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 and this brings a wonderful character to the course that is hard to beat. The course is a truly great playing experience and is well-placed inside the top 50 courses in Europe. This course is slightly longer than the North Course and will require a touch more accuracy from the tee. This is a more challenging course too but one that is enjoyable for all thanks to the various teeing options.
The par-5 17th hole is a highlight that is well worth the wait as the course builds up to the finish. An accurate tee shot round the dogleg gets you off to a good start as you avoid the rough and some fairway bunkering. Pine trees line this hole making it spectacular especially as you approach the green. Well-struck golf shots are absolutely necessary to score well on this hole stunning hole.
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|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)
Signature Hole – No. 15: Par 3, 218 yards (White Tees)
The 8th, 10th and 18th
holes certainly deserve a mention, acting as testing par 4s for low handicapped
players. However, the par three 15th is the signature hole. It
requires a lengthy 218 yard carry over a lake onto a well guarded green
surrounded by pine trees.
The South course at Quinta do Lago is ranked as one of the best courses in Portugal
€9million was invested in improving this course in 2014, when Paul McGinley and Beau Welling renovated the North Course. The work was extensive and used innovative technology to make the course more environmentally friendly and even easier on the eye. This is a track that golfers of all levels can enjoy but it will still challenge you.
Wonderful trees, well-placed bunkers and water hazards adorn the course and keep you concentrating. The par-4 12th hole is one of the highlights of the round. The 395-yard dogleg makes its way around a huge water hazard and sets you up for a pressure approach into a rolling green. This is deservedly recognised as one of the top 100 courses in Europe.
||William Mitchell, Joe Lee, Rocky Roquemore, Beau Welling, Paul McGinley
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|Did you know?
||The North course was named ‘The Best New Golf Course in Europe’ at the 2014 World Golf Awards after being redesigned by renowned American golf architect Beau Welling and European Ryder Cup winning captain Paul McGinley.
Signature Hole – No. 12: Par 4, 2394 yards (White Tees)
The highlight of the North course
is the 12th. Whilst also being the most visually appealing hole on
the course, it is one of the most challenging. The hole doglegs its way around
a ominous lake, and even the best of drives leaves a treacherous approach shot to a large undulating
The land that this course is built on used to be an orange grove and the transformation is nothing short of staggering. Sitting just 2km from the resort in the Ludo Valley, pine and orange trees play a role in the beauty of this course. Voted the best course in Portugal in 2011 this is a challenging track with well-defended greens.
The set-up of this course is unique with five par-5s, eight par-4s and five par-3s. Given that this is a standalone course away from the main resort, the Laranjal has its own clubhouse and practice facilities. These amenities are exactly what you would expect from Quinta do Lago and are of the highest quality. The 11th hole on the course is probably the signature hole, although choosing a highlight is difficult here. A 180 yard par-3 with water to the right of the hole as well as the famous ‘beach bunker’ making that tee shot a little tenser. The green is lightning fast and leaving the ball below the hole is a must to give yourself a chance at a single putt.
||Jorge Santana da Silva
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|Did you know?
||Laranjal was voted the Best Golf Course at the Portuguese 2011 Travel Awards
Hole – No. 11:
Par 3, 230 yards (Black Tees)
There are many stand-out holes at Laranjal but it’s hard to argue against
the 11th being the Signature Hole. This stunning par 3 is played
over a sizeable lake towards a green that is guarded at the front by a
remarkable bunker which has no boundary at the front, rather disappearing into
the depths of the lake. A miniature beach of you will.
The green is framed at the back by tall umbrella pines and slopes severely
from front to back, meaning that any approach shot above the pin when it’s in
the back portion of the green will leave a lightning-fast putt down the hill.
As demanding as it is beautiful, this is one of the
standout par 3s in Portugal.
Amongst the practice facilities at Quinta Do Lago is the Academy, which
is in partnership with Paul McGinley. Golfers are assisted in improving their
technique and strategy. The academy has a strong focus on each
individual’s strengths and weaknesses and believes visualisation and feedback
are vital for effective learning. Technology such as video analysis and flight
scope are used productively, in order to take your game to the next level.
Quinta Do Lago also boasts a state-of-the-art Taylor Made performance
centre, designed to give golfers access to the latest TaylorMade equipment and
technology. By using the Taylor Made Select Fit System, golfers are able to match the shape of their swing to
the ideal club. The academy ensures the performance centre brings about an
enjoyable experience for all golfers.
3 pro shops are also on-site in Quinta Do Lago: The North/South clubhouse, Laranjal Clubhouse and
Q Boutique at the Paul McGinley Academy. As well as golf equipment, a wide
selection of merchandise is on offer.
At The Clubhouse
The Quinta Do Lago clubhouse 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.
In the unlikely event that the golf doesn’t quite do it
for you, the resort also holds a wide collection of leisure facilities. Tennis,
cycling and water sports are some of the facilities on offer.
An 18 hole miniature golf course is also available on the
Quinta Do Lago resort. The course combines the best holes from around the world
and provides great entertainment for both children and adults. Children under
four go free, while juniors and adults are priced at €7.50 and €12
Perfect for relaxing after a round of golf, the resorts
stunning location by the beach also holds a wide range of restaurants, giving
you a taste of the Mediterranean flavour that the resort has become famous for.
Quinta do Lago also offers an exclusive events
calendar that is put together each year for the benefit of guests and
residents. With an action-packed list including picnics in the park, outdoor
concerts, beach parties, golf clinics and outdoor movie nights, there is always
a new experience to be enjoyed, whatever the time of year.