1. Lisbon Sports Club, Lisbon
As the oldest golf club in Lisbon, this multisport estate wears its heritage proudly. Established by visiting wine merchants in the late 19th century, it has long been tied to visiting Brits and extends a warm welcome today. Originally a nine-hole course, it has only been championship-length since 1992.
As such, it’s a compact, well-considered track. The 14th is its poster boy: a 288-yard dogleg accentuated by a stream, before a sharp ascent to the green. Six par-3s are all attractive and reward players who can consistently hit a length between 120 and 140 yards.
lisbonclub.com, green fees from £44
2. Praia D’El Rey Golf and Country Club, Vale de Janelas
Set 50 minutes outside Lisbon, this is well worth the journey. The resort itself is home to over three miles of excellent beaches on Portugal’s Silver Coast, with a mix of villas and a new five-star Marriott hotel in terms of accommodation. Undulating views out to the Atlantic will frame memories of a round here, as the course weaves in and out of mature pine forests. Keen eyes (or those with range-finders) will also pick out the Berlengas islands out to sea. Pros have compared it to British links like St George’s and Royal Birkdale, where the monstrous 17th is an uphill par five coming in at 623 yards.
praia-del-rey.com, green fees from £46
3. Oitavos Dunes Golf Course, Cascais
This course finds a home in the beautiful town of Cascais, 25 miles north of Lisbon. It’s easily driveable, though our recommended route is by train. The line hugs the coast, affording stellar beach views on arrival.
It’s another track inspired by British links courses, allowing the natural topography of the Sintra-Cascais National Park to provide the challenge. It’s one of only two European courses designed by famed US architect Arthur Hills and bears his signature straight, tight fairways that reward consistent play.
The greens are always firm and fast, with the superb 14th hole the toughest green. It’s an excellent par three that plays longer than its card of 180 yards; just make sure to clear the ravine with a low-trajectory hit.
oitavosdunes.com, green fees from £72