South course is the jewel in the crown of Quinta Do Lago and, despite its
championship status, the course presents an interest and challenge to players
of all abilities.
Following the design of William Mitchell, who introduced USGA
specification greens, tees and bunkers, the course has gained a strong
reputation and has become one of the favourites amongst many who frequent the
Algarve. The impressive layout, which overlooks the stunning Ria Formosa
National Park, is set amongst wildflowers, umbrella pines and lakes and is a
supremely tranquil and enjoyable place to play golf.
the front nine calls for more draw shots from the tee, the back nine looks for
a fade, keeping golfer on their toes from the first tee to the 18th
green. Although many of the fairways are fairly wide and undulating, the course
is made more challenging by a variety of doglegs and strategically located
hazards which golfers must plan their way around with good course management.
Accurate approach shots are also essential to reach many of the well protected
greens in regulation.
Designed by: William Mitchell
Opened for play: 1974
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!
open (1976, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1990 and 2001)
White: 7,095 yards, SSS 75
Yellow: 6,419 yards, SSS 77
Red: 5,678 yards, SSS 73
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.
North Course is set to be the new pride of Quinta Do Lago. Following its
redesign in 2014 by Beau Welling and winning Ryder Cup Captain Paul McGinley, the
course places a firm emphasis on precision and strategy rather than brute force an ignoracne. The €9.6m investment included the
rebuilding of all greens, tees, bunkers & cart paths, as well as improvement to irrigation and drainage
systems using the latest state-of-the-art technology.
The North Course is now
one of the most aesthetically pleasing in the Algarve and the updated design has allowed it to keep pace with modern technology and remain a relevant challenge. Cool season
rough grass, and the select planting of native grasses and specimen trees have
been introduced to further reduce the impact on the environment, whilst also
helping to make the course more visually appealing.
Designed by: William Mitchell, Joe Lee, Rocky Roquemore, Beau Welling, Paul
Opened for play: 1989
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.
White: 6,699 yards, SSS 72
Yellow: 6,259 yards, SSS 72
Red: 5,448 yards, SSS 72
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
is situated just 2 km east of the resort, in the Ludo Valley, and its
reputation is growing fast. The course is routed through orange groves, which
is where the name Laranjal was derived. Laranjal
is certainly unusual too. It contains five par 3’s, eight par 4’s and five par 5’s,
as oppose to following the standard 4-10-4 format prevalent in most courses.
This subtle change is a fine touch to what is simply, a quite stunning course.
is renowned for its five beautiful lakes and its abundance of umbrella pines,
corks and orange trees. The course also boasts well-defined greens, as well as some
spectacular narrow fairways sown with Bermuda grass, demanding the highest
level of concentration and accuracy. It is a great addition to Quinta Do Lago,
and its varied layout, which provides many eye catching holes, is certainly
worth a visit.STATS
Designed by: Jorge Santana da Silva
Opened for play: 2009
Did you know? Laranjal was voted the Best Golf Course at the Portuguese 2011
White: 7,086 yards, SSS 76
Yellow: 6,217 yards, SSS 72
Red: 5,258 yards, SSS 72
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 their 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.