Nearby Golden Club Cabanas, there are a number of 18-hole golf courses with magnificent views out over the sea, the marshes, the orange groves and the rolling hills to the north. Should you play golf and enjoy combining this with other interests and activities, Golden Club Cabanas, right in the midst of the Ria Formosa Nature Reserve, lends itself to pleasant walks for those who enjoy nature and is also an excellent base to access the golf courses.
Portugal won the "Best Golf Destination in the World" prize at the World Golf Awards from 2014 to 2016 and almost half of the country's golf courses are located in the Algarve.
(par 71; a 2 km, 6 mins)
The closest golf club with views out over the hills and the sea. Designed by Henry Cotton, the course was created around the former chapel near the Club House.
(Both Par 72; 8 km, 12 mins, and 6 km, 12 mins, respectively)
These two golf courses, designed by Rocky Rocquemore, feature views out over the lagoon. Located in the Ria Formosa Nature Reserve, both courses reflect the surrounding natural habitat and draw on the Cacela Velha landscape, described by many golfers as one of the finest in the region. Several holes on Quinta da Ria are close to the beach and offer a “links” type feel.
(Par 72; 13 km, 19 mins)
On the slopes of Serra do Caldeirão and with views out over the ocean, this course is rated one of the best in the Algarve. Designer Jack Nicklaus used the topography of the land to create some challenging holes and water features. The opulent club house and surrounding villas evidence the exclusivity of Monte Rei. For beginners, the Monte Rey Golf runs an academy ranked as one of the best in the world.
(Par 72; 21 km, 26 mins)
This 27-hole golf course fits into the natural landscape alongside the River Guadiana and the Atlantic Ocean. Designed by Terry Murray and located near the medieval castle of Castro Marim, the course spans rolling hills dotted with pines, with views over the river to neighbouring Spain.
(Par 72; 26 km, 27 mins)
This course was designed by Seve Ballesteros to satisfy all levels of golfers, with very pretty views out over the River Guadiana and many water features. His signature 6 Par 3´s, 6 par 4´s, and 6 par 5´s is adhered to.
There are also 18-hole golf courses in neighbouring Andalusia, Spain: the Isla Canela and Costa Esuri, also in harmony with the nearby Guadiana river mouth and both around just 40 minutes from Golden Club Cabanas.