The North Course has been redeveloped with the emphasis firmly on precision and strategy. While many modern-day developments tend to focus on length, Welling and McGinley have been keen to design a golfing experience where accuracy and course management are the key factors, and a course that is playable and fun for golfers of all abilities.
The jewel of the Quinta do Lago crown, the South Course has hosted the Portuguese Open at least eight times. Designed in 1974 by William Mitchell, who raised the bar by introducing American-standard greens, tees and bunkers to the Algarve, it soon gained the reputation of being one of the principal courses in Europe and remains to this day as one of the flagship European Tour Courses. The course hosted the Portuguese Open in 1976, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1990 and 2001.
Laranjal course is the new kid on the
block at Quinta do Lago. Opened in
2009, its' reputation is already growing. It has been voted as the Best Golf Course at the Portuguese Travel Awards 2011. Laranjal is renowned for its' five beautiful lakes and its abundance of umbrella pines, cork and orange trees.
The front nine are located on a slightly hilly land, which characterizes Vale do Lobo, surrounded by pine trees with sea
view from several holes. The back nine in particular are characterized by spectacular ocean views, with some holes almost stretching down to the beach. Upon reaching the brow of the hill on the 11th, players suddenly stumble upon a sight fit to take the most concentrated golfer’s breath away. The fairway runs directly down towards the beach, and for the next few holes outstanding views and Atlantic breezes are guaranteed to make a player’s round exhilarating, even if his game is below expectations.
The Royal Golf Course has rolling
fairways set amidst pine trees and
beautiful lakes surrounded by wild
flowers. The features of the Royal Golf Course include the almost island-green of the 9th and the famous 16th, with cliff-top carryover - one of the most celebrated golfing images in the world, which has become the veritable symbol of golf in the Algarve.
The San Lorenzo Golf Course was opened in 1988 and takes advantage of wonderful topography on the Quinta do Lago estate, winding its way gently over undulating pine woodland. The 18 holes lie in the unspoilt Southeast corner of Quinta do Lago, bordering the Ria Formosa Estuary and salt water lagoons. The course was designed by the American golf architect Joseph Lee and the beautiful Bermuda grass fairways provide perfect playing conditions. The San Lorenzo Golf Course is laid out in a figure of eight and at the heart lies the San Lorenzo Clubhouse with a golf pro shop; comfortable changing facilities; welcoming bar and restaurant.
Pinheiros Altos is established as one of the most prestigious and successful premier golf and leisure resorts in Europe, and owns a 27 hole Championship golf course. The original 18 holes were designed by the respected American architect Ronald Fream and the additional 9 holes, created by the highly regarded Portuguese golf architect George Santana da Silva, opened in 2007. The 27 hole Championship Pinheiros Altos Golf is presented in three contrasting nine hole formats. Each nine holes is a PAR 36 and named: The Pines (Pinheiros); The Corks (Sobreiros) & The Olives (Oliveiras). Located in the Ria Formosa National Park in Quinta do Lago, it features a 27 hole championship course, offering exciting challenges and varying degrees of difficulty.
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