Quinta do Lago,
Almancil, Algarve 8135
18 holes. Tree-lined & open parkland. Undulating terrain - a few slopes to climb.
Woodland and residential.
Holes 1-5 and 15-18 were designed by William Mitchell (1974). Holes 6-14 designed by Joseph "Joe" Lee & Rocky Roquemore (1989). Major revamp by Beau Welling & Paul McGinley (2014).
Above distances are for the North course. Also at Quinta do Lago is the 18-hole South course (par-72, 6488 metres); located 6 km NE of the main clubhouse is the club's Laranjal course.
15 km W of Faro
From the A22 (Faro-Portimao motorway) take exit 12 (Loule/Quarteira) and follow the N396 direction Quarteira. After o.6 km turn left at T-junction, still on the N396 direction Quarteira. After 2.3 km at traffic lights turn left onto the N125 direction Almancil. After 1.3 km turn right direction Almancil. After 1.9 km in Almancil turn right direction Quinta do Lago. After o.3 km turn left direction Quinta do Lago. After 2.5 km at "multi-colour Q" roundabout take the third exit direction Quinta do Lago (& Hotel). After 2.1 km at roundabout No.4 turn right. After 100 metres golf is on your right.
Quinta do Lago Golf (North Course): For a long-time regarded as the No.2 course at Quinta do Lago, the North course took a big step forward in 2014. The couse's major revamp, designed by American architect Beau Welling and Ireland's Paul McGinley, included the rebuilding of all the greens, tees, bunkers, irrigation and drainage systems and cart paths using the latest state-of-the-art technology. The North now keenly rivals the South course for top honours at this renowned Algarve luxury estate.
The North course is basically an out and back layout cut through a natural pine forest. Many tee-shots require accuracy rather than length, especially the many dog-leg holes, the most interesting of which is the one watery hole - the 12th. The par-3's are a bit routine, and the lack of "features" or views creates a slight sameness as you go round - but overall a good course to complement its bigger brother. Some long-ish walks between holes.
Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends.
Must book in advance. Maximum handicap: men 28, women 36. Proof of handicap required.
Credit cards accepted. Contact club for full details, discounts, packages, etc. [Last updated: 2019].
Walking permitted. Golf carts available for hire.
Excellent (incl a double-ended driving range).
Quinta do Lago's North course was formerly known as the Ria Formosa course.
2019 Golf World rating: 97th best course and 5th best Stay&Play golf resort in continental Europe.
2020 Golf Digest rating: 4th best course in Portugal.
Quinta do Lago, 8135-024 Almancil, Algarve
+351 289 350 350Visit website
The Hotel Quinta do Lago, is situated in the resort of Quinta do Lago in the Algarve, next to the Formosa Estuary (Ria Formosa) and the sea. It is at the heart of the Ria Formosa Nature Park. A member of the “Leading Hotels of the World” collection since 1988, the hotel is considered one of the most prestigious five-star luxury hotels in the Algarve.
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+351 289 357 200Visit website
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