If you're on the lookout for your next golfing destination, it's highly likely that Portugal will be right at the top of your list. What you might not be so familiar with is the number of excellent golf courses available in Cascais, a beautifully picturesque coastal town with many opportunities for great golf and much more.
Situated a mere 30 mins drive from Lisbon International airport, Cascais forms part of the Lisbon Golf Coast and is home to many world-class hotels, quality restaurants and lively nightlife. Along with the area's rising popularity as a golfing holiday destination, it has retained its charm by staying true to historical roots as a region of fishing and royal heritage.
Any golfer seeking a selection of challenging tests played upon the fairways of beautifully scenic golf courses will not be disappointed by those on offer in Cascais. Each track has its unique character and, when you read on, you'll be keen to sample as many as possible during your stay in the area.
Take a look at the courses on offer and nearby hotels to help you plan a future visit.
This one is a 'must play'. Ranking as the number one golf course in Portugal as a whole, and 20th in Europe overall, Oitavos Dunes provides a great mix of woodland and links-style holes as well as extraordinary views of the Atlantic Ocean and the Sintra Mountains.
For those looking to stay on site, The Oitavos fully embraces the surrounding nature and offers excellent accommodation with breathtaking scenery of a blue ocean and beautiful mountains to enjoy from private verandas.
Belas Clube de Campo
Belas Clube de Campo is a stunning golf course created by the well-renowned architect William 'Rocky' Roquemore. Located in a luxurious estate which also offers a Wellness and Sports Centre, in Belas, you can enjoy your 18 holes on an impeccably maintained course which meanders alongside the impressive backdrop of the Serra de Sintra Mountains.
Lisbon Sports Club
A round of golf at Lisbon Sports Club gives you an insight into the true spirit of the game in the region. Being the oldest golf course in the Lisbon area and nearest to the city centre, it can be found in Belas, Sintra and also enjoys spectacular views of the Serra de Sintra.
This grand Robert Trent Jones Jr design provides 27 holes littered with the need for bold drives and 'heart-in-the-mouth' approach shots to impressive greens. Playing through one of Portugal's most inspiring landscapes, Penha Longa is ranked within the Top 30 Courses in Continental Europe and offers escapist golf at it's best.
When it comes to accommodation, the Penha Longa Resort is one of Europe's finest retreats and stands as a luxurious link to the region's past while offering a laid-back ambience to golfers and travellers alike.
Pestana Beloura Golf
Another that visually benefits from the backdrop of the Sintra Mountains, the golf course at Pestana Beloura Golf is a further William 'Rocky' Roquemore design. This facility is sure to provide a real test to golfers of all abilities and will stretch your golfing imagination throughout the entire 18 holes.
Accommodation is available on site at Pestana Golf Resorts in the shape of 1, 2 or 3 bedroom apartments and 2,3 and 4 bedroom villas, which are set in carefully maintained gardens.
Golf do Estoril
As another golf club of huge historical significance in the Lisbon area, Golf do Estoril is extremely popular with golfing visitors. The golf course is relatively short, but what it may lack in length it easily makes up for in stunning views and strategically challenging golf holes.
Those who opt to stay at the luxurious Palácio Estoril are in for a real treat. This hotel mixes a feeling of grandeur with a cosy, welcoming ambience and offers spectacular panoramic views over Estoril and the bay of Cascais.
Just a stone's throw away you will find the InterContinetal Estoril which stands majestically on the seafront with unobstructed panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean.
Quinta da Marinha
The golf course at Quinta da Marinha is set within a luxurious 5-star resort and is a Robert Trent Jones Sr design. Its 18 holes play through tree-lined fairways and offer fantastic views over the Atlantic Ocean and the Sintra Mountains. Par-3 loves are in for a treat too as the six separate short holes most definitely steal the show.
Given its 5-star status, the Quinta da Marinha Resort itself provides everything you would expect from such a well-regarded facility. Along with the impressive 18 hole golf course, you can enjoy the full spa and health club facilities to help relax after a day on the fairways and enjoy panoramic views of the Sintra Mountains from your balcony.
InterContinetal Estoril is situated a mere 5km from the course and provides the perfect alternative for those wanting to stay off-site.
Golf Passport: The Best Pathway To Great Golf In Cascais
So then, how do you go about getting the most out of your visit to Cascais? We believe the Golf Passport is the perfect way for golfers from around the world to sample all that Cascais and the surrounding region has to offer, in a relatively short period.
This passport gives you the chance to play either 3 or 5 of a selection of 6 golf courses in the area throughout your stay.
Cascais: Beyond The Golf Course
While many of the golf courses in Cascais and its surrounding area are of a genuinely gold-standard, they are far from being the only attractions of interest to holidaymakers.
A magnificent coastline provides a seemingly endless sprawl of gorgeous beaches while an early morning swim in the calm waters of Paredão de Cascais can provide real vigour for the day ahead. There's also plenty for every nature lover to enjoy with many scenic walks and natural parks to help you fully absorb the spectacular backdrop views.
The village's shared bicycle network BiCas will help you get around and take in all that's on offer in the Cascais town centre. You can also check out the local bars and restaurants where you can relax while sampling the best local and international cuisine.
Those who like to remain active during their stay will not be left wanting. As well as the many walking trails available in Cascais, other pursuits including trekking, horse riding, mountain biking, climbing and abseiling are readily available and well-priced.
When choosing your next golfing holiday destination make sure you consider Cascais as an excellent option which offers memorable experiences on the course, and much more besides.