Set within the Ria Formosa National Park, Quinta Do Lago is a naturally picturesque piece of land. Home to three championship golf courses and the hotel resort, it is certain to cover all of your vacation needs. It is located in a prime spot just 15 minutes away from Faro Airport, and a mere few minutes’ drive to the nearest beach. Quinta Do Lago is a popular attraction among golfers all over the world. They come to enjoy the following 54 holes of championship golf:
In addition to the three courses, Quinta Do Lago is home to the Europe’s only Paul McGinley Golf Academy. It is also the only TaylorMade Performance Center in Southern Europe. Paul McGinley, once European Ryder Cup Captain, is heavily invested in this resort. He comes to visit regularly with family and friends and also took part in helping to redesign the first course we will discuss.
As mentioned before, this course was recently redesigned by Paul McGinley, as well as American Architect Beau Welling. Voted “Best New Golf Course in Europe” at the 2014 World Golf Awards, this course was built with precision in mind. With tight fairways and well-protected greens, this course can provide challenges to even the most skilled golfers. Although it is difficultly designed, the North Course provides the most playability for all skill levels. It has four sets of tees that give an opportunity for all golfers to play a good round.
The South Course is arguably the most famous course of the three. It is a premier staple on the European Tour circuit, home of the Portuguese Open eight times, and one of the more popular stop among tour pros. Also designed with tight fairways, this course, as well as the North Course, require precision driving off the tee. The designers also have strategically placed many bunkers around the course to penalize even the slightest of wayward shots. The South Course is a test for some of the most skilled golfers in the world.
Laranjal is designed differently than the other two courses. It has wider fairways, and very large, fast greens. However, with five lakes surrounding the track, don’t let the openness of the fairways fool you. There are water hazards on almost every hole waiting for any shot that flies offline.