea from the 14th hole, followed by the dramatic tee shot of the 15th.
The signature hole at Santo António is 5th hole. It’s a 112-meter par 3, and hitting the green is a must, as sharp slopes on all sides make par difficult if the green is missed.
While visiting the area, be sure to explore the nearby Costa Vicentina nature reserve and Sagres, one of the most important places in Portuguese and European history.
From the challenging fairways to the stunning scenery, this course is a must-play for any avid golfer visiting the Algarve and its wonderful golf courses.
Santo António Golf Course packages are few and far between. While we were conducting our research, we couldn’t find any specialist golf travel agents that quoted a package price.
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Santo António Golf Course offers some great deals on buggy hire. Adding a buggy to your round costs as little as €5, and we highly recommend using one when playing here.
In the low season, you can also get a round of golf for two people and a buggy for €110, rising to €130 in the high season.
Located in the town of Vila do Bispo, the Santo António Golf Course is the most westerly golf course in the Algarve. It’s close to the coastal towns of Salema and Burgau. Both have quieter sandy beaches and plenty of bars, cafes and restaurants.
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If you want to stay close to Santo António Golf Course, there are some excellent hotel and resort options. The closest are the Santo António Villas, which are on the same resort as the golf course.
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