Morgado golf course,home of the new Portuguese Open Championship, part of the Europeen Tour is a stunning par 73 golf course located on the foots of Algarve Monchique mountains,just a short drive from the seaside town of Portimão and the fishing village of Alvor. When you play at Morgado golf course be prepared to experience two different nine holes – one slightly flatter and the other undulating, displaying impressive views across the Monchique mountains. Morgado golf course is a walkable course, if you've got the stamina, but when the weather warms up you'll want to enjoy the comfort of a buggy, in fact, accesses to the fairways are extremely well displayed. The back 9 is slightly more challenging because of the aforementioned undulating features but also because the valley is mountain-sided, creating a kind of funnel for the wind to blow through.Morgado golf course is not a long golf course, however, all the Par 3 are quite long ones, especially on the front 9 where you will find 2 golf holes with nearly 200 meters each. To compensate, the Par 4 are relatively short golf holes allowing an average golfer to hit the green in regulation. Strategically, we advise you to build a good result on the front 9 and use it as a warm up for your back nine. The 18th at Morgado golf course is a superb finishing hole, with an elevated tee looking down at the beautiful view of the wavy fairway, sheltered by bunkers, and Clubhouse in the distance. A true signature hole and a great way to end your golf round. By par or by birdie, you are sure to want to come back! A round on this championship course is also a great chance to appreciate the surrounding nature of that side of the Algarve.
This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Morgado Golf Course in Portimão. Since its opening on February 3, 2003, the Morgado Golf Course has become a popular golf holiday destination for golfers of all skill levels. It presents an interesting test for novices just learning the game as well as seasoned pros wishing to improve their skills.
The Morgado golf course is located in a valley in the interior of the Algarve, surrounded by natural beauty, and contains 18 holes with a PAR of 73.
Golfers might expect to see features typical of a links course, such as flat fairways and bunkers reminiscent of those in Scotland, but will be surprised to learn that this golf course is actually located in a parkland rather than by the ocean.
Director Jorge Papa of Morgado Golf Course reflects on the past two decades: "20 years have gone since the day when, at the entrance to the Clubhouse, we displayed the 'Open' notice on a basic A4 sheet. With no fanfare, this is how we announced Morgado's launch. The golf course could be accessed through a dirt road that cut through the estate, and its "tender" condition had led to high expectations for the amount of work it would require to join the ranks of the good national golf courses".
"There has been a lot of change since then. We've played home to three different Portuguese Opens, as well as several more professional and amateur tournaments of note. Congratulations are due not just to the golf course itself, but to the entire team", Jorge Papa said.
The historic Portuguese Open has been held at the Morgado Golf Course for three consecutive years (2017, 2018, and 2019), along with numerous other PGA Portugal and Portugal Pro Golf Tour events. It has also played home to various social events and several tournaments at the amateur level of the Portuguese Golf Federation (National Absolute Championship and National Club Championship).
The Morgado Golf Resort consists of not only Morgado and Álamos golf courses, but also the Clubhouse (restaurant and bar), Pro-shop (golf shop), Golf Academy, and an accommodation unit (NAU Morgado Golf & Country Club), all of which have earned it international recognition in recent years, including a ranking of seventh in the 'Best Value Golf Resorts in Continental Europe' category in 2021 and a place in the top 100 of 'Best Golf Resorts in Continental Europe'.(read moreclose)
Excellent from start to finish..pros shop staff very friendly. Caddy master was helpful and friendly. Course was great. Food and drinks after was good.
News - Hot weather
With high temperatures in the Algarve, Morgado's fairways reach temperatures of 42 degrees Celsius, but the course remains in excellent playing conditions, as a result of the improved work of the maintenance team. Players are advised to choose to play early in the morning.
Due to extreme lack of rainfall course was in very poor condition. No fault at all on the course's part and we still enjoyed our golf and staff were very nice to deal with.
Very enjoyable round. Fairways pretty good considering lack of rain over the summer. Greens excellent. Staff pleasant and helpful.
As usual, all the staff were great and very helpful explaining the issues they have had with lack of water for the last 2 years. The fairways and rough areas were really suffering with drought conditions and made playing more of a challenge than it should have been. However, the greens were excellent albeit a little on the slow side.
Tees are scruffy due to limited water conditions and many were moved forwards - otherwise course and greens played well
Exceptional greens given the irrigation challenges and a very good course as we expected. Holes were shortened a little too much and played a lot easier than I think it normally would but very enjoyable round.
Nice course greens good Fairways dry but to expected Very welcoming at pro shop and buggy master Would recommend
A lovely golf course with nice open fairways making it playable for even the average golfer. Due to the really arid summer the fairways were very dry and straw like but this was made up by the fantastic condition of the greens, which had been looked after fantastically well by the groundstaff.
Morgado is a lovely course. A decent challenge for all levels. Fairways are burnt out at the minute but can’t be helped due to lack of rain. However, the greens were in great condition. The hire clubs were all in good condition. All the staff we friendly and polite especially the caddy master that served us. He couldn’t do enough to make sure we were happy.
Very good course, excellent greens and bunkers, great value
Very well mantained golf course. Good greens and lovely surrounding.
Very enjoyable course. Club rental and buggies went very smoothly. Excellent service.
*Parkland - Total
*Undulated - Rolling terrain more hilly on the back 9
*Buggy Recommended - Recommended due to back 9
*Signature Hole - 14th
*Water hazards - On both 9's, but all visable
*Exposed - Wind direction and speed, play a big part in club selection
*Dogleg - Slight ones on the back 9
*Comments - Inland course, very good value for money
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