Golf was born on the Algarve in 1966 and, 49 years later, its appeal burns brighter than ever, with 41 golf courses and an unrivalled infrastructure of hotels, resorts and off-course attractions.
Blessed with a superb year-round climate and mild temperatures, the Algarve's other success factors continue to be: strong flight connections to Faro airport from across Europe, the relaxed and friendly nature of its people, and great value for money.
A spokesperson for the Associação Turismo do Algarve (ATA) said: "We are delighted that so many more visitors enjoyed golf in the Algarve last year and had the opportunity to experience our distinct offering.
"We continue to work hard with our golf tourism industry to deliver exceptional levels of service to our guests, and to send them home with wonderful memories."
There is further good news for UK golfers this season with their budgets set to stretch even further, thanks to the British Pound strengthening more than 10 per cent against the Euro in the past 12 months. The Algarve's sun-drenched climate boasts more than 300 days of sunshine per year, extending the golf season over several months and bringing players from all over the world to the Algarve.