Links and parkland in a spectacular seaside setting

Golf the way you want to, with three 9-hole linked golf courses designed by renowned architect Robert Trent Jones Jr. The course sweeps down to the ocean, allowing all golfers the opportunity to marvel at the natural beauty and challenge of the 27 holes.

The vision

Robert Trent Jones

Within the natural amphitheatre of the Bay of Lagos, Robert Trent Jones II has fashioned Europe’s next great golf course, Palmares Golf. The brief given to this exceptional American golf course designer was to craft a 27-hole golf course which maximised the potential of its extraordinary environment. The result is a golf course of breathtaking natural beauty which is a delight to play. The course opened 18 holes for play in October 2010 and the full 27 in June 2011 and it has matured nicely.

Robert Trent Jones II designed the golf course with the highest level of international tournament golf in mind as well as a pleasurable golf experience for members and tourists alike. There is plenty of challenge, if that’s what you want – especially from the white tees! Palmares Golf is composed of three returning nine-hole loops that can be played in any sequence. The genius in the routing is that, depending on the sequence of play, each golf experience is different. Each nine-hole loop – Alvor, Lagos and Praia - has its own character and ambience.

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Palmares Golf

Many keen golfers will have found memories of the ‘old’ Palmares, one of the first golf courses to be built in the Algarve in the 1970’s by Frank Pennink. But come and play the new Palmares Golf and you will be blown away by the transformation.

Whereas the old course had wonderful sea views from just the first and seventeenth tees, the new Palmares Golf has stunning sea views from 90 per cent of the tees! The course has been totally transformed by the leasing American golf course designer, Robert Trent Jones Jr and no hole from the old course remains as it was. Now the course is a mixture of parkland and authentic links - something unique in the Algarve. The higher part of the course features unforgettable views of the Ocean and Alvor estuary. The lower holes near the beach incorporate links dunes and long grasses and the sound of the sea.

Few other courses in the Algarve offer you the chance to get so close to the ocean with your golf clubs! Palmares Golf was recently considered the 26 th golf course in Continental Europe, and for 7 consecutive years was elected the best golf course in Portugal - check all awards here

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Robert Trent Jones Junior is the son of the legendary Robert Trent Jones Sr, a true pioneer in golf course architecture. His name belongs to the elite World Golf Hall of Fame.

The American golf course designer has designed over 270 golf courses in six continents, including remodelling Celtic Manor for the 2010 Ryder Cup.

One of his beliefs is that Mother Nature is the best architect: “Never fight with Mother Nature”, he says. According to Robert Trent Jones Junior: “Palmares Golf Course is special on so many levels. The expansive ocean vistas, dramatic elevation changes, intimate valleys, and expansive dunes gave us an environment from which we could craft a golf course with enormous depth of character and challenge.”

RTJII - The Brand values and recognition
“At Robert Trent Jones II our golf courses are of the earth but for the spirit. We invite you to explore the spirit of our life and work and share our passion for the game of golf and the art of golf course design.” The Robert Trent Jones name is unrivalled among golf course architects in the global marketplace, from the Americas to Europe to Asia. In South Africa, in Kashmir, in the Philippines, Malaysia, and Vietnam; in the Caribbean and Mexico; and anywhere else in the world that grass grows, Robert Trent Jones II sets the standard for quality golf course design.

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The Alvor Course

Located primarily on the northern part of the site, the Alvor Course has a parkland character with mature trees and lovely views of the Monchique hills. Changes in elevation are integral to the design of this nine as a majority of the golf holes ascend hillsides or descend through intimate valleys. The parkland setting disappears briefly with a series of holes with more expansive views. A preview of the dunes and links holes to come is provided in the sixth and seventh holes. As the round concludes, the course again assumes the parkland character.

The Lagos Course

The Lagos Course begins with the same parkland character. This course incorporates the only two lakes found on the entire site at the short par-3 third hole and the long par-4 sixth hole. Holes seven and eight immerse golfers into the expansive dune lands on the southwestern portion of the site. The round concludes with a climb to the clubhouse and back into a more parkland setting.

The Praia Course

The third nine at Palmares presents the golf experience every great designer dreams of having the privilege to create: a seaside landscape with dunes exposed to the elements. The four seaside holes are between the beach and the railway line. The course opens by descending from a parkland setting. The second hole then whisks golfers into the true links part of the course. This dunes character is continued through the remainder of the Praia Golf Course with the closing hole, a strong uphill par-5, rising up out of the dunes through a deep valley to an amphitheatre just below the clubhouse.

Contact & reservations


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+351 282 249 880

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Palmares Golf has a lively Club with friendly members from all walks of life and nationalities and an exciting social and tournament calendar throughout the year!

As Palmares Golf member, you can enjoy playing in 27 holes, each nine with its own distinct character.
You also get to enjoy exceptional practice facilities including our 300 yard turf driving range set in a natural valley with multiple green targets and superb short game facilities overlooking the Lagos Bay.

There is different selection of memberships available, with categories designed to suit your lifestyle as follows:

Annual Membership 2020
Unlimited play at Palmares (Couple 5,130€ | Individual 3,060€);
Couple 5,130€ | Individual 3,060€

Overseas Membership 2020
Unlimited play at Palmares or a maximum of 45 rounds to be played throughout the year.

Noon Membership 2020
Discounted price for players teeing off after 12:00. When these members wish to play in the morning a flat fee of €25 will be asked. Exception is once a month when member´s competition are followed by prize-giving presentations.
Couple 3,850€ | Individual 2,300€ | Overseas 1,500€

Subscription Membership 2020
Reduced green fee rates at Palmares 700€
45€ high season & 35€ low season.

For further Palmares Golf Membership information, ncluding application forms please contact:

Tel: +351 282 790 500 | (Débora Andrade) |
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There´s never been a better time to become a member of one the TOP 100 Courses in Europe, Palmares Ocean Living & Golf.

  • Priority for reservation of tee times;
  • Free use of the short game practice areas (putting green, chipping green);
  • Discounted green fees for guests and family members;
  • An exciting social and tournament calendar;
  • Special rate for buggy hire;
  • Preferential green fee and golf buggy hire rates for your guests;
  • Discount in the pro shop & food and beverage;
  • Finest practice facilities with discount on range balls;
  • Discounts on lessons with our golf professionals;
  • Reciprocal agreements with other golf clubs in Portugal;
  • Portuguese Golf Federation affiliated and handicap management.

Members Community

The members section was formed in 2005 and comprises members of Palmares Golf Club near Lagos in Portugal.
Golf is played on Wednesdays and Saturdays in a competitive environment and handicaps are adjusted via the Portuguese Golf Federation.
Palmares Golf Club strongly supports its members who organise interleague golf matches against other Algarve based clubs.
There is a strong social life associated with being a member and regular events are held throughout the year.
The membership comprises about 300 golfers both resident and non residents of the Algarve and is a cosmopolitan gathering including many nationalities.

access to members community website


The Pro Shop at Palmares Golf offers you the opportunity to spoil all of your retail pleasures. Catering for all fashion tastes and ages, visitors can find the top brands including Ashworth, Callaway, Golfino, Green Lamb among many others. New top brands including, Greg Norman, Daily, Nike and Titleist will be available in the coming season.

In addition to a wide range of clothing you will also find a comprehensive selection of shoes, bags, gloves, balls, sunglasses and accessories. The merchandising of Palmares makes the ideal gift for a loved one, friend or colleague or simply as a memory to yourself of your day spent with us here in Algarve. Vouchers are also available and make a fantastic gift option for any occasion.

Our professional staff will be happy to help you with your selection!

Open daily 7:00am onwards


Golf attire is required for playing the Palmares and for using the driving range.

Gents: Tailored trousers or shorts, shirts, mock/turtle neck and polo shirts with collars and sleeves are considered appropriate. Short or long socks are permitted with shorts. Vest tops, collar-less shirts, blue denims, beachwear and athletic sports gear is not permitted.

Ladies: Tailored trousers, shorts or skirts, polo shirts and blouses are appropriate attire. Vest tops, t-shirts, blue denims, bathing suits, cut-off shorts or skirts, beach wear and athletic sports gear are not permitted.

Shoes: Golf shoes with soft spikes or flat-soled training shoes are allowed on the course. Metal spikes or sandals (including golf sandals) are not permitted. The Club reserves the right to deny access to the course to anyone with the incorrect footwear.

The following items are not permitted:

Blue denims
Cut-off shorts or shirts
Round neck t-shirts
Athletic or swim/beach wear
Spiked golf shoes or sandals

The Palmares Golf reserves the right to refuse access to the golf course, or driving range to anyone it considers being inappropriately dressed. Appropriate golf attire is required for all players as noted above.


Robert Trent Jones Jr. golf courses usually have 3 characteristics: beauty, challenge and flexibility.
Flexibility was one strong ingredient in this course and this shown for example in a significant number of tee-boxes and large greens with different platform to hold diverse pin positions.
This enables the organizers of the event to easily adjust the course difficulty to the level of the players field.

If the handicaps average is high we could set the starting tee in advanced areas of the tee-boxes and place easy flag position in those generous greens.
If we have a Professional event, and the day is calm, we can set the starting points on the back of the tee boxes and place flags on the hidden spots of the green surface.

Below are some examples of events and groups that we proudly hosted:

  • PGA’s of Europe Annual Congress 2012, 2013
    (International Team Championship 2012 / International Team Championship 2013)
  • PGA Portugal National Championship 2014
  • PGA Portugal Pro-Am series (regular series since 2011)
  • Algarve Pro Golf Tour in association with PGA Portugal & Jamega Pro Golf Tour (partners since 2014)
  • English Golf Union 2012
  • Expresso BPI Golf Cup - every year since 2012
  • Circuito Casino Solverde - every year since 2012
  • The Law Society Golf Club 2013, 2016, 2019
  • The Bader Cup 2012, 2013