Quinta do Lago,
Almancil, Algarve 8135-162
18 holes. Tree-lined & open parkland. Undulating terrain - a few slopes to climb.
Woodland and seaside.
Joseph "Joe" Lee
16 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 4.4 km at roundabout No.6 turn left direction Sau Lorenco Golf. After o.8 km golf entrance is on your left.
San Lorenzo Golf Club is regularly ranked in continental Europe's top echelon of golf courses, with good reason. The 18 holes of San Lorenzo lie in the less developed southeast corner of Quinta do Lago, where the layout is allowed to run alongside the wonderfully scenic Ria Formosa estuary and salt water lagoons.
Laid out in a figure of eight, with the clubhouse at the course's centre, the opening holes will give you an idea of the overall quality of Joe Lee's design. The real drama starts at the oceanview par-3 5th, the shortest hole on the course. What follows are two breathtaking holes played alongside the beautiful Ria Formosa lagoon, with the Atlantic ever-present in the background.
The par-5 8th brings you back inland and plays alongside the largest of San Lorenzo's inland lakes. This lake and another just beyond it will challenge again at the testing 17th and 18th, two stunning par-4 holes where straying too far left is not an option. The greens here combine a good mix of large and small, the bunkering is impressive and the semi-rough not too penalising.
Many holes at San Lorenzo are now flanked by good-size villas, which complement rather than detract from the otherwise tree-lined, lakeside and Ria Formosa facing holes. When in the Algarve, this is a course not to be missed.
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, Stay&Play packages, etc. [Last updated: 2023].
Soft spikes only. Players generally walk this course. Golf carts available for hire.
San Lorenzo is located alongside the Ria Formosa nature reserve in the Algarve (the southernmost region of mainland Portugal, and one noted for tourism and related activities). The Ria Formosa salt water lagoon, protected from the Atlantic Ocean by a system of barrier islands, stretches for over 50 km along the coastline of the eastern Algarve. San Lorenzo is located at the very western end of the Ria Formosa.
Portugal's 12th best course (Golf World, 2022).
Continental Europe's 104th best course (Golf World, 2023).
World's former 64th best course (GOLF magazine, 1999; not in subsequent editions of this ranking).
Vale do Lobo, Almancil 8135, Algarve
+351 289 357 200Visit website
The Dona Filipa Hotel in Vale do Lobo is one of the Algarve's most famous luxury hotels, which welcomes guests with a touch of glamour and the essence of true quality. The hotel offers stunning views, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.
Vale do Lobo (Royal & Ocean courses); Quinta do Lago (North, South & Laranjal courses); Pinheiro Altos; San Lorenzo; Vila Sol.
Vilamoura courses (Oceanico - Old, Pinhal, Millennium, Laguna, Victoria).
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.
Quinta do Lago (North, South & Laranjal courses); San Lorenzo; Pinheiros Altos; Vale do Lobo (Royal & Ocean courses).
Vila Sol; Vilamoura courses (Oceanico - Old, Pinhal, Millennium, Laguna, Victoria).
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