Santo Antonio Reviews

Chris from United Kingdom
on Tue, 5th Dec 2023
Highly recommended
Spectacular views and a challenging but playable course. In great condition with lovely greens. Buggy recommended due the terrain.
George from Portugal
on Mon, 13th Nov 2023
You get what you pay for.
Staff is friendly and helpful. Not exactly a premier course. Fun to play because of the huge elevation changes. You need to play this one more than once to know where to land your ball, unless you are playing with a local. If you have a low ball flight don't expect to score well. Greens are reasonable, fairways have mixed grass and not impressive. Very few ball washers or garbage cans. Driving range balls are an antique collection. If you are comparing prices in the area basically you pay for what you get.
David from United Kingdom
on Sun, 22nd Oct 2023
Santo Antonio (Parque da Floresta)
Course in reasonable condition bearing in mind the recent weather. Greens were good. Overall though it looks like it needs some investment as tatty signage, fences etc
Neil from United Kingdom
on Mon, 9th Oct 2023
Great value for money and course in good shape.
PAUL from United Kingdom
on Sun, 8th Oct 2023
Nice course
steven from United States
on Mon, 11th Sep 2023
This is a hidden gem great golf course will come back and play again
Sumant Bhatia from United Kingdom
on Fri, 25th Aug 2023
Joao saved the day
A non golf review.

We got locked out of our villa (long story), but Joao at the golf club found us a long ladder early morning and I managed to get in.

Peter from Portugal
on Mon, 17th Jul 2023
Challenging course which needs some renovation
Challenging and interesting course, very hilly and windy and a lot of blind shots. And here is the problem: the course is badly signed for course newbies. Hole descriptions at the tee boxes fade away with the sunshine of the last 20 years. They have to be reinstalled. And even the signs of the buggy paths are missing on some holes.

The overall setting is a little old fashioned, nevertheless an interesting course, which has to be played more often to know the right spots.

Nuno from Portugal
on Wed, 24th May 2023
Two guys and à buggy
Great views, risky fairways, slow greens, lovely people working there.
Arie from Portugal
on Wed, 24th May 2023
Een parel in het westen
Fantastisch mooie en zeer uitdagende baan, vooral met windkracht 5 een enorme tester, geweldig goede teeboxen, fairways top, greens uitstekendBuggy is een must en tevens het enige negatieve wat er valt te melden, de paren zijn namelijk smal, stijl en soms best wel gladMaar, dit is zeker niet onze laatste keer dat wij er spelen
Alain from France
on Mon, 15th May 2023
santo Antonio sous le vent
tres bon parcours, homogène , joué avec un vent très présent.
Keith Lewis from United Kingdom
on Tue, 28th Mar 2023
Tough day on the golf course
Quite a short but challenging course. Lot of bushes meaning any balls off the fairway were severely punished. Quite a few blind tee-shots. Course in OK condition.
Connie from Canada
on Sun, 26th Mar 2023
Course itself was in much better shape than most that we’ve played this spring. Steep grades and sloping fairways make for a challenging game, but totally enjoyable and excellent pace of play. Some signs of deferred maintenance on the property, but nothing that would affect your game. Excellent value.
Graham from United Kingdom
on Thu, 16th Mar 2023
Too slow!
We have played the course 3 times over 3 years. It generally played ok but tee information was faded and needs some TLC. The course should not have accepted our booking as we were playing behind a competition. It took 1 hour 40 mins to complete the last 6 holes. It totally spoiled our round especially when the Marshall said the course would close at 5.45 pm. And that we might not get to finish our round. This is totally unacceptable when you have paid full price for a round!
Annick from Portugal
on Sat, 25th Feb 2023
But the buggy seems old and rustic
John from United Kingdom
on Thu, 12th Jan 2023
So disappointing to revisit Santa Antonio when the semi rough was completely uncared for. It’s a course, with such severe slopes, that needs the ball to be released from semi rough. Just a mess off the fairways

The bunkers were disgraceful. Completely unplayable, just a mess.

The worst condition I have seen the course in and well over 5 hours to play (in a 4 ball) because you couldn’t find your ball just a couplu of yards off the fairway

Timothy from United Kingdom
on Tue, 10th Jan 2023
Has seen better days.
Poor condition due to club financial problems we understand. Interesting course and helpful staff.
Edwin from Italy
on Fri, 2nd Dec 2022
Bad condition
Richard Edwards from United Kingdom
on Tue, 22nd Nov 2022
Super expierience
What a great course. A good test of golfing on the Algarve. I loved the many elevated tees, green in good condition and some of them quite challenging. Excellent pro shop staff, and after golf, an elevated bar with views onto the 18th green. I'll be back again.
Stewart from Portugal
on Thu, 17th Nov 2022
Santo Antônio Golf
Always enjoy playing Santo Antônio. Tough in the wind mind you!!
Walter Schärer from Switzerland
on Mon, 24th Oct 2022
Great course in Western Algarve
Nice course, but not as well maintained as other courses nearby. When Bellavista Golf is fully booked, try Santo Antonio Parque de Floresta.
MARK from United Kingdom
on Sat, 24th Sep 2022
Enjoyed but it needs major investment
A good test of golf with an unusual mix of holes from very short par 3's to long par 4's. Greens are generally poor to average with a couple being very ropey. It's cheaper than others at the moment so I'd still play it again at those rates. The whole complex including the cafe ( I didnt fancy eating there) needs major investment and looks like it's on it's last legs. The buggies have bald tyres that are unsafe. The staff in the Pros shop were very friendly and welcoming.
Richard Pearce from Portugal
on Fri, 16th Sep 2022
A Pleasant Suprise !!
Having heard bad things we were really impressed with the course.

Front nine is tricky ( lots of sloping lies/ blind t shots etc)

Back nine is definitely better, very enjoyable and great value.

Andrea from Switzerland
on Thu, 11th Aug 2022
Not worth a visit, much better courses
Not well maintained, people not reall friendly, very old infrastructure, the worst experience in the last 2 weeks here in the Algarve. Buggies are dirty and even toilets are very old.
JJ from Ireland
on Wed, 8th Jun 2022
Lovely Course, Lovely Location
Challenging Course, busy on the day we played, A Buggy is definitely required, great views, we hired clubs and buggy, Staff very helpful and very friendly, will definitely play here again
Steven from United Kingdom
on Thu, 26th May 2022
Breathtaking scenery
Scenery was breathtaking, holes were challenging and had to think how to play them, definately a buggy course, staff were friendly and will come back again.
David from United Kingdom
on Thu, 26th May 2022
David fegan
3 hours for 7 holes
colin from Portugal
on Mon, 23rd May 2022
Good course, great condition
Thought the course was in excellent condition both fairways and greens

Very demanding today with 2-3 club wind through the valleys. In fact it was wind against on 13 out of 18 holes

Quite challenging if you walk but did love the way each hole changed

Would definitely play again and at a cost of 45 euros it’s a bargain

Matthew from Ireland
on Wed, 11th May 2022
Tough Course you have drive to the slope of each fairway to setup a good second shot
Harry from United Kingdom
on Tue, 10th May 2022
Never Stop Enjoying This Course
I've been playing at the course for around 15 years now and still enjoy it just as much as I did when I first started. Unique design and variety of holes in beautiful surroundings with a fab terrace and bar overlooking the 18th green to finish - my favourite course to play.
Steve from United Kingdom
on Mon, 2nd May 2022
Santo Antonio golf
Santo Antonio was good fun and quite challenging, with some interesting changes of elevation tee to green. Would perhaps have been hard work without a buggy. Very helpful staff in the golf shop and bar.
George from United Kingdom
on Sat, 30th Apr 2022
Hilly but picturesque
As previously reviewed, I never fail to come back here. It is by far and away my favourite course that I’ve played. Hilly and challenging, but a picturesque round
George from United Kingdom
on Sat, 30th Apr 2022
My favourite course
100% my favourite course in the world (that I’ve played). Very hilly and usually quite windy, but nonetheless really, really enjoyable. I’ve been here 6 years in a row now and won’t hesitate to come back next time. The greens are pretty true and the backdrop and scenery is outstanding.
Walter from Switzerland
on Thu, 14th Apr 2022
Somewhat disappointing course
I liked the architecture of the course, lots of ups and downs, not easy.The fairways and greens unfortunatly were not well maintained. Clubhouse and especially the restaurant are a disgrace, which seems quite astonishing because the course is surrounded by million-euro villas
Stephan from Germany
on Fri, 8th Apr 2022
Very interesting course, good conditions, very good price.
Richard from United Kingdom
on Sun, 27th Mar 2022
Not worth it
The caveat to this review is that it isn’t based on me having a bad day (which I did!) as I have played badly on many courses but rated them highly.

Conditions were poor with scrappy and uneven tee-boxes and the greens were untidy and very slow.

Back 9 definitely less challenging than front 9, but also much better laid out to be fair.

Buggies in poor condition too with little padding left in the torn seats.

One of the few courses of the almost 200 we played across Europe, Asia, Americas and Caribbean that I definitely would not bother with again.

Kari Kauppinen from Finland
on Mon, 14th Mar 2022
Hilly course
Quite hilly course, most of the players used buggies. Some undulating fairways & sloping laterally. Some blind spots on course. Staff was very friendly. Restaurant was good.
Tim from United Kingdom
on Sun, 13th Mar 2022
A repeat visit to this course .
Enjoyed the challenge once again. Friendly and helpful staff. Could do with replacing the tee markers on the tee boxes.
Thomas from Germany
on Mon, 28th Feb 2022
great golf course but poorly maintained
what a pity, such a nice course, but......not very well maintained, a lot of dried leaves on the fairways, Signs no longer legible.....
ROGER from Portugal
on Mon, 28th Feb 2022
Très joli parcours assez difficile mais bien entretenu
Martine from France
on Sun, 30th Jan 2022
Very hilly, buggy needed. Great course. We enjoyed playing there.
Andy from Canada
on Fri, 3rd Dec 2021
One of the hilliest Algarve courses
Very hilly with lots of break on the greens. Take a buggy but be careful on the hills, some of the buggy brakes are worn from all the ups and downs. Good course condition.
Mark from United Kingdom
on Sun, 28th Nov 2021
Great round again greens not as quick as on our last round but that was members competition day

Winter course so buggies not allowed on a few fairways

Adam from United Kingdom
on Thu, 18th Nov 2021
Front 9 could have been designed by Walt Disney! Good greens, buggy essential.
Gerald Smith from Portugal
on Tue, 9th Nov 2021
Gerald from Rocha Brava
As always an enjoyable course with varied holes but it gets more difficult as you get older - even with a buggy!
Dieter from Germany
on Tue, 9th Nov 2021
Alles bestens
Mark from United Kingdom
on Tue, 2nd Nov 2021
Quick Round
Great round. And only three hours to play 18 holes as we were the first out at 9am
Stefan Duijndam from Portugal
on Mon, 27th Sep 2021
In love with Santo Antonio
Absolutely in love with this course. Challenging but fair. Makes you think (and think again) about every shot you are about to take. Could not name just one favorite hole, that would not be fair to the other holes :). Special thanks to Aurora travels for recommend this beautiful venue to play and book t-time and greenfees. Will be back definitely!!!
Ninna from Portugal
on Thu, 16th Sep 2021
Very hilly and very spectacular course.

It was hard walking around with trolleys.

Challenging course

Sam Suryo from Netherlands
on Wed, 11th Aug 2021
Awesome golf course
Enjoyed this morning @ Santo Antonio!

Wonderful course, scenery and greens. Would recommend a buggy in the heat.

John from Portugal
on Mon, 26th Jul 2021

Very windy

Greens quite slow

Really enjoyed

George from United Kingdom
on Tue, 27th Oct 2020
A real gem of a course
A real gem of a course. Extremely hilly, so definitely need a buggy, but it really gets you thinking in terms of ball placement, as the ball can end up a long way away sideways from where it initially lands. However, this also lends some of the nicest views I have come across in golf. Greens were good and played true.
Jörg from Germany
on Mon, 16th Mar 2020
Sehr interessanter, anspruchsvoller Platz, schöne Pars 3, Pflegezustand sehr gut. Immer wieder
Hans Petter from Norway
on Sun, 1st Mar 2020
Nice course, much up and down.
Hans from Netherlands
on Wed, 19th Feb 2020
I really liked the course, everything looked nice and fairways and greens were very fast.

A lot of height differences which made it very interesting to play.

I would recommend a buggy, but even then you have to walk a fair amount as they needed to stay on the paths.

Thank you kindly Hans and for your review of
William from United Kingdom
on Tue, 4th Feb 2020
Okay course nothing to shout about, we decided to walk it big mistake
Sean from United Kingdom
on Wed, 15th Jan 2020
Course was in great condition with fast greens, even in early January!
Kenneth from United Kingdom
on Mon, 9th Dec 2019
Physically challenging course with too many hillside lies. Greens in decent condition and very friendly clubhouse.
Jukka Ahtinen from Finland
on Thu, 28th Nov 2019
Santo Antonio Golf Course was a game condition. Challenging and bolt. Greens and Farways were good. The service worked. Thank you
Peter from United Kingdom
on Wed, 27th Nov 2019
A real challenge!
We’ve played here many times and still struggle to shoot a respectable score mainly because of the steeply sloping fairways which demand you find the level ground - often easier said than done. Well worth the trip, course is always in good condition and always a challenge!
Nin Rösth from Sweden
on Sun, 17th Nov 2019
Very nice golfcourse, nice staff.
Hans-Peter Engeler from Switzerland
on Fri, 8th Nov 2019
good day on a course
Very interesting course. Tricky holes but with a defensiv play they are well playable. Friendly staff. We will play it again.
monique from Portugal
on Wed, 6th Nov 2019
Beautiful course. Lots off hill climbing but it was worth it.
monique from Portugal
on Wed, 6th Nov 2019
Wonderful course. Come back soon.
Andy Cutler from United Kingdom
on Mon, 21st Oct 2019
Mr Cutler
Had a very enjoyable round here, played with a couple of members (Rob & Keith) They were great company and a big help going round the course.

Buggy is a must have, very hilly...…

Clubhouse is great but pro shop could do with some more varied stock.

paul from United Kingdom
on Sat, 12th Oct 2019
Santo antonio
Great course but very hilly. Buggy recommended.
Jan from Portugal
on Sat, 12th Oct 2019
Great cource
Beautiful course with friendly staff.

Clubhouse is not mutch and the price for excemple a cappucino is 3,50 with is to high.

Paddy Duddy from United Kingdom
on Sat, 5th Oct 2019
Golf in Portugal
Lovely course,well maintained and a good challenge.
William from Portugal
on Sat, 28th Sep 2019
Excellent picturesque course.
Jaeson from United Kingdom
on Sat, 21st Sep 2019
Challenging course
Challenging course and great fun to play especially when you birdie the last
david from United Kingdom
on Fri, 20th Sep 2019
Great course
Brendan from United Kingdom
on Wed, 18th Sep 2019
An interesting course with a variety of holes, some blind and some with elevated greens. The course was in excellent condition with the greens in particular in very good. The bunkers could, however, have done with some more sand in them. Overall, a very good course and good value for money.
Alan from Portugal
on Wed, 18th Sep 2019
Nice but challenging
A tough course with lots of blind shots. Most fairways are sloping one way or the other. Staff very nice.

If you are looking for an easy game of golf then this is not for you.

A buggy is essential.

Value for money excellent.

MICHAEL HARRIS from United Kingdom
on Wed, 11th Sep 2019
front nine very hard to play due buggies finding it very difficult to get near course

back nine though very good and very well presented

Mark from United Kingdom
on Tue, 27th Aug 2019
Really nice course.
Richard from United Kingdom
on Tue, 20th Aug 2019
Right and tough but well worth a visit.
Tough, tight, and hilly but a great challenge and well worth a visit. Always in good condition and even the brown parts of the course have good grass coverage. You will need to play sensible golf and keep the driver at home, as it isn’t overly long but it does require accurate tee shots. If the wind is blowing - good luck, it can put 4 clubs (up or down) on any shot if you have the wind behind or into your face. Getting accurate distance is tough.
Paul from United Kingdom
on Mon, 15th Jul 2019
Tricky But Fun
Have played many rounds in Portugal but it was our first visit to Santo Antonio and we were not disappointed. Great course, tricky tee shots and tight in places however, stunning views (if the golf isn't going great) and would recommend.

20 handicapper may find it a bit of a challenge, however it's not massively long so playable by all. Very enjoyable course and would defiantly play again.

The 19th has cracking views too!!

Pieter from Netherlands
on Wed, 3rd Jul 2019
Hidden gem
Very Nice.

Especially the back nine. Front nine is ok but has quite some blind shots which requires some knowledge on hole layouts. Perfect for a holiday. Would return doe sure.

Arend Koster from Netherlands
on Tue, 25th Jun 2019
One of the nicest courses in the neighbourhood of Lagos, beautiful in the Hills with lot of daling drives. The course goes up and down. Well maintained and good service
Antony from United Kingdom
on Thu, 6th Jun 2019
Great coursd
Great course. Friendly pro and staff. Tricky front nine. Pretty back nine. Greens were good. Is a good test of your handicap. We will play it again.
May from Portugal
on Fri, 31st May 2019
Nice golf course
mark westoby from United Kingdom
on Sun, 19th May 2019
This course was the furthest west we played; in fact it’s probably the furthest west in the Algarve.

Well-kept and a nice layout, undulating and didn’t lose too many balls.

ian Bardsley from Netherlands
on Mon, 6th May 2019
Nice course very picturesqe
Well kept course. Good value for money in comparison to a lot of courses. Lots of uphill downhill lies if you stray off the fairway which isnt difficult to do!! Enjoyable day. Not recommended for high handicappers.
Robert from United Kingdom
on Thu, 2nd May 2019
Top Course with fantastic views
Fantastic course, challenging but rewarding with the right play. Superb views, well maintained with friendly staff and members. Could not speak highly enough of the facilities and course. Would deffinately play again.
Hanne Reinholt from Denmark
on Thu, 18th Apr 2019
Really a nice course.

Good fairways and good greens.

Klaus-Dieter from Germany
on Sun, 24th Mar 2019
Better information requiered
Spectaculary course, very hilly in good shape. Not recommendable for elder player because on at least 8 holes buggy on fairways forbitten. Can be difficult for player with 'double' handicap. Should be known before booking.
Marilyn from United Kingdom
on Sun, 10th Mar 2019
Difficult course for a one off. Beautifully maintained
Robert Nutt from Portugal
on Sun, 24th Feb 2019
from the welcome in the pro shop to the surroundings and condition of the course, everything was first class.

Unfortunately the course was too difficult for my ability but it was so good I returned to try again.

If you are in the area I would seriously ask you to consider this golf course, it's quite hilly so a buggy may be required althugh during my two rounds I did se plenty of golfers carrying and with push/electric trollies.

Paul Bushell from United Kingdom
on Wed, 13th Feb 2019
Cotswold Tour 2019
Course was in excellent condition.

A little too difficult for your average golfer and play was very slow.

Fredrik from Sweden
on Wed, 30th Jan 2019
Funny and hilly.

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