Quinta do Lago Golf Club
Quinta do Lago (Almancil), Algarve, Portugal
There are 3 courses at Quinta do Lago Golf Club: North, South and Laranjal. Quinta do Lago North and South courses offer different challenges. The terrain is similar on both courses, based on sandy Algarvean soil covered with pine trees, heather, broom and many beautiful wild flowers. The large greens are basically of Creeping Bentgrass. The fairways are Bermuda. The terrain is gently undulating and several lakes feature in the play of each course. The bunkering is superb. The layouts provide a test for players of all ability levels – the sign of great golf courses.
Quinta do Lago South Course will be closed until early September 2020 for €7 million in upgrading its facilties. Quinta do Lago North and Laranjal courses will remain open during these dates.
Quinta do Lago North Course
Located adjacent to the Ria Formosa natural park, this 6,000 metre, par 72 course was originally co-designed by William Mitchell and Joseph Lee. It was recently redesigned by renowned American architect Beau Welling in close collaboration with European Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley and re-opened1st October 2014. This is now considered the number one course at Quinta do Lago.
Quinta do Lago South Course
Designed by William Mitchell, this 6,488 metre, par 72 championship course, set in undulating hills and pine forest, has hosted the Portuguese Open 8 times. A truly wonderful course, ideally designed to test the scratch golfer, it can also be enjoyed by the handicap golfer. The layout favours the long hitter but correct placement of shots is needed to score well. Strategic bunkering, occasional water hazards and large, contoured greens are the main challenges. The signature hole is the beautiful par 3 15th with a long carry (190 metres) over a large lake to a well-guarded green set amongst pine trees. The 8th, 10th and 18th are excellent, testing par 4s for low-handicap players on this scenic course which is an enjoyable experience for players of all standards. This is a course that demands accuracy on your club selection as the greens are very wide and long.
Quinta do Lago Laranjal
Laranjal, originally an orangery, is today a beautiful and totally different golf experience. It is a sanctuary for those seeking the finest in golf and personalized service. Its narrow fairways and well defended greens require concentration and accuracy to navigate this testing routing laid down on a rolling and well defined topography. It is a par 72, 6.500 meters, with five par 5s, eight par 4s, five par 3s set amongst umbrella pines, corkoaks and orange trees with a natural water course and 5 beautiful lakes. Penn A4 was selected for the greens to help guarantee good putting surfaces all year round and the Fairways were sown with Bermuda. Relatively a new course, Laranjal is quickly climbing up the rankings as one of the best in Portugal.
Accolades and Awards:
2015 - Quinta do Lago was named ‘Europe’s Best Golf Venue’ at the 2015 World Golf Awards.
2015 - named ‘Best Golf Resort in Portugal’ at the 2015 Today’s Golfer Travel Awards
Resort Accommodation: The Magnolia Hotel
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