The Monte da Quinta Club boasts an envious location, just a stone’s throw from some of the best golf courses in the Algarve and, at just 25 minutes from Faro airport, it’s also easy to reach regardless which part of the UK you choose to travel from.

The highly regarded complex is also one of the newest establishments in the Quinta do Lago development. Having been considerately designed to be harmonious with its natural environment and the area’s traditional architectural style, it blends in beautifully with its local surroundings.

Accommodation options at the Monte da Quinta Club come in the form of either the magnificent Villas or the luxury Suites – regardless of which you choose you’ll have easy access to the world-class golf courses at Quinta do Lago and Vale do Lobo. So you needn’t travel far to experience a memorable and relaxing golf break in the sun.

As Monte da Quinta is one of our favourite golf complexes, we’ve already taken an in depth look at the accommodation and facilities it has to offer (click here for this article).

However, to tempt you even further we thought you might be interested in taking a look at the golf courses you’ll be playing should you choose Monte da Quinta Club as the destination for your next golf break – the golf course at Quinta do Lago and Vale do Lobo.


Stretching 7,065 yards the par 72 layout on the Laranjal Course at Quinta do Lago consists of well protected greens that provide a great all year surface and challenging tight fairways.


The course meanders through orange groves – which is where name Laranjal comes from – opened for play in early 2009 after being designed by the renowned Portuguese golf course architect Jorge Santana da Silva.


The North Course, previously known as the Ria Formosa, is one of the most charming golf courses in the Algarve.


American architect William Mitchell designed the original 27 holes at Quinta do Lago in 1974 – his third loop of nine now forms part of the North Course (the first two loops form the South Course). Joe Lee added a fourth loop in the early 1990s to complete the two 18-hole layouts – Rock Roquemore re-designed the North layout in 2003.


The South Course at Quinta do Lago is without doubt the most famous in the area, having played host to the Portuguese Open on no fewer than seven occasions with Mark McNulty and Colin Montgomerie being former title holders.


The South Course is also one of the most well established golf courses in the whole of the Algarve having opened for play in 1974.


Vale do Lobo or “Valley of the Wolf”, is the Algarve’s oldest golf resort. It was Sir Henry Cotton who laid out 18 holes at Vale do Lobo in the early 60s but his original layout has been split in two to form the Ocean and Royal Courses.


The handful of ocean holes, of which the course takes its name, are superb and these coastal holes are the ones which everyone who plays it are sure to remember.


The undoubted star of the Royal Course is the par-3 16th – a cliff top signature hole which measures 224 yards from the back tees.


The Royal Course is widely regarded as the superior of Vale do Lobo’s two layouts. Thirteen holes from the Royal Course combine with five holes from the Ocean Course to form the tournament layout, which was used to stage the 2003 Portuguese Open.




Originally from the Home of Golf, I have been lucky enough to hack my way round some of the finest courses Scotland has to offer. Previous employers include the world famous Gleneagles Hotel - where I once recommended a half pint of local lager to Gary Player.

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