The Ria Formosa Course
at Quinta do Lago, Club de Golfe

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36-Hole (Private)
The Ria Formosa Course at Quinta do Lago, Club de Golfe
Quinta do Lago
Almancil, Algarve P-8135
Phone: +351-(0)89-39 45 29

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About the Club

Year built: 1974
Designer: William Mitchell, Joseph Lee, William Roquemore
Club type: Private
Season: Open all year
Guest Policy: Open Handicap Certificate required.
Dress Code: No denim, collared shirt and bermuda shorts required
Metal Spikes: --
Fivesomes: --
Green Fees:

Not rated

Pace of Play: Pace of play: 0
Money Value: Money value: 0
Tees: Tees: 0
Service: Service: 0

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One of the world's most famous golf resorts, Quinta do Lago is part of a resort area favoured by members of the international jet set, and is bordered by the «Ria Formosa Natural Park». These two eighteen-hole courses at Quinta do Lago offer different challenges. The terrain is similar on both courses, based on sandy Algarvean soil covered with pine trees, heather, broom and many beautiful wild flowers. The Quinta do Lago Course hosted the Portuguese Open seven times. It favours long hitters, but requires the player to pick a particular route to score well. Although both anti-clockwise loops, the first nine favours a draw, while the second favours a fade from the tee. Holes 3, 15 and 17 feature lakes which must be negotiated. The fifteenth par 3 of 200 metres/220 yards is one of golf's most photographed holes. carry of some 180 metres accross a lake to a green with a bunker on the left and trees on the right. A good long iron or a wood is required if the wind is blowing. Holes 8, 10, 15 and 18 are the most testing for the scratch player. The eighteenth, a par 4 of 413 metres/450 yards is a very testing finishing hole. The long hitter can try to carry the bunkers on the left, but must beware of running out of room on the right, as the hole doglegs left. The second is to a slightly elevated green bunkered left and right. The holes 2, 3, 5, 12, 13, and 17 offer the best possibilities of birdies. The course is an enjoyable experience for players of all standards. The Ria Formosa Course has four great par 5 holes requiring power and accuracy to play them well, also providing superb views. The par 3 holes are all influenced by the wind, hole 14 a par 3 is outstanding. It is played from an elevated tee, giving exposure to the wind. This medium length features a figure-eight-shaped green with a tier across the waist. Bunkers left and right, and banks front and rear, make this a very good test wherever the flag is positioned. The par 4's have all dogleg fairways except for holes 10 and 13. The thirteenth, a par 4 of 374 metres/409 yards needs a drive of 200 metres/220 yards to see the bottom of the flag on this testing driving hole. A bunker on the right (at 210 metres/221 yards) makes length and accuracy a must to set up a short iron approach. A bunker on the left and banking to the right make this long green no "give-away" to hit. Precision driving is vital to set up the chance of a low score. Lakes on holes 13 and 18 claim many victims. The course favours the player who can draw the ball. Quinta do Lago Course was designed by William Mitchell in 1974. The first nine holes of Ria Formosa Course were designed by William Mitchell in 1974, the second nine by Joseph Lee and William Roquemore in 1989. The clubhouse is luxuriously comfortable with its own lounge, bar and restaurant. It is sited near the starting point of all possible combinations. Two resident professionals are on hand to teach or refresh the game of anyone in need of expert assistance. "A golfing, tennis, horseriding, watersports paradise all year-round" is a fitting description of Quinta do Lago, where temperatures are mild even in winter and the hottest summer's day is comfortably cooled by sea breezes. Yet, to many, Quinta do Lago's outstanding feature is, by far, its golfing facilities which have long since earned, for the estate, the international acclaim it deserves. Quinta do Lago ranks among Europe's finest courses. There are four eighteen-hole courses located within the perimeters of the Quinta do Lago estate: the 36 holes of the Quinta do Lago and Ria Formosa courses, 18 holes of San Lorenzo and the newest addition 18 holes of the Pinheiros Altos. This total of 72 holes makes Quinta do Lago the largest golf resort in Europe and accounts for more than 30 percent of golf in the Algarve.

Fairways:  Bermuda Grass course
Number of Sand Bunkers:  
Water Hazards in Play:  No


Men's White Tees 6786 73.0 0 72
Men's Yellow Tees 6347 72.0 0 72
Ladies' Red Tees 5502 72.0 0 72

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