This is the one that golfers want to play most largely in part to the course hosting the European Tour on eight occasions. The South Course is nestled perfectly in the Ria Formosa nature reserve, providing golfers with a great golfing experience, with beautiful views and picturesque settings.
A number of holes will test you on this course, with the 8th, 10th and 18th holes certainly deserving of a mention, proving themselves as challenging par 4 holes for even the lowest handicapped players. But the two holes that prove most testing are the 15th and 17th. The 15th is the North Course’s signature hole, the 218 yard par 3 that requires a lengthy tee shot to carry over a lake onto a well guarded green surrounded by pine trees.
The 17th hole is a par 5 that proves to be worth the wait, as a spectacular view with numerous pine trees lining the hole, ensures a fine finish. An accurate tee shot is vital around the dogleg to avoid the rough, possibly setting up an approach shot to the green. There is no room for error on this hole as anything left or right will most definitely leave you in some trouble. It is not surprising that the South course at Quinta do Lago is ranked as one of the best courses in Portugal.
|Opened for play
|Did you know?
||The course record was broken at the 1989 Portuguese Open by Colin Montgomerie. In total, Monty shot a remarkable 24 under par, including a round of 63, and eventually won by 11 shots!
||Portuguese open (1976, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1990 and 2001)
Before teeing off, it is definitely worth visiting the Pro Shop in the North/South Clubhouse, where a variety of golf equipment and merchandise is on offer.
The practice facilities at Quinta Do Lago are phenomenal. The Quinta Do Lago Academy, which is in partnership with Paul McGinley, is available to golfers where they are assisted in improving their technique and strategy. Technology such as video analysis and flight scope are used effectively to analyse the individual’s strengths and weaknesses, in order to improve and take your game to the next level.
Quinta Do Lago also has a state-of-the-art TaylorMade performance centre, which is designed to give golfers the opportunity and access to try out the latest TaylorMade technology and equipment. The TaylorMade Select Fit System is also used to match the golfer’s swing with the ideal club. The performance centre is a very interesting way to understand your game in a more in-depth, entertaining way.
Relax after your round at the Quinta Do Lago clubhouse, which is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, serving a varied menu to suit all tastes. A coffee dock is also available from 7:00 am to 12:00 pm.