Golfers Back in Swing in Algarve

18 May 2020

In a progressive step, golf courses in the Algarve – voted the world’s favourite golf destination 2020 by the golf tourism industry – have re-opened their doors.

From May 4, emerald swathes of land across the Algarve have once again been providing the natural habitat for enthusiastic golfers to experience what they have missed so dearly during the Covid-19 lockdown. What they have discovered is courses presented in excellent condition at what is an optimum time of the year for play.

Each golf venue is following strict public health guidelines and has implemented new measures under the Portuguese Golf Federation’s ‘The Game’ guidance, to ensure safety and responsibility for players and staff, with the initial demand for tee times proving very encouraging.

President of the Algarve Tourism Bureau (ATA), João Fernandes, commented: “We are delighted that our trusted golf course partners have shown such resilience and diligence in preparing our golf courses and implementing changes, which allow all golfers in the Algarve to play safely and enjoy the game.

“Coupled with the new national ‘Clean & Safe’ certification stamp from Turismo de Portugal for tourism-related businesses, we are making a huge effort to bring confidence and security to our incredible golf tourism industry.

“Portugal – and particularly the Algarve – has been relatively lightly affected by the coronavirus. However, for now, the message from the Algarve to all its admirers is to follow the rules on social distancing and to protect the most vulnerable in their communities. Then, when the time is right, we will meet again under the sun.”


Images of golf courses in the Algarve, please click here.

About the Algarve Tourism Bureau
It’s hard to imagine the Algarve without thinking of golf, yet golf wasn’t born on this sunshine coastal area until 1966, when Henry Cotton first laid out the Championship course at Penina.

With a staggering 43 nine or 18-hole layouts that can be played all-year-round, it’s no wonder the Algarve draws hundreds of thousands of golfers to its fairways each year.

The Algarve is the southernmost region of mainland Portugal, and more than half of its courses decorate the 150-mile coastline, which also boasts spectacular beaches, picturesque rocky coves, quaint fishing villages and a rich cultural heritage. The perfect destination for golfers of all ages and abilities, with something to suit every taste and budget!

Associação Turismo do Algarve (Algarve Tourism Bureau) is the official entity, appointed by the Portuguese Tourism Board, responsible for defining strategies and to promote the Algarve abroad. ATA is a non-profitable association, a joint-venture between the public and private sector.


Sean Noble - Editorial Manager
Algarve Tourism Bureau c/o The Azalea Group
Tel: +44 1730 711 920